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Leon Kappelman, Ph.D. is a research scientist, teacher, author, speaker, expert witness, and advisor dedicated to helping organizations better manage their information, human, and technology assets. He is Director Emeritus of the Information Systems Research Center and Professor of Information Systems in the Information Technology & Decision Sciences Department of the College of Business at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he is also a Fellow of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge and a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. Program. He is also primary investigator of the Society for Information Management’s (SIM) annual IT Trends Study and founding chair of SIM’s Enterprise Architecture Working Group.

Professor Kappelman has assisted many public and private organizations with their technology management activities including IT assessment and performance measurement, strategic planning, IT governance, software development, software project management, enterprise architecture, continuity of operations, and IT workforce management. He has given presentations and written articles on these and other IT management topics, and testified before the U.S. Congress on technology legislation and IT management practices. He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops on many management, business, and technology topics in North America, Europe, and Asia. His work has been reported in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Newsweek, Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, L.A. Times, and scores of other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared nationwide on CNN, CNBC, PBS, and ABC, as well as many other television and radio stations. He has brought approximately $2.6 million in research funding to UNT.

Dr. Kappelman’s professional expertise centers on the management of information and technology and includes software project management, software development and maintenance, continuity of operations, organizational change management, performance measurement including metrics development, enterprise architecture, IT-related legal and ethical issues including intellectual property matters, and high-tech and public policy concerns such as privacy, security, and software quality. He has worked with organizations involved in banking, insurance, aerospace, energy, defense, health care, education, telecommunications, retail, all levels of government, not-for-profits, sales, marketing, distribution, electric utilities, and petrochemicals, as well as other economic sectors.

Professor Kappelman’s pro bono work includes testifying on high-tech issues several times before the U.S. Congress, serving on the program committee and speaking at a United Nations IT conference, participating in White House industry roundtables, serving on the American Heart Association’s IT Expert Panel, editing five books, founding and leading the SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group and the SIM Year 2000 Working Group, and founding and serving as a member of the steering committee of the United Nations and World Bank sponsored Y2K Expert Service Volunteer Corps. He currently serves as the primary investigator of the United States’ longest-lived study of IT leadership and IT management practices.

Professor Kappelman has published several books and over 100 articles. His works have appeared in the Communications of the ACM, MIS Quarterly, MIS Quarterly Executive, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, IEEE Software, Project Management Journal, InformationWeek, Computerworld, and other venues. He authored Information Systems for Managers (McGraw-Hill, 1993); contributed to and edited the SIM Guide to Enterprise Architecture (CRC Press, 2010) and Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 (International Thomson Press, 1997); and contributed to and co-edited Y2K Endgame Strategies (SIM International, 1999), Year 2000 Update (SIM International, 1998), and Solving the Year 2000 Computer Date Problem (SIM International, 1996).

A current CV is available upon request.

Leon A. Kappelman, Ph.D.

Leon A. Kappelman, Ph.D.
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