Chris Forman is the Brady Family Term Professor at the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2002, and was previously on the faculty of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University until 2007.
His research focuses on innovation in enterprise IT, including both the business process innovation that accompanies enterprise IT investment within firms as well as the strategies of enterprise IT suppliers. This research has included the study of how geography shapes the benefits of IT investment within firms, the platform strategies of independent software vendors, and the implications of IT investment for firm organization and firm boundaries, among other topics.
He has published over 30 articles and book chapters. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He currently serves as Senior Editor at Information Systems Research and has previously served as Associate Editor at Management Science, Information Systems Research, and Information Economics and Policy.
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David Dranove, Chris Forman, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (Forthcoming) The Trillion Dollar Conundrum: Complementarities and Health Information Technology. American Economic Journal: Policy
Chris Forman and Nicolas van Zeebroeck (2012) "From wires to partners: How the Internet has fostered R&D collaborations within firms" Management Science 58(8): 1549-1568.
Marco Ceccagnoli, Chris Forman, Peng Huang, and D.J. Wu (2012) "Co-creation of Value in a Platform Ecosystem: The Case of Enterprise Software" MIS Quarterly 36(1): 263-290.
Forman, Chris and Anne Gron, (2011) “Vertical Integration and Information Technology Investment in the Insurance Industry." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 27(1): 180-218.
Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2012) "The Internet and Local Wages: A Puzzle" American Economic Review 102(1): 556-575.
Arora, Ashish and Chris Forman (2007) "How Local are IT Services: Proximity and IT Outsourcing," Journal of Management Information Systems 24(2): 73-102.
Langer, Nishtha, Chris Forman, Sunder Kekre, and Baohong Sun, “Ushering Buyers into Electronic Channels: An Empirical Analysis,” Forthcoming, Information Systems Research.
Forman, Chris, Anindya Ghose, and Avi Goldfarb (2009) "Competition between Local and Electronic Markets: How the benefit of buying online depends on where you live," Management Science 55(1): 47-57.
Forman, Chris, Anindya Ghose, and Batia Wiesenfeld (2008) "Examining the Relationship Between Reviews and Sales: The Role of Reviewer Identity Disclosure in Electronic Markets" Information Systems Research 19(3): 291-313.
Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2008) "Understanding the Inputs into Innovation: Do Cities Substitute for Internal Firm Resources" Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 17(2): 295-316.
Langer, Nishtha, Chris Forman, Sunder Kekre, and Alan Scheller-Wolf (2007) "Assessing the Impact of RFID on Return Center Logistics," Interfaces 37(6): 501-514.
Chen, Pei-yu and Chris Forman (2006) "Can Vendors Influence Switching Costs and Compatibility in an Environment with Open Standards?" MIS Quarterly 30 (Special Issue): 541-562.
Forman, Chris (2005) "The Corporate Digital Divide: Determinants of Internet Adoption," Management Science 51(4): 641-654.
Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2005) "How Did Location Affect the Adoption of the Commercial Internet? Global Village vs. Urban Density," Journal of Urban Economics 58(3): 389-420.
Doms, Mark and Chris Forman (2005) "Prices for Local Area Network Equipment," Information Economics and Policy 17(3): 365-388.