As one of the longest tenured faculty members at the School of Business, Amitava Dutta has dedicated his career to Mason since 1992. Now in his 29th year, Dutta, professor of information systems and operations management and LeRoy Eakin endowed chair, has been instrumental in the growth of his department.
During his time at the school, Dutta served as the area chair of the information systems and operations management (ISOM) area for 11 years where he led the growth of ISOM from the smallest to the largest undergraduate major in the school, and oversaw the recruitment of about 75 percent of current ISOM full-time faculty.
“When I think about my colleagues at Mason, the quote from Winston Churchill comes to mind: ‘Never was so much owed by so many to so few,’” says Dutta. “I am constantly amazed by how much we do with so little.”
In addition to his appreciation of his colleagues, for Dutta there have been many great moments with students throughout his time at Mason as well. “Undoubtedly, my most memorable experiences with students have been the international residencies,” says Dutta. “Within those, however, I am particularly reminded of the sheer determination of an MBA student, who completed each and every site visit on our trip to Chile despite his visual impairment, including going down and back up a staircase barely two feet wide and several stories deep with only a rope handrail, in order to experience ship dry dock operations.”
Dutta’s current research focuses on the business value of information technology in terms of identifying different ways in which value is derived and quantifying the business benefits, as well as applying systems theory to analyze organizational issues in order to improve performance.
When he’s not at Mason, Dutta likes to tinker with old cars that “don’t have electronic gizmos on them.” He once owned a ‘69 Mustang Fastback. He also enjoys engineering. “I like to read up on engineering marvels, not just about the artifacts themselves, but also the key people and organizations that produced them,” says Dutta. “Think Roman aqueducts and Kelly Johnson at Lockheed.”