ATLANTA‒The Association for Information Systems (AIS) today presented the 2023 AIS Impact Award to Balasubramaniam (Bala) Ramesh and the 2023 AIS Mid-Career Award to JJ Po-An Hsieh, both on faculty at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Ramesh, who is chair of Robinson’s Department of Computer Information Systems, and Hsieh, an associate professor in the unit, received the awards at the International Conference on Information Systems in Hyderabad, India.
Ramesh Receives AIS Impact Award
Bala Ramesh, Distinguished University Professor and George E. Smith Eminent Scholar’s Chair, received the AIS Impact Award. It is the association’s premier award for the impact of information systems research beyond academia, and honors scholars whose work has had widespread impact on practice in business and society.
Ramesh received the award in recognition of his pioneering work in information systems design (ISD). He was among the first scholars to establish that knowledge about the processes involved in creating information systems can be used to improve the quality and efficiency of ISD. He also developed the widely implemented representation and maintenance of process knowledge (REMAP) model as well as associated artificial intelligence-based tools for acquiring and using process knowledge to improve ISD outcomes. His groundbreaking work has not only provided a solid foundation for understanding the issues in implementing comprehensive traceability, and also developed solutions in the form of reference models and tools for representing and reasoning with traceability.
Funding agencies supporting Ramesh’s research have included the National Science Foundation, Accenture's Center for Strategic Technology Research, the Office of Naval Research, and DARPA. He currently is a co-principal investigator on a $10 million grant from the Department of Defense to create a Center of Excellence in Advanced Software, principal investigator and lead administrator on a $3.92 million research grant from the National Science Foundation, and co-principal investigator (along with Georgia State and MIT colleagues) on a $500,000 grant for the development of a generative AI tutor for facilitating equitable student success.
According to a 2023 analysis conducted by the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford University (METRICS), Ramesh is among the world’s top two percent of the most cited business researchers in his field between 1996 and 2022.
“It’s fitting that Bala’s peers have recognized him with the AIS Impact Award because his singular impact in advancing the theory and practice of information systems design cannot be overstated,” said Robinson College Dean Richard Phillips.
Ramesh, who holds a doctorate from New York University, joined Georgia State in 1997.
The AIS Impact Award was first presented in 2020. Ramesh is the second Robinson College faculty member to receive the award, following 2022 recipient Arun Rai.
Hsieh Receives AIS Mid-Career Award
Associate Professor JJ Po-An Hsieh received the AIS Mid-Career Award which recognizes individuals in the middle stages of their careers for outstanding research, teaching, and service contributions to the field of information systems.
Hsieh’s research centers on the effective use of digital technology, focusing on the digital divide, post-adoptive usage behaviors, artificial intelligence, and the future of work. He has published in MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, the European Journal of Information Systems, and Decision Support Systems, among others. He has served as an associate editor of Information Systems Research since 2019 and was recognized with its 2022 Associate Editor Award. He previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of the AIS. Hsieh also has chaired workshops, tutorials, and panels.
Hsieh characterizes his research as interdisciplinary, collaborating with experts from management, marketing, finance, and public policy to approach problems holistically. As a result, his work has been published and cited in non-IS journals, including in premier management, operations management, marketing, and medical informatics publications.
“JJ’s mid-career accomplishments are extraordinary, and I expect his career trajectory will only continue to grow,” said Robinson Dean Richard Phillips.
Hsieh earned his doctorate from Georgia State in 2005 and joined the faculty in 2015 after spending ten years on the faculty at Hong Kong Science Polytechnic University.
About the Association for Information Systems
The Association for Information Systems serves society through advancing knowledge and promoting excellence in the practice and study of information systems. It is the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide. Learn more at https://aisnet.org/.