Prof. Dr. José M. Tribolet ( last update: January 2021 )

Short Biography

José Tribolet is Distinguished Full Professor of Information Systems (Retired), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal and Founder and ex-President of INESC - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores (1970-2020), He is Researcher Emeritus at the Information and Decision Support Systems Group at INESC-ID Lisboa

His main academic interests are in Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Engineering, Enterprise Governance and Enterprise Transformation, Since 2000 he has completed with success the supervision of nine Ph.D. students in Enterprise Engineering. 

Dr. Tribolet holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (1977). He was a member of the research staff of Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, from 1977 through 1979. He spent a full sabbatical year (1997-98) at MIT´s Sloan School of Management. He was a guest professor at IWI - the Institute for Information Management of the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland, during the spring term of 2012.

He founded in 1980 the first non-state owned research institute in Portugal, INESC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering. INESC is today a holding of six research institutes nationwide, three of them having become formal Associated Laboratories of the Portuguese Science System. Dr. Tribolet was the President of INESC, since its creation until January 2021. He has been Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (4 years, 1984-1987) and Chairman (6 years, 2002-2003, 2013-2016) and Vice-President for Post-Graduate Studies of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of IST. He is a founding member of the Portuguese Engineering Academy and a founder of the Informatics Engineering College of the Portuguese Engineers Professional Association.

Dr. Tribolet has been playing an active international role in the development of the new area of Enterprise Engineering: he founded and co-chaired the track on “Organizational Engineering” at ACM´s SAC Conferences from 2004 through 2009; he founded and co-chaired the new track on Enterprise Engineering, at the 2007 European Information Systems Conference. He has created, the new track on Enterprise Engineering, at HICSS Conference, starting in 2010. He plays a leading role in the CIAO! Consortium. He was the General Chairmen of the 2013 IEEE Conference on Business Informatics He was co-editor of the Springer Enterprise Engineering book series until July 2020. He was until December 2016 an associate editor of BISE - the Business and Information Systems Engineering Journal. He has been General Chairman of the EEWC Conference in 2014 (Funchal, Portugal) and in 2019 (Lisbon, Portugal). 

Dr. Tribolet provides executive counseling on Enterprise Architecture, Engineering, Governance and Transformation, through Transformer, Lda, a professional services company that  advises top executives on matters involving Enterprise Information Systems, Architecture, Engineering, Governance, Strategy, Alignment, Transformation and Knowledge Management aspects. 

He works or has worked with companies such as Portugal Telecom, Portucel, Soporcel, Águas de Portugal, Moviflor, Jerónimo Martins, Grupo Sá, and Aviludo and several Departments of the Portuguese Public Administration, in particular, the Attorney General´s Office (PGR) and the Ministry of Justice (IGFEJ),  InIR, INCI, IMPIC, INCM and local municipalities, such as Câmara Municipal de Sintra, Câmara Municipal de Oeiras and Empresa Municipal Cascais Ambiente. 

He was actively engaged in 
GPERRTIC, a 6 year national strategic program to rationalize and improve the Information Systems and IT infrastructures of the Portuguese public administration, where he served as a member of its Advisory Board.

Research Interests

  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Governance
  • Enterprise Transformation

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