Suprateek Sarker

Professor of Commerce; Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor
Information Technology
Honorary Doctorate (Information Technology), University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Cincinnati
M.S., Computer Information Systems, Arizona State University
M.B.A, Baylor University
B.E., Computer Science and Engineering, Jadavpur University, India
Areas of Expertise: 
Qualitative research
Theory development
Mixed-method research
Systems development
Distributed work
IT-enabled organizational change
Professional Activities: 

Suprateek Sarker (“Supra”) is Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor (Information Technology) at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, and he teaches courses on data management, systems analysis and design, management of digital organizations, and qualitative research approaches. He was formerly the Philip Kays Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Washington State University.

Professor Sarker's research, which is largely qualitative in nature, has been published in such journals as MIS Quarterly; Information Systems Research; Journal of Management Information Systems; Journal of the Association of Information Systems; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; Information & Organization; European Journal of Information Systems; Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Journal; Journal of Strategic Information Systems; Journal of Information Technology; Information Technology & People; MIS Quarterly Executive; Communications of the AIS; Communications of the ACM; ACM Transactions on MIS; ACM Data Base; IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication; IEEE Software; Decision Sciences Journal; and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as the Institute for the Study of Business Markets.

He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Information Systems Research (as senior editor), Journal of the AIS (as editor-in-chief, term ending June 30, 2019), MIS Quarterly (currently active as a senior editor emeritus), Journal of MIS (as a member of the Board of Editors), IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (as an editorial board member), and Information Technology & People (as an editorial advisory board member). He is also a past editor-in-chief of Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research and a past senior editor of Decision Sciences Journal.

Professor Sarker has held visiting professorships or visiting scholar positions at Royal Holloway University of London (University of London Chair of Technology & Information Management, part time) (United Kingdom); Helsinki School of Economics, Mikkeli, University of Oulu, Aalto University, Helsinki (as Distinguished Visiting Professor, summer terms) (Finland); Copenhagen Business School (as Microsoft Chair of Information Systems) (Denmark);  Vaxjo University (Sweden); National Economics University (Vietnam); Cesar Ritz University Center (Switzerland);  University of Kassel, University of Mannheim (Germany); University of New South Wales, University of Sydney (Australia); National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), and has upcoming short appointments at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Cape Town, and Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), among others. He has also served as doctoral dissertation examiner for scholars in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and South Africa. He has been invited to be keynote speaker at a number of prominent conferences in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.

In 2006, Professor Sarker was a co-recipient of the Stafford Beer Medal from the Operational Research Society (United Kingdom) for work on virtual teamwork published in European Journal of Information Systems. He has earned teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In August 2016, the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) conferred on Professor Sarker an honorary doctorate; in December 2017, he was named a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS); and in April 2018, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems Department, University of Cincinnati, where he completed his Ph.D. studies in 1997.

Selected Publications:

"The Role of Affordances in the Deinstitutionalization of a Dysfunctional Health Management Information System (HMIS) in Kenya: An Identity Work Perspective." MIS Quarterly, forthcoming 2019 (with R. Bernardi and S. Sahay).

"Commitment and Replacement of Existing SAAS-Delivered Applications: A Mixed-Method Investigation," MIS Quarterly, conditionally accepted 2019 (with X. Xiao, S. Sarker, R. Wright, and  B. Mariadoss).

"The Sociotechnical Perspective as an ‘Axis of Cohesion’ for the Information Systems Discipline: Its Historical Legacy & Its Continuing Relevance," MIS Quarterly, forthcoming 2019 (with S. Chatterjee, X. Xiao, and A. Elbanna).

"Toward a Dialectical Process View of Organizational Employees’ Information Systems Security Behaviors," Information Systems Research, forthcoming 2019 (with M. Karjalainen and M. Siponen).

"Work-Life Conflict of Globally Distributed Software Development Personnel: An Empirical Investigation Using Border Theory," Information Systems Research, 2018 (S. Sarker, M. Ahuja, and S. Sarker).

"The Practice of Qualitative Research in the IS Discipline: An Evolutionary View and Some Implications for Authors and Evaluators (Part I and Part II)," Journal of the AIS, 2018 (with X. Xiao, T. Beaulieu, and A. S. Lee).

"Enabling Effective Operational Risk Management in a Financial Institution: An Action Research Study," Journal of MIS, 2017 (with S. Yang, C. Hsu, and A. S. Lee).

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IT Professor Suprateek Sarker is the recipient of an AIS Fellow Award, one of the Association for Information Systems’ most prestigious awards honoring extraordinary individuals in the information systems community. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the International... Read more
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