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Alavi, Maryam

Maryam Alavi

Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr. Chair;
Professor of IT Management
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Functional Area(s):
Digital innovations and disruptions of business models
Impact of information technologies on knowledge management and learning processes
Information technologies and organizations: impact on strategy, structure, and operations
Talent development and organizational capability building in a digital age
Ph.D. Information Systems, The Ohio State University
M.S. Computer Information Systems, The Ohio State University
B.A. Math and Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo

As an expert in digital innovations and strategic IT applications, Dr. Alavi has authored numerous published papers and served on the editorial boards of several prestigious business and technology journals. She is a thought leader on IT strategy as well as a recognized educator and advisor with extensive experience in leadership development and organizational capability building for a digital age.

Dr. Alavi is a sought-after speaker at national and international forums and conferences, and has taught in executive programs at some of the world’s most prestigious business schools. She has advised and taught executives on topics of IT and digital strategies and transformations in organizations including Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, KIA Motors, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Sodexo, Southern Company, and the World Bank.

In recognition of her professional achievements, Dr. Alavi received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award; an award given by peers in recognition of the recipient as a role model and inspiration to colleagues and students within the discipline. She was also awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School, and recently received a Citation of Excellence Award from Emerald Publishing for her highly-cited paper based on novelty, interdisciplinary interest, and relevancy in today’s world. Dr. Alavi was selected as the 2017-2018 Woman of the Year for mid-size organizations by the Women in Technology of Georgia. This award celebrates women in their visionary efforts to transform the world of business and technology and recognizes Dr. Alavi’s accomplishments as mentor, role model, and facilitator of women and men pursuing careers in STEM fields. She was also the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Georgia Tech Diversity Champion Faculty Award in recognition of her many contributions toward creating a diverse and inclusive community at Scheller College and Georgia Tech.

Dr. Alavi served on the advisory board of the Center for Knowledge-based Enterprise at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and was twice appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia to the Georgia Technology Authority Board. She is a member of the Atlanta Rotary and serves on the Board of Trustees of Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, the Board of Advisors of Valor Ventures, and the International Advisory Board of the Politecnico di Milano School of Management in Italy.

Dr. Alavi holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York at Buffalo, and both an M.S. in computer and information sciences and a Ph.D. in management information systems from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


  • G. C. Kane, M. Alavi, J. Labianca, and S. Borgatti, “What is Different About Social Media Networks? A Framework and Research Agenda,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 275-304, March 2014.
  • M. Alavi, and J. Denford, “Knowledge Management: Process and Practice and Web 2.0,” in M. Ester-Smith, and M. Lyle (eds.), Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 105-121, 2011.
  • M. Alavi and Y. Yoo, “Use Information Technology for Organizational Change,” in E. A. Locke (ed.), Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior, 2nd ed., Blackwell (Wiley), 2009.
  • G. C. Kane and M. Alavi, “Casting the Net: A Multimodal Network Perspective on User- System Interactions,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 253-72, September 2008.       Runner-up, best published paper award 2009, the Information Systems Society
  • M. Alavi and G. C. Kane, “Social Networks and Information Technology: Evolution and New Frontiers,” in D. Leidner, and I. Beccra (eds.), Knowledge Management:  An Evolutionary View of the Field, AMIS Research Monograph, 2008.
  • G. C. Kane and M. Alavi, “Information Technology and Organizational Learning: An Investigation of Exploration and Exploitation Processes,” Organization Science, Vol. 18, No. 5, September/October 2007.
  • D. Liedner, M. Alavi, and T. Kayworth, “The Role of Culture in Knowledge Management: A Case Study of Two Global Firms,” International Journal of e-Collaboration, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 17-40, January-March 2006. Reprinted in: Ned Kock, E-Collaboration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, Volume II, Information Science Reference, Hershey, New York, 2009.
  • M. Alavi, T. Kayworth, and D. Liedner, “An Empirical Examination of the Influence of Organizational Culture on Knowledge Management Practices,” Journal of MIS, Winter/Spring 2005- 2006.
  • G. C. Kane and M. Alavi, “Information Technology and Organizational Learning: An Investigation of Exploitation and Exploration Processes,” Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Information Systems, Las Vegas, NV, December 2005.
  • M. Alavi and G. C. Kane, “A Network Perspective on Knowledge Management,” Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Information Systems, Las Vegas, NV, December 2005.
  • M. Alavi and D. Dufner, “Technology-Mediated Collaborative Learning: A Research Perspective,” Asynchronous Learning Networks: A Research Frontier, Elsevier Publishing, New York, NY, 2005.
  • Y. Yoo and M. Alavi, “Emergent Leadership in Virtual Teams: What do Emergent Leaders Do?” Information and Organization, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2004.
  • M. Alavi, “Distributed Learning Environments,” IEEE Computer, January 2004.
  • M. Alavi and B. Gallupe, “Using Information Technology in Learning: Case Studies in Business and Management Education Programs,” Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 2, July 2003.
  • M. Alavi and A. Tiwana, “Knowledge Management: The Information Technology Dimension,” Knowledge Management Systems, Blackwell Publishing, New York, NY, 2003.
  • M. Alavi and D. Leidner, “Virtual Learning Systems: Information Systems in Education,”  Encyclopedia of Information Systems, Academic Press, New York, NY, 2002.
  • M. Alavi and A. Tiwana, “Knowledge Integration in Virtual Teams: The Potential Role of Knowledge Management Systems,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 53, No. 12, 2002.
  • M. Alavi, G. Marakas, and Y. Yoo, “A Comparative Study of Distributed Learning Environments on Learning Outcomes,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 13, No. 4, December 2002.
  • Y. Yoo and M. Alavi, “Media and Group Cohesion: Relative Influences on Social Presence, Task Participation, and Group Cohesiveness,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 25, No 3, September 2001.
  • M. Alavi and D. Leidner, “Technology-Mediated Learning: A Call for Greater Depth and Breadth of Research,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 12, No. 1, March 2001.
  • M. Alavi and D. Leidner, “Knowledge Management and Knowledge Management Systems: Conceptual Foundations and Research Issues,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 25, No 1, 2001.
  • M. Alavi and B. Gallupe, “The Transformation of Business Education,” Creating Value Networks:  Managing IT in the 21st Century, Prentice-Hall, New York, NY, 2001.
  • M. Alavi, “Organizational Knowledge Management,” Framing the Domains of IT Management Research: Glimpsing the Future through the Past, Pinneflex Educational Resources, Cincinnati, OH, 2000.
  • M. Alavi and B. Haley, “Knowledge Management Systems: Implications for Data Warehousing.” Journal of Data Warehousing, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1999.
  • M. Alavi, “Group Support Systems: Technologies and Application,” Encyclopedia of Microcomputers, Vol. 24, 1999.
  • M. Alavi and D. Leidner, “Knowledge Management Systems: Issues, Challenges, and Benefits,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1999. Reprinted in: “Knowledge Management Systems: Theory and Practice,” Thompson Learning, New York, NY, 2002.
  • M. Alavi and D. Leidner, “Knowledge Management Systems: Emerging Views and Practices from the Field.” in Proceedings of the Thirty-Second Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, Kona, Hawaii, January 1999. Runner-up for the Best Paper Award at the Conference
  • M. Alavi, “Dancing with Change: Higher Education’s Transition to Information Age,” Essays in Quality Learning, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1998.
  • B. Shneiderman, E. Borkowski, M. Alavi, and K. Norman, “Emerging Patterns of Teaching/Learning in Electronic Classrooms,” Education Technology Research & Development, Vol. 46, No. 4, December 1998.
  • M. Alavi, Y. Yoo, and D. R. Vogel, “Using Information Technology to Add Value to Management Education,” Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 40, No. 6, December 1997.
  • M. Alavi, “KPMG Peat Marwick U.S.: One Giant Brain,” Harvard Business School Case Publishing, Boston, MA, 9-397-108, 1997.
  • E. Locke, M. Alavi, and R. Wagner III, “Participation in Decision Making: An Information Exchange Perspective,” Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 15, JAI Press, 1997.
  • B. Wheeler, M. Alavi, and J. Valacich, “Collins, Inc. and National Home Foods: Looking for Interorganizational Linkages in the Grocery Industry (B),” Management Information Case Series, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1997.
  • M. Alavi, “Dick Tracy's Office – Business Applications of Wireless Technologies.” Emerging World of Wireless Communications Annual Review, Institute for Information Studies/Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO, 1996.
  • B. Shneiderman, M. Alavi, K. Norman, and E. Yu, “Windows of Opportunity in Electronic Classrooms,” Communication of the ACM, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1995.
  • M. Alavi, B. Wheeler, and J. Valacich, “Using IT to Reengineer Business Education: An Exploratory Investigation of Collaborative Telelearning,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 1995.
  • M. Alavi and Y. Yoo, “Productivity Gains of BPR,” Information Systems Management, Fall 1995.
  • B. Wheeler, J. Valacich, M. Alavi, and D. Vogel, “A Framework for Technology-Mediated Inter-Organizational Telelearning Relationships,” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1995.
  • B. Wheeler, J. Valacich, and M. Alavi, “The Emergence of Desktop Videoconferencing for Collaborative Work.” in Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science, Kona, Hawaii, January 1995.
  • M. Alavi, “Computer Mediated Collaborative Learning: An Empirical Evaluation,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 1994.
  • M. Alavi, “Steps Toward Making CASE an Organizational Reality,” Journal of Information Systems Management, Vol. 10, No. 2, Spring 1993.
  • M. Alavi, “An Assessment of Electronic Meeting Systems in a Corporate Setting,” Information and Management, Vol. 25, 1993.
  • M. Alavi and E. Joachimsthaler, “Revisiting DSS Implementation Research: A Meta-Analysis of the Literature and Suggestions for Researchers,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 1992.
  • M. Alavi and P. Carlson, “A Review of MIS Research and Disciplinary Development,” Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 8, No. 4, Spring 1992.
  • B. Bowman, M. Alavi, and R. Scamell, “The Development of Computer Applications by End- Users: Some Relationships between Development Controls and Application Quality,” in Proceedings of the International Decision Science Institute Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 1991.
  • M. Alavi and J. C. Wetherbe, “Mixing Prototyping and Data Modeling for Information Systems Design,” IEEE Software, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1991.
  • M. Alavi, “GDSS: A Key to Business Team Productivity,” Journal of Information Systems Management, Summer 1991.
  • M. Alavi and G. Young, “Information Technology in an International Enterprise: An Organizing Framework,” in The Global Issues of Information Technology Management, Idea Groups, Harrisburg, PA, 1991.
  • M. Alavi, J. Phillips, and S. Freedman, “An Empirical Investigation of Two Alternative Approaches to the Control of End-User Application Development Process,” Data Base, Vol. 20, No. 4, Winter 1990.
  • M. Alavi and N. Umanath, “Application Software Prototyping,” Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology, Vol. 21, No. 6, 1990.
  • M. Alavi and P. Carlson, “The Ecology of IS Research: 1968-1988,” in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information Systems, Boston, MA, 1989.
  • M. Alavi and P.G.W. Keen, “Business Teams in an Information Age,” Information Society, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1989.
  • M. Alavi, “Software Upgrade: Confronting the Issues” in Handbook of Manufacturing Automation and Integration, Auerbach Publishing, New York, NY, 1989.
  • M. Alavi, “Application Prototyping,” in Systems Development Management, Auerbach Publishers, New York, NY, 1989.
  • M. Alavi, R. Nelson, and I. Weiss, “Managing End-User Computing as a Value-Added Resource,” Journal of Information Systems Management, Spring 1988.
  • M. Alavi, R. Nelson, and I. Weiss, “Strategies for End-User Computing: An Integrative Framework,” Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 4, No. 3, Winter 1987-1988.
  • M. Alavi, R. Nelson, and I. Weiss, “The Management of End-User Computing: Critical Attributes for Organizational Success” in Proceedings of the Twentieth Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, Kona, Hawaii, January 6-9, 1987. Reprinted in End-User Computing: Concepts, Issues, and Applications, John Wiley and Sons, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1989.
  • M. Alavi, J. Phillip, and S. Freedman, “Strategies for Control of End-User Computing: Impacts on End-Users,” in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information Systems, San Diego, CA, December 1986.
  • M. Alavi, “User-Developed Decision Support Systems: Steps Toward Quality Control,” in Managers, Micros, and Mainframes, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, NY, 1986.
  • M. Alavi and I. Weiss, “Managing the Risks Associated with End-User Computing,” Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 2, No. 3, Winter 1985.
  • M. Alavi, “High Productivity Alternatives for Applications Software Development,” Journal of Information Systems Management, Vol. 2, No. 4, Fall 1985.
  • M. Alavi, “Steps Toward Quality Control of End-User DSS,” in Proceedings of the NYU Symposium on End-User Computing, New York, NY, May 22-24, 1985.
  • M. Alavi, “Some Thoughts on Quality Issues of End-User Developed Systems,” in Proceedings of the 21st ACM/SIGBDP Conference on Data Processing Personnel, Minneapolis, MN, May 2- 4, 1985.
  • M. Alavi, “End-User Computing: The MIS Manager's Perspective,” Information and Management, Vol. 8, 1985.
  • M. Alavi and B. Khumawala, “MRP Implementation: MIS and Behavioral Perspectives,” Advances in Management Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1985.
  • M. Alavi, “Microcomputers and Small Manufacturing: A Strategy for Acquisition,” P&IM Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1985.
  • M. Alavi, “An Assessment of the Prototyping Approach to Application Systems Development,” Communication of the ACM, Vol. 27, No. 6, June 1984. Reprinted in: New Paradigms for Software Development, W. M. Agresti (ed.), IEEE Computer Society, 1988.
  • M. Alavi, “The Evolution of Information Systems Development Approaches: Some Field Observations,” Data Base, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1984.
  • M. Alavi and H. A. Napier, “An Experiment in Applying the Adaptive Design Approach to DSS Development,” Information and Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 1984. Reprinted in Decision Support Systems: Putting Theory into Practice, R. Sprague and H. Watson (eds.), John Wiley and Sons, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1986.
  • M. Alavi, “MRP Implementation: A Practical Experience,” in Proceedings of Decision Science Institute National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 1982.
  • M. Alavi and J. C. Wetherbe, “Reducing Complexity in Information Requirements Planning,” Systems, Objectives, Solutions, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1982.
  • M. Alavi, “An Assessment of the Concept of Decision Support Systems as Viewed by Senior- Level Executives,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 4, December 1982.
  • M. Alavi and J. C. Henderson, “An Evolutionary Strategy for Implementing a DSS,” Management Science, Vol. 27, No. 11, November 1981.

Edited Volumes

  • M. Alavi and H. Oppelland (eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Information Systems, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 1990.
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