Professor Piet Ribbers graduated cum laude in 1971 as an economist from Tilburg University. In 1980, he received his PhD with the thesis, "Organization and Planning of the Purchasing Function in an Industrial Enterprise" (cum laude).Professor Ribbers began his scientific career as assistant professor at the Limburg School of Economics in Hasselt, Belgium (currently part of Hasselt University in Belgium), where he was appointed Professor of Organization and Information Systems. In 1986, after his stay in Belgium, he was appointed Professor of Information Management at Tilburg University, where next to his responsibilities in the School of Economics, he was responsible for the development of the postgraduate program BIK (Information Management) within TIAS. He has also been, since 1995, Affiliate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Professor Ribbers is currently Academic Director of TIAS Executive Master of Information Management (MIM) and Chairman of the Department of Information Management. He conducts research and holds lectures on the issue of alignment between business processes and the use of information technology”.