by Jenifer ShockleyATLANTA – Arun Rai, a world-renowned information systems scholar at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, has been appointed to a three-year term as editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly effective January 1, 2016.
Consistently ranked as the No. 1 journal in the information systems discipline, MIS Quarterly is devoted to enhancing and communicating knowledge about the development of information technology-based services and resources, as well as the managerial, organizational and societal implications of their use.
Rai, a Regents’ Professor and holder of the Harkins Chair in Information Systems and the J. Mack Robinson Chair of IT-Enabled Supply Chains and Process Innovation, is especially qualified to take the reins. He is among the discipline’s most prolific authors in its elite journals and has been recognized for his intellectual contributions as a fellow of the Association for Information Systems and recipient of the INFORMS Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow Award.
“Arun’s appointment as editor-in-chief is a reflection of his stature within the information systems discipline and among all business scholars. We are proud of his extensive contributions to theory and practice, and prouder still that he is part of the Robinson College of Business,” said Robinson Dean Richard D. Phillips.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve the information systems scholarly community in this role,” said Rai, who plans to implement initiatives focusing on what he describes as “the trifecta” of research impact, scope of influence and speed to publication. “I envision MIS Quarterly as publishing the very best innovative and impactful work spanning diverse research traditions in order to expand our understanding of how digital phenomena are transforming business and society, and how digital innovation can be used to address vexing business and societal problems.”
Currently a senior editor of MIS Quarterly, Rai also has served as a senior editor of Information Systems Research and associate editor of Management Science, among others.
He co-founded the Robinson College’s Center for Process Innovation, an interdisciplinary research center that promotes industry–university partnerships on how digital innovation can address business and societal problems.
Rai holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University, an MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science and Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 75,000 alumni. With programs on five continents and students from 88 countries, the college is world-class and worldwide. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by the Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world's premier programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia's top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.