A professor from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University
of Houston was one of five to be recognized globally for his
contributions to research, teaching and service in the field of
Wynne W. Chin, C. T. Bauer Professor of Decision and Information
Sciences, was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Information
Systems on Dec. 16 at the International Conference on Information
Systems in Milan, Italy.
"I was very surprised, but at the same time, delighted, to be honored,"
Chin said. "The ICIS is the main conference in my discipline, and to be
recognized as a Fellow alongside only four others in the world this year
This year, inductees included only two from the Americas-Bauer's Chin
and Richard Boland of Case Western Reserve University. Other inductees
were Guy Fitzgerald of Loughborough University, Patrick Chau of The
University of Hong Kong and Christina Soh of Nanyang Technological
Established in 1999, the AIS Fellow Award is given annually to
candidates who have made significant global contributions to the
discipline of information systems as well as outstanding local
contributions in the context of their respective countries and regions.
In addition, according to the organization, "AIS Fellows should be role
models to colleagues and students, capable of commanding the respect of
individuals from outside the dicipline and should be esteemed for their
high levels of professional and personal integrity."
As an ambassador for the information systems field, Chin illustrates
those attributes. His scholarship has impacted other disciplines as
varied as marketing, management, statistics, psychology and education.
In addition to teaching at Bauer's Houston campus, he has taught in
dozens of countries, raising the discipline's profile in the research
methods community. He willingly mentors Ph.D. students and junior
faculty and is a founding member of DIGIT (Diffusion Interest Group in
IT), now the longest existing special interest group that meets at the
International Conference on Information Systems. Chin also conducted the
first AIS electronic workshop in 1998 and is a founding member and first
president of the association's special interest group for the Adoption
and Diffusion of Information Technology.
Chin is well published in both IS and statistical journals, including Multivariate
Behavioral Research and Structural Equation Modeling. His
research has received over 17,000 citations, earned a Google Scholar H
index of 40 and is ranked third overall in first authored articles
published in Management Information Systems Quarterly and Information
Systems Research from 1990 through 2012. His editorial service
includes Structural Equation Modeling, ISR, Journal of
the AIS, MISQ, Journal of Information Technology, and Data
Base (co-editor). He has received MISQ's Reviewer of the Year
and Management Science Outstanding Reviewer awards.
Chin brings recognition to the IS community as one of the foremost
exponents of the Partial Least Squares Path Modeling technique with his
freely shared PLS-Graph software (beginning in 1990) used by more than
8,000 researchers worldwide and as chair of the 2012 International PLS
conference. Transcending the IS discipline, he is credited as keeping
the PLS research community afloat during the 1990s before its renewed
interest among statisticians in 1999 and has published two books on this
methodology in 2010 and 2013.
Named a World Class University Professor from Sogang University,
Visiting Fellow at the Australian School of Business, University of
Canterbury, Queens University, and City University of Hong Kong, Chin
was inducted into the Circle of Compadres by the Ph.D. Project for his
years of service mentoring the minority Ph.D. student community. As the
first American-born Chinese to receive an IS doctorate, Chin also
donates time as a mentor for the Leadership Development Program in
Higher Education supporting Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) and is on
the board of directors for Asian Americans in Higher Education (APAHE).
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