Elena Karahanna


Elena Karahanna_CAS_8648_portraitElena Karahanna

Distinguished Research Professor &  L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business

Management Information Systems Department
Terry College of Business
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Fax: +1 (706) 706-583-0037
Email: ekarah@uga.edu


Elena Karahanna is a University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor and the L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business in the MIS Department, Terry College of Business, at the University of Georgia. She has also held visiting appointments in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and Italy and was on the faculty at the University of Cyprus and at Florida State University. Elena is also a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Business-IT Strategies practice.

She holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota with specializations in Organization Theory and Organizational Communication, and B.S. in Computer Science (summa cum laude) and MBA degrees from Lehigh University.

Elena’s expertise are in the implementation and use of information systems, health IT, IS leadership especially at the CIO level, social media, and cross-cultural issues. Her research has been published in leading scholarly journals in Information Systems (e.g., Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research) and other disciplines (e.g., Academy of Management Review, Organization Science) as well as in practitioner journals (e.g., MIS Quarterly Executive, Cutter Benchmark Review, Business Horizons).  Elena’s research is highly cited with over 23,000 citations as per Google Scholar and three of her articles are among the top 15 most frequently cited articles in the history of the MIS Quarterly. She is ranked 5th worldwide for publications in the MIS Quarterly in the past five years (2013-2017). For her research achievements, Elena has received the Terry College of Business Outstanding Research Award in 2010 and was named a University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor in 2016. She was also named a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems in 2012 for outstanding contributions in research, teaching and service to the Information Systems discipline.

Elena has served as Senior Editor at the MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (a cumulative total of 11 years as Senior Editor across the three journals), and serves or has served as Associate Editor at Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the European Journal of Information Systems. She has also guest co-edited a special issue of the MIS Quarterly on “The Role of Information Systems and Analytics and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management,” a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management on “IS Leadership” and a Special Issue of MIS Quarterly Executive on “New IS Leadership Roles in a Digital World.” She has also served or will serve as program co-chair for the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in 2014 and in 2020, as Doctoral Consortium co-chair for the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) in 2014, and as conference co-chair for the Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) in 2011 and in 2016. Elena also co-founded the Senior Scholars Consortium, the Doctoral Student Corner, and SIGLead, a special interest group on IS Leadership. For her service contributions to the profession, Elena received the AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award in 2015.

Elena has taught a variety of courses in the undergraduate, MBA, Masters, and Doctoral programs and has received teaching excellence awards from Florida State University in 1998 and from the University of Georgia in 2003, 2011, and 2013. She has also chaired 13 dissertations and served as committee member or as an external examiner on another 20 dissertation committees.

Elena’s current research examines (a) health information systems including telehealth solutions and coordination in healthcare teams; and (b) social network and social media impact on individual behavior from a variety of theoretical perspectives such as privacy, personalization, online word of mouth, bots, and online social movements.