Department of Informatics

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Dorothy Leidner

Dorothy Leidner is a honorary doctor and visiting professor from Baylor University, Texas, USA. 

Dorothy Leidner, born in 1965, is the Ferguson Professor of Information Systems at Baylor University and the director of the PhD program in Information Systems. She has a regular visiting professor appointment at the Department of Informatics at the School of Economics and Management, Lund University (LUSEM). Professor Leidner received her higher education at the University of Texas at Austin, completing her BA in the Plan II program in 1986, her MBA with a specialization in Management Information Systems in 1988, and her PhD in Information Systems in 1992. Dorothy Leidner was in 2011 awarded AIS Fellow Award for outstanding contributions.

Within the fields Knowledge Management and Knowledge Management Systems, virtual groups and organizations, the use of social media in organizations, and strategies for information systems, Leidner has accomplished a lot. She has worked both theoretically and empirically and addressed practitioners as well.

As a researcher, Professor Leidner has published a large number of articles in leading journals in both Information Systems (IS) and Business Administration and has over 50 refereed publications in leading and highly regarded journals. According to, there are more than 30,000 citations to her research. She also works herself as editor of various magazines and has actively worked towards getting more women to be interested in informatics and systems science.

For a long time Dorothy Leidner has cooperated with the Department of Informatics at LUSEM. She has been a regular guest researcher, lecturer and supervisor since the late 90's. She has also worked as a mentor of researchers in the Department.

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