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Sam Ransbotham, PhD

associate professor - information systems department
william s. mckiernan '78 family faculty fellow

Sam Ransbotham

Fulton Hall 460A
Curriculum Vitae




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Information Systems Department




PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
MBA, Georgia Institute of Technology
BChE, Georgia Institute of Technology


Dr. Ransbotham’s research interests include IT security, social media and the strategic use of IT. In 2014, he was awarded an NSF CAREER Award for his analytics-based research in security. He was recently named the guest editor for MIT's Sloan Management Review, Data and Analytics initiative. His recent research appeared in Marketing Science, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research and the INFORMS Journal on Computing. Dr. Ransbotham was also awarded one of eleven inaugural Google and WPP Marketing Awards to support research into how online media influences consumer behavior, attitudes, and decision making.


2014 MIT Sloan Management Review, Guest Editor for Data and Analytics
2014 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2013 Best Young Researcher, Workshop on Health IT and Economics, (with Eric Overby and Mike Jernigan)
2013 Best Reviewer, INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology
2013 Marketing Science Institute Research Grant, 2013 (with Nick Lurie and Hongju Liu)
2013 Best Paper, Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence Track, ICIS (with Jerry Kane)
2013 Boston College Carroll School of Management Undergraduate Teaching Award
2012 Best Paper, Security and Privacy Track, ICIS (with Saby Mitra)
2011 Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Modeling Mobile Customer Behavior Grant (with Nick Lurie)
2011 Boston College Faculty Fellowship
2009 Runner-up for Best Published Paper in Information Systems Research (with Saby Mitra)
2010 Best Paper, Academy of Management, Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division (with Eric Overby)
2009 Google and WPP Marketing Research Award (with Nick Lurie)


S. Ransbotham, G. C. Kane, and N. H. Lurie, “Network Characteristics and the Value of Collaborative User-Generated Content,” Marketing Science, 31(3), pp. 387–405, 2012.

S. Ransbotham, S. Mitra, and J. Ramsey, “Are Markets for Vulnerabilities Effective?,” MIS Quarterly, 36(1), pp. 43.64, 2012.

S. Ransbotham, “Preserving Opportunities in Internet Research: A Commentary on ‘Studying Cyborgs’,” Journal of Information Technology, 27(4), pp. 319-320, 2012.

S. Ransbotham and G. C. Kane, “Membership Turnover and Collaboration Success in On- line Communities: Explaining Rises and Falls from Grace in Wikipedia,” MIS Quarterly, 35(3), pp. 613–627, 2011.

S. Ransbotham, I. Murthy, S. Mitra, and S. Narasimhan, “Sequential Grid Comput- ing: Models and Computational Experiments,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 23(2), pp. 174–188, 2011.

S. Ransbotham and S. Mitra, “Target Age and the Acquisition of Innovation in High Technology Industries,” Management Science, 56(11), pp. 2076–2093, 2010.

J. Gallaugher and S. Ransbotham, “Social Media and Customer Dialog Management at Starbucks,” MIS Quarterly Executive, 9(4), pp. 197–212, 2010.

S. Ransbotham and S. Mitra, “Choice and Chance: A Conceptual Model of Paths to Information Security Compromise,” Information Systems Research, 20(1), pp. 121–139, 2009. (Runner-up for Best Paper in 2009.)


Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Ransbotham was the founder and principal of a software company with a globally diverse client list. Dr. Ransbotham teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, is a faculty advisor for the MBA Marketing and Information Analytics specialization, and is part of the Boston College Linux Cluster policy committee. More information about his research and background is available at his website.