Introduction

This is a list of the speakers who will be speaking as part of the AIB Center for Information and Knowledge Management Seminar Series 2006. To request a place at one or more of the seminars please complete the registration form and email it to catherine.parkes@ul.ie.


Dr. JC Spender

Date: 5th April 2006

BA MA (Engineering) Balliol College, Oxford, UK
PhD (Strategy) Manchester Business School, UK

Dr. JC Spender worked as a nuclear submarine engineer with Rolls-Royce & Associates, sales manager IBM (UK), consultant with Decision Technology International (Boston), merchant banker with Slater-Walker Securities, and thence to the doctoral program at Manchester Business School. This thesis won the Academy of Management's 1980 A. T. Kearney PhD Research Prize and a tidied-up version was later published as "Industry Recipes" (Blackwell, 1989) - which you can download here.

He went back into business as VP Marketing & Strategy with Enigma Logic, now part of Secure Computing Corporation (SCUR). Then migrated back to the UK and academe to the Chair in Strategy at the University of Glasgow (Adam Smith's university). Two years later returned to New York. the Stevens Institute of Technology (FW Taylor's university), and Rutgers University.

After a year's sabbatical with the Advanced Technology Program (US Deparment of Commerce), became Dean of the School of Management, New York Institute of Technology. He finally moved to Dean, School of Business and Technology, FIT/SUNY, retired April 2003. He is now consulting, researching and writing. Visiting appointments at Leeds University, Cranfield University, and Open University.


Dr. Ashok Jashapara,

Date: 30th May 2006

Educated at Christ College Grammar School in London, City University and Henley Management College, Ashok Jashapara started his career as a bridge designer and builder.

He moved into academia and taught a variety of subjects from structural engineering to strategic management. Subsequently, he has led a large academic department and the largest disability consultancy in the UK, JMU Access Partnership.

Ashok Jashapara is currently an internationally recognised expert in the field of 'knowledge management' and Chair of the Knowledge Management Research Group at Loughborough University.


Dr. Michael Zack,

Date: 9th May 2006

Professor Zack holds a DBA degree from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research and publications have focused on the use of information and knowledge to increase organizational performance effectiveness. A member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), Professor Zack was designated a SIM doctoral fellow in 1989. He was formerly a Research Associate of the IBM Knowledge Management Institute and a Research Fellow of the Lotus Institute (Lotus Development Corp.). His publications have appeared in a number of leading journals including Organization Science, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Information Systems Research, and Information & Management. He edited the book Knowledge and Strategy (Butterworth-Heinemann). He previously held positions as a CEO for a leasing company and as a management consultant with a major public accounting firm. Professor Zack serves as a consultant in the areas of strategic information and knowledge management, knowledge-based products and services, and collaborative technologies. He has consulted to a number of organizations, including Procter & Gamble, IRI, National Houseware Manufacturers Association, Lotus Development Corporation, Lincoln National Re, Buckman Labs, Polaroid, and Price Waterhouse.


Dr. Laurance Prusak.

Date: 20th June 2006

Larry Prusak is an Executive Director of the Institute for Knowledge Management. He has extensive research and consulting experience, within the U.S. and internationally, in helping organizations leverage and optimize their information and knowledge resources.

A respected authority in his field, Larry has lectured and been published widely. His book, Managing Information Strategically (John Wiley & Sons, 1994), coauthored with James McGee, is a basic text on the role of information in gaining competitive advantage. Some recent articles include “Myth of Information Overload” (International Journal of Information Management, 1995), “Information Politics” (Sloan Management Review, Fall 1993), “Blow up the Corporate Library” (International Journal of Information Management, 1993), “Knowledge and Risk Management” (California Management Review, Spring 1996), “Eleven Sins of Knowledge Management” (California Management Review, Spring 1998) and “Investing In Social Capital” (Harvard Business Review, 2001). He has recently coauthored two books with Tom Davenport: Information Ecology (Oxford University Press, 1997), and Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, 1997). Working Knowledge has sold over 60,000 copies and has been translated into 12 languages. His most recent book, In Good Company: The Role of Social Capital in Organizations, was published in 2000 by Harvard Business School Press.

Prior to joining IBM, Larry was a founder and Principal in Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation, specializing in issues of corporate knowledge management. While there, he was responsible for helping to build a consulting practice centered on firms managing their knowledge resources. Larry’s professional background also includes developing a consulting practice in Information Management at Mercer Management Consulting. He has also taught social and economic history at several major universities. In 1990, he won the H.W. Wilson Award for the year’s best article on information science. In 1991, Larry won the SLA Professional Award for Contributions to the Field of Information Science. In 2000, he won the Lewin Award from Organization Science. He holds a B.A. in history from Long Island University, an M.A. in economic and social history from New York University (where he completed all the examinations and course work toward a Ph.D.), and an M.S. in information science from Simmons College. In 2000, he received an honorary Ph.D. from Long Island University. In 2001, he was a McKinsey Award Judge for the Harvard Business Review. He has guest lectured at the Wharton School, M.I.T., Stanford, Harvard, the University of California, and New York University.