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Erran Carmel

Professor Info Technology / Analytics

Professor Carmel teaches Information Technology (I.T.). He researches the globalization of technology work: crowdsourcing, impact sourcing, global software teams, offshore outsourcing, He also leads the business school’s “Business in the Capital” initiative to play a larger role in regional businesses and in regional policy.

In 2014-2016 Carmel was interim Dean of the Kogod School of Business. Carmel led the launching of two online programs, improved the schools rankings, launched two new centers, and raised more than 6 million dollars.

Carmel is the author of three books. In 2011 he completed his 3rd book. This one is about the special issues that time zone separation imposes on global coordination of work. “I’m Working While They’re Sleeping: Time Zone Separation Challenges and Solutions” is co-authored with his colleague Alberto Espinosa. Carmel’s 1999 book "Global Software Teams" was the first on this topic and is considered a landmark in the field, helping many organizations take their first steps into distributed tech work. His second book "Offshoring Information Technology" came out in 2005 and became popular as outsourcing began to be taught in business schools around the world.

He has written over 100 articles, reports, and manuscripts. He consults and speaks to industry and professional groups.

For more on his research, speaking, and other activities, see his web page.

He is a tenured full Professor at the Information Technology department, Kogod School of Business at American University. In the 1990s he co-founded and led the program in Management of Global Information Technology. In 2005-2008 he was department Chair. In 2009 he was awarded the International Business Professorship and in 2012 he was named Kogod UPS Scholar. He has been a Visiting Professor at Haifa University (Israel), University College Dublin (Ireland), and at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile). In 2008 he was awarded the Orkand Endowed Chaired Professor at the University of Maryland University College.


He received his Ph.D., in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona; his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

KSB - Information Technology
Kogod - 229
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(202) 885-1928

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  • Fall 2017

  • Spring 2018

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Area of Expertise:

Kogod School of Business, offshore outsourcing, global software development, virtual teams, global teams, coordination across time zones, software industries around the world

Additional Information:

Erran Carmel studies the special problems of the globalization of work, especially for the technology sector (software, IT). He studies how work teams coordinate their work. He also studies how nations’ tech sectors (especially software) compete; for example, what policies lead to success, and whether India will continue to lead. Carmel is the author of two important books on the globalization of technology work. His 1999 book, Global Software Teams, was the first on this topic and is considered a landmark in the field. His second book, Offshoring Information Technology, came out in 2005. He is working on a third book on the special problems of coordination across many time zones. Carmel is a professor of the Information Technology Department at the Kogod School of Business. In the 1990s, he cofounded and led the program in management of global information technology. From 2005 to 2008, he was department chair, and from 2008 to 2009 he was the Orkand Endowed Chaired Professor at the University of MarylandUniversity College. He has also been a visiting professor at Haifa University (Israel) and University College–Dublin (Ireland).

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