The Center generates and disseminates knowledge that helps businesses, governments and society leverage the possibilities enabled by emerging digital technologies. 

Our Mission

To become a vital center of influence, advancing the competitiveness and productivity of business in the digital economy. 

Digital Transformation: Coming of Age

Founding Director Vijay Gurbaxani addresses how every executive can benefit by thinking like a software company.

2018 Road to Reinvention Conference

R2R is the premier conference that explores critical issues senior executives must consider as they lead their company’s reinvention journey.

Faculty Director

Vijay Gurbaxani

Vijay Gurbaxani is the Taco Bell Endowed Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science and Director of the Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. His research, teaching and consulting interests are at the nexus of business strategy and information technology (IT). He focuses on analyzing how emerging information technologies enable business model innovation; on developing and evaluating business-driven strategies for the sourcing of information services; and on valuing IT investment. His approach is distinctive in its use of economic principles as the lens with which to analyze strategic management questions.

Advisory Board

Mike Aghajanian
President and CEO (retired)
PRTM Management Consultants

Susan Doniz

Suren Dutia
Senior Fellow
Kauffman Foundation

Allen Fazio
Chief Information Officer
The Word and Brown Companies

John Gantz
Senior Vice President

Martin Giles (Senior Industry Fellow)
Partner, Intellectual Capital
Wing Venture Capital

Shivbir Grewal
Co-Founder and Managing Member
Auctus Global Capital Group

Julie Hill
Founder and Owner
The Hill Company

Peter Hinssen (Senior Industry Fellow)
Across Technology

Donald Jones
Chief Digital Officer Scripps
Translational Science Institute
The Scripps Research Institute

Allan Lubitz
Mercury Insurance Group

Jeff Margolis
President, Margolis Enterprises
Chairman & CEO, WellTok

Vijay Parikh
Managing Principal, US & Europe
Global Catalyst Partners

Phil Potloff
Enterprise Strategist
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Kalpana Ramakrishnan

Ashwin Rangan
Chief Innovation & Information Officer

Shankar Rao
VP, Optum Technology Commercial Solutions

Rebecca Scholl
VP, Digital Innovation
Genpact Digital

Julie Sokol
SVP, Information Technology
The Irvine Company

Julie St. John
CIO & President of IT Group and
Investment Operations
The Capital Group Companies

Dawn Trautman
EVP, Life Insurance Division
Pacific Life Insurance Company

Srinivas Velamoor
McKinsey & Company

Ken Venner

Dr. Nicholas Vitalari (Senior Research Fellow)
Managing Director
Elasticity Labs

Bob Zukis
Social Inc.

Industry Fellows

Martin Giles
Senior Industry Fellow
Partner, Wing Venture Capital

Peter Hinssen
Senior Industry Fellow
Chairman, Across Technology

2018 Road to Reinvention

3.22.18 · 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Beckman Center


6.18.18 · 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bren Events Center
  • Dow Plunges Nearly 1,200 Points, Largest Single-Day Point Decline in Its History

    Christopher Schwarz, director at the UC Irvine Center for Investment and Wealth Management, says while Monday’s more than 1,100 point loss was big, you have to look at it from a percentage standpoint and remember how high the market has been rising over the past several years.

  • Sharing is Caring! The Science of Public Commitment

    With 42% of Americans saying they fail to commit to their New Year’s resolution every year, how can people make their goals more attainable? Canvas8 spoke to Tonya Bradford, assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, to find out why sharing your goals online increases your chances.

  • Business Class

    For many enterprising first-generation undergraduates, UCI’s selective Paul Merage School of Business is the key to upward mobility. No. 31 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best business programs, it admits just a few hundred of about 11,000 applicants each year. These exceptional students learn the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills that can make the American dream a reality. Read the stories of three of the school’s freshmen…

  • Inspired Leadership, Digitally Driven: The Merage School is Ushering in a New Age in MBA programs

    Over the past year, all facets of The Paul Merage School of Business have been focused on redefining the Merage School’s identity and initiating changes to position the school to address both student and business needs in managing digital transformation.

"This was a really outstanding event, and sets the stage for tackling a critical societal challenge – Digital Transformation.”

Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP & IT Executive Advisor, IDC