Information Systems

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The Information Systems (IS) Ph.D. program is geared towards understanding how existing and emerging technologies impact the context and practice of business. Our research spans the broad concerns of: (1) Digital Business Technology, Innovation, and Strategy, (2) Business Intelligence and Analytics (3) Executive Leadership of Information Technology, such as CIO, CTO and their collaboration with other business functions, and the (4) Role of Technology in Commercial Environments.

While our focus is on business, Information Technology is tightly integrated with all aspects of our lives. Our research spans phenomena including IT in healthcare, IT Governance, Evolution of the IT Organization, Management of IT resources, Open Collaborative Communities, Social Media, Environmental Sustainability and IT, Social Entrepreneurship, Software Management, and Big Data.

In order to support our research, we use a wide range of quantitative, qualitative, and design science techniques for creating knowledge such as data analytics, machine learning, experimental, econometrics, simulation, and grounded theory.

Our program strives to develop scholars who create knowledge through rigorous and relevant research. The program is consistently ranked among the top 20 graduate programs in the Information Systems area. Graduates of the IS Ph.D. program have gone on to become faculty in institutions such as University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, Texas A & M University, and University of Illinois – Springfield.

Coursework and Research

Students spend the first two years taking courses and familiarizing themselves with potential research topics. Afterwards students under faculty guidance develop a personalized research program leading to presentations at leading academic outlets, publications, and productive academic careers. In addition to the Business Administration core courses, students take courses in the area of Information Systems, courses in research methodology, and pro-seminars in Information systems. Owing to the strengths of the University in diverse areas, students have opportunities to take graduate level courses from other relevant departments on campus.

Throughout their tenure in the program, students have ample opportunities for close collaboration with faculty on leading IS projects. Our faculty excel in interdisciplinary research and collaborate with faculty across the campus, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Information Trust Institute (ITI), and industry partners. Once students establish their research foundation, they begin motivated work toward their dissertation.

Recent dissertation titles:

  • Patterns in Information Technology Portfolio Decision Making: An Inductive Approach


For a complete list of Information Systems faculty members please visit our faculty directory.

Current Students

For a complete list of current students in Information Systems please visit our PhD student directory.