Liangfei Qiu and Kenny Cheng
Information Systems and Operations Management faculty members Liangfei Qiu and Kenny Cheng.

Information systems faculty, department ranked among the best in research productivity

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – According to new rankings from the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Research Rankings, the Warrington College of Business Department of Information Systems and Operations Management is among the best in the world for research productivity and is home of two of the field’s most productive scholars.

With 24 published articles across the top three Information Systems journals (Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems and MIS Quarterly), Warrington was ranked No. 15 in the world for productivity on the 2016-2020 AIS Research Rankings list.

“We have a small department compared with our peer schools,” said Kenny Cheng, John B. Higdon Eminent Scholar and Information Systems and Operations Management Department Chair. “The latest high ranking of our faculty’s research productivity speaks volume of our faculty’s extraordinary accomplishment.” 

In addition to the overall ranking, Liangfei Qiu, PwC Associate Professor, and Cheng were named among the top-most productive faculty. Qiu is No. 1 in the world with 16 articles and Cheng is No. 32 with six published in the top three Information Systems journals in the past five years.

“I am deeply honored to see myself on the list with many influential researchers I respect and admire,” Qiu said. “The AIS ranking reflects my productivity in the past five years, but more importantly, it inspires me to do more impactful research and to advance our understanding about information systems and business analytics. My department and the Warrington College of Business give me an excellent research environment and encourage me to do research that makes a difference. I have received tremendous support from my colleagues at Warrington, and many of my research papers are collaborated with them.”

Qiu has been with the Warrington College of Business since 2014. His research interests include economics of information systems, prediction markets, telecommunications networks, and social networks and social media platforms.

Cheng added, “Liangfei is not only the world number one scholar. He is even a better person. We are blessed to have him as our colleague.”

Among Qiu’s other achievements, in 2019, he received the Information Systems Society (ISS) Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award, and in 2018, he was named among the winners of the UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors and the Best Information Systems Research Reviewer Award for Information Systems Research journal.

Qiu received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the editorial board of MIS Quarterly as an Associate Editor, Production and Operations Management as a Senior Editor and Decision Support Systems as an Associate Editor. ​

Cheng teaches information technology strategy, electronic commerce and supply chain management, and object-oriented analysis and design at Warrington. His research interests focus on analyzing the impact of internet technology on software development and marketing, and information systems policy issues, in particular the national debate on network neutrality.

Cheng received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and is the associate editor of Decision Sciences, senior editor of Information Systems and e-Business Management and Journal of the Association for Information Systems.

AIS Research Rankings track publications in European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and MIS Quarterly. Through this tracking of publications in high-quality journals, AIS Research Rankings Service helps the entire Information Systems community in assessing research productivity of universities and faculty members.