Zia Hydari
Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Mervis 360

Academic Area

Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM)


Muhammad “Zia” Ziauddin Hydari is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Katz School. Before joining Katz, Zia was a Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a PhD in Industrial Administration (Business Technologies) in December 2014. Prior to academia, he worked at high-level technology companies, most recently as a Principal Product Manager at Oracle USA. He has also worked as a management consultant in the telecom and pharmaceutical industries, as well as a software engineer in the telecom industry.

His research interests are in the economics of business technologies, especially in the healthcare context. An additional research area of interest is cybersecurity.  His work has been published in management and medical journals. In addition, he has presented his work in management conferences (CHITA, CIST, ICIS, WEIS, WISE) as well as the National Bureau of Economics Research’s Economics of IT and Digitization Workshop.


  • PhD (Business Technologies), Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MS in Engineering and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.Eng. in Computer Engineering, N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology (Karachi, Pakistan)


Hydari, Muhammad Zia, Idris Adjerid, and Aaron D. Striegel. “Health wearables, gamification, and healthful activity.Management Science (2022).
(Free full text of published paper)

Hydari, Muhammad Zia, Rahul Telang, and William M. Marella. “Saving patient Ryan—can advanced electronic medical records make patient care safer?.” Management Science 65, no. 5 (2019): 2041-2059. 
(Free full text of working paper)

Carlson, Jestin N., Krista M. Foster, Jesse M. Pines, Christopher K. Corbit, Michael J. Ward, Muhammad Zia Hydari, and Arvind Venkat. “Provider and practice factors associated with emergency physicians’ being named in a malpractice claim.Annals of emergency medicine 71, no. 2 (2018): 157-164.

Hydari, Muhammad Zia, Rahul Telang, and William M. Marella. “Electronic health records and patient safety.Communications of the ACM 58, no. 11 (2015): 30-32.

Courses Taught

  • IT Architecture and Platforms (undergraduate)
  • Business Systems Platforms (MBA, MS)
  • Information Systems Security (MBA, MS)
  • Information Systems (MBA core, MS core)
  • Quantitative Methods In Information Systems Research (Doctoral seminar)

Awards and Honors

  • Best Student Paper Award at the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), 2014
  • Best Overall Paper at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics, October 2014
  • William Larimer Mellon Graduate Fellowship (2009–2012)
  • Vellrath Fellowship (2009–2012)