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Forman, Chris

Chris Forman

Brady Family Term Professor,
PhD Coordinator

Geography of IT Use
Electronic Commerce
Diffusion of IT Innovations
IT Strategy
Services Outsourcing and Offshoring
Geography of Innovation in Software Development
PhD, Managerial Economics and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
BA, University of Pennsylvania

Chris Forman is the Brady Family Term Professor at the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2002, and was previously on the faculty of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University until 2007.

 His research focuses on innovation in enterprise IT, including both the business process innovation that accompanies enterprise IT investment within firms as well as the strategies of enterprise IT suppliers. This research has included the study of how geography shapes the benefits of IT investment within firms, the platform strategies of independent software vendors, and the implications of IT investment for firm organization and firm boundaries, among other topics.

 He has published over 30 articles and book chapters.  He has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He currently serves as Senior Editor at Information Systems Research  and has previously served as Associate Editor at Management Science, Information Systems Research, and Information Economics and Policy.

Refereed Articles

  • David Dranove, Chris Forman, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (Forthcoming) The Trillion Dollar Conundrum: Complementarities and Health Information Technology. American Economic Journal: Policy
Working Papers

  • David Dranove, Chris Forman, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2012) "The Trillion Dollar Conundrum: Complementarities and Health Information Technology" Working paper.

  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2011) "Local Capabilities and Broadband Bandwidth at Community Anchor Institutions" Draft Report Submitted to NTIA.

  • Peng Huang, Marco Ceccagnoli, Chris Forman, and D.J. Wu "Cooperative Commercialization Strategies for Technology Start-ups in the Enterprise Software Industry"

  • Forman, Chris and Pei-yu Chen, “Switching Costs and Network Effects in the Market for Routers and Switches,” Working Paper, February 2004 (revised March 2008).
Published Papers

  • Chris Forman and Nicolas van Zeebroeck (2012) "From wires to partners: How the Internet has fostered R&D collaborations within firms" Management Science 58(8): 1549-1568.

  • Marco Ceccagnoli, Chris Forman, Peng Huang, and D.J. Wu (2012) "Co-creation of Value in a Platform Ecosystem: The Case of Enterprise Software" MIS Quarterly 36(1): 263-290.

  • Forman, Chris and Anne Gron, (2011) “Vertical Integration and Information Technology Investment in the Insurance Industry." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 27(1): 180-218.

  • Arora, Ashish, Chris Forman, Anand Nandkumar, and Rahul Telang (2010) "Competition and Patching of Security Vulnerabilities: An Empirical Analysis," Information Economics and Policy 22: 164-177.

  • Arora, Ashish, Matej Drev, and Chris Forman "Viewpoints: The Extent of Globalization of Software Innovation" Communications of the ACM 52(2): 20-22.

  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2012) "The Internet and Local Wages: A Puzzle" American Economic Review 102(1): 556-575.

  • Arora, Ashish and Chris Forman (2007) "How Local are IT Services: Proximity and IT Outsourcing," Journal of Management Information Systems 24(2): 73-102.

  • Langer, Nishtha, Chris Forman, Sunder Kekre, and Baohong Sun, “Ushering Buyers into Electronic Channels: An Empirical Analysis,” Forthcoming, Information Systems Research.

  • Forman, Chris, Anindya Ghose, and Avi Goldfarb (2009) "Competition between Local and Electronic Markets: How the benefit of buying online depends on where you live," Management Science 55(1): 47-57.

  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2005) “Geographic Location and the Diffusion of Internet Technology,” Electronic Commerce Research and Applications 4(1): 1-10.

  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2005) “How do industry features influence the role of location on Internet adoption?” Journal of the Association for Information Systems 6(12): 383-408.

  • Forman, Chris, Anindya Ghose, and Batia Wiesenfeld (2008) "Examining the Relationship Between Reviews and Sales: The Role of Reviewer Identity Disclosure in Electronic Markets" Information Systems Research 19(3): 291-313.

  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2008) "Understanding the Inputs into Innovation: Do Cities Substitute for Internal Firm Resources" Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 17(2): 295-316.

  • Langer, Nishtha, Chris Forman, Sunder Kekre, and Alan Scheller-Wolf (2007) "Assessing the Impact of RFID on Return Center Logistics," Interfaces 37(6): 501-514.

  • Chen, Pei-yu and Chris Forman (2006) "Can Vendors Influence Switching Costs and Compatibility in an Environment with Open Standards?" MIS Quarterly 30 (Special Issue): 541-562.

  • Forman, Chris (2005) "The Corporate Digital Divide: Determinants of Internet Adoption," Management Science 51(4): 641-654.

  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein (2005) "How Did Location Affect the Adoption of the Commercial Internet? Global Village vs. Urban Density," Journal of Urban Economics 58(3): 389-420.

  • Doms, Mark and Chris Forman (2005) "Prices for Local Area Network Equipment," Information Economics and Policy 17(3): 365-388.