Elena Karahanna

L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business & UGA Distinguished Research Professor

C413 Benson Hall
630 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
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Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation Year
  • MIS
University of Minnesota
  • Business Administration
Lehigh University
  • Computer Science
Lehigh University

Research Interests

  • Health IT
  • User-Generated Content
  • Information Systems Leadership
  • Technology Implementation and Use

Areas of Expertise

  • Health IT
  • User-Generated Content
  • IS Leadership
  • Technology Acceptance, Resistance, and Use
  • Culture


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Distinguished Research Professor
University of Georgia
AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award
The Association for Information Systems (AIS)
UGA Teaching Excellence Award
University of Georgia
AIS Fellow
The Association for Information Systems (AIS)
UGA Teaching Excellence Award
University of Georgia
Terry Research Award
University of Georgia
Terry College of Business
UGA Teaching Excellence Award
University of Georgia
OCIS Reviewer of the Year
Academy of Management
IMS Dept. Instructor of the Year Award
Florida State University

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Associate Editor
Management Science
2007 - present
Senior Editor
Information Systems Research
2008 - 2012
Editorial Board Member
IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
2003 - 2007
Senior Editor
Journal of AIS
2005 - 2007
Senior Editor
MIS Quarterly
2005 - 2007
Associate Editor
Information Systems Research
2004 - 2005
Editorial Board Member
European Journal of Information Systems
2002 - 2005
Editorial Board Member
Journal of AIS
2002 - 2004
Associate Editor
MIS Quarterly
2000 - 2003
Editorial Board Member
Computer Personnel
1997 - 2001

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Claggett, J.L. and Karahanna, E. Unpacking the Structure of Coordination Mechanisms and the Role of Relational Coordination in an Era of Digitally-Mediated Work Processes. Academy Of Management Review, Forthcoming.
  • Karahanna, E., Liu, B., Serrano, C. and Chen, A. Capitalizing on Heath Information Technology to Enable Digital Advantage in US Hospitals. Mis Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Chen, A. and Karahanna, E. Life Interrupted: Examining the Effects of Work-Related Technology-Mediated Interruptions on Work and Life Outcomes. Mis Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Karahanna, E., Xu, S., Zhang, A., Xu, Y. The Needs-Affordances-Features (NAF) Perspective for the Use of Social Media. Mis Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Salge, C. and Karahanna, E. 2018. Protesting Corruption on Twitter: Is it a Bot or is it a Person?. Academy Of Management Discoveries, 4(1):32-49.
  • Liu, Q. and Karahanna, E. 2017. The Dark Side of Reviews: The Swaying Effects of Online Product Reviews on Attribute Preferences Construction. Mis Quarterly, 41(2):427-448.
  • Serrano, C. and Karahanna, E. 2016. The Compensatory Role of User Capabilities in Task Performance Outcomes: An Empirical Assessment in Technology-Mediated Medical Consultations. Mis Quarterly, 40(3):597-622.
  • Rigdon, E.E., Becker, JM, Rai, A., Ringle, C.M., Diamantopoulos, A., Karahanna, E., Straub, D.W., and Dijkstra, T.K. 2014. Conflating Antecedents and Formative Indicators: A Comment on Aguirre-Urreta and Marakas. Information Systems Research , 25(4):780-784.
  • Dawson, G., Karahanna E., and Buchholz, A. 2014. A Study on Psychological Contract Breach Spillover in Multiple Agency Relationships in Consulting Professional Service Firms. Organization Science, 25(1):149-170.
  • Karahanna, E. and Preston, D. 2013. The Effect of Social Capital of the Relationship between the CIO and Top Management Team on Firm Performance. Journal Of Management Information Systems , 30(1):15-55.
  • Williams, C. and Karahanna, E. 2013. Causal Explanation in the Coordinating Process: A Critical Realist Case Study of Federated IT Governance Structures. Mis Quarterly, 37(3):933-964.
  • Polites, G. and Karahanna, E. 2013. The Embeddedness of IS Habits in Organizational Routines: Development and Disruption. Mis Quarterly, 37(1):221-246.
  • Polites, G. and Karahanna, E. 2012 . Shackled to the Status Quo: The Inhibiting Effects of Incumbent System Habit, Switching Costs, and Inertia on New System Acceptance. Mis Quarterly, 36(1):21-42 **MIS Quarterly 2012 Best Paper Award **.
  • Preston, D. and Karahanna, E. 2009. Antecedents of IS Strategic Alignment: A Nomological Network. Information Systems Research, 20(2):159-179.
  • Choudhury, V. and Karahanna, E. 2008. The Relative Advantage of Electronic Channels: A Multi-Dimensional View. Mis Quarterly, 32(1):179-2000.
  • Karahanna, E., Agarwal, R. and Angst, C. 2006. Reconceptualizing Compatibility Beliefs in Technology Acceptance. Mis Quarterly, 30(4):781-804.
  • Srite, M. and Karahanna, E. 2006. The Role of Espoused National Cultural Values in Technology Acceptance. Mis Quarterly, 30(3):679-704.
  • Gefen, D., Karahanna, E., and Straub D.W. 2003. Trust and TAM in Online Shopping: An Integrated Model. Mis Quarterly , 27(1):51-90.
  • Agarwal, R. and Karahanna, E. 2000. Time Flies When You Have Fun: Cognitive Absorption and Beliefs about Information Technology Usage. Mis Quarterly , 24(4):665-694.
  • Karahanna, E., Straub, D.W., and Chervany, N.L. 1999. Information Technology Adoption Across Time: A Cross-Sectional Comparison of Pre-Adoption and Post-Adoption Beliefs. Mis Quarterly , 23(2):183-213.
  • Straub, D.W. and Karahanna, E. 1998. Knowledge Worker Communications and Recipient Availability: Toward a Task Closure Explanation of Media Choice. Organization Science, 9(2):1-16.
  • Straub, D.W., Limayem, M. and Karahanna, E. 1995. Measuring System Usage: Implications for IS Theory Testing. Management Science, 41(8):1328-1342.