The rankings website was originally designed and developed by Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh (vvenkatesh.com). He continues to lead the team at My Vision Research. The rankings site has greatly benefited from the continued involvement of Dr. Frank Chan (now at ESSEC) and Dr. Xiaojun Zhang (now at HKUST) since 2007. Ruba Aljafari, PhD student at the University of Arkansas, has been supporting various site-related activities, such as data import and validation, since 2014. Several others, particularly Dr. Tracy Ann Sykes (Associate Professor, U of Arkansas) and Bradley Wilson (MS, U of Arkansas), have provided valuable design and development contributions over the years.
Viswanath Venkatesh, who completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1997, is a Distinguished Professor and the first holder of the George and Boyce Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, where he has been since June 2004. Prior to joining Arkansas, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland. In addition to presenting his work at universities across the world, he has held visiting appointments at universities around the world.
His research focuses on understanding the diffusion of technologies in organizations and society. For over a decade, he has worked with several companies and government agencies, and has rigorously studied real-world phenomena. Recently, he served on an expert panel at the United Nations on the advancement of women. The sponsorship of his research has been about US$10M. His work has appeared in leading journals in human-computer interaction, information systems, organizational behavior, psychology, marketing, medical informatics, and operations management journals including Management Science, MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP), Journal of Marketing, Personnel Psychology, Production and Operations Management (POM), Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Decision Sciences Journal (DSJ), and International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. He is one of only two scholars to have published 19 or more papers in MIS Quarterly. From 2005-’14, he was the most productive in terms of publications in the premier journals in information systems (i.e., Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly).
He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in business and economics. His articles have been cited over 50,000 times and over 12,000 times per Google Scholar and Web of Science, respectively. In 2014, he was recognized by Thompson Reuters as one of only 95 high-impact scholars in business and economics (highlycited.com), based on publications from 2000 to 2012. Apart from this, several sources have named him among the most-cited in information systems, management and business in general. His papers are among the most cited in the respective journals: his ISR (2000) is the 2nd most cited paper, his DSJ (1996) is the most-cited paper, his MISQ (2003) is the 2nd most-cited paper, and his Management Science (2000) is the 3rd most-cited paper. In 2012, his DSJ (2008) was among the 50 papers to receive Emerald’s Citations of Excellence award for 2012—in 2014, this paper was selected to be among only 35 most-cited papers across 15 years of this award. In 2008, his MISQ (2003) paper was identified as a current classic by Science Watch (a Thompson Reuters’ service) and since 2009, it is the most influential article in one of the four Research Front Maps in business and economics.
He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate, MBA, exec MBA, PhD, and executive courses. Student evaluations have rated him to be among the best instructors at the various institutions, and he has received teaching awards at the school and university levels. He has performed extensive administration and service. At Arkansas, he served as the director of the information systems PhD program for two terms (2004-’09; 2011-’15), with the latter term including him serving as chair of the Walton College PhD committee. During his term as director, he led a transformational effort that produced the top-two most-productive information systems assistant professors graduating since 2000—Sykes and Bala (Chen et al. 2015, Communications of the AIS). At Maryland, he was the Director of the MBA Consulting Program and led undergraduate curriculum revision efforts. He has served on several committees at the university, school and department levels. In 2009, he launched an IS research rankings web site, affiliated with the Association for Information Systems (AIS), that has received many accolades from the academic community. He is currently a Senior Editor (SE) at MISQ and AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction. From 2008 to 2011, he served as an SE at ISR. He is serving and/or has served in various other editorial roles at Management Science, MISQ, ISR, Journal of AIS, POM, OBHDP, and DSJ. MISQ named him “Reviewer of the Year” in 1999.