Contact Information

Assistant Professor,School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1345 Circle Park Dr., Suite 451 Knoxville, TN 37996.

Area Of Interest

Research Interests: 1. Diffusion and adoption of IT (Internet vs. Mobile) by small businesses in the US 2. Microfinance: IS and IT innovations for financial inclusion of the unbanked poor and Over-indebtedness of borrowers 3. IT for Development: Information behavior of female micro-entrepreneurs and Challenges for ICT4D Research 4. electronic-Governance: e-Governance as an Innovation in the Public Sector and e-Readiness Indicators 5. Comparing Adoption of e-Books/e-Textbooks by Students in the US Universities International Interests: IT Consultation with Small Businesses Strategic Planning & Management for Small Businesses IT Consultation with NGOs from Developing Nations Social Work in Rural India


Devendra Potnis is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His research interests include microfinance, IT adoption by small businesses, ICTs for development, and e–government. Potnis received a Ph.D. in information science from the College of Computing and Information, University at Albany, State University of New York. He has received the Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper Faculty Enrichment Award and the Sharrar Faculty Research Award at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technologies and Human Development and the International Journal of Technology Diffusion. He has published his interdisciplinary research in top–tier journals and conferences including Communications of the AIS, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, IEEE Technology & Society, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, and Journal of Asia Pacific Business. He is a member of AIS, ALISE, ASIST, IFIP WG 9.4, and INFORMS.

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