Robert J. Kauffman ([email protected]; corresponding author) holds the Endowed Chair in Digitalization at the Copenhagen Business School and is Emeritus Professor of Information Systems at Singapore Management University. His graduate degrees are from Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon. Over the years, his research has focused on technology and strategy, the economics of IT, financial services and technology, managerial decision-making, sustainability economics, and e-commerce. He previously served as Associate Dean (Faculty) and Associate Dean (Research), and Chair of the IS and Management Area at SMU’s School of IS. He was also the W.P. Carey Chair in IS at Arizona State University, and Professor and Director of the MIS Research Center at the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota, where he chaired the Information and Decision Sciences Department. Dr. Kauffman was a visiting researcher and faculty member at the Economics Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Simon Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. His work has appeared in Organization Science, Management Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Energy Policy, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, among many others. He has won field research contribution and research awards from professional associations for Information Systems, Engineering Management, and Management Science.
Atanu Lahiri [email protected] is an associate professor at the Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. He received his Ph.D. from the Simon Business School, University of Rochester. Dr. Lahiri’s research interests are at the intersection of IS and economics. His work has appeared in such journals as Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. He has received the Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award from the Information Systems Society of INFORMS. Dr. Lahiri serves as an associate editor for Information Systems Research and Journal of the Association of Information Systems.Introduction
The Special Section presents a set of papers that address digital support for business readiness. This is a process capability that enables firms to effectively deal with strategic and operational issues, and competitive and regulatory challenges in the present and the future economic landscape. The individual papers present contemporary problems that the authors analyze with emerging research perspectives to offer solutions supported by leading scholarship. This issue emphasizes new theoretical ideas from marketing, management science, operations management, and the design of digital artifacts and their new capabilities. The business problems and research perspectives that the authors employ reflect interdisciplinary scholarship on important issues, and leverage methodologies across different disciplines: modeling, propositions, and proofs in IS and economics; advanced econometrics; and systems dynamics modeling and simulation.
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