Dr. Ravishankar Sharma

BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng (UK)

Ravi is Professor of Information Systems & Technology & Management at Zayed University. Prior to this he held faculty appointments in New Zealand, Singapore and Canada.  He had also spent a decade in industry as an ICT consultant with Deutsche Telekom and IBM Global Services. Ravi received his PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo, Canada and is a Fellow of the IET and Senior Scholar of the AIS. His research interests are in the application of design science methods to use-cases of emerging platforms such as blockchain, big data analytics, and the sharing economy.


Abu Dhabi Campus, MF2-0-40



Teaching Areas

IT Entrepreneurship, IT Project Management

Research and Professional Activities

Research Area(s):

Digital Innovation & Enterprise

Journal Papers:

  1. Sharma R, Shaikh AA, Bekoe S, Ramasubramanian G. (2021) Information, Communications and Media Technologies for Sustainability: Constructing Data-Driven Policy Narratives. Sustainability. 13(5):2903. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052903
  2. N. Kshetri, J. Voas and R. Sharma, "Computing and Socioeconomic Transformations," in Computer, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 26-29, Feb. 2021, https://doi.org/10.1109/MC.2020.3038410.
  3. Arnob Zahid, Jennifer Kay Poulsen, Ravi Sharma, Stephen C. Wingreen, A systematic review of emerging information technologies for sustainable data-centric health-care, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 149, 2021, 104420, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2021.104420.
  4. Nir Kshetri, Hany Besada , Ravi S. Sharma & Diana Rojas-Torres (2021). “Smart Contracts in the Global South“  IEEE Computer Society  IT Professional. https://doi.org/10.1109/MITP.2020.2985236
  5. Aijaz A. Shaikh, Ravishankar Sharma, Heikki Karjaluoto. Digital innovation & enterprise in the sharing economy: An action research agenda, Digital Business, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.digbus.2021.100002.
  6. Lena Stephanie & Ravi S. Sharma (2020) “Digital health eco-systems: An epochal review of practice-oriented research” International Journal of Information Management, Volume 53, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2019.10.017
  7. Sharma, R., Zhang, C., Wingreen, S., Kshetri, N. and Zahid, A. (2019), "Design of Blockchain-based Precision Health-Care Using Soft Systems Methodology", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 120 No. 3, pp. 608-632. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-07-2019-0401
  8. Jones, K.A. and Sharma, R.S. (2019) “An experiment in blended learning: higher education without lectures?”, International Journal Digital Enterprise Technology, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp.241–275.
  9. Ravi Sharma (2018). Revisiting the Knowledge Gini Coefficient: Digital Literacies and Sustainable Development.  IEEE Computer Society IT Professional. Volume 20, Issue 5, (Sep/Oct), Pages 91 – 95. https://doi.org/10.1109/MITP.2018.053891343
  10. Sharma, Ravi S.; Kshetri, Nir; and Nesbit, Trevor (2018) "Revisiting Turing’s Imitation Game: A Commentary on Replacing Teachers with Internet Devices," Communications of the Association for Information Systems Vol. 43, Article 24. DOI: 10.17705/1CAIS.04324. Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol43/iss1/24
  11. Feng Fan, and Ravi Sharma, (2018). “Modeling the migration of cultural goods: A macro-economic study of domestic Chinese cinema”, China Economic Journal, 11 (1).
  12. Feng Fan & Ravi Sharma, “Modeling the Main Determinants of Movie Sales: An Econometric Study of Chinese Marketplace” Journal of Reviews on Global Economics Vol 5, pp. 190-209, 2016.  Available from http://www.lifescienceglobal.com/pms/index.php/jrge/article/view/3913
  13. Ravi Sharma, Arul-Raj Fantin, Navin Prabhu, Chong Guan & Ambica Dattakumar, “Digital literacy and knowledge societies: a grounded theory investigation of sustainable development” Telecommunications Policy 40 (7) 628-643, 2016.
  14. Felix Lena Stephanie & Ravi S. Sharma, “Health on a Cloud: Modeling Digital Flows in an E-health Ecosystem” Journal of Advances in Management Sciences & Information Systems, 2, 1-20, 2016. Available from http://www.lifescienceglobal.com/independent-journals/journal-of-advances-in-management-sciences-information-systems/journal-of-advances-in-management-sciences-information-systems-volume-2/127-abstract/jamsis/2122-abstract-health-on-a-cloud-modeling-digital-flows-in-an-e-health-ecosystem
  15. Ravi S. Sharma & Yang Yi, “A Hybrid Scenario Planning Methodology for Digital Businesses” Long Range Planning, 48, 412–429, 2015.
  16. Ravi S. Sharma, “Reflections on the role of information retrieval for development: learning from the missed opportunities of the past.” Information Development. Vol. 31(2) 186–189, 2015.


  1. Ramasubramanian, G., Shaikh, A. & Sharma, R. Examining the Impact of ICT on Sustainable Development: A Data-Driven Narrative, Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS-54), pp. 4394-4403, 5 Jan 2021, Maui, Hawaii. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/71151
  2. Amit Sarkar, Stephen Wingreen, John Ascroft & Ravi Sharma. Bouncing Back after a Crisis: Lessons from Senior Management Team to Drive IS Resilience, Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS-54), pp. 6712-6721, 5 Jan 2021, Maui, Hawaii. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/71426
  3. Bilal, Adil; Wingreen, Stephen; & Sharma, Ravishankar; “Virtue Ethics as a Solution to the Privacy Paradox and Trust in Emerging Technologies. Proceedings of the 3rd [ACM] International Conference on Information Science and Systems, London, pp. 224-228. Feb 2020.
  4. Ravi Sharma, Kevin Jones, Warwick Anderson & Anushia Inthiran. Higher Education 4.0: Uni for nothin’, MOOCs for free? Presentation at TREO Talks in conjunction with the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS-19), Munich, Germany,  Dec 2019.
  5. Amit Sarkar, Stephen Wingreen, John Ascroft & Ravi Sharma. “Towards a practice-based view of information systems resilience: Using the lens of critical realism”, Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS-53), pp. 6184-6193, 7-10 Jan 2020, Maui, Hawaii.  Available from: https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10125/64498/0611.pdf [Awarded the ISSIP-IBM-CBA-JST-CISCO award for “best industry studies paper”]
  6. Andrew Croxson, Ravi Sharma and Steve Wingreen. “Making Sense of Blockchain in Food Supply-Chains”. Proceedings of the 30th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS-2019). Perth, Australia, 9-11 Dec 2019. [Awarded InternetNZ travel grant for impactful research]
  7. Yi Liu, Wei Wang, Ravi Sharma & Steve Wingreen. “Big Data Orchestration as a Sustainable Competitive Asset: a case study of the manufacturing industry in China”. Paper Presented at MIS Quarterly Author Development Workshop at Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2019), 8-12 Jul 2019, Xian China. [Overseas collaboration with Yi Lui & Wang Wei funded by the Government of China]
  8. Ravi Sharma, Steve Wingreen, Nir Kshetri & Tharaka Hewa. “Design principles for use cases of blockchain in food supply chains” Proceedings of the 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2019), Cancun, Mexico, 2019.
  9. Jahanbin, Pouyan, Wingreen, Stephen, and Sharma, Ravishankar. (2019). Blockchain and IoT integration for Trust Improvement in Agricultural Supply Chain. Research in Progress Paper. Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2019). Stockholm-Uppsala, Sweden.
  10. Ravi Sharma and Rati Kale. “Design of Back-End of Recommendation Systems Using Collective Intelligence Social Tagging” Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Electronic Business pp 194 - 210. December 2-6, 2018. Guilin China [Best Paper Award, selected for fast-track by I&M)]
  11. Yixiao Wang and Ravi Sharma. “Design of Front-End for Recommendation Systems: Towards a Hybrid Architecture.” Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Electronic Business pp 211 - 220. December 2-6, 2018. Guilin China.
  12. Xin Zhang, Ravi Sharma & Steve Wingreen. “Block-chaining in Precision HealthCare: a design research approach” Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS ’18), Yokohama, Japan, June 2018.
  13. Lena Stephanie & Ravi Sharma. “Modelling digital and value flows in e-health: a game-theoretic, field study.” Proceedings of the Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM), Ningbo, China, June 2018.
  14. Ambica Dattakumar, Guan Chong, Lin Malone, Ravi Sharma, Jesus Felix Venenzuela, “Knowledge societies and their role in sustainable development”.  IEEE Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. Bali, Indonesia. December 2016
  15. A. Dattakumar and R. S. Sharma, "Smart cities and knowledge societies: Correlation, causation or distinct?," 2016 IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology (ICMIT), Bangkok, 2016, pp. 193-197.
  16. Chowdhury, A. T., Guan, C., Lee, S. Z. X., & Sharma, R. S. (2015). From big data to knowledge - good practices from industry. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Electronic Business (ICEB), pp. 269-281.