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foto d’atriProf. Alessandro D’Atri, 60, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Director of the Center for Research on Information Systems of the LUISS Guido Carli, prominent founder of the Information Systems discipline in Italy and renowned internationally, passed away on April 22nd, 2011, after a long fight with cancer.

Describing such a rich, complex, and eclectic personality as Sandro’s is not easy even for someone who has had the honour to know him and to work close with him for several years. For us, Sandro has been a colleague, a supervisor, a mentor, a friend, and sometimes a father. But these qualities were not only for us, his strict co-workers. We had the impression that also other scholars, both Italians and foreigners, identify in him these characteristics.

These traits of his character were absolutely evident in the professional activity where he has spent a lot of his energy, his competences, and his knowledge. Even in the most difficult situations, his style was recognizable by a smile on his face and a continuous will to minimize problems and to suggest a way to get through them. This was also evident in his last battle against the disease that took him away from us. We have seen him fighting until the end with incredible spirit and courage. So that he has leaded the CeRSI, in the trenches as he used to say, until the very last days, and he was continuously thinking of future developments and of the growth of his research team.

He was a passionate and a dedicate worker. He was fully committed to support, encourage, and further develop all the positive aspects of his co-workers. Particularly towards the young researchers of his research team at the CeRSI, he was always providing hints, clues, and suggestions to enhance their aptitudes and to promote and increase the value of their work. He has expended much energy to give a full citizenship to information systems studies within the sphere of organization studies in Italy. Even in front of misunderstandings, he was always trying to convince his colleagues of the value that research in this field could have brought to the organization studies.

Tangible outcomes of his efforts are the CeRSI research center of the LUISS Guido Carli University that he has founded and contributed to develop, and the ItAIS, the Italian chapter of the Association for Information Systems. His work, witnessed by the rich project portfolio of the CeRSI and his frequent and intense scientific production, has contributed to make both the CeRSI and ItAIS known and appreciated in Italy and in the rest of the world. He has shared with us good and bad moments, in work and in leisure. We have been his second family. We, as close co-workers of the CeRSI research center, commit to take his heritage and try to continue to pursue the ideas and values that have inspired his life and his work in the future.

Valentina Albano, Alessio Maria Braccini, Nunzio Casalino, Marco De Marco, Michele Missikoff, Andrea Resca, Luca Sabini, Paolo Spagnoletti, Stefano Za