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Faculty and Staff Profile

Varun Grover

William S. Lee Distinguished Professor of Information Systems

Office: 324A Sirrine Hall
Phone: 8646563773
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Management Information Systems
University of Pittsburgh 1990

SIUC 1985

B. Tech. Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi 1982

 Courses Taught

• Introduction to Computer Information Systems (Graduate)
• Data Base Management Systems (Graduate)
• Systems Design (Undergraduate)
• Strategic Information Management (Graduate)
• Research Seminar in IS (Only Doctoral)
• Seminar on Research Methods (Only Doctoral)
• Research Project Seminar (Only Doctoral)
• Telecommunications Management (Undergraduate)
• Distributed Data Processing (Graduate)
• Telecommunications (Graduate)
• Information Systems (Graduate core course taught both on TV and in classroom)
• Executive MBA Core IS Course


Varun Grover is the William S. Lee (Duke Energy) Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Clemson University. He has published extensively in the information systems field, with over 200 publications in refereed journals. Ten recent articles (published in Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Decision Line, HICSS, EJIS, Information & Management, and Communications of the Association for Information Systems) have ranked him 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in research productivity (among over 6000) researchers in the world in the top six Information Systems journals in the past decade. The most recent article evaluated him as 2nd among the top 200 most influential IS researchers in the world based on the h-index and the citation impact of their work. In a 2012 update of the University of Arizona\\\'s h-ranking, he was recognized in the top 10 of 400 top IS researchers. In the University of Arkansas site that annually ranks the top 200 researchers based on publications in the top 8 IS journals, Dr. Grover is ranked 2nd during the period from 2000-2014 and 1st over the past three years. Currently, he has an h-index of 68 and over 20,000 citations to his work. He was recognized on Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list in 2013. Dr. Grover is Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly Executive, Section Editor for JAIS, and Senior Editor (Emeritus) for MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the AIS, and Database and serves as Associate or Advisory Editor for numerous other top journals (including JMIS, IJEC, DS, JOM, etc.) He has served as Editor of numerous Special Issues of JMIS, MISQ, Decision Sciences, and Database. Dr. Grover has had the privilege of chairing over 35 doctoral dissertations, and is actively involved with doctoral students in various capacities. At USC and Clemson he has won numerous outstanding teaching awards including the Alfred G. Smith Award twice for excellence in teaching, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award twice, and he is a 7 time recipient of the Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence based on \\\"exceptional achievement in research and teaching” In 2012, he received the University\\\'s most prestigious Alumni Award for Outstanding Research. He is currently working on the impact of digitalization on individuals and organizations, including topics like IT value, and process transformation and recently released his third book (with M. Lynne Markus) on process change. Dr. Grover has participated in many MIS Camps, Doctoral Consortia, and panels at AMCIS and ICIS, and has on several occasions chaired both the Doctoral Consortium and the MIS Camp. In addition, he given numerous keynote speeches including the Second Global Outsourcing Conference in NYC, the 4th Annual Conference on IT and Management, the First Global Flexible Systems Conference in New Delhi, the Ninth Global IT Management Association World Conference in Atlanta, the 7th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business in Wuhan, China, the 10th International Smartsourcing Conference in Daejeon, Korea, and at AIS Workshops including the PACIS Doctoral Consortium in Taipei. In addition, he has participated in Speaker series in over 30 universities in USA, Europe and Asia. Over the past 4 years he has conducted numerous workshops, panels and talks in various universities in Europe, Taiwan, Hong Kong, S. Korea, India and China. Anbar Intelligence has recognized seven of his articles as having the “highest” (5-star) quality in rigor and relevance and recently he received recognition for the PriceWaterhouse Coopers \\\"Outsourcing World Achievement Award\\\" for \\\"making a difference in the industry for significant contributions to advancing the theory and practice of outsourcing.\\\" He is currently listed in Who’s Who of International Professionals, Who’s Who in Information Technology, Harvard’s International Directory of Scholars, and is an member of AIS, INFORMS, DSI, Academy of Management, and ACM. He is also recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from IIT Delhi and has been indoctrinated as one of around 50 Fellows of the Association for Information Systems.

 Research Interests

My major research theme is the effective deployment of information technologies (and digitization) in a business context. Most of my emphasis has been in the areas of IS value, IS strategy, re-engineering, and innovation. More recently, I have extended my work to include e-business and knowledge management, with a general thrust toward the role of IT in creation of value at all levels. While my work employs a positivist epistemology, it is not locked into one philosophy or even methodology. I have conducted field surveys, experimental designs, structured interviews, content analysis, secondary data analyses (e.g., strategic group analysis, event studies), field experiments, and modeling. I recently co-edited three books on IT and process change.

 Research Publications



Research Methods PhD Seminar
IS Classics and Foundations Seminar
Information Systems (MBA)
Listing of Research Publications
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