Prof. Arpan Kumar Kar


(Fellow, XLRI)

Prof. Arpan Kumar Kar is Professor of Information Systems in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. He holds the AS Gupta Endowed Chair Professorship in data and decision science. Within IIT Delhi, along with Department of Management Studies, he holds a joint appointment in the Yardi School of Artificial Intelligence. Administratively, he chairs Corporate Affairs and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Overall Curriculum Development Cell. Additionally, he is a member of the Faculty Search Committees (DMS, ScAI), 3 Professorial Committees (DMS, Bharti, ScAI), Department Research Committees and Time Table in Charge (ScAI). His research and teaching interests are in the domain of adoption, usage, user experience, governance and impacts of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, digital platforms, social media, mobile apps, metaverse and blockchain on individuals, groups and society. His work involves theorising based on empirical evidences, often using computationally intensive research methods involving machine learning. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi based on highest teaching feedback within IIT Delhi. He has supervised over fourteen doctoral scholars and over seventy-five masters’ dissertations.

In total, he has authored over 250 peer reviewed publications and edited 15 research books. He has published over 80 articles in ABDC A, ABS 3 and Web of Science Q1 journals like Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Information Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, Government Information Quarterly, Technovation, Information Systems Frontiers, Information Technology and People, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Research, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Enterprise Information Systems, Decision Analysis, etc. Further 15 of these publications are in ABDC A* journals. He has authored over 90 papers in established IS conferences like ICIS, HICSS, PACIS, ECIS, IFIP, ACM, IEEE and Springer conferences and received 8 best paper awards from these conferences. As of 2023, these publications have been cited over 12,000 times with an H-Index of 50, as per Google Scholar Citation Metrics. He is consistently listed among the top 5000 researchers globally across disciplines based on Scopus impact metrics for a single year across all disciplines combined and has consistently been ranked as a leading researcher in India across Management by multiple leading agencies evaluating productivity of Indian researchers.

He is the Editor in Chief of International Journal of Information Management Data Insights, published by Elsevier, which is a Q1 journal. He is a Senior Editor for Decision Support Systems (ABDC A*, SSB, Elsevier). He is also Associate Editor in International Journal of Information Management (ABDC A*, Elsevier), Communications of the Association for Information Systems (AIS, ABDC A), Journal of Computer Information Systems (ABDC A, T&F) and Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management (ABDC A, Springer). He also acts as a Coordinating Editor in Information Systems Frontiers (Springer, ABDC A, AdHoc). He has also been a Guest Editor for many reputed journals like Journal of the Association for Information Systems (ABDC A*, SSB), Decision Support Systems (ABDC A*, SSB), Industrial Marketing Management (ABDC A*), International Journal of Information Management (ABDC A*, twice), Information Systems Frontiers (ABDC A, twice), Electronic Commerce Research (ABDC A), and few more. Further he supports over a dozen journals like Journal of Business Research, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Information Management, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Computer Information Systems, The Bottom Line, etc on the Editorial Board. He has also served as Associate Editor, Track Chair and Conference Chair in reputed conferences like ICIS, BIGS, PACIS, ECIS, IFIP WG 6.11 and 8.6 conferences. He has been Associate Editor in few other journals like Journal of Public Affairs (Wiley) and Sage Open (Sage) in the past. He has received outstanding contribution in reviewing from 8 journals like Information and Management, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Information Management, Land Use Policy, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, etc. He has undertaken over 500 reviews and over 500 editorial records as on September 2023 in Web of Science (Researcher ID : B-9999-2009).

He has also handled over 25 externally funded research / advisory projects from national and international firms and governments like BASF (Germany), Fidelity International (UK), Department of Science and Technology (MST, GoI), Digital India (MEiTY, GoI), PriceWaterhouse Coopers (UK), Facebook/NcMec (CPF, USA), Ernst and Young (Bangladesh), CIPPEC (Argentina), Ministry of Tribal Affairs (GoI), Ministry of Textiles (GoI), World Data Science Forum (Japan), etc. He has also undertaken over 25 Training Programmes (FDPs and MDPs) within and outside India. He has given over 200 talks and keynotes in national and international conferences where proceedings have been published by Springer, ACM, Elsevier or IEEE. Total fund generation across projects and training programmes exceed 25 crore INR.

He has received over 20 national and international awards from reputed organizations. He received the 2023 Career 360 Most Outstanding Researcher Award in India in the field of Business, Management and Accounting, based on research productivity and citations over 5 years. For his research impact, he has received the Research Excellence Citation Award 2021 based on highest Web of Science citations in India based on a 5 year duration from Clarivate Analytics across the Management and Social Science category. He is a recipient of the Basant Kumar Birla Distinguished Researcher Award 2020 based on count of ABDC A* level publications over a period of 5 years.  His teaching case on Social Media Analytics received the Best Seller Award in IVEY / Harvard Business Publishing in 2020 based on 5 year sales. He has also won multiple other awards like IFIP Conference Best Paper awards (3 times), ACM ICEGOV Best Paper award, Tata Consultancy Services Best Research Project award, Project Management Institute Young Research Scholar award, JL Batra Association of Indian Management Schools Best Researcher Award, IIT Delhi Teaching Excellence award, multiple best paper awards from NIT conferences.

Some of the Expert Committees he has been part of are as follows

  • Expert Committee Member, Innovation and Research Working Group, The Commonwealth, UK. Focus area: Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (2023 August onwards)
  • Research Advisory Board member, XLRI Jamshedpur (September 2023 onwards)
  • Reviewer for Academic Research Fund, Ministry of Education, Singapore, for Tier 3 major Projects (value between 20 Million – 5 million Dollars), Sept 2022 – Aug, 2024.
  • Research Advisory Board Member, Symbiosis International University (2022 onwards)
  • Chair and Member in multiple governance committees of all the 20 institutes under National Council for Cooperative Training, Ministry of Cooperation, Govt. of India (2021 onwards)
  • Expert Committee Member of the Cloud Auditing Group, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India (December 2021 onwards)
  • Technology Committee Member, Future Skills Prime Programme, C-DAC, Ministry of Electronics and IT (May 2020 onwards)
  • Expert Advisory Committee, Vigyan Prasaar, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (September 2019 onwards)
  • External Expert and Invited Member, Board of Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India (2022 onwards).
  • Member of Board of Vocational Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2017-2018)

He has been an external expert in the faculty selection committees in multiple B-Schools including IITs and IIMs. He has reviewed over 30 doctoral theses from different reputed Indian Institutes like IIMs, IITs, XLRI, TAPMI, ICFAI, and international universities in UK, Malaysia and Middle East. In terms of his education, he completed his Bachelors in Engineering in Information Technology from Jadavpur University (Gold medalist) and Doctorate in Information Systems from XLRI Jamshedpur. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, he has worked in IIM Rohtak, Cognizant Business Consulting and IBM Research Laboratory.

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