Allen S. Lee

Honorary Professor

H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Allen S. Lee has been Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1998. He served on the editorial board of MIS Quarterly for over 15 years, including a term as its editor-in-chief, and was a founding senior editor of MISQ Executive. His research program over three decades has involved identifying lessons from the philosophy and history of science and applying them, in the information systems discipline, to show not only how qualitative research can be done rigorously, but also how quantitative research equally needs to live up to the requirements of science. Recently he has taught doctoral seminars on systems theory, social theory, and qualitative research methods, as well as undergraduate database courses. He has also been a tenured professor at McGill University, the University of Cincinnati, and Northeastern University, and served as associate dean at McGill and VCU. His bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are from Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Research Expertise

  • qualitative, interpretive, and case research methods and their use in conjunction with quantitative, positivist, and statistical research methods
  • epistemology of statistical research and qualitative research in information systems
  • social theory and systems theory