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Dr. Izak Benbasat

Emeritus Professor

Management Systems Division

Sauder School of Business

Research Themes: 

Evolving Language in an Information Economy

Sauder Distinguished Professor of Information Systems

Izak Benbasat (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1974; Doctorat Honoris Causa, Université de Montréal, 2009) is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Sauder Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He received the LEO Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievements in Information Systems from the Association for Information Systems, and was conferred the title of Distinguished Fellow by the INFORMS Information Systems Society. Professor Benbasat was awarded the University of British Columbia Killam Research Prize in 1998 and the University of British Columbia Killam Teaching Prize in 1996. He received the Senior Research Prize of the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, in 2003 and in 2015. He was CANFOR Professor of Management Information Systems from 1991 to 2001, and CANADA Research Chair in Information Technology Management from 2001 to 2014. He served as the editor-in-chief of Information Systems Research, Editor of the IS&DSS Department of Management Science, and a Senior Editor of the MIS Quarterly.

Research Interests

Evaluating human-computer interfaces, specifically how to design web-based interfaces to facilitate business-to-consumer electronic commerce.

Investigating the role of explanations in intelligent support systems in improving user productivity and knowledge transfer to users.

Measuring IT-related competencies, namely, IT knowledge in line managers and business competence in IT professionals, and their impact on the effective deployment of IT.