George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Sanyal, Pallab

Focus:Research Focused Faculty
Academic Unit:Information Systems and Operations Management
Positions:Associate Professor, Dean's Scholar, MBA Program Director
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 148
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Electronic Markets
  • Information Security
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Behavioral Economics
  • PhD - Information and Decision Sciences, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • MBA - MIS & Finance, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • BE - Computer Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India

Pallab Sanyal is an Associate Professor of Information Systems, and a Dean’s Scholar at the School of Business. He is also serving as the Director of MBA Programs. Pallab received his Ph.D. in Information and Decision Sciences, and MBA in Finance and MIS from the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Technology from the Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India.

Sanyal’s primary research interest lies in understanding how people make decisions in complex technology-enabled markets and how the decisions are influenced by the design of the mechanisms. He also studies problems related to the economics of information security. His research has been published in Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research (ISR), the Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), and the Journal of Operations Management (JOM) among other outlets. He has presented his research at many international conferences, including ICIS, WISE, WITS and INFORMS-CIST. At WITS, his papers were twice nominated for the best paper award. Sanyal's dissertation research won the Design Science Research Award from the INFORMS Information Systems Society. He has also received the best reviewer award from the Information Systems Society and Information Systems Research (ISR).

Sanyal serves as an Associate Editor for Information Systems Research (ISR) and Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS). In 2011, he received the best reviewer award from the Information Systems Society and ISR.

At George Mason University, Sanyal primarily teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses such as management of information technology, data analytics, and global residency. He has also taught data mining, networks and security, and database design courses at the undergraduate level.  He has received many teaching awards at Minnesota and Mason—the most significant of which is a George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, which he received in 2014.

Prior to joining academia, Sanyal has worked as an information technology (IT) consultant in India, Singapore, the UK, and the US. His industry experience includes programming, systems design and implementation, project management, and business analytics.

Sanyal is a member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Research and Awards:

Presented the paper titled, “Customer Valuation of Security Features in Mobile Apps” (with colleague Nirup Menon) at the Provost Multidisciplinary Research Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia in 2016.

Published an article titled, “Characteristics and Economic Consequences of Jump Bids in Combinatorial Auctions” in Information Systems Research in 2015.

Presented the paper titled, “Jump Bidding in Combinatorial Auction Markets: A Laboratory Experiment” at the Workshop on Experimental and Behavioral Economics in Information Systems in West Lafayette, Indiana and at the Workshop on eBusiness in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Nominated for a Teaching Award from George Mason University.

Received a Service Award from George Mason University in 2015.

Received a research award from George Mason University in 2015.

Received both a Teaching Award and Research Award from George Mason University in 2014.

Published an article titled, “User Acceptance of Complex Electronic Market Mechanisms: Role of Information Feedback” (with coauthors) in the Journal of Operations Management in 2013.

Published an article titled, “Competitive Bidding for Health Insurance Contracts: Lessons from the Online HMO Auctions” in the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics in 2012.

Published an article titled “Impact of Information Feedback in Combinatorial Auctions: An Experimental Study of Economic Performance” in MIS Quarterly

Published an article titled, “Effect of Information Feedback on the Dynamics of Multisourcing Multiattribute Procurement Auctions” (with coauthors) in the Journal of Management Information Systems in 2012.

Published an article titled, “Effect of Information Feedback on Bidder Behavior in Continuous Combinatorial Auctions” (with coauthors) in the Management Science in 2012.

Presented the paper titled “Future of Health Insurance Procurement: Lessons from the Online HMO Auctions” at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics in Washington, District of Columbia in September.