Ecem Basak

Asst Professor

Zicklin School of Business

Department: Paul Chook Dept InfoSys & Stat

Areas of expertise: Data Analytics; Econometrics; Causal Inference

Email Address: ecem.basak@baruch.cuny.edu

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Ecem Basak, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois at Chicago. Ecem’s research focuses on the impact of the sharing economy, online social networks, and Web3 technologies. She specializes in designing observational studies that determine the causal relationships between these technologies and their societal, economic, and environmental outcomes. Her academic training includes a variety of research methods, such as econometrics, causal inference, network analysis, data analytics, and machine learning. During her Ph.D., Ecem worked as a data science intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and CCC Intelligent Solutions. Ecem also holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Turkey.

Education

Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago United States

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering (All But Dissertation), Istanbul Technical Univesity Istanbul Turkey

M.S., Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University Istanbul Turkey

B.Sc., Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University Istanbul Turkey

Exchange Program, Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Minho

SemesterCourse PrefixCourse NumberCourse Name
Fall 2023CIS9760Big Data Technologies
Spring 2023CIS9760Big Data Technologies
Spring 2023CIS4130Big Data Technologies
Fall 2022CIS9760Big Data Technologies
Spring 2022CIS9760Big Data Technologies
Spring 2022CIS9760Big Data Technologies

Journal Articles

(2024). Collaborating Beyond Borders: The Role of Digital Distance Across Countries in International Innovation Partnerships. Research Policy, In Progress.

(2024). Pedaling Our Way to Clean Air: An Empirical Investigation of Bike-Sharing Platforms and Local Air Quality. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Preparing for the 3rd round review [Major Revision],

(2024). Shifting Gears: Examining the Complementary and Substitution Effects of Bike-sharing Platforms on Public Transit Demand. Transportation Science, Resubmitted [Reject & Resubmit],

(2024). The Role of Online and Geographically Distant Social Networks in Political Decision-Making: Empirical Evidence from the 2016 United States Presidential Election. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 25(3). 721-737.

(2023). When Crisis Hits: Bike-Sharing Platforms amid the Covid-19 Pandemic. PLoS ONE, 18(4). e0283603.

Calisir, F., Gumussoy, C. A., Basak, E., & Gurel, G. (2016). Effect of organizational learning, transformational leadership and market orientation on firm performance. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 13(2).

Calisir, N., Basak, E., & Calisir, F. (2016). Key drivers of passenger loyalty: A case of Frankfurt–Istanbul flights. Journal of Air Transport Management, 53. 211-217.

Basak, E., & Calisir, F. (2015). An Empirical Study on Factors Affecting Continuance Intention of Using Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 48. 181-189.

Basak, E., Gumussoy, C. A., & Calisir, F. (2015). Examining the factors affecting PDA acceptance among physicians: An extended technology acceptance model. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 6(3). 399-418.

Conference Proceedings

Zhao, K., Chen, C., Basak, E., & Hong, Y. (2025). Tokenizing Online Profile: How Digital Asset Disclosure Sparks Social Connectivity in Online Social Media Platforms. HICSS-58 Proceedings.

Al Balawi, R., Basak, E., & Zhao, K. (2025). Tokenizing Brand Marketing in the Fashion Industry: The Signaling Effects of Branded Non-Fungible Tokens on Consumer Engagement in Social Media. HICSS-58 Proceedings.

Basak, E., Al Balawi, R., & Tafti, A. (2024). Collaborating Beyond Borders: The Role of Social Ties in Global Eco-Innovation Partnerships. HICSS-57 Proceedings.

Basak, E., Watson-Manheim, M. B., & Tafti, A. (2021). From Total Effects to Underlying Mechanisms via Causal Mediation: An Empirical Example from Ride-Hailing Platforms in the United States. ICIS 2021 Proceedings.

Al Balawi, R., Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Watson-Manheim, M. B. (2020). Ride-Sharing Services and Environmental Sustainability: An Empirical Investigation of UberX Entry and Gas Emissions. AMCIS 2020 Proceedings.

Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Huang, P. (2019). Network Topology and Tie Strength in Online Communities of Practice. Complex Networks and Their Applications VII.

Basak, E., & Calisir, F. (2014). Uses and Gratifications of LinkedIn: An Exploratory Study. Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2014 Vol II.

Basak, E., Ekmekci, E., Bayram, Y., & Ekmekci, Y. (2013). Analysis of Factors That Affect the Intention to Leave of White-collar Employees in Turkey Using Structural Equation Modelling. Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2013 Vol II.

Presentations

Basak, E., Al Balawi, R., & Tafti, A. Collaborating Beyond Borders: The Role of Social Ties in International Eco-Innovation Partnerships. Conference on Information Systems and Technology.

Zhao, K., Chen, C., Basak, E., & Hong, Y. Tokenizing Online Profile: How Digital Asset Disclosure Sparks Social Connectivity in Online Social Media Platforms. Conference on Information Systems and Technology.

Al Balawi, R., Basak, E., & Zhao, K. Tokenizing Brand Marketing in the Fashion Industry: The Signaling Effects of Branded Non-Fungible Tokens on Consumer Engagement in Social Media. Conference on Information Systems and Technology.

Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Pang, M. The Role of Online and Geographically Distant Social Networks in Political Decision-Making: An Empirical Evidence from the 2016 United States Elections. 33rd Annual POMS Conference.

Basak, E., & Iris, C. Are Bike-Sharing Platforms Complementing or Substituting Public Transit? An Empirical Investigation in the United States. 33rd Annual POMS Conference.

Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Watson-Manheim, M. B. Pedaling Our Way to Clean Air: An Empirical Investigation of Bike-Sharing Platforms and Local Air Quality. 32nd Annual POMS Conference.

Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Watson-Manheim, M. B. Pedaling Our Way to Clean Air: An Empirical Investigation of Bike-Sharing Platforms and Local Air Quality. DSI 52nd Annual Conference.

Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Watson-Manheim, M. B. Pedaling Our Way to Clean Air: An Empirical Investigation of Bike-Sharing Platforms and Local Air Quality. INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Basak, E., Watson-Manheim, M. B., & Tafti, A. From Total Effects to Underlying Mechanisms via Causal Mediation: An Empirical Example from Ride-Hailing Platforms in the United States. Statistical Challenges in E-commerce Research.

Basak, E., Watson-Manheim, M. B., & Tafti, A. Exploring Direct and Indirect Effects of On-Demand Ride-Sharing Services on Traffic Congestion: An Empirical Investigation of Uber X in the United States. The 15th Winter Conference on Business Analytics (WCBA). Snowbird, UT

Basak, E., Al Balawi, R., & Tafti, A. The Value of Inter-Regional Online Social Relationships: How Does It Foster Regional Innovation Performance?. The 15th Winter Conference on Business Analytics (WCBA). Snowbird, UT

Al Balawi, R., Basak, E., Tafti, A., & Watson-Manheim, M. B. Ride-Sharing Services and Environmental Sustainability: An Empirical Investigation of Uber Entry and Gas Emissions. The 15th Winter Conference on Business Analytics (WCBA). Snowbird, UT

Basak, E., & Tafti, A. The Impact of Social Ties on Voters’ Electoral Decisions: Evidence from County-Level 2016 United States Presidential Election Results. Conference on Information Systems and Technology.

Research Currently in Progess

Zhao, K., Chen, C., Basak, E., & Hong, Y.(n.d.). Tokenizing the Online Profile: How Digital Asset Disclosure Sparks Social Connectivity in Online Social Networks . In Progress.

Basak, E., Tafti, A., Wathson Manheim, M. B., & Iris, C.(n.d.). Unpacking the Impact of Ride-Hailing Platforms: Exploring the Mediating Role of City Bus Utilization and Moderated Mediation in Urban Congestion.

Basak, E., Al Balawi, R., & Iris, C.(n.d.). Abortion Ban and Short-term Rental Performance. In Progress.

Honor / AwardOrganization SponsorDate ReceivedDescription
The 2024 Zicklin Teaching Excellence AwardZicklin School of Business2024-05-31
The 2023 Zicklin Teaching Innovation AwardZicklin School of Business2023-11-23
Doctoral Scholarship and CBA Doctoral FellowshipUniversity of Illinois at Chicago2016-08-01
Best Student Paper Award International Conference of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management (WCE’14)2014-07-04
Certificate of Merit (Student) International Conference on Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (WCECS’13)2013-10-25
Dean's Honor ListIstanbul Technical University2011-07-22

College

Committee NamePosition RoleStart DateEnd Date
Research and Professional DevelopmentCommittee MemberPresent
AWS AcademyA Central Point of Contact Present
Graduate Curriculum Committee MemberPresent
2024 Baruch College CommencementFaculty Representative5/28/2024
Spring 2024 Undergraduate Recruitment EventFaculty Representative4/14/2024
2024 Inaugural Baruch Day of ServiceVolunteer4/10/2024
Fall 2023 Open House EventFaculty Representative9/30/2023
Search Committee on Data Science Cluster Committee Member3/31/2023

University

Committee NamePosition RoleStart DateEnd Date
PSC-CUNY Research Award ProgramReviewer, Proposal2/1/20242/29/2024

Professional

OrganizationPosition RoleOrganization StateOrganization CountryStart DateEnd DateAudience
The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences Minitrack Chair3/1/2024PresentInternational
Conference on Information Systems and TechnologyReviewer, Conference Paper6/25/20247/15/2024International
Journal of the Association for Information SystemsReviewer, Journal Article3/1/20243/31/2024International
Information Systems ResearchReviewer, Journal Article2/1/20242/29/2024International
AIS Transactions on Replication ResearchReviewer, Journal Article9/1/20239/30/2023International
Hawaii International Conference on System SciencesReviewer, Conference Paper7/1/20237/31/2023International
Information Systems ResearchReviewer, Journal Article6/1/20236/30/2023International
AIS Transactions on Replication ResearchReviewer, Journal Article6/1/20236/30/2023International
AIS Transactions on Replication ResearchReviewer, Journal Article3/1/20233/31/2023International
International Conference of Information SystemsReviewer, Conference Paper6/1/20226/30/2022International
International Conference of Information SystemsReviewer, Conference Paper6/1/20216/30/2021International
International Conference of Information SystemsReviewer, Conference Paper6/1/20216/30/2021International
MIS QuarterlyReviewer, Journal Article1/1/20211/31/2021International
Electronic Commerce Research Reviewer, Journal Article4/1/20204/30/2020International
Electronic Commerce Research Reviewer, Journal Article7/1/20197/31/2019International
International Conference of Information SystemsReviewer, Conference Paper6/1/20196/30/2019International
Electronic Commerce Research Reviewer, Journal Article11/1/201711/30/2017International

Public

OrganizationPosition RoleOrganization StateOrganization CountryStart DateEnd DateAudience
Yorktown High School Science Research Program External Ph.D. MentorPresentLocal