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)

  • Tilvawala, K., Sundaram, D., & Myers, M. (2019). Serious games for sustainable development: A decision-driven transformative approach. AMCIS 2019 Proceedings Cancún, México. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Khushbu Tilvawala, Michael Myers
  • Kishore, S., Peko, G., & Sundaram, D. (2019). Looking Through the Twitter Glass: Bridging the Data – Researcher Gap. Paper presented at Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Cancun, Mexico. 15 August - 17 August 2019. AMCIS 2019 Proceedings. (pp. 8). Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shohil Kishore
  • Sadovykh, V., Peko, G., & Sundaram, D. (2019). Introduction to the Minitrack on Decision Making in Online Social Networks.. HICSS.
  • Peko, G., Sundaram, D., & Sadovykh, V. (2019). Introduction to the Minitrack on Social Shopping: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.. HICSS.
  • Patel, B., Peko, G., & Sundaram, D. (2019). Adaptive Sustainable Organizations: System Dynamic Models of a University Balancing the Virtuous and the Vicious.. HICSS.
  • Carmichael, H., Peko, G., Tilvawala, K., Chan, J., & Sundaram, D. (2019). Ameliorating depression anxiety and stress caused by social media among young women: Procedural and technological responses. (pp. 81-96). 10.1007/978-3-030-34353-8_6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Khushbu Tilvawala, Johnny Chan
  • Hoksbergen, M., Chan, J., Peko, G., & Sundaram, D. (2019). Asymmetric information in high-value low-frequency transactions: Mitigation in real estate using blockchain. (pp. 225-239). 10.1007/978-3-030-34353-8_17
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Johnny Chan
  • Sadovykh, V., & Sundaram, D. (2019). Online social networks decision support architecture: Spaces for modelling and conversations. 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2019.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 476
New Zealand

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