John "Skip" Benamati

Professor & Chair

Information Systems & Analytics


Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Business Administration-MIS, 1997
  • M.S. Marist College, Information Systems, 1987
  • B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Computer Science, 1984

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Chair, Department of Decision Sciences and MIS (2011--Present)
  • Professor, Miami University (2009-Present).
  • Associate Professor, Miami University (2003-2009).
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University (1997-2003).
  • Instructor, University of Kentucky (1996-1996).
  • Information Technology Consultant, Self Employed (1994-2001).
  • Data Architect, IBM (1993-1994)
  • Data Base Team Leader, IBM (1991-1993)
  • Application Development Product Marketing Specialist, IBM (1989-1991).
  • Data Administrator, IBM (1987-1989).
  • Adjunct Professor, Marist College (1988).
  • Database Administrator, IBM (1984-1987).

Recent Publications

  • Merhout, J., Rajkumar, T.M., and Benamati, J. “IS Professional Career Panels and their Influence on Student Perceptions and Attitudes about the IS Major and Profession.” Forthcoming in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education
  • Ozdemir, Z.D.,. Benamati, J.H and Smith H.J. “Information Privacy, Cultural Values, and Regulatory Preferences.” Journal of Global Information Management, 29(3), 2021
  • Arthur Carvalho, Adam Levitt, Seth Levitt, Edward Khaddam, and John Benamati. “Off-The-Shelf Artificial Intelligence Technologies for Sentiment and Emotion Analysis: A Tutorial on Using IBM Natural Language Processing". Communications of the AIS, Vol 44, 2019.
  • Ozdemir, Z.D., Smith H.J. and Benamati, J.H. €œAntecedents and Outcomes of Information Privacy Concerns in a Peer Context: An Exploratory Study.€ European Journal of Information Systems, 26(6), 2017, pp. 642-660.
  • Benamati, J.H., Ozdemir, Z.D. and Smith H.J. €œAn Empirical Test of the Antecedents €" Privacy Concerns €" Consequents Model€ Journal of Information Science, 43(5), 2017, pp. 583-600.
  • Xiang F., Lederer, A.L.and Benamati, J.H., €œThe Influence of National Culture on IT Development, Implementation and Support Challenges in China and the U.S.€ Journal of Global Information Technology Management€ 19(1), 2016. Pp. 26-43.
  • Benamati, J.H., and Rajkumar, T.M. œUndergraduate Student Attitudes Toward MIS: Instrument Development and Changing Perceptions of the Field Across Gender and Time Communications of the AIS, Vol. 33, Article 14, December 2013.
  • Xiang F., Benamati, J.H., and Lederer, A.L. "Coping with rapid information technology change in different national cultures" European Journal of Information Systems, 20(5), 2011, pp. 560-573.
  • Rajkumar, T.M., Anderson, P., Benamati, J.H. an d Merhout, J.W. "Are Student Self-Assessments a Valid Proxy for Direct Assessments in Efforts to Improve Information Systems Courses and Programs? An Empirical Study" Communications of the AIS, Vol. 28, Article 31, 2011.
  • Benamati, J.H., Fuller, M.A., Serva, M.A., "The Productive Tension of Trust and Distrust: The Coexistence and Relative Role of Trust and Distrust in Online Banking" Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 20(4), 2010, 328-246.
  • Benamati, J.H., Fuller, M.A., Serva, M.A., and Baroudi, J.J. "Clarifying the Integration of Trust and TAM in E-Commerce Environments: Implications for Systems Design and Management" IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 57(3), 2010, pp. 380-393.
  • Benamati, J.H., Ozdemir, Z.D. and Smith, H.J. "'Aligning Undergraduate IS Curricula with Industry Needs" Communications of the ACM, 53(3), March 2010, pp. 152-156 
  • Benamati, J.H. and Lederer, A.L., "Managing the Impact of Rapid IT Change" Information Resource Management Journal, 23(1), 2010, 1-16. 

Honors & Awards

  • 2010: Richard T. Farmer Faculty Award for Research Excellence.
  • 2007: Howe Writing Center Best Practices in Teaching Writing Award, Howe Writing Center.
  • 2006: Miami University Alumni Association Effective Educator Award Nominee.
  • 2006: Honored Professor Award Nominee, Associated Student Government.
  • 2006: Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award Recipient, Farmer School of Business.
  • 2006: Business Student Organization Faculty Advisory of the Year, Business Student Advisory Council.
  • 2004, 2003: Honored Professor Award Nominee, Associated Student Government.
  • 2003: Faculty Advisor of the Year, Farmer School of Business.
  • 2003: Effective Educator Award Nominee, Miami University Alumni Association.
  • 2002: Honorary Membership, Delta Sigma Phi Business Fraternity.
  • 2002: Honored Professor Award Nominee, Associated Student Government.
  • 2002: Teaching Effectiveness Award, Farmer School of Business.
  • 2000: Honored Professor Award Nominee, Associated Student Government.
  • 2000: Best Paper Award, Association for Computing Machinery SIGCPR Conference.
  • 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994: Quality Achievement Fellowship, University of Kentucky.
  • 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994: Presidential Fellowship (1 of 9 awarded university wide), University of Kentucky.
  • 1997: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1 of 10 awarded nationally), Richard D. Irwin Foundation.

Professional Interests

  • Research: Management of IS, IS Strategy, Trust in Electronic Commerce, Information Privacy

Areas of Expertise

  • Changing technology
  • IT strategy
  • Information technology
  • Outsourcing
  • Technology
  • Trust in e-commerce
  • e-Commerce


Dr. John "Skip" Benamati earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked for International Business Machines for 10 years in various roles, leaving as a national level consultant doing application and data architecture work. He went on to receive his PhD in information systems from the University of Kentucky and joined the Miami faculty in 1997.

Dr. Benamati has received multiple teaching awards and as well as the Farmer School junior and senior faculty outstanding researcher awards in the spring of 2006 and 2010. His research interests are changing information technology (IT), IT management/strategy, trust in online environments, and assessing the IT curriculum. His research has appeared in the Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Communications of the ACM, Information and Management, Decision Support Systems, Communications of the AIS, and elsewhere.

He also published an introductory electronic commerce textbook and taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on a range of information technology topics including IT’s role in organizations, IT management and strategy, IT infrastructure, IT project management, electronic commerce, and Web-based application development. Currently, he is leading the Top 25 redesign of the introductory Information Systems class in the business core.


  • ISA 235H A 11:40-1 MW FSB 0024
  • ISA 629 A 7:30-8:45PM T FSB 2041

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • MW 1:15-2:15
  • TR 12:45-2


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