T. (Ravi) Ravichandran, professor of information systems at the Lally School of Management and the Irene and Robert Bozzone ’55 Distinguished Chair, has been invited to be a senior editor of MIS Quarterly. He joins a distinguished group of international academic professionals appointed to advance the discipline of information systems. His three-year term runs through Dec. 31, 2016. MIS Quarterly ranks as the top academic journal in information systems.
“Having scholars like Dr. Ravichandran at Rensselaer stimulates the academic excellence of our students,” said Tom Begley, dean of the Lally School. “His editorial role allows him to bring new work in the field forward and will help shape the field of information systems.”
According to MIS Quarterly, the journal fosters the “enhancement and communication of knowledge concerning the development of IT-based services, the management of IT resources, and the use, impact, and economics of IT with managerial, organizational, and societal implications.” Senior editors make the final evaluations of submissions being considered for the journal, which is published four times a year.
“I feel honored to serve as a senior editor of MIS Quarterly,” said Ravichandran. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from other institutions as we evaluate the extraordinary work in this field and continue the journey of excellence for which this journal is known.”
Ravichandran joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor at the Lally School. He was promoted to a full professor in 2009 and named associate dean for research at the Lally School in 2012. He also serves as area coordinator for marketing, operations, and information systems at Lally.
Ravichandran’s research focuses on the strategic implications of information technology, supply chain management, business-to-business electronic markets, innovation diffusion, and assimilation and organizational renewal/growth through innovation. This work examines how information technology creates value for firms and transforms organizations, industrial supply chains, and industries. His research has developed deep insights about how the competitive behaviors of firms are shaped by the information systems and about the mechanisms to facilitate the effective design, development, assimilation, and use of information systems within organizations and in value networks.
Ravichandran has published more than 100 research papers in leading academic journals and conference proceedings. He currently serves as a department editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He has also served as an associate editor of Information Systems Research and an associate editor of MIS Quarterly.
Ravichandran also works closely with several large firms on IT strategy, supply chain management, and innovation management. He has had extensive business experience as a consultant to the Reliance Group, Bombay; as the assistant director of the National Productivity Council, India; and as a production manager in Flakt AB (now Asea Brown Boveri). He has also been a successful entrepreneur, starting an IT services firm.
Ravichandran received his doctoral degree in business administration with a focus on information systems from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a postgraduate diploma in industrial and systems engineering from the National Productivity Council in India; and a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from the University of Madras.