Professor Sandra A. Slaughter is a member of the information technology management faculty and holds the Alton M. Costley Chair. Before joining the College's faculty in 2007, she was a member of the information technology faculty in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a tenured Associate Professor.
Prior to her academic career, Professor 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. More recently, she has also conducted consulting projects with the Information Technology Management Association and with several companies on issues relating to the management of IT development processes. Her research builds upon her practical experience in IT development and focuses on productivity and quality issues and on effective management of IT professionals. Currently, she is conducting research on open source software development, software process improvement, capabilities and performance in IT outsourcing, and the compensation, skills and careers of information technology professionals.
Dr. Slaughter's thesis on software development practices and software maintenance performance won first place in the doctoral dissertation competition held by the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in 1995. Since then, Professor Slaughter has gone on to publish more than eighty articles in leading research journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. Her work has received seven best paper awards at major conferences including a recent award for a paper on open source software development entitled "Why Developers Participate in Open Source Software Projects" that won the Best Theme Paper Conference Award at the ICIS conference in Washington, D.C. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Software Industry Center, the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Quality Leadership Center at the University of Minnesota. She was awarded the Xerox Research Chair for 1998-1999 by the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Slaughter currently serves or has served as a Departmental Editor for Management Science, Information Systems Department; Senior Editor for Information Systems Research (including co-editing a special issue of this journal); and for Production and Operations Management. She is also serving or has served as an Associate Editor or on the Editorial Board of Management Science, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and the Journal of Database Management.
Areas of Specialization
Performance in Software Development and Maintenance
Software Quality and Software Process Improvement
Open Source Software Development
Information Technology Outsourcing
Compensation, Skills, and Careers of Information Technology Professionals
Information Technology Project Management
PhD, Information Systems, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, June 1995
MBA, Indiana University, June 1987
BA, summa cum laude, Carroll College, June 1980