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Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

As scholars and practitioners gradually shift their focus from IT providers to IT consumers, the significance of the role of information systems within an organization emerges clearly—in a digital economy, IT not only enables business processes, but IT also transforms them.

Debabrata Dey

Professor of Information Systems
Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Information Systems


PhD University of Rochester (1994)
MS University of Rochester (1992)
MS Syracuse University (1989)
BTech Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1986)

Academic Expertise

data analytics
data mining
economics of information systems
information security and assurance
systems development

Current Research

Online piracy, Information security, IT adoption

Positions Held

At the University of Washington Foster School of Business since 1997
Louisiana State University, 1993-1997

Selected Publications

  1. Optimal Policies for Security Patch Management
    Journal Article:Dey, D., Lahari, A., & Zhang, G., (2015). INFORMS Journal on Computing, Vol. 27(3), pp. 462-477.
  2. A Dynamic View of the Impact of Network Structure on Technology Adoption: The Case of OSS Development
    Journal Article:Peng, G. and Dey, D., (2013). Information Systems Research, Vol. 24(4), pp. 1087-1099.
  3. Data Quality of Query Results with Generalized Selection Conditions
    Journal Article:Dey, D. and Kumar, S., (2013). Operations Research, Vol. 61(1), pp. 17-31.
  4. Effects of Piracy on Quality of Information Goods
    Journal Article:Lahiri, A. and Dey, D., (2013). Management Science, Vol. 59(1), pp. 245–264.
  5. Surveying for artifacts: The susceptibility of the OCB-performance evaluation relationship to common rater, item, and measurement context effects
    Journal Article:Podsakoff, N.P., Whiting, S.W., Welsh, D.T., & Mai, K.M., (2013). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 98, pp. 863-874.
  6. Design and Analysis of Contracts for Software Outsourcing
    Journal Article:Dey, D., Fan, M., and Zhang, C., (2010). Information Systems Research, Vol. 21(1), pp. 93–114.
  7. Reassessing Data Quality for Information Products
    Journal Article:Dey, D. and Kumar, S., (2010). Management Science, Vol. 56(12), pp. 2316–2322.
  8. A Framework for Reconciling Attribute Values from Multiple Data Sources
    Journal Article:Jiang, Z., Sarkar, S., De, P., and Dey, D., (2007). Management Science, Vol. 53(12), pp. 1946-1963.
  9. Record Matching in Data Warehouses: A Decision Model for Data Consolidation
    Journal Article:Dey, D., (2003). Operations Research, Vol. 51(2), pp. 240–254.
  10. A Distance-Based Approach to Entity Reconciliation in Heterogeneous Databases
    Journal Article:Dey, D., Sarkar, S., and De, P., (2002). IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Vol. 14(3), pp. 567-582.

Working Papers

“Combating Online Piracy: Should Pirated Products by Made Less Available or Less Attractive?” with Kim, A., & Lahiri, A., (Working paper).
“The Zero-Day DLC Strategy: A Case for Versioning to Facilitate Product Sampling,” with Lahiri, A., (Working paper).
“Absorptive Capacity, Disseminative Capacity, and Technology Adoption,” with Peng, G. (Working paper).
“Team Capabilities and Success of Online Collaborative Content Development: A Knowledge Creation Perspective,” with Peng, G., (Working paper).
“Optimal Policies for Security Patch Management in Organizations,” with Zhang, G., (Working paper).

Honors and Awards

Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Information Systems, 2011
McCabe Fellowship, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, 2003-2011
Dean's Faculty Research Award, University of Washington, 2003
PhD Mentor of the Year Award, University of Washington, 2003
Neal and Jan Dempsey Fellowship, University of Washington, 2000 - 2003
Dean's Junior Faculty Research Award, University of Washington, 2000

Academic Service

Senior Editor, Information Systems Research, 2009-2011
Associate Editor, Information Systems Research, 2006-2008
Associate Editor, Management Science, 2005-2008
Associate Editor, MIS Quarterly, 2003-2005
Associate Editor, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2003-2007

Current Professional Affiliations

Association for Computing Machinery
Association for Information Systems
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society

Courses Taught

IS Core, Statistics Core, and IS bridge courses (MBA level),
Data Mining and Decision Support Systems (MSIS, MBA, and PhD levels),
Business Data Networking, Database Systems, Analysis Design (undergraduate and MBA levels),
Managing IT Resources (MSIS level)

Executive Teaching

Data Mining and Decision Support Systems,
Business Data Communications and Networking,
Database Systems and Applications,
Systems Analysis and Design