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, MF2-0-43



Teaching Areas

IT Entrepreneurship, IT Project Management

Digital Platforms and Business Models

Research and Professional Activities

Research Area(s):

Digital Innovation & Enterprise

Journal Papers:

  1. Pouyan Jahanbin, Stephen C. Wingreen, Ravishankar Sharma, Behrang Ijadi, Marlon M. Reis (2023). Enabling affordances of blockchain in agri-food supply chains: A value-driver framework using Q-methodology, International Journal of Innovation Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4, Pages 307-325, ISSN 2096-2487, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijis.2023.08.001.
  1. Jahanbin, P., Sharma, R.S., Wingreen, S.T., Kshetri, N., Choo, K.-K.R. Towards CRISP-BC: 3TIC specification framework for Blockchain Use-Cases. (2023). IET Blockchain 3, 159–168. https://doi.org/10.1049/blc2.12038 
  1. Arnob Zahid & Ravishankar Sharma (2023). “Personalized Health Care in a Data-Driven Era: A Post–COVID-19 Retrospective” Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Digital Health, Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 162-171, ISSN 2949-7612, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcpdig.2023.04.002.
  1. R. Sharma et al., (2022) "Technomoral Affordances of Artificial Intelligence in Data-Driven Systems," IEEE Computer, vol. 55, no. 10, pp. 76-81, Oct. 2022, doi: 10.1109/MC.2022.3190785.
  1. Ravi Sharma, Kevin Jones, Warwick Anderson, Anushia Inthiran & Maryam Tabatabaee (2022) The digital transformation of higher education – “uni for nothin’, MOOCs for free”?, Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, 24:1, 34-60, https://doi.org/10.1080/15228053.2021.1889741
  1. Sharma, R.S., Wingreen, S.C., & Janarthanan, S.B.T. (2022). Design principles for hadoop-based platforms: A reverse-engineered design-science approach. Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences, 25(S2), 1-19. https://www.abacademies.org/articles/design-principles-for-hadoopbased-platforms-a-reverseengineered-designscience-approach-13636.html 
  1. Suyunchaliyeva, M.M.; Nautiyal, R.; Shaikh, A.A.; Sharma, R. (2021). The Use of Mobile Payment Systems in Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery: Primary Research on an Emerging Market for Experience Goods. Sustainability 2021, 13(24), 13511; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413511 or https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/24/13511   
  1. J. F. DeFranco, N. Kshetri, R. Sharma and D. Rojas-Torres, "Mitigating Disinformation and Building Trust in Social Media," IEEE IT Professional, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 62-66, 1 Nov.-Dec. 2021, doi: 10.1109/MITP.2021.3123418.
  1. Mamduh M. Hanafi, Nir Kshetri & Ravi S. Sharma (2021). Economics of Artificial Intelligence in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. IEEE Computer 54 (12) pp. 92-98. December 2021 DOI: 10.1109/MC.2021.3113094.
  1. N. Kshetri, H. Besada, R. S. Sharma and D. Rojas-Torres, "Smart Contracts in the Global South," IEEE IT Professional, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 102-106, 1 May-June 2021, doi: 10.1109/MITP.2020.2985236. Awarded IEEE IT Professional’s Most Popular Paper Award (by downloads) for the 2021 article, "Smart Contract in the Global South” in Nov 22. 
  1. Sharma, R.S., Shaikh, A.A. & Li, E. (2021). Designing Recommendation or Suggestion Systems: looking to the future. Electronic Markets 31, 243–252. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12525-021-00478-z 
  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
  1. N. Kshetri, J. Voas and R. Sharma, "Computing and Socioeconomic Transformations," Computer, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 26-29, Feb. 2021, https://doi.org/10.1109/MC.2020.3038410.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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  
  1. 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
  1. 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.



  1. Sarkar, Amitrajit; Wingreen, Stephen; Sharma, Ravishankar; Ascroft, John (2024). Developing a Culture of Collaboration among Information Workers: A Game-theoretic approach. Proceedings of the 57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 6748 – 6757. https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/items/29a9f812-cf79-4433-b2a3-e2458ea46831
  1. A. A. Shaikh, N. Dahmani, S. Khan and R. Sharma, "Blockchain-enabled Platform for a Meta Customer Loyalty Program," 2023 International Conference on IT Innovation and Knowledge Discovery (ITIKD), Manama, Bahrain, 2023, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1109/ITIKD56332.2023.10099907.
  1. Zahid, A., Sharma, R., Wingreen, S. & Inthiran, A. (2022). “Soft systems modelling of design artefacts for blockchain-enabled precision healthcare as a service.” In Li, E.Y. et al. (Eds. Proceedings of The International Conference on Electronic Business, Volume 22 (pp. 451-467). ICEB’22, Bangkok, Thailand, October 13-17, 2022.
  1. Sharma, R., Kshetri, N., Wingreen, S., Shaikh, A.A. & Altamimi, F. (2021). UML artefacts for a blockchain-enabled  platform for Fairtrade. In Proceedings of The International Conference on Electronic Business, Volume 21 (pp. 562-570). ICEB’21, Nanjing, China, December 3-7, 2021.
  1. Bilal, Adil; Wingreen, Stephen; Sharma, Ravishankar; and Jahanbin, Pouyan, "Trust Development in Artificial Intelligence-based Emerging Technologies: Rise of Technomoral Virtues and Data Ethics" (2021). ACIS 2021 Proceedings. 52. https://aisel.aisnet.org/acis2021/52
  1. Tabatabaee, M. and Sharma, R. (2021). Social Networks and Knowledge Sharing in Communities of Practice: A Developing Societies' Perspective. 8th International Conference on Recent Advances in Industrial Management and Engineering, Tehran, Iran 2-August-20  https://civilica.com/doc/1223232
  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
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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.
  1. 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.