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Maryam Alavi - Scheller College of Business - Georgia Tech. Atlanta, GA, US

Maryam Alavi Maryam Alavi

Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean’s Chair in Business; Professor of IT Management; Dean | Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology


Digital innovation expert and forward thinker, Dr. Maryam Alavi, is a well-respected leader in business academia.





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Dean of Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, Dr. Maryam Alavi is an expert in digital innovation and strategic business IT applications. She has authored numerous published papers and served on the editorial boards of several prestigious business and technology journals. Alavi is a thought leader on digital business transformation, as well as a recognized educator and advisor with extensive experience in leadership development and organizational capability building for a digital age.

Alavi is a sought-after speaker at both national and international forums and conferences, and has taught in executive programs at some of the world’s most prestigious business schools. She has advised and taught executives on topics of digital strategies and transformations in organizations including KIA Motors, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Sodexo, Southern Company, the American College of Physicians, and the World Bank.

In recognition of her professional achievements, Alavi received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award; an award given by peers in recognition of the recipient as a role model and inspiration to colleagues and students within the discipline. She was also awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School, and recently received a Citation of Excellence Award from Emerald Publishing for her highly-cited paper based on novelty, interdisciplinary interest, and relevancy in today’s world. She was selected as the 2017 Woman of the Year for mid-size organizations and educational institutions by the Women in Technology (WIT) in Georgia. This award celebrates women in their visionary efforts to transform the world of business and technology, and recognizes her accomplishments as mentor, role model, and facilitator of women and men pursuing careers in STEM fields.

Alavi was twice appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia to the Georgia Technology Authority Board. She is a member of the Atlanta Rotary and serves on the Board of Trustees of Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, the Board of Advisors of Valor Ventures, and the International Advisory Board of the Politecnico di Milano School of Management in Italy.

She holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York at Buffalo, and both an M.S. in computer and information sciences and a Ph.D. in management information systems from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Digital Innoviations and Disruptions of Business Models Impact of information technologies on knowledge management and learning processes Information technologies and organizations: impact on strategy, structure, and operations Talent development and organizational capability building in a digital age Developing Workforce of the Future Diversity & Business Education

Selected Accomplishments (4)

Georgia Tech Women Out Front Program Honoree

Recognizing women leaders making significant impact in their fields and serving as role models for young women, 2018

Woman of the Year

Awarded by Women in Technology, an organization focused on the advancement of women in Georgia’s STEAM community, 2017

Georgia Tech Faces of Inclusive Excellence Honoree

Awarded to those individuals committed to advancing a culture of inclusive excellence at Georgia Tech and who have distinguished themselves in their research, teaching, and/or service, 2017

Winner of Citations of Excellence Award

Awarded for a highly-cited paper based on novelty, interdisciplinary interest, and relevancy in today’s world; Emerald Publishing, 2017

Education (3)

The Ohio State University: Ph.D., Information Systems

The Ohio State University: M.S., Computer Information Systems

State University of New York at Buffalo: B.A., Math and Computer Science

Affiliations (7)

  • Atlanta Rotary: Member
  • Marcus Autism Center: Board of Trustees
  • AACSB : Technology Advisory Board
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce : Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council
  • Journal of Management Information Systems : Associate Editor
  • Valor Ventures : Board of Advisors
  • Politecnico di Milano School of Management : International Advisory Board

Selected Media Appearances (4)

Viewpoint: Multi-faceted effort strengthens diversity not only at business schools but campus-wide

Atlanta Business Chronicle  print


In an editorial featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s July 27, 2018, Executive Education Guide, Dean Maryam Alavi outlined the wide range of efforts within Scheller College of Business and throughout Georgia Tech in pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive campus.

“The need to develop diverse teams — inclusive of various races, ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic circumstances, cultures, and perspectives — remains a driving force in business as well as academia."

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The future of the workforce – critical drivers and challenges

Atlanta Business Chronicle  online


Atlanta Business Chronicle held a panel discussion with industry leaders about technology, globalization, demographics, social values, and workers’ changing expectations.

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WIT Women of the Year award winners

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Maryam Alavi, Jen Bonnett and Connie Taylor share their thoughts on ways to get women and girls interested in STEM...

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Georgia Tech names Alavi business school dean

Atlanta Business Chronicle  


Alvai is an expert in information technology innovations and strategic applications and the John and Lucy Cook Chair in Information Strategy at Emory. Alavi is credited as a guiding force behind the development of Goizueta Business School’s Modular Executive MBA format...

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Event Appearances (2)

Scheller College of Business Dean Maryam Alavi Co-hosts “Fireside Chat” at Accenture Atlanta's Innovation Hub Opening

Accenture Atlanta Hub Opening  Accenture Atlanta


The Future of the Workforce – Critical Drives and Challenges

Atlanta Business Chronicle  June 15 - 21 2018

Selected Articles (10)

What is Different About Social Media Networks? A Framework and Research Agenda MIS Quarterly

G. C. Kane, M. Alavi, J. Labianca, and S. Borgatti


Knowledge Management: Process and Practice and Web 2.0 Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

M. Alavi, and J. Denford


Use Information Technology for Organizational Change Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior

M. Alavi and Y. Yoo


Casting the Net: A Multimodal Network Perspective on User- System Interactions Information Systems Research

G. C. Kane and M. Alavi


Social Networks and Information Technology: Evolution and New Frontiers Knowledge Management: An Evolutionary View of the Field

M. Alavi and G. C. Kane


Information Technology and Organizational Learning: An Investigation of Exploration and Exploitation Processes Organization Science

G. C. Kane and M. Alavi


The Role of Culture in Knowledge Management: A Case Study of Two Global Firms International Journal of e-Collaboration

D. Liedner, M. Alavi, and T. Kayworth


An Empirical Examination of the Influence of Organizational Culture on KM Practices Journal of MIS

M. Alavi, T. Kayworth, and D. Liedner

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Information Technology and Organizational Learning: An Investigation of Exploitation and Exploration Processes Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Information Systems

G. C. Kane and M. Alavi


A Network Perspective on Knowledge Management Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Information Systems

M. Alavi and G. C. Kane