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Omar El Sawy

Kenneth King Stonier Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
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BRI
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PhD, Stanford University; MBA, American University in Cairo; BS, Cairo University

Omar El Sawy's expertise is in digital business strategy in dynamic environments and business models for digital platforms. He served as Director of Research for Marshall's Institute for Communications Technology Management from 2001-2007. He is the author of over 100 papers and a seven-time winner of the Society for Information Management's Annual Academic Paper Award - most recently in 2015. He is currently Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly and on several editorial boards. He teaches in the MBA program and received the Marshall School's Evan C. Thompson Award for Teaching and Learning Innovation in 2012. He served as advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt, and as a Fulbright scholar in Finland. In 2008, he was inducted as the 45th Fellow of the Association of Information Systems for his research contributions.

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Omar El Sawy () "Building the Foundations and Enterprise Capabilities for Digital Leadership: Conceptual Foundations ,".
N. Nan, I Vessey, Ann Majchrzak, Omar El Sawy, H Tenrivedi, B Mckelvey () "Harnessing complexity science in information systems research ,"  MIS Quarterly, revising after third round.
YoungKi Park, Omar El Sawy, Peer Fiss () "Developing Richer Theories for Exceptional Outcomes in Complex Digital Worlds: The Enabling Role of QCA ,".
YoungKi Park, Omar El Sawy, Peer Fiss () "The Role of Business Intelligence and Communication Technologies in Organizational Agility: A Configurational Approach ,".
Omar El Sawy () "“Harnessing Complexity Science in Information Systems Research” ,".
Anandhi Bharadwaj, Omar El Sawy, Paul Pavlou, N Venkatraman () "Digital Business Strategy: Towards a Next Generation of Insights ,"  MIS Quarterly  2013.
Hank Lucas, Ritu Agarwal, ERic Clemons, Omar El Sawy, Bruce WEber () "Impactful Research on Transformational IT ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy () "Information Systems Integration and Knowledge Sharing in Multi-Unit Firms: The Winner’s Curse ,".
Paul Gray, Omar El Sawy, Guillermo ASper, Magnus Thordarson () "Realizing Strategic Value through Center-Edge Digital Transformation in Consumer-Centric Industries ,"  MIS Quarterly Executive  2013, March.
Omar El Sawy, Francis Pereira () "Business Modelling in the Dynamic Digital Space ,".
Raven Arjan, Omar El Sawy () "Silence or Knowing in IT-Enabled Face-to-Face Meetings ,"  Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce.
Joseph Clark, Omar El Sawy, Francis Pereira () "Capabilities, Configurations and Customer-Contexts: A Business Model Framework for the Process of Digital Service Innovation ,".
Paul Pavlou, Omar El Sawy () "Understanding the Elusive Black Box of Dynamic Capabilities ,"  Decision Sciences  2011.
Omar El Sawy, Paul Gray () "Decision Modes as Cultural Mirror: Implications for Decision Support Systems ,"  Journal of Decision Systems  19.
Omar El Sawy, Arvind Malhotra, Young Ki Park, Paul Pavlou () "Seeking the Configurations of Digital Ecodynamics: It Takes Three to Tango ,"  Information Systems Research   Forthcoming.
Young Ki Park, Omar El Sawy () "Understanding the Causal Dynamics of BI-Based Organizations ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Paul Pavlou, Omar El Sawy () "The Third Hand: IT-Enabled Competitive Advantage in Turbulence through Improvisational Capabilities ,"  Information Systems Research.
Peter keen, Omar El Sawy, Peter keen () "CIO/CXO Conversations that Matter ,"  MIS Quarterly Executive.
George Widmeyer, Omar El Sawy, Joseph Walls () "Looking for Open Models in Information Systems Design Researchence and Information Systems Design Theory ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy, Paul Pavlou () "“IT-Enabled Business Capabilities for Turbulent Environments ,"  MIS Quarterly Executive.
Magnus Thordarson, Omar El Sawy, Paul Gray, Guillermo Asper () "Rolling Thunder IT Implementations: Enabling Value Configurations in Healthcare Services ,".
Young Ki Park, Omar El Sawy () "Towards a Design Theory for Hedonic Systems: Delivering Superior User Experience in the Digital Home Entertainment Context ,"  Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST).  3, 323-328.
Sven Carlsson, Omar El Sawy () "Managing the Five Tensions of IT-Enabled Decision Support in Turbulent and High Velocity Environments ,"  Information Systems and e-Business Management.
Omar El Sawy, JIm Short () "Handbook for Generating Business Models for Digital Home Entertainment ,"  Alfred Sloan Foundation .
Omar El Sawy () "Invited Foreword ,"  Emerging Markets and e-Commerce in Developing Economies  IGI Publishing.
Sven Carlsson, Omar El Sawy () "IT-Enabled Decision Support In Turbuklent Environments ,"  Handbook of Decision Support Systems  Springer-Verlag.
Guillermo Asper, Omar El Sawy () "Modeling Healthcare Information Systems: Multiple Value Configuration Strategy ,"  GBID Conference Proceedings.
Omar El Sawy () "Redesigning IT-Enabled Customer Support Processes for Dynamic Environments ,"  Business Process Transformation  Advances in Management Information Systems, M.E. Sharpe Publishers.
Omar El Sawy, Arvind Malhotra, Sanjay Gosain () "“Preparing for Successful Orchestrated E-Process Supply Chains Partnerships,” (with A. Malhotra and S. Gosain) in King, W. (Ed.) Planning for Information Systems, M.E. Sharpe ,"  Advances in Management Information Systems, M.E. Sharpe Publishers.
Omar El Sawy, Joseph Clark, Jeremiah Johnson, JooHee Oh, YoungKi Park () "Theorizing around the Boundaries of Strategy and Emerging Technologies: Levels of Mindfulness ,".
Omar El Sawy, Sven Carlsson () "Managing the Five Tensions of IT-Enabled Decision Support in Turbulent and High Velocity Environments,” (With S. Carlsson), in Burstein, F. & Holsapple, C. (eds.) Handbook of Decision Support Systems, Springer-Verlag ,".
A. Malhotra, S. Gosain, Omar El Sawy () "Leveraging Standard Electronic Business Interfaces to Enable Adaptive Supply Chain Partnerships ,"  Information Systems Research .
Paul Pavlou, Omar El Sawy () "When do Improvisational Capabilities Trump Dynamic Capabilities ? ,"  Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
Omar El Sawy () "Redesigning IT-Enabled Customer Support Processes for Dynamic Environments ,"  Business Process Transformation.
Omar El Sawy, Paul Pavlou () "Strategic Management of IT-Enabled Capabilities in Turbulent Environments: What Happens When the Music Speeds up ? ,"  SIM Academic Workshop Papers.
P. Pavlou, Omar El Sawy () "From IT Leveraging Competence to Competitive Advantage in Turbulent Environments: The Case of New Product Development ,"  Information Systems Research .
K. Desouza, Omar El Sawy, B. Galliers, C. Loebbeke, R. Watson () "Beyond Rigor and Relevance Toward Responsibility and Reverberation: Information Systems Research that Really Matters ,"  Communications of the Association of Information Systems.
Kevin DeSouza, Omar El Sawy, Robert Galliers, Claudia Loebbeke, Rick Watson () "Beyond Rigor and Relevance Toward Responsibility and Reverberation: Information Systems Research that Really Matters ,".
robert Houghton, Omar El Sawy, Paul Gray, Craig Donevan, Ashish Joshi () "Vigilant Information Systems: The Western Digital Experience ,"  Agile Information Systems: Conceptualization, Construction, and Management.
Omar El Sawy, E Krogh, P Gray () "Managing Online in Perpetual Perfect Storms: Insights from IndyMac Bank ,"  MIS Quarterly Executive.
Omar El Sawy, A Malhotra, S. Gosain () "Absorptive Capacity Configurations in Supply Chains: Gearing for Partner-Enabled Knowledge Creation ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy () "Harnessing Knowledge Dynamics ,"  Harnessing Knowledge Dynamics  Idea Group Publishing.
Omar El Sawy, A Malhotra, S Gosain () "Standardizing Inter-Organizational Interfaces: Leveraging Social Capital in Supply-Chains for Collaborative Information Exchange ,"  Information Systems Research.
Omar El Sawy, B. Houghton, P. Gray, C. Donegan, A. Joshi () "Vigilant Information Systems for Managing Enterprises in Dynamic Supply Chains: Real-Time Dashboards at Western Digital ,"  MIS Quarterly Executive.
Omar El Sawy, S Gosain, A Malhotra () "Coordinating for Flexibility in e-Business Supply Chains ,"  Journal of Management Information Systems.
Omar El Sawy, J. Walls, G. Widmeyer () "Assessing Information System Design Theory in Perspective: How Useful was our 1992 Rendition? ,"  Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application  6.
Omar El Sawy, Ann Majchrzak () "Critical Issues in Research On Real-Time Knowledge Management In Enterprises ,"  Journal of Knowledge Management  8, 21-37.
Omar El Sawy, R. Chell () "Designing Identity Management Systems for Business Value ,".
Omar El Sawy, M Sarkar () "Temporal Biases in Strategic Attention ,"  Long Range Planning.
Omar El Sawy, S. Gosain, A. Malhotra, F Chehade () "The Impact of Common e-Business Interfaces ,"  Communications of the ACM.
Omar El Sawy () "The 3 Faces of IS Identity: Connection, Immersion, and Infusion ,"  Communications of the AIS  12.
Omar El Sawy () "Realizing the vision for Web Services: Strategies for Dealing with Imperfect Standards ,"  CTM Research Paper.
Omar El Sawy, M. Sarkar () "The four Tigers of Global e-business Infrastructure: Strategies and Implications of Emerging Economies ,"  Communications of the AIS  12.
Omar El Sawy, A. Malhotra, S. Gosain () "Absorptive Capacity Configuration in Supply Chains: Gearing for Collaborative Knowledge Creation ,"  Knowledge Management Sysposium.
Omar El Sawy, Mark Nissen () "The Rolodex Model: Understanding Relationship Complexity as a Precursor to the Design of Organizational Forms for Chaotic Environments ,"  Technical Report, Naval Postgraduate School.
Omar El Sawy () "Collaborative Integration in e-Business through Private Trading Exchanges ,"  Information Systems and e-Business Management  Inaugural.
Omar El Sawy, P. Pavlou () "A Classification Scheme for B2B Exchanges: Implications for Inter-Organizational e-Commerce ,"  Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce.
Omar El Sawy, Jr. Josefek () "Business Process as Nexus of Knowledge ,"  Handbook of Knowledge Management.
Omar El Sawy () "Identifying Structural Models of B2b Procurement Exchanges ,"  External Acquisition Research Prfogram.
Omar El Sawy, T. Housel, J Zhong, W. Rodger () "Measuring the Return on e-Business Processes: The Knowledge Value-Added Approach ,"  Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems.
Omar El Sawy, T. Housel, J. Zhong, W. Rodger () "No Title ,"  Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems.
Omar El Sawy () "Redesigning Enterprise Processes for e-Business ,"  Redesigning Enterprise Processes for e-Business.
Omar El Sawy, Inger Eriksson, Arjan Raven, Sven Carlsson () "Understanding Shared Knowledge Creation Spaces Around Business Processes: Precursors to Process Innovation Implementation ,"  International Journal of Technology Management.
Omar El Sawy () "Rethinking the Supply Chain for e-Business ,"  Marshall Magazine.
Omar El Sawy, Inger Eriksson, Gary Dickson () "Reflections On Designing Field Research For Emerging Topics: The Case of Understanding Shared Knowledge Creation ,"  Communications of the Association of Information Systems.
Omar El Sawy, Alexander Hars () "Redesigning the Information Systems Research Process for the Electronic Economy ,"  Journal of Organizational Computing & Electronic Commerce.
Omar El Sawy, Bill Gates () "Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System ,"  Information, Communication, and Society.
Omar El Sawy () "Integrating Supply Chains and Electronic Commerce in a Unified Europe ,"  Proceedings of the Carnegie-Bosch Conference on the Impact of the Global. Information Revolution on International Management.
Omar El Sawy, Arvind Malhotra, Sanjay Gosain, Kerry Young () "IT-Intensive Value Innovation in the Electronic Economy:Insights from Marshall Industries ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy, S. Gosain, A. Malhotra, C. Westin () "Balanced Scorecard Analysis for Strategic Evaluation of IT Investments ,".
Omar El Sawy, Sanjay Gosain, Arvind Malhotra () "RosettaNet e-Business Organizational readiness Study Results ,"  RosettaNet Consortium.
Omar El Sawy, II Im, Alexander Hars () "The Competence and Impact of Tools for Business Process Reengineering ,"  Information and Management  36.
Omar El Sawy, Sanjay Gosain, Arvind Malhotra () "A Holistic Methodology for Analyzing Reconfiguration of IT-Enabled Global Value Chains: The Case of Europe ,"  Informatics in Multinational Enterprises Conference, Helsinki  IFIP WG 8.7.
Omar El Sawy, Gillermo Asper () "Amazon Contact Expeditions and Egyptian Archeological Digs: Implications for Designing Organizations in Cyberspace ,"  SCANCOR Conference on Samples of the Future.
K. Kumar, Omar El Sawy () "Extending the Boundaries of Operations Management: An International Field Studies Approach integrating Information Systems ,"  Production and Operations Management  7.
Omar El Sawy, K. Kumar () "Making the World Your Oyster: Experiences from Teaching Information Systems Management for Global Operations ,"  Journal of Global Information Technology Management.
Omar El Sawy, Gene Bowles () "Redesigning the Customer Support Process for the Electronic Economy: Insights from Storage Dimensions ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy, Inger Eriksson, Sven Carlsson, Arjan Raven () "The Nature of Shared Knowledge Creation Spaces around Business Processes ,"  Proceedings of Carnegie-Bosch Conference on Knowledge Management in International Corporations  Rome.
Omar El Sawy, Sven Carlsson () "A capability Maturity Model for IT-Enabled Organizational Knowledge Creation ,"  Strategic Management Society Conference, Barcelona, Spain. Summary in Proceedings of the Strategic Management Society.
Omar El Sawy, II Im, Alexander Hars () "Business Process Reengineering: Do Software Tools Matter? ,"  Association of Information Systems Conference.
Omar El Sawy, D. Kang () "Equivocal Information Technology Adaptation and Emergent Organizational Design around Collaborative Business Processes ,".
Omar El Sawy, Sven Carlsson, Inger Eriksson, Arjan Raven () "Gaining Competitive Advantage through Shared Knowledge Creation: In Search of a New Design Theory for Strategic Information Systems ,"  Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Information Systems.
Omar El Sawy, Inger Eriksson () "Methods for Determining and Assessing Knowledge Sharing Practices in New Product Development ,"  Nokia Mobile Phones, San Diego, CA.
Omar El Sawy, H. Khorshid () "A Design Theory of Virtual Workflows ,"  USC White Paper  94.
Omar El Sawy, Joseph Walls, George Widmeyer () "Building an Information System Design Theory for Vigilant EIS ,"  Information System Research.
Omar El Sawy, S. Vij () "Picking Research Winners: Rigor, Relevance, & Reverberation in IS Research ,".
Omar El Sawy () "Revving up an ISDP Research Generator ,"  Information Systems and Decision Processes.
Omar El Sawy () "Managing the Lifecycle of Strategic Issues as an Environment for Supporting Decision Processes ,"  Environments for Supporting Decision Processes.
Omar El Sawy () "Information Technology for Executives and Managers: From symphony Orchestras to Jazz Ensembles ,"  The Institute of Management Sciences.
Omar El Sawy () "Executive Stethoscopes for Fast-Changing Times ,"  USC Business  1.
Omar El Sawy, T. Housel () "Leveraging Information Systems for Crisis Management: Silver Linings ,"  Advances in Telecommunications Management  3.
Omar El Sawy, Ravi Kumar () "Extending the Boundaries of Operations Management: An International Field-Studies Approach Integrating Information Systems ,"  Production and Operations Management Systems.
Omar El Sawy, Burt Nanus () "Towards the Design of Robust Information Systems ,"  Journal of MIS.
Omar El Sawy () "How to Make a DSS EIS-Ready ,"  The Institute of Management Sciences.
Omar El Sawy () "Track Overview for Decision Support Methods and Practice ,"  The Institute of Management Science.
Omar El Sawy, Hisham El Sherif () "Issue-Based Decision Support Systems for the Egyptian Cabinet ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy, Thierry Pauchant () "Triggers, Templates, and Twitches in the Tracking of Emerging Strategic Issues ,"  Strategic Management Journal.
Omar El Sawy () "DSS-87 Transactions, Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Decision Support Systems ,"  The Institute of Management Sciences.
Omar El Sawy () "Account Data By the Minute ,"  American Banker.
Omar El Sawy, Thomas Housel, Paul Donovan () "Information Systems for Crisis Management: Lessons From Southern California Edison ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy, Glenn Gomes, Manolete Gonzalez () "Preserving Institutional Memory: The Management of History as an Organizational Resource ,"  Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
Omar El Sawy () "PROLIFICATOR: A Decision Support System for Generating Strategic Opportunities ,"  TIMS, Providence, Rhode Island.
Omar El Sawy, J. Evans () "Proactive Surprise Managers ,"  The President, American Management Association.
Omar El Sawy, Breton, Wintrobe () "The Logic of Bureaucratic Conduct: An Economic Analysis of Competition, Exchange, and Efficiency in Private and Public Organizations ,"  Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
Omar El Sawy () "Implementation by Cultural Infusion: An Approach for Managing the Introduction of Information Technologies ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy () "From Separatism to Holographic Enfolding: The Evolution of the Technostructure of Organizations ,"  Organizational Design.
Omar El Sawy () "Personal Information Systems for Strategic Scanning in Turbulent Environments: Can the CEO Go On-Line? ,"  MIS Quarterly.
Omar El Sawy, J. Evans () "A Comparison of Surprise Management Methods Used by Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs: Implications for Strategic Management ,"  Summary in Proceedings of the Strategic Management Society.
Omar El Sawy () "Understanding the Process by which Chief Executives Identify Strategic Threats and Opportunities, Business Policy and Planning Division ,"  Academy of Management Proceedings.
Omar El Sawy () "The Vygotsky Phenome: A caveat for Decision Support Systems Design ,"  DSS-81 Transactions,.