Dr. Uday Karmarkar to speak on the US Information Economy: Evolution and Trends

News Story: April 11, 2014

35th John F. Welch College of Business Research Forum

Presenter: Dr. Uday Karmarkar, Distinguished Professor, LA Times Chair of Technology and Strategy, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Topic Title: The US Information Economy: Evolution and Trends

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 

Time: 12:00 - 12:30 PM Lunch; 12:30 - 1:15 PM Presentation; 1:15 - 1:30 PM Q& A

Location: Roncalli Hall Lobby


Two major trends occurring in the US economy are the shift to services, and the shift from material to information-intensive sectors. At the confluence of those trends, information intensive services now constitute the major part of the US economy in terms of GNP share, employment and wages. Information intensive service sectors are undergoing technology driven industrialization, creating significant changes in sector structure, business models, organizations and business processes.

About the Author

Uday S. Karmarkar is Distinguished Professor, LA Times Chair of Technology and Strategy, Director and founder of the UCLA Business and Information Technologies (BIT) global research project at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His research interests include the information economy, operations strategy, and technology management in manufacturing, service and information industries. Professor Karmarkar has published over 95 research papers, book chapters and articles and has co-edited five research volumes. He has been the founding editor for two academic journals and has served on several editorial boards.

He previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester, where he held the Xerox Chair in Operations and was founder and Director of the Center for Manufacturing and Operations Management. He holds a B.Tech. from I.I.T. Bombay and a Ph.D. in Management Science from M.I.T. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT-B in 1997 and received the IIT-B Distinguished Service Award in 2003; he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute in 2008. He received the MSOM (Informs) Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and an IBM Faculty Research award in 2004. He is on the Advisory Boards of the Service Research and Innovation Initiative (SRII), and the IITB Heritage Foundation, and was on the Council for the Digital Strategy of Chile for the Ministry of the Economy, Chile.

Professor Karmarkar has undertaken projects in strategy, business development, technology management, industrial marketing, production and supply chain management with firms and public sector organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. He has been an advisor to or director of several companies including startups.