Future of Work in the Digital Society Conference

February 22-24, 2018

The increasing importance of Gig economy in the society has attracted significant attention from academic scholars. Recognizing that the prosperity of the future society will be defined by how we creatively use, deploy, and assimilate digital technologies that enabled the Gig economy and by how the culture is shaped by this paradigm shift and how individuals’ health is affected by this change, the workshop will focus on a number of related, high-impact areas related to the Gig economy.

The “Future of Work in the Digital Society” conference will be a two-day event that gathers top industry practitioners and top scholars who work on the broad topic of Gig economy to present their cutting-edge research and findings and discuss the important research topics and applications.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
6 p.m. — 
Welcome Dinner

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 
Academic Panel and Presentations

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — 
Academic Panel and Presentations

Eight renowned academic scholars present their research findings and we will have a panel discussion on the possible high impact directions in academic research on the Gig economy will also take place.


Paul A. Pavlou is Senior Associate Dean responsible for Faculty, Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He also serves as the co-director of the university-wide Data Science Institute at Temple University. He is ranked first in the world in publications in the two top Management Information Systems (MIS) journals (MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research) in 2010-2016. His work has been cited over 31,000 times by Google Scholar. Paul was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of “the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” based on analysis of highly-cited authors.


Arun Rai holds a permanent appointment as Regents’ Professor of the University System of Georgia and the Robinson and Harkins Chairs at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He is currently serving as the editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly. Dr. Rai’s research has examined how organizations can leverage digital innovations in their strategies, inter-organizational relationships and processes, and how innovative systems can be successfully developed, implemented and utilized to address business and societal problems. Dr. Rai was named a fellow of the Association for Information Systems. He received the INFORMS Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow Award for outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.


Vallabh Sambamurthy is the Eli Broad Professor and Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He was the Chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems between 2012-17. He is a leading global expert on how firms compete in the digital economy. He has published his research in top journals such as the Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, and the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research for a six-year period during 2005-10. In recognition of the impacts of his scholarly work and teaching he was selected as Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Society at INFORMS (2011) and Fellow of the Association of Information Systems (2009).


Yong Tan is a Neal and Jan Dempsey Professor of Information Systems at the University of Washington, the Chang Jiang Scholar Visiting Chair at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, a Distinguished Fellow of the INFORMS Information Systems Society, and the Associate Director of the USTC-UW Institute for Global Business and Finance Innovation. He received his Ph.D. in Physics and Ph.D. in Business Administration, both from the University of Washington. Hs research focuses on Social, mobile, and electronic commerce Big data, and economics of information systems. His research has been published or is forthcoming in a number of academic journals including Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information System. He was the Senior Editor of Information Systems Research, and member of board of editors of Journal of Management Information Systems.


Brad N. Greenwood is an Associate Professor of Information & Decision Sciences at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Greenwood’s research examines the intended and unintended consequence of innovation, and how access to the resulting information affects welfare at the interface between business, technology, and social issues; notably in the contexts of healthcare and entrepreneurship. He is currently and Associate Editor at Management Science and his work has been published in such leading outlets as: Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Information Systems Research, Productions and Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, the Communications of the ACM, and PLOS ONE.


Anjana Susarla is an Associate Professor Accounting and Information Systems at the Michigan State University. Her work focuses on contracts and sourcing, IT services models such as cloud computing, social media and big data analytics. Her work has appeared in several academic journals and peer-reviewed conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, IEEE Computer, Information Systems Research, International Conference in Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Management Science and MIS Quarterly. She serves on the editorial boards of Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, and the Journal of Database Management.


Prasanna (Sonny) Tambe is an Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the economics of labor markets for high-tech workers. His research has been published or is forthcoming in a number of academic journals including Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, The Review of Financial Studies, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, His research has also won a number of awards, including the Best Published Paper in Information Systems Research and two papers have been nominees for the Best Published IS Paper in Management Science. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Management Science and Information Systems Research.


Jason Chan is an Assistant Professor of Information & Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He holds an interest towards research that has relevant business and policy insights on emerging phenomenon relating Internet platforms and social outcomes, in various areas including healthcare, crime, financial well-being, education, and labor discrimination. His work has been published in top academic journals and conferences such as Management Science, MIS Quarterly, and the International Conference on Information Systems, and has been presented at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has received the AIS Best Published Paper 2014 (selected by senior editors among top MIS journals), the MISQ Best Paper Award 2014, and is also the winner of the 2015 Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award conferred by INFORMS ISS.

Beibei Li is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Management of Carnegie Mellon University. Beibei’s research interests lie at the intersection between social and technical aspects of information technology. Beibei’s recent research has been published in Marketing Science, Management Science and several top IS, Economics, Marketing and CS conferences. She is the winner of the Best Paper Award at the 20th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2011), Best Theme Paper Award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012).


Yinliang (Ricky) Tan is an Assistant Professor in the A.B. Freeman School of Business at the Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. His general research topics of interest include: management of technology, interface between operations and information systems, and business analytics. His works have been published in journals including Management Science, Production and Operations Management, and Decision Sciences.



Kevin Hong, Assistant Professor and Co-director of Digital Society Initiative
Bin Gu, Associate Dean and Earl and Gladys Davis Distinguished Professor
Raghu Santanam, Department Chair and McCord Chair Professor


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and

Department of Information Systems within the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

For more information, contact wpcareyis@asu.edu.