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Ali Tafti

Associate Professor

Department of Information and Decision Sciences

Contact

Building & Room:

University Hall 2403

Address:

601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(201) 424-6276

CV Download:

CV_AliTafti_2020

About

Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, College of Business Administration at University of Illinois at Chicago. 2017 – present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, College of Business Administration at University of Illinois at Chicago. 2013 – 2017.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2009 – 2013.
  • Software Engineer, Integrated Business Systems (acquired by SunGard), 2001 – 2004

Classes Taught

  • Social Media and Network Analytics (IDS 564; Spring 2016 - present)
  • PhD Seminar: Econometric Methods for Business and Social Science Research (IDS 595; Spring 2020)
  • PhD Seminar: Econometric Methods for Information Systems Research (IDS 529; Spring 2015, Spring 2018)
  • Advanced Database Management Systems (IDS 521; Fall 2013 - Fall 2017)
  • Systems Analysis & Design (IDS 405; Fall 2013)

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
  • Causal inference methods

Selected Publications

  • Tafti, A. and G. Shmueli. “Beyond overall treatment effects: Leveraging covariates in randomized experiments guided by causal structure,” forthcoming at Information Systems Research.
  • Rahmati, P., A. Tafti, J.C. Westland, and C. Hidalgo. “When all Products are Digital: Complexity and Intangible Value in the Ecosystem of Digitizing Firms,” forthcoming at MIS Quarterly.
  • Rahmati, P., A. Tafti , S. Mithas, and V. Sachdev. “Positioning in Information Technology Collaboration Networks and Returns to R&D Investment,” conditionally accepted at Journal of the Association for Information Systems (decision received Feb. 21, 2020).
  • Huang, P., A. Tafti, and S. Mithas. “Sponsor Investments and User Contributions in Knowledge Communities: The Role of Knowledge Seeding,” MIS Quarterly (42:1) 2018, 213-240.
  • Huang, P., A. Tafti, and S. Mithas. “The Secret to Successful Knowledge Seeding,” Sloan Management Review (59:3) 2018, 10-13.
  • Mithas, S., J. Whitaker and A. Tafti. “Information Technology, Revenues and Profits: Exploring the Role of Foreign and Domestic Operations,” Information Systems Research (28:2) 2017, 430-444.
  • Tafti, Ali, Ryan Zotti, and Wolfgang Jank, “Real-Time Diffusion of Information on Twitter and the Financial Markets,” PLoS ONE 11(8) 2016: e0159226.
  • 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.

Notable Honors

2019, Dean’s Letter of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching, UIC Business

2013, European Research Paper of the Year, CIONET

2012, Information Systems Research Reviewer of the Year, University of Illinois

2012, Management Science Meritorious Service Award, University of Illinois

2012, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois

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.