Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech
Viswanath Venkatesh, who completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota, is an Eminent Scholar and Verizon Chair of Business Information Technology at the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists, both in terms of premier journal publications and citation impact (e.g., Thomson Reuters’ highlycited.com, Emerald Citations, SSRN, PLoS Biology), with a recent ranking of 659th (out of ~8 million scientists in all fields) and 1st in the field of information systems. His research focuses on understanding the diffusion of technologies in organizations and society. His favorite project focuses on improving the quality of life of the poorest of the poor in India—which he has presented in various forums including at the United Nations. The sponsorship of his research has been about US$10M. His work has appeared in leading journals in human-computer interaction, information systems, organizational behavior, psychology, marketing, medical informatics, and operations management, and included best paper awards (e.g., Academy of Management Journal). His works have been cited over 115,000 times (Google Scholar) and about 36,000 times (Web of Science), with an h-index of 74 and i-10 index of 117. He developed and maintains an IS research rankings website that has received many accolades from the academic community including AIS’ Technology Legacy Award. He has served in editorial roles in various journals. He is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Information Systems Society, INFORMS.