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Debabrata “Deb” Dey
Office: 511
Phone: 206-543-1855

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 digitally transforms them.

Debabrata “Deb” 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

business analytics
digital piracy
economics of information systems
information markets
information security and assurance
IT policy
IT strategy

Current Research

Information Security
Digital Piracy
Information Economics
IT Strategy and Policy

Positions Held

At UW Foster School since 1997
ISOM Department Chair, 2005–2011)
Founding Director of Foster MSIS Program, 2010–2017)
Louisiana State University, 1993–1997

Selected Publications

  1. Versioning and Information Dissemination: A New Perspective
    Journal Article:Lahiri, A. and Dey, D., (2018). Information Systems Research, Vol. 29(4), pp. 965–983.
  2. Online Piracy and the ‘Longer Arm’ of Enforcement
    Journal Article:Dey, D., Kim, A., and Lahiri, A., (2018). Management Science, Vol. 65(3), pp. 1173–1190.
  3. The ‘Invisible Hand’ of Piracy: An Economic Analysis of the Information-Goods Supply Chain
    Journal Article:Kim, A., Lahiri, A., and Dey, D, (2018). MIS Quarterly, Vol. 42(4), pp. 1117–1141.
  4. Drawing a Line in the Sand: Commitment Problem in Ending Software Support
    Journal Article:Ghoshal, A., Lahiri, A., and Dey, D., (2017). MIS Quarterly, Vol. 41(4), pp. 1227–1247.
  5. Quality Competition and Market Segmentation in the Security Software Market
    Journal Article:Dey, D., Lahiri, A., and Zhang, G., (2014). MIS Quarterly, Vol. 38(2), pp. 589–606.
  6. Effects of Piracy on Quality of Information Goods
    Journal Article:Lahiri, A. and Dey, D., (2013). Management Science, Vol. 59(1), pp. 245–264.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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 Probabilistic Relational Model and Algebra
    Journal Article:Dey, D. and Sarkar, S., (1996). ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Vol. 21(3), pp. 339–369.

Working Papers

1. Dey, D., Ghoshal, A., and Lahiri, A., “Support Forums and Software Vendor’s Pricing Strategy.” Working paper. SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3333589
2. Dey, D., Ghoshal, A., and Lahiri, A., “Circumventing Circumvention: An Economic Analysis of the Role of Education and Enforcement.” Working paper. SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3130493
3. Peng, G., Dey, D., and Kim, A., “Service Job Displacement: A Task-Based Analysis of the Impact of Information Technology.” Working paper. SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2932416
4. Dey, D., Lahiri, A., and Mukherjee, R., “Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Recent Feud between AMC and MoviePass.” Working paper.


Co-founder, ProCogia
Consultant: I have over two decades of active consulting experience with companies around the Greater Seattle area.

Honors and Awards

Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Information Systems, 2011–Present
MSIS Founder’s Award, University of Washington, 2017
Dean’s Faculty Research Award, University of Washington, 2003, 2014
Dean’s Junior Faculty Research Award, Foster School, University of Washington, 2000
Dean’s Leadership Award, University of Washington, 2013
MSIS Faculty Recognition Award (as voted by the students), University of Washington, 2012, 2014
PhD Mentor of the Year Award, University of Washington, 2003
Partners for Excellence Teaching Award, Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University, 1996

Academic Service

Senior Editor, Information Systems Research, 2009–2011
Associate Editor, Information Systems Research, 2006–2008, 2017–Present
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

Courses Taught

Business Analytics and Machine Learning
Business Data Communications and Networking
Database Systems and Applications
Systems Analysis and Design
IT Strategy, Policy, and Governance
Digital Transformation

Executive Teaching

Business Analytics and Machine Learning
IT Strategy, Policy, and Governance
Digital Transformation