Prof. Kar Yan TAM

Prof. Kar Yan TAM

Chair Professor, Information Systems,
Dean of Business and Management

Academic qualification

  • PhD Purdue University, Management Information Systems
  • M.S. Purdue University, Computer Science 
  • B.S. University of Illinois, Mathematics and Computer Science 


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Associate Provost and Founding Dean of Students, 2011 - 2016
  • Founding Dean of Undergraduate Education, 2007 - 2011
  • Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, 2005 - 2007

HKUST Business School

  • Associate Dean, 1999 - 2006
  • Chair Professor of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management

University of Texas, Austin

  • Assistant Professor, 1987 - 1992



  • Tam, K. Y., Feng, Y., and Lai, C.L., "Effective Use of Policing System: A Two-Stage Study over the Shakedown Period of System Implementation", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, September 2019, 1-16.
  • Tam, K. Y., Feng Y., and Kwan, S., "The Role of Morality in Digital Piracy: Understanding the Deterrent and Motivational Effects of Moral Reasoning in Different Piracy Contexts," Journal of Association of Information Systems, 20, 5, 2019, 604-628.
  • Xu Xin, J. Y. L. Thong, K. Y. Tam, “Winning Back Technology Disadopters: Testing a Technology Re-adoption Model in the Context of Mobile Internet Services,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 34, 1, 2017, 102-140.
  • Hui, W., B. Yoo, V. Choudhary and K. Y. Tam, "Sell by Bundle or Unit?: Pure Bundling versus Mixed Bundling of Information Goods" Decision Support Systems, 53, 3, 2012, 517-525.
  • Ho, S.Y., Bodoff, D., and Tam, K.Y., "Timing of Adaptive Web Personalization and its Effects on Online Consumer Behavior" Information Systems Research, 22, 3, 2011, 660-679
  • Kwan, S., So, M., Tam, K. Y., “Applying Randomized Response Technique to Elicit Truthful Responses to Sensitive Questions in IS Research: The Case of Software Piracy Behavior” Information Systems Research, 21,4,2010, 941-959.
  • Xu, X., Venkatesh, Tam, K. Y., and Hong, S. J., “Model of Migration and Use of Platforms: Role of Hierarchy, Current Generation, and Complementarities in Consumer Settings” Management Science, 56, 8, 2010, 1304-1323.
  • Tam, K. Y. and S. Y. Ho, “Understanding the Impact of Web Personalization on User Information Processing, Behavior and Judgment” MIS Quarterly, 30, 4, 2006, 865-890.
  • Hong, S. J. and Tam, K. Y., "Understanding the Adoption of Multi-purpose Information Appliances: The Case of Mobile Data Services, " Information Systems Research, 17, 2, 2006, 162-179
  • Tam, K. Y. and S. Y. Ho, "Web Personalization as a Persuasion Strategy: An Elaboration Likelihood Model Perspective, " Information Systems Research, 16, 3, 2005, 271-291.


  • Chairman, Curriculum Development Council of EDB
  • Member, Board of EFMD
  • Member, AACSB Board of Directors
  • Member, Hong Kong Productivity Council
  • Member, Council of Open University of Hong Kong
  • Member, Banking Review Tribunal of the HKSAR
  • Member, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Review Tribunal of the HKSAR


Consultant, IBM China/Hong Kong; Merrill Lynch(Asia Pacific); Hongkong Telecom; Tele Danmark; Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre Corporation; Open University of Hong Kong; HSBC; Sun Microsystems; Symantec, PCCW eBusiness Solutions, and OFTA.


  • Electronic Commerce
  • Big Data
  • Personalization and HCI