Sambamurthy named editor of top information systems research journal

Publish Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2004

V. Sambamurthy, the Eli Broad Professor of Information Technology at the Broad School, has been named the editor-in-chief of ISR (Information System Research), the leading international information systems journal. The journal is a publication of INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), which serves the scientific and professional needs of OR/MS (Operations Research and the Management Sciences) investigators, scientists, students, educators, and managers. (Visit the web site at ) Paul Gray, professor emeritus of Information Science at Claremont Graduate University and chair of the INFORMS editorial search committee, said, "ISR has moved rapidly to being a top, internationally recognized research journal since it was founded 15 years ago. The journal is now ready to move to the next intellectual level. The committee selected Professor Sambamurthy because we believe his broad view of information systems, his energy and vitality, and his vision of how to grow even further intellectually in the years ahead best met the requirements for the next editor in chief." As an "A-level" research journal, ISR has earned the respect of both universities and rankings organizations (including both Business Week and Financial Times), who consider research published in the journal as evidence of leading edge scholarship in the field. ISR was selected as the 2004 winner of an Emerald Management Reviews Golden Page Award for Research Implications in the category of Information Management and Technology. According to Robert B. Duncan, the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean, "Sambamurthy's new role as editor of ISR reflects the Broad School's strategic emphasis on leveraging the intellectual capital of its faculty by encouraging them to take leadership roles in their disciplines. In particular, the Broad School wants to build its reputation in information technology - both in performing basic research and in applying that research to business challenges." Earlier this year, Sambamurthy was named executive director of Michigan State University's new Center for Leadership of the Digital Enterprise located at the Broad School. The Center for Leadership of the Digital Enterprise will study how firms can creatively - and successfully - combine information technologies (IT) with business processes and strategies. He is also co-chair of the academic council for the new, not for profit BTM Institute (Business Technology Management Institute), which is dedicated to providing companies with a better way to capitalize on technology investments. Sambamurthy (PhD, University of Minnesota), who has been at the Broad School since 2002, previously served on the faculties of the business schools at University of Maryland and Florida State University. His expertise is in how firms leverage information technologies in their business strategies, products, services, and organizational processes. He researches issues related to the impacts of CIO (chief information officer) and top management team characteristics on firms' success with IT assimilation, the impacts of institutional forces on organizational IT assimilation, and the factors associated with strategic leverage of IT.