Leon Kappelman, PhD
Leon Kappelman, PhD has been a SIM member since 1995, served as primary investigator of the SIM’s annual IT Trends Study from 2013 through 2021, and was founding chair of SIM’s Enterprise Architecture and Y2K Working Groups. He is also a SIM Research Fellow and a SIM DFW Chapter Fellow. He served as Professor of IS in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas (UNT) from 1990 through 2921 and as Chair of the Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department from 2017 through 2021. He is Director Emeritus of the Information Systems Research Center at UNT.
Dr. Kappelman has assisted many public, private, government, not-for-profit, and other kinds of organizations with their IS-related management activities. These advisory services to centered on the management of IT in organizations and included software development, structure and governance, budgeting, strategic planning, system and software architecture and design, enterprise architecture, software project management, continuity of operations and disaster recovery management, operations management, service delivery and service quality, change management, performance measurement and metrics development, workforce planning, IS-related legal and ethical issues including intellectual property matters, and development, and high-tech and public policy concerns like privacy, security, and software quality.
Leon has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops on these and other management, business, and technology topics in North America, Europe, and Asia, conducted research studies about and written articles on these and other IS-related topics, and testified before the U.S. Congress on technology-related legislation and IS management practices. His pro bono work includes testifying on high-tech issues several times before the U.S. Congress, serving on the program committees for and speaking at two United Nations (“UN”) global IS conferences, participating in White House industry round tables, serving on the American Heart Association’s IT Expert Panel, editing five books for a not-for-profit IS executive professional association, founding and leading several IS industry working groups, serving on committees of high-tech industry trade and professional associations, conducting research studies for professional societies and trade associations including North America’s longest-lived study of IS management practices and leadership (i.e., SIM’s IT Trends Study) , and founding and serving as a member of the steering committee of a U.S., UN, and World Bank sponsored volunteer corps to assist developing and less technically advanced countries deal with software- and computer-related problems. He published over 125 scholarly articles and contributed to and edited several books including the SIM Guide to Enterprise Architecture (CRC Press, 2010) and Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 (International Thomson Press, 1997). The latter was a deliverable of the SIM Y2K Working Group.
Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Kappelman has served as an expert witness in over two dozen matters involving software and IT management practices. These engagements centered for the most part on software concerns such as intellectual property (e.g., copyright, patent, trade secrets), quality, project management, and software development and engineering practices.