Dr. Alavi’s prolific academic contributions include numerous published papers, and serving on the editorial boards of several prestigious business and technology journals. Dr. Alavi’s body of work has received over 37,450 citations on Google Scholar, placing her within the top 2% of the world’s most-cited researchers by the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford University.
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 executives on topics of IT innovation and digital strategies and transformation for organizations including Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Invesco, KIA Motors, Sodexo, Southern Company, and the World Bank.
In recognition of her professional achievements, she has received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award, an award given by peers in recognition of a role model to colleagues and students within the discipline. Dr. Alavi was also awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School and was named Woman of the Year for mid-size organizations and educational institutions by 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 a mentor, role model, and facilitator for both women and men pursuing careers in STEM fields. She received the prestigious Georgia Tech Diversity Champion Faculty Award in recognition of her many contributions toward creating a diverse and inclusive community at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Alavi has served on the advisory board of the Center for Knowledge-based Enterprise at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, the Board of Trustees of Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, and the International Advisory Board of the Politecnico di Milano School of Management in Italy. She was twice appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia to the Georgia Technology Authority Board.
She holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York at Buffalo, and both an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in management information systems from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.