Associate Professor of Information Systems & PwC Professor

Theo StratopoulosOffice: Hagey Hall 289K

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35943

Email: tstratop@uwaterloo.ca

Brief biography

My teaching and research focus is on the economics of information technology (IT). More specifically, I am interested in how firms leverage IT enabled strategies to achieve and sustain competitive advantage and superior financial performance. Currently I am working on projects relate to emerging technology adoption, blockchain, and IT budgets. You can access the most recent version of my projects from SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=582572

I have worked (consulted) on data analytics projects for large US firms, and delivered workshops (training) accounting professionals on impact of emerging technologies and use of data analytics with R. I have developed workshops and material for training accounting professors/professionals on data analytics with R, and I am a contributor in the HUB of Analytics Education.I am a member of the CPA Canada - Audit Data Analytics committee, guest editor of a special issue on audit data analytics for the Managerial Auditing Journal, and guest editor for a special issue on "Blockchain: Using Accounting Scepticism to See Beyond the Hype" for the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems.

Education and certifications

  • MA (Athens School of Business and Economics)
  • PhD (University of New Hampshire)

Books/Teaching Notes

  • Stratopoulos, T. C., & Calderon, J. (2019). Introduction to Blockchain (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3395619). Retrieved from Social Science Research Network website: https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3395619
    • The workshop presentations at CAAA (Ottawa, May 2019), ECIS (Stockholm, June 2019), and AAA (San Francisco, August 2019) are based on the above teaching notes.
  • Stratopoulos, T. C. (2018). "IT Business Value: A Data Analytics Approach" (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3186759). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Available from https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3186759
  • Stratopoulos, T. C., & Calderon, J. (2018). "Introduction to Blockchain with R" (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3189518). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Available from https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3189518
  • Stratopoulos, T. C., & Kennedy, D. B. (2018). "Accounting and Finance Applications for Introduction to Statistics with R" (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3184054). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Available from https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3184054
  • Stratopoulos, T. C., & Sheilds, G. (2018). "Basic Audit Data Analytics with R" (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3142207). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Available from https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3142207

Selected publications

  • Kim, J.-B., Song, B. Y., & Stratopoulos, T. C. (2018). Does Information Technology Reputation Affect Bank Loan Terms? The Accounting Review, 93(3), 185–211. https://doi.org/10.2308/accr-51927

  • Richins, G., Stapleton, A., Stratopoulos, T. C., & Wong, C. (2017). Big Data Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for the Accounting Profession? Journal of Information Systems, 31(3), 63–79. https://doi.org/10.2308/isys-51805

  • ​Stratopoulos, T. C. 2017. “Exercising Due Diligence in Studies of Duration of Competitive Advantage Due to Emerging Technology Adoption,” Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, (14:1), pp. 27–35. http://aaajournals.org/doi/full/10.2308/jeta-51702
  • Lim, J.-H., T. C. Stratopoulos, and T. S. Wirjanto. 2013. Sustainability of a Firm’s Reputation for IT Capability: The Role of Senior IT Executives. Journal of Management Information Systems 30 (1): 57–96.

  • Stratopoulos, T. C., Vance, T., and Zou, X. 2013. “Incentive Effects of Enterprise Systems on the Magnitude and Detectability of Reporting Manipulations,” International Journal of Accounting Information System (14:1), pp. 39-57.
  • Bauer, T., Dehning, B., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2012. “The Financial Performance of Global Information and Communication Technology Companies,” Journal of Information Systems (26:2), pp. 119-152.
  • Lim, J.-H., Stratopoulos, T. C., and Wirjanto, T. 2012. “Role of IT Executives on the Firm’s Ability to Achieve Competitive Advantage through IT Capability,” International Journal of Accounting Information Systems (13:1), pp. 21-40.
  • Lim, J.-H., Stratopoulos, T. C, and Wirjanto, T. 2011/2012. “Path Dependence of Dynamic Information Technology Capability: An Empirical Investigation,” Journal of Management Information Systems (28:3), pp. 45-84.
  • Chen, C., Lim, J.-H., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2011. “IT Capability and a Firm’s Ability to Recover from Losses: Evidence from the Economic Downturn of the Early 2000s.,” Journal of Information Systems (25:2), pp. 117-144.
  • Stratopoulos, T. C., and Lim, J.-H. 2010. “IT innovation persistence: an oxymoron?,” Communications of the ACM (53:5), pp. 142-146. (Accepted in 2008)
  • Dehning, B., Richardson, V. J., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2005. “Information technology investments and firm value,” Information & Management (42:7), pp. 989-1008.
  • Dehning, B., Dow, K. E., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2004. “Information technology and organizational slack,” International Journal of Accounting Information Systems (5:1), pp. 51-63.
  • Dehning, B., Dow, K. E., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2003. “The info-tech ‘Productivity Paradox’ dissected and tested,” Management Accounting Quarterly (5:1), pp. 31–39.
  • Davis, L., Dehning, B., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2003. “Does the Market Recognize IT-Enabled Competitive Advantage?,” Information & Management (40:7), pp. 705–716.
  • Nicolaou, A. I., Dehning, B., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2003. “Financial Analysis of Potential Benefits from ERP Systems Adoption,” The Journal of Business and Information Technology (2:1), pp. 40–50.
  • Dehning, B., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2003. “Determinants of a sustainable competitive advantage due to an IT-enabled strategy,” Journal of Strategic Information Systems (12:1), pp. 7–28.
  • Dehning, B., and Stratopoulos, T. C. 2002. “DuPont analysis of an IT-enabled competitive advantage,” International Journal of Accounting Information Systems (3:3), pp. 165-176.
  • Stratopoulos, T. C., and Dehning, B. 2000. “Does successful investment in information technology solve the productivity paradox?,” Information & Management (38:2), pp. 103-117.

Courses taught

  • Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) 415 - Special Topics: Foundations of Data Mining
  • Accounting (ACC) 622 - Electronic Commerce
  • Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) 241 - Introduction to Business Information Technology

Awards

  • Recipient of the Research Fellowship Award, 2012-13.
  • Recipient of the Best Paper Award: “Role of IT Executives on the Firm’s Ability to Achieve Competitive Advantage through IT Capability” (with Jee-Hae Lim and Tony Wirjanto). The 2011 International Conference on Enterprise Systems, Accounting, and Logistics, Thassos Island, Greece, July 10-12, 2011.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Presented by University of New Hampshire - Executive MBA Program,  Class of 2001

Funding

  • "Using Company Disclosures to Predict Technology Diffusion" T. Straopoulos (Principal Investigator), Bruce Dehning (Collaborator). Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2019 to 2020; $91,732.
  • Information Technology Budgets and Budgeting Process. Stratopoulos, T. C. (Principal Investigator) and Clark Hampton (Co-investigator). University of Waterloo-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Seed Grant, 2013-15; $5,500.
  • Estimation of Industry Attractiveness with Accounting Variables.  Stratopoulos, T. C. (Principal Investigator) and Clark Hampton (Co-investigator). Certified Management Accountants (CMA)/Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) Research Grant Program, 2013-14; $5,000.  
  • Reciprocity between IT capable firms and IT executives; T. Stratopoulos (Principal Investigator) and Jee-Hae Lim and Tony Wirjanto (Co-investigators). University of Waterloo-SSHRC Seed Grant, 2012-13; $5,500.
  • Information Technology innovation, persistence, antecedents, and performance implications; T. Stratopoulos (Principal Investigator), Jee-Hae Lim, and Tony Wirjanto (Co-investigators). Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2008 to 2011; $160,000
  • Information Technology innovation, persistence, antecedents, and performance implications; T. Stratopoulos (Principal Investigator) and Jee-Hae Lim (Co-investigator). University of Waterloo-SSHRC Seed Grant, 2008
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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