The Digital Society Initiative houses many world-class experts who pursue scientific understanding of the various roles digital technologies play in transforming consumers, businesses, and the society. Kevin Hong and Benjamin Shao serve as co-directors.

Our affiliated research faculty members have published their research findings on the impacts of digital technologies in top-tier academic journals and practitioner publications, have been advising business leaders, and have informed the decision-making of individuals, organizations, and governments — learn more about our research and vision.

Membership

Affiliated Member Areas of Expertise
Victor Benjamin IT security
Pei-yu Chen Open innovation, IT security
Bin Gu Social media, IT finance
Sang Pil Han Omni-channel, mobile
Rob Hornyak IT and job outcomes
Uday Kulkarni Business analytics capability
Raghu Santanam Health IT, mobile
Michael Shi Entrepreneurship
Robert St Louis Document search, databases
Shinyi Wu Cloud computing, pricing of IT services
John Zhang Sharing economy

Leadership

Kevin Hong

Kevin Hong is an assistant professor and co-director of the Digital Society Initiative in the Department of Information Systems at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. He obtained his PhD in management information systems from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. His research interests are in the areas of sharing economy, online platforms, and user-generated content. His research has been published in journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and Journal of Consumer Psychology.

A winner of the ACM SIGMIS Best Dissertation Award, and runner-up for the INFORMS ISS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award, Hong has also won best paper awards at the International Conference on Information Systems and America’s Conference on Information Systems. He is an external research scientist for a number of high-profile tech companies, including global crowdsourcing marketplace Freelancer, virtual fitting room startup Fits.me, and leading e-commerce sites Yamibuy and Meishijie.

Benjamin Shao

Benjamin Shao is an associate professor and co-director of the Digital Society Initiative in the Department of Information Systems at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. He received his PhD in management information systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests include IT impacts, data analytics, IS security, IT supply chain interfaces, and health care IT. He has published more than 70 refereed papers in leading journals and conference proceedings across the disciplines of information systems, computer science, production and operations management, operations research, and health care management.

Shao’s research has been cited by mass media including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Harvard Business Review, and The Arizona Republic, among others. He has been serving on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals, including Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and Information & Management, as well as special issues of MIS Quarterly and European Journal of Information Systems. Shao is the recipient of multiple outstanding teaching awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.