Sunil Wattal

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Sunil Wattal

  • Fox School of Business and Management

    • Management Information Systems

      • Professor

      • Schaefer Senior Research Fellow

    • Office of Research and Doctoral Programs

      • Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs


Sunil Wattal is Professor of Management Information Systems and Harold Schaefer Senior Fellow at the Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. He is also the Associate Dean - Research and Doctoral Programs at the Fox School.

Sunil’s expertise focuses on economics of information systems, sharing economy, digital platforms, privacy, social media, and crowd-funded marketplaces. His work has been published in top academic journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Management Science, Journal of Management information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He has served as Associate Editor at MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research, as well as the Program co-Chair for International Conference on Information Systems 2019 in Munich. His work has received several best paper awards and nominations, as well as been funded through grants from the NSF and the Kauffman Foundation.

Sunil holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (India), a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (India), a MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.

Research Interests

  • Peer to peer sharing economy
  • Online crowdfunding
  • Ride sharing
  • Online consumer behavior
  • Fake news
  • Privacy
  • Security

Courses Taught




BA 9883

Research Project III


MIS 5801

Managing Information in the Enterprise


MIS 9002

Inf Sys Found & Theory


Selected Publications


  • Um, S., Zhang, B., Wattal, S., & Yoo, Y. (2023). Software Components and Product Variety in a Platform Ecosystem: A Dynamic Network Analysis of WordPress. Information Systems Research, 34(4), 1339-1374. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). doi: 10.1287/isre.2022.1172.

  • Han, W., Wang, X., Ahsen, M.E., & Wattal, S. (2022). The Societal Impact of Sharing Economy Platform Self-Regulations—An Empirical Investigation. Information Systems Research, 33(4), 1303-1323. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). doi: 10.1287/isre.2021.1044.

  • Bhattacharya, S., Gong, J., & Wattal, S. (2022). Competitive Poaching in Search Advertising: Two Randomized Field Experiments. Information Systems Research, 33(2), 599-619. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). doi: 10.1287/isre.2021.1073.

  • Zifla, E. & Wattal, S. (2019). Understanding it-enabled social features in online peer-to-peer businesses for cultural goods. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 20(5), 629-646. doi: 10.17705/1jais.00546.