ASU Faculty Member has Article Published in Global Computer Journal!

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- By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

One of the world's most acclaimed computer journals has published an article by an Alabama State University faculty member who lectures in the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. College of Business Administration (COBA).

Computer Information System's associate professor, Dr. Adarsh Kumar Kakar's article on 'timebanking' was recently published in "Computers in Human Behavior," which is a highly regarded academic journal. This is Kakar's third article to appear in the publication.

The dean of COBA says that the University benefits whenever one of its faculty members has a scholarly article appear in such a well-read intellectual publication.

"We are most proud to know that Dr. Kakar has had one of his articles again published in such a high-quality journal such as Computers in Human Behavior," said Dr. Kamal Hingorani, dean of ASU's COBA.

Hingorani said that timebanking is a scholarly term for two individuals or entities providing services or exchanges with one another with no cash or financial items exchanged.

"Timebanking is an intellectual way of describing what in layman's terms is known as 'bartering,' which is exchanging a service or item for another service or item," Hingorani said. "For example, one might exchange childcare for someone else providing tax services. So it's really a service-for-service exchange, which is termed 'timebanking' in intellectual educational vernacular," he added.

Kakar's article explores such topics as how timebanking is widely acknowledged as an innovation for sustainable development and how different motivations are found for both the receivers and providers of a service.

"Time banking is recognized as a way to leverage untapped community capacity to fulfill the unmet service needs of its members," Kakar writes in the abstract of his article. He asserts that timebanking has yet to reach its full potential primarily due to inadequate participation by members of any community that utilizes it.

"The results of my study from across web-based timebanks shows that they provide value to their participants. However, while the social value of timebanks has the highest impact on providers of service, utilitarian value has the highest impact on receivers," Kakar concludes.

Kakar is actively involved in research in the area of software product development. His research has won awards at conferences and resulted in the publication of more than a dozen articles in the past five years in such well-respected journals as Computers in Human Behavior, Interacting with Computers, Journal of Computer Information Systems and Information Systems Management. His work is multidisciplinary in nature, building on existing knowledge from software engineering, organization studies, psychology, product management and consumer behavior disciplines.  

Check out his latest scholarly article at this link:

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.