CredentialsPh.D. (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), M.B.A. (Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India), B.Eng. (Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India)
Professor Saraf focuses his research on the diffusion of enterprise information technology and its role in creating business value. He also conducts research on open source software development, strategic behavior of IT product and service vendors and on the emergence of technology standards.
Professor Saraf's research has appeared in top journals namely, MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research. His research has won competitive awards including the Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Awards for 2011 & 2014, and the runner-up award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation competition (ACM-SIGMIS) in 2004. He has also won competitive external grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has served in editorial roles in various journals such as MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research. He currrently serves as the Academic Director of the Management of Technology MBA program at Beedie.
Professor Saraf completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering from M.S. University, India, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He is married and has two children.
Research InterestsProfessor Saraf focuses his research on the diffusion of enterprise information technology and its role in creating business value. He also conducts research on open source software development, strategic behavior of IT product and service vendors and on the emergence of technology standards.
articles and reports
Saraf, N., Dasgupta, S., & Blettner, D. (2021). How do managerial perceptions of performance feedback affect innovation? Accepted at Strategic Organization. Strategic Organization.
Park, Y. K., Pavlou, P. A., & Saraf, N. (2020). Configurations for achieving organizational ambidexterity with digitization. Information Systems Research, 31(4), 1376-1397. http://doi.org/10.1287/isre.2020.0950
Chow-White, P., Struve, S., Lusoli, A., Lesage, F., Saraf, N., & Oldring, A. (2018). ‘Warren Buffet is my cousin’: shaping public understanding of big data biotechnology, direct-to-consumer genomics, and 23andMe on Twitter. Information Communication and Society, 21(3), 448-464. http://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1285951
Ruckman, K., Saraf, N., & Sambamurthy, V. (2015). Market positioning by IT service vendors through imitation. Information Systems Research, 26(1), 100-126. http://doi.org/10.1287/isre.2014.0555
Saraf, N., Liang, H., Xue, Y., & Hu, Q. (2013). How does organisational absorptive capacity matter in the assimilation of enterprise information systems? Information Systems Journal, 23(3), 245-267. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2575.2011.00397.x
Saraf, N., Langdon, C. S., & Sawy, O. E. (2013). IS integration and knowledge sharing in multi-unit firms: The winner's curse †. European Journal of Information Systems, 22(6), 592-603. http://doi.org/10.1057/ejis.2012.37
Chellappa, R. K., & Saraf, N. (2010). Alliances, rivalry, and firm performance in enterprise systems software markets: A social network approach. Information Systems Research, 21(4), 849-871. http://doi.org/10.1287/isre.1090.0278
Chellappa, R. K., Sambamurthy, V., & Saraf, N. (2010). Competing in crowded markets: Multimarket contact and the nature of competition in the enterprise systems software industry. Information Systems Research, 21(3), 614-630. http://doi.org/10.1287/isre.1100.0300
Saraf, N., Langdon, C. S., & Gosain, S. (2007). IS application capabilities and relational value in interfirm partnerships. Information Systems Research, 18(3), 320-339. http://doi.org/10.1287/isre.1070.0133
Liang, H., Saraf, N., Hu, Q., & Xue, Y. (2007). Assimilation of enterprise systems: The effect of institutional pressures and the mediating role of top management. MIS Quarterly, 31(1), 59-87. http://doi.org/10.2307/25148781
books chapters and monographs
Saraf, N., Seary, A., Seary, A., Chandrasekaran, D., Chandrasekaran, D., Monge, P., & Monge, P. (2013). Evolution of an Open Source Community Network. In Kranakis, E. (Eds.), Advances in network analysis and its applications. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag (Germany). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30904-5_16