Professor David Sundaram

PhD in Management Science and Information Systems, PGDip in Industrial Engineering and BE in Electronics and Communication.


Professor in Information Systems, BE Madras, PGDipIE Madras, Ph.D. Auckland.

Special Interests:

Design and implementation of Decision Support System Generators
Design and implementation of flexible and evolvable Information Systems
Enterprise application integration with a focus on ERP-DSS integration
Enterprise Systems and their Implementation
Process, information, and decision modelling
Triple Bottom Line modelling and reporting


Research | Current

My primary research interests are in the design and implementation of adaptive systems that are flexible and evolvable and support informational, decisional, knowledge and collaboration needs of organisations. Related research interests that support the above include (1) adaptive organisations and supporting them through the interweaving of deliberate and emergent strategies (2) process, information, and decision modelling (2) sustainability modelling and reporting (3) ubiquitous information systems (4) enterprise systems and their implementation.

Teaching | Current

Positions Held:

FromToInstitutionPosition Held
2009 2015 University of Auckland, New Zealand Associate Professor ISOM
2000 2008 University of Auckland, New Zealand Senior Lecturer ISOM
1996 1999 University of Auckland, New Zealand Lecturer MSIS
1992 1995 University of Auckland, New Zealand Tutor & Research Assistant MSIS
1988 1992 National Productivity Council, India Assistant Director and Consultant (Computer Services Division)



2006 INFOSYS 222 Database Systems
2006 INFOSYS 321 Enterprise Systems
2006 INFOSYS 737 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
2005 INFOSYS 722 Decision Support Systems
2005 INFOSYS 726 Information Modelling
2002 INFOSYS 733 Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design



2013 Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching, University of Auckland.
2012 Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching, University of Auckland Business School (UABS). 
2011 Teaching Excellence Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision, UABS.
2005 Senior Prize, School of Theology, University of Auckland
2003 Distinguished Teaching Award - Sustained Excellence in Teaching (1996-2002)
2003 Net Institute, New York University Summer Research Grant.
1998 Runner up in the Best Visionary World competition, Informix Software Ltd, USA
1996 Engines for Innovation Grant by Informix Software Ltd, USA.
1995 Departmental Tutor Award, MSIS Department, University of Auckland
1994 Engines for Innovation Grant by Illustra Information Technologies, Inc., USA.
1990 Director General's Silver Medal for Academic Excellence by the National Productivity Council


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jrad, R. B. N., & Sundaram, D. (2017). Inter-organizational middleware system implementations: Dos and donts of business integration. Proceedings - 2016 16th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, CIT 2016, 2016 6th International Symposium on Cloud and Service Computing, IEEE SC2 2016 and 2016 International Symposium on Security and Privacy in Social Networks and Big Data, SocialSec 2016. 10.1109/CIT.2016.85
  • Sadovykh, V., & Sundaram, D. (2017). Organisational knowledge sharing using social networking sites: Risks, benefits and barriers. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST. 10.1007/978-3-319-56357-2_3
  • Tilvawala, K. T., Sundaram, D. S., & Myers, M. M. (2016). VALUES-BASED DIGITAL GAMES: Designing a digital game platform to foster sustainability in early childhood. PACIS 2016 Proceedings Chiayi, Taiwan. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Khushbu Tilvawala, Michael Myers
  • Wong, T. Y. T., Peko, G., Sundaram, D., & Piramuthu, S. (2016). Mobile environments and innovation co-creation processes & ecosystems. Information & Management, 53 (3), 336-344. 10.1016/
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gabrielle Peko
  • Peko, G., Vodanovich, S., & Sundaram, D. (2016). Introduction to the Minitrack on social shopping: The good and not so good. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 10.1109/HICSS.2016.474
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gabrielle Peko
  • Reefke, H., & Sundaram, D. (2016). Key themes and research opportunities in sustainable supply chain management – identification and evaluation. Omega10.1016/
  • Jrad, R. B. N., Ahmed, M. D., & Sundaram, D. (2016). A Roadmap for Upgrading Unupgradable Legacy Processes in Inter-Organizational Middleware Systems. Paper presented at 2nd International Conference on Future Network Systems and Security (FNSS), ESCP Europe, Paris Campus, Paris, FRANCE. 23 November - 25 November 2016. FUTURE NETWORK SYSTEMS AND SECURITY. (pp. 15). 10.1007/978-3-319-48021-3_10
  • Mirza, A., & Sundaram, D. (2016). A crowd-sourced knowledge management approach to language preservation and revitalization: The case of te Reo Māori. Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2016 - Proceedings.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 476
New Zealand