Distinguished Research Professor 2016
Elena Karahanna, the L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business, is an exceptionally high-impact researcher and an authority on the implementation and use of information systems. In particular, her research has provided significant contributions to our knowledge about attitudinal and emotional factors that impede effective use of information technology and how firms can create strategies to overcome these barriers. Her path-breaking papers about the importance of trust as a key construct in the adoption of electronic commerce are an influential part of the information technology adoption literature. Karahanna has also studied the effect of leadership on technology initiatives and the impact of chief information officers on firm performance. Some of her more recent work focuses on the healthcare sector, and she uses her expertise in technology acceptance and use to better understand the mechanisms that may constrain or facilitate technology-enabled change in healthcare.