Lorne Olfman, Professor

PhD, Indiana University

Co-Director of the Social Leaning Software Lab (SL²)

Lorne Olfman Portrait

Lorne Olfman is a Professor in the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), former Dean of the School of Information Systems and Technology, and from 2003-2012, Fletcher Jones Chair in Technology Management. He came to Claremont in 1987 after graduating with a PhD in Business (Management Information Systems) from Indiana University (IU). He also holds an MBA (from IU), an MA in Economics and a BSc in Computing Science (both from the University of Calgary). Lorne worked in the public and private sectors in Canada for 10 years before entering the PhD program.

Lorne’s research interests include: how software can be learned and used in organizations, the impact of computer-based systems on knowledge management, and the design and adoption of systems used for group work. Along with Terry Ryan, Lorne co-directs the Social Learning Software Lab ([SL]2). A key component of Lorne’s teaching is his involvement with doctoral students; he has supervised 51 students to completion and has served as a member, examiner and opponent on 70 other completed dissertations.

As an active member of the Information Systems community, Lorne has co-authored 150 refereed articles including 53 in journals, 28 as book chapters, and 69 as conference papers. He was Program Chair and then Conference Chair for ACM SIGMIS, served on many international conference committees, co-chaired mini-tracks at HICSS and served on the HICSS IS Advisory Board. He has also served on a variety of editorial boards, and is currently a Senior Editor of the AIS Transactions on Human Computer Interaction. Lorne was co-chair of the Doctoral Consortium for the 2009 Americas Conference on Information Systems. He was Chair of the Claremont Graduate University Faculty from June 2011-May 2013, and is serving as Associate Director of the Center for Information Systems and Technology for 2013-2014.