We are ranked #30 in the U.S. based on the number of faculty’s publications in the top information systems journals: MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, and Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2020-2022

The doctoral specialization in Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA) is designed to develop future scholars to excel in basic and applied research in the field of information systems and business analytics.

As an ISBA doctoral student, you will undergo rigorous training in advanced research methodologies and acquire in-depth, discipline-specific knowledge. Faculty advisors will guide you as you conduct leading-edge research addressing technical, economic, managerial, and organizational issues concerning the creation and utilization of information systems and technologies in organizations and society.

This program is a full-time, residential program, which focuses on preparing students for academic positions in institutions where research, teaching, and service are valued and rewarded. In addition, you will also get opportunities to teach undergraduate students so you can become an effective instructor upon graduation.

The faculty in the ISBA program have a strong national and international reputation. They have excellent publication records, hold editorial positions in major journals, and are experienced in mentoring doctoral students. The ISBA faculty research interests are broad, covering technical, economic, organizational, and behavioral aspects of information systems. The program maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, allowing close collaboration and interaction with faculty and strong mentoring of students. We encourage you to take advantage of the faculty resources and become active researchers as early as possible.

For more information about the ISBA doctoral specialization curriculum and research opportunities, contact Chen Zhang.

Tim Su

The doctoral program faculty here are extraordinary and supportive mentors that allow you to join their research projects that you are interested in or help you start a completely new research project step by step.

Tim Su, Information Systems and Business Analytics, PhD student

Meet our faculty

  • profile image of Rui (Ray) Chen

    Rui (Ray) Chen

    Dean's Fellow in Information Systems, Professor
    Behavioral research, data analytics, design science, case study, and interview, Artificial intelligence, cyber-security, information privacy, emergency management, social media, IT outsourcing, IT capability
  • profile image of Alec Dennis

    Alec Dennis

    Assistant Professor
    Virtual teams and virtual worlds, Social media, Behavioral IS
  • profile image of Abhay Mishra

    Abhay Mishra

    Kingland Systems Business Analytics Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor
    IT Use, Economic Impacts and Business Value, Digital Health and Analytics, Sharing Economy, Platforms and Crowds, Artificial Intelligence, Decision-Making and Work, Digital Processes and Operational Impacts
  • profile image of Cheng Nie

    Cheng Nie

    Assistant Professor
    Sharing Economy, Sponsored Search Advertising, Blockchain and NFT
  • profile image of Sree Nilakanta

    Sree Nilakanta

    Associate Professor
    Data Warehousing and Data Integration, Decision Support Systems, Business Intelligence, Business Process Management and Process Integration, Knowledge Management
  • profile image of Young Woong Park

    Young Woong Park

    Assistant Professor
    Business Analytics, Machine Learning, Operations Research, Optimization
  • profile image of Kevin Scheibe

    Kevin Scheibe

    Union Pacific Professor for Information Systems and Business Analytics and Chair, Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Professor
    Analytics, Big Data, Decision Support Systems, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial analytics
  • profile image of Tony Townsend

    Anthony Townsend

    Associate Professor
    Virtual Teamwork, Information Technology and Organizational Effectiveness, Agricultural Supply Chain Technology, Electronic Commerce, Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
  • profile image of Lingyao (Ivy) Yuan

    Lingyao (Ivy) Yuan

    Associate Professor, Kingland Systems Director of Graduate Education for Business Analytics
    Digital Humans, Non-rational Decision Making, Electronic Commerce, NeuroIS
  • profile image of Wenli Zhang

    Wenli Zhang

    Assistant Professor
    Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Healthcare Analytics, Natural Language Processing
  • profile image of Chen Zhang

    Chen Zhang

    Dean's Professor in Information Systems and Business Analytics, Associate Professor
    Digital , Digital platform ecosystems, IT leadership, Strategy and governance, Sharing economy
  • profile image of Dan Zhu

    Dan Zhu

    Business Analytics, Health Informatics, Decision Support Systems

Meet our doctoral students

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Research at Ivy

Faculty members across every department at the Ivy College of Business consistently contribute to their respective fields by regularly publishing in top journals. Researchers are vital to finding solutions to today’s business challenges.

Apply to the Ivy PhD program

Please select Business and Technology as your major in the online application.

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