Associate Dean of Operations of the Miller College of Business
Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management
Dr. Sushil Sharma is an associate dean and a professor of computer information systems (CIS) in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. Dr. Sharma also has the unique distinction of earning two doctoral degrees. He has over 25 years of administrative leadership experience and more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Sharma served as the Chair for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (2008–2012) and Executive Director of the MBA and other Certificate Programs (2011-2013). A Leadership Fellow in Higher Education through the Management Development Program at Harvard University, he has co-authored/edited/co-edited thirteen (13) books and published over one hundred (100) refereed research papers in the most reputed national and international Management and MIS journals. In addition, he has published forty-six (46) refereed chapters in various books and has presented and published over one hundred and sixty-five (165) papers in various national and international conferences. His work has thousands of citations [Google Scholar] and has a high h-index. Dr. Sharma’s research has appeared in several top ranked journals in the MIS field, including Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Information Privacy & Security (JIPS), Electronic Commerce Research Journal, Journal of Information System Security (JISSec), International Journal of Information Security and Privacy (IJISP), the Journal of International Technology and Information Management (JITIM), International Journal of E-Business Research, Journal of Public Health and Information Management and Computer Security. He has authored two cases which are published by the Ivy School of Business, University of Western Ontario and are available through Harvard Business Publishing.
Prior to joining the faculty at Ball State, he held the associate professor position at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India), and was a visiting research associate professor at the Department of Management Science at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Dr. Sharma held several academic administration positions including the chair of two different departments (Chair of Placement, Chair of Student Affairs and Alumni) and head of the Computer Center at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India).
His primary research interests are in IT adoption, information systems governance, e-Learning, e-Government, computer-mediated communications, computer information systems security, human computer interaction (HCI), health informatics, and community and social informatics. Dr. Sharma has earned recognition for his teaching, research, and service, and has been a recipient of several outstanding awards at both the university and college levels. He received three high-level outstanding awards (Outstanding Researcher, Outstanding Faculty, and Outstanding Administrator) at Ball State University. Dr. Sharma was awarded the Outstanding Administrator Award for the academic year 2015-16, given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in administrative service to the university. He received the Outstanding Research Award for the year 2006-2007, given to an individual faculty member in recognition of contributions in the area of research. He received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2008-2009, given in recognition of demonstrated composite excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative productivity, and service. At the college level, Dr. Sharma has been a recipient of the Miller College of Business Extraordinary Year Award, given by the dean of the college in recognition of excellence in teaching, research, and service for three consecutive years (2003, 2004, & 2005). He also received the Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award in 2008.
Dr. Sharma has been the recipient of several research grants and has also won numerous professional honors. He received a Citation of Excellence as the author of one of the top fifty management articles of 2002 for the paper “Securing Information Infrastructure from Information Warfare”. He also received the Instructional Innovation Award from the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute in 2003 and the Best Paper Award by the Midwest Association of Information Systems in 2012. His work on 'Cyber Slacking' has been widely covered by several media and news channels in the United States and he has often been interviewed about it. His most recent co-authored study on “Depression and anxiety during the pandemic” has caught national media coverage.
Dr. Sharma has been a featured keynote speaker at various international conferences, professional forums, executive development seminars, and academic conferences worldwide on a wide variety of topics. He has been a member and chair of dissertation committees for several doctoral students. Dr. Sharma has also served as a consultant and advisor to numerous companies and organizations, including the Department of State, USAID, and World Bank funded projects.
Dr. Sharma has served as the editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of E-Adoption from 2007 to 2020. He has been a guest editor, associate editor, reviewer and member of the editorial boards for several national and international journals in the area of MIS.
Dr. Sharma is known as “Globetrotter” since he has traveled worldwide and taught in several business schools in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and North America.