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Current PhD Students


Jessica Pye
Advisor: Dr. Arun Rai

Her research program focuses on the business value of IT in large institutional settings (the U.S. Electric Utility Industry and Healthcare Industry). Specifically, my program of study has focused on developing complementary competencies in the following areas: IT-enabled process innovation, HIT innovation, individual and group decision-making processes, socio-psychological and organizational behavior theories, theory development, and advanced research methods (i.e., structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, social network analysis, data mining, and econometric methods).  As such, I have developed economic as well as the socio-psychological theoretical perspectives along with the methodological competencies required to examine IT phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective to shed light on how IT innovations need to be designed, implemented, and utilized differently than other traditional innovations.


Zhitao Yin
Advisor: Dr. Arun Rai


  • M.M., Management Science and Engineering, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • B.M., Information Management and Information Systems, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

Research Interests:

  • Business value and societal impact of digital innovation
  • Machine learning for causal inference
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Vitali Mindel
Advisor: Dr. Lars Mathiassen


  • B.S., Economics, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Research Interests: 

  • Decentralized information governance
  • IT adoption for hospital revenue cycle administration
  • IT adoption for hospital operations
  • Experiments in information systems

Yanran Liu
Advisor: Dr. Arun Rai


  • M.M., Management Science and Engineering, China University of Geosciences (CUG), Wuhan, China
  • B.M., Information Management and Information Systems, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

Research Interests: 

  • Digital innovation
  • IT-induced complexity
  • Interdisciplinary theories and complementary methods

Peiwe Li
Advisor: Dr. Lars Mathiassen
Email: pli12@student.gsu.edu


  • M.S., Master of Business Administration, University of Louisville
  • M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, South China University of Technology

Research Interests: 

  • HLM method analysis
  • SEM method analysis