Stafford Beer Medal


This award is named in memory of Stafford Beer, a world leader in the development of systems ideas, especially management cybernetics, and President of The OR Society 1970-71.

The Stafford Beer Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of Information Systems published in the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) within the relevant year.

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Citation for Stafford Beer Medal 2018

Rachida Parks, Quinnipiac University, CT USA; Heng Xu, Pennsylvania State University, PA USA; Chao-Hsien Chu, Pennsylvania State University, PA USA; Paul Benjamin Lowry, University of Hong Kong, China.

Examining the intended and unintended consequences of organisational privacy safeguards.

European Journal of Information Systems, 26 (1): 37-65

The authors address the highly significant challenge of organisational privacy breaches. While many organisations have attempted to achieve privacy compliance through a combination of technical and human controls, these controls may also have unintended consequences such as impeding workflow.  The authors explore this tension using grounded theory to investigate the consequences of enacting privacy safeguards in medical practices. They present a new theoretical framework that explains the unintended consequences of privacy safeguard enactment and highlight an imbalance challenge that occurs when unintended consequences outweigh the intended consequences of enacting privacy safeguards. The study also has practical contributions for healthcare executives explaining how they could alleviate the imbalance challenge to reduce workarounds and potential negative effects on privacy compliance.

The judges were impressed with the novel focus of the paper and its readability. The judges particularly liked the way the paper provided a valuable theoretical contribution to academia and clear guidance to practitioners, exemplifying how the theory - practice divide may be bridged. For these reasons they commend the paper to the IS community and congratulate the authors on being selected for the award.

Rachida Parks winner of 2018 Stafford Beer Medal with John Hopes

Rachida Parks receives the medal from OR Society President John Hopes on behalf of the rest of the team: Heng Xu, Chao-Hsien Chu and Paul Benjamin Lowry

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