Viswanath Venkatesh, who completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1997, is a Distinguished Professor and Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in business and economics, both in terms of premier journal publications and citations. 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. His favorite project focuses on rural India and improving the quality of life of the poorest of the poor—which he has presented in various forums including at the United Nations. 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. Over various periods, including the most recent 5-, 10-, and 15-year periods (e.g., 2013-’17, 2008-’17, 2003-’17), he has been the most productive in terms of publications in the premier journals in information systems (i.e., ISR and MISQ).
His works have been cited about 76,000 times and 20,000 times per Google Scholar and Web of Science, respectively. He has been recognized to be among the most influential scholars in business and economics (e.g., Thomson Reuters’ highlycited.com, Emerald Citations, SSRN). 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 including a long stint at Arkansas as the director of the information systems PhD program. 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 including AIS’ Technology Legacy Award.
He has served in editorial roles in various journals including Management Science, MISQ, ISR, Journal of AIS, POM, OBHDP, and DSJ. He is a Fellow of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) and the Information Systems Society, INFORMS.