Sandra A. Slaughter (Ph.D., University of Minnesota), is the Alton M. Costley Chair and Professor of Information Technology Management in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Before joining the College's faculty in 2007, she was a member of the information technology faculty in the David A. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Slaughter spent ten years working as an information technology (IT) analyst and project leader in companies including Hewlett-Packard, the Allen-Bradley division of Rockwell International, and Square D Corporation.
Her research builds upon her practical experience in IT development and focuses on productivity and quality issues and the effective management of IT projects and professionals. Currently, she is conducting research on the management of software projects, project analytics, open source software and open standards, software process improvement, software outsourcing, and the compensation, skills and careers of information technology professionals.
Her thesis won first place in the doctoral dissertation competition held by the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in 1995. Since then, she has gone on to publish more than one hundred articles in leading research journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. She has written a book on the software industry, entitled A Profile of the Software Industry: Emergence, Ascendance, Risks and Rewards, that will be published by Business Expert Press in 2014.
Her work has received seven best paper awards at major conferences and a best published paper award from Information Systems Research. Her research has been supported by two million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and Research Centers at Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Minnesota. She was awarded the Xerox Research Chair at Carnegie Mellon University in 1998, and the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence at Georgia Tech in 2013.
Sandra currently serves as a Departmental Editor for Management Science (Information Systems Department), and has served as a Senior Editor or Associate Editor for other leading journals including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research and others. In 2009, she served as Program co-Chair of the International Conference on Information Systems. She is currently serving as the elected Association for Information Systems (AIS) Region 1 (Americas) Representative on the AIS Council.