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Ali Tafti

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  • Associate Professor of Information and Decision Sciences

Office: 2403 UH
Phone: (312) 996-8094
 

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, December 2009. Business Administration with concentration in Business Information Technology, Ross School of Business.
  • MS,State University of New York at Stony Brook,December 1999. Computer Science.
  • BA, New College of Florida, May 1996. Physics.

Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, College of Business at University of Illinois at Chicago. 2013 – Present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2009 – 2013.
  • Software Engineer, Integrated Business Systems (now Sungard), 2001 – 2004

Classes Taught

  • Social Media and Network Analytics (IDS 564; Spring 2016 - )
  • PhD Seminar: Econometric Methods for Information Systems Research (IDS 529; Spring 2015)
  • Advanced Database Management Systems (IDS 521; Fall 2013 - )
  • Systems Analysis & Design (IDS 405; Fall 2013)

 

Research & Publications

Research Interests
  • The role of Information Technology (IT) in inter-organizational relationships
  • Economic and strategic impacts of IT investment
  • Performance effects of participation in social and collaborative networks enabled by information technology
Publications
  • Huang, P., A. Tafti, and S. Mithas. “Platform Sponsor's Investments and User Contributions in Knowledge Communities: The Role of Knowledge Seeding,” forthcoming at MIS Quarterly. Read online.
  • Mithas, S., J. Whitaker and A. Tafti (2016), “Information Technology, Revenues and Profits: Exploring the Role of Foreign and Domestic Operations,” forthcoming at Information Systems Research.
  • Tafti, Ali, Ryan Zotti, and Wolfgang Jank, "Real-Time Diffusion of Information on Twitter and the Financial Markets," PLoS ONE 11(8) 2016: e0159226. Read online.
  • Pang, Min-Seok, Ali Tafti, and Krishnan, M.S. “Do CIO IT Budgets Explain Bigger or Smaller Governments? Theory and Evidence from U.S. State Governments,” Management Science (62:4) 2016, 1020 – 1041.
  • Pang, Min-Seok, Ali Tafti, and Krishnan, M.S. “Information Technology and Administrative Efficiency in U.S. State Governments - A Stochastic Frontier Approach,” MIS Quarterly (38:4) 2014, 1079-1101.
  • Tafti, Ali, Sunil Mithas, and M.S. Krishnan, “The Importance of IT-Enabled Flexibility in Alliances,” Sloan Management Review (54:3) 2013, 13-14.
  • Mithas, Sunil, Ali Tafti, and Will Mitchell, “How a Firm’s Competitive Environment and Strategic Posture Influence Digital Business Strategy, ” MIS Quarterly (37:2) 2013, 511-536.
  • Tafti, Ali, Sunil Mithas, and M.S. Krishnan, “The Effect of Information Technology-Enabled Flexibility on Formation and Market Value of Alliances,” Management Science (59:1) 2013, 207 – 225.
  • Mithas, Sunil, Ali Tafti, I.R. Bardhan, and J.M. Goh, “Information Technology and Firm Profitability: Mechanisms and Empirical Evidence,” MIS Quarterly (36:1) 2012, 205-224. (2013 CIONET European Research Paper of the Year)
  • Mithas, Sunil, Ali Tafti, I.R. Bardhan, and J.M. Goh, “The Impact of IT Investments on Profits,” Sloan Management Review (53:15) 2012, 15.
  • Tafti, Ali, Sunil Mithas, and M.S. Krishnan, “Information Technology and Autonomy-Control Duality: Toward a Theory,” Information Technology and Management (8:2) 2007, pp. 147-167.

Awards & Affiliations

  • CIONET European Research Paper of the Year, 2013
  • Information Systems Research Reviewer of the Year, 2012
  • Management Science Meritorious Service Award, for service as a reviewer 2012
  • “List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students”, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2012