Dr. Sunil Mithas is a professor in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and the author of the book Digital Intelligence: What Every Smart Manager Must Have for Success in an Information Age. He earned his PhD from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and an engineering degree from IIT, Roorkee. Before pursuing his PhD, he worked for nearly ten years in engineering, marketing, and general management positions with the Tata group.
He was identified as a 2011 MSI Young Scholar by the Marketing Science Institute. Sunil is a frequent speaker at industry events for senior leaders. He has worked on research or consulting assignments with organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Lear, A.T. Kearney, the Tata group, the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sunil’s research focuses on strategies for managing innovation and excellence for corporate transformation, focusing on the role of technology and other intangibles, such as customer satisfaction, human capital, and organizational capabilities. His research has appeared in premier journals, including Management Science, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Marketing, and Production and Operations Management. Some of this work has been featured in business publications such as Bloomberg, CIO, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and MIT Sloan Management Review. His papers have won best-paper awards and have received several best-paper nominations.
Mithas, S. Digital Intelligence: What Every Smart Manager Must Have for Success in an Information Age, Finerplanet, North Potomac, 2012
Interview on MPTV about the book: Aired in August 2012
- Kim, K., Mithas, S., Whitaker, J., and Roy, P.K. "Industry-specific human capital and wages: Evidence from the business process outsourcing industry" Information Systems Research (Forthcoming) 2014
- Sharma, R., Mithas, S., and Kankanhalli, A. "Transforming decision-making processes: A research agenda for understanding the impact of business analytics on organisations," European Journal of Information Systems (23:4) 2014, pp 433-441
- Gillon, K., Aral, S., Lin, C.-Y., Mithas, S., and Zozulia, M. "Business Analytics: Radical Shift or Incremental Change?, Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol34/iss1/13," Communications of the Association for Information Systems (34) 2014, pp 287-296
- Mithas, S., Tafti, A.R., and Mitchell, W. "How a Firm’s Competitive Environment and Digital Strategic Posture Influence Digital Business Strategy," MIS Quarterly (37:2) 2013, pp 511-536
- Han, K., and Mithas, S. "Information technology outsourcing and non-IT operating costs: An empirical investigation," MIS Quarterly (37:1) 2013, pp. 315-331
- Tafti, A., Mithas, S., and Krishnan, M.S. "The Effect of Information Technology Enabled Flexibility on Formation and Market Value of Alliances," Management Science (59:1) 2013, pp. 207-225
- Mithas, S., Tafti, A.R., Bardhan, I.R., and Goh, J.M. "Information Technology and Firm Profitability: Mechanisms and Empirical Evidence," MIS Quarterly (36:1) 2012, pp. 205-224 [Winner of the CIONET European Research Paper of the Year 2013 Award given by CIONET, an organization of about 4000 CIOs in Europe]
- Mithas, S., Ramasubbu, N., and Sambamurthy, V. " How Information Management Capability Influences Firm Performance," MIS Quarterly (35:1) 2011, pp 237-256
- Mithas, S., and Lucas, H.C. "Are Foreign IT Workers Cheaper? U.S. Visa Policies and Compensation of Information Technology Professionals," Management Science (56:5) 2010, pp 745-765.
- Fornell, C., Mithas, S., and Morgeson, F.V. "The Economic and Statistical Significance of Stock Returns on Customer Satisfaction," Marketing Science (28:5) 2009, pp 820-825.
- Mithas, S., and Krishnan, M.S. "From association to causation via a potential outcomes approach," Information Systems Research (20:2) 2009, pp 295-313
- Mithas, S., Jones, J.L. and Mitchell, W. "Buyer intention to use Internet-enabled reverse auctions: The role of asset specificity, product specialization, and non-contractibility," MIS Quarterly (32:4) 2008, pp 705-724
- Ramasubbu, N., Mithas, S., Krishnan, M.S., and Kemerer, C.F. "Work Dispersion, Process-Based Learning and Offshore Software Development Performance," MIS Quarterly (32:2) 2008, pp. 437-458
- Mithas, S., and Krishnan, M.S. "Human Capital and Institutional Effects in the Compensation of Information Technology Professionals in the United States," Management Science, (54:3) 2008, pp. 415-428 (Appeared as a lead research article)
- Bardhan, I.R., Mithas, S. and Lin, S. "Performance Impacts of Strategy, Information Technology Applications, and Business Process Outsourcing in US Manufacturing Plants," Production and Operations Management, (16:6) 2007, pp. 747-762
- Whitaker, J., Mithas, S., and Krishnan, M.S. "A Field Study of RFID Deployment and Return Expectations, " Production and Operations Management, (16:5) 2007, pp. 599-612
- Mithas, S. and Whitaker, J. "Is the World Flat or Spiky? Information Intensity, Skills, and Global Service Disaggregation," Information Systems Research, (18:3) 2007, pp. 237-259 (Appeared as a lead research article)
- Mithas, S. and Jones, J.L. "Do Auction Parameters Affect Buyer Surplus in E-Auctions for Procurement? " Production and Operations Management (16:4) 2007, pp. 455-470 (Appeared as a lead research article)
- Fornell, C., Mithas, S., Morgeson, F. and Krishnan, M.S. "Customer Satisfaction and Stock Prices: High Returns, Low Risk," Journal of Marketing (70:1) 2006, pp 3-14 (Appeared as a lead research article)
- Mithas, S., Krishnan, M.S. and Fornell, C. "Why Do Customer Relationship Management Applications Affect Customer Satisfaction?" Journal of Marketing (69:4) 2005, pp 201-209.