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The Center for Digital Transformation conducts and disseminates research on digital transformation. As a university-based center, it focuses on educating the workforce for success in a technology-intensive world.

Our Mission

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

Faculty Director

Faculty Director

Vijay Gurbaxani

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.

Governance Council 

Governance Council

Roxanne Austin
Board Director 
AbbVie, Verizon, CrowdStrike Holdings, Freshworks

Jagdeep Bachher
Chief Investment Officer
University of California

Dawn Behnke
EVP, Life Insurance Division
Pacific Life Insurance Company

Marcello Damiani
Senior Partner, Flagship Pioneering
Board Director, Cellarity, BenevolentAI

Susan Doniz 
CIO & SVP, Information Technology & Data Analytics
The Boeing Company

Julie Guggemos
Board Director, Evrnu, Beekman 1802
Former SVP & Chief Design Officer, Target

Gajen Kandiah
Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Vantara
Chief Transformation Officer, Hitachi Digital Systems & Services
President, Hitachi Digital

Jeff Margolis
Margolis Enterprises, LLC
Senior Advisor, Blackstone; Chairman, Nextgen Healthcare; Board Director, Alignment Health Care, TriNetX, Hydrogen Health, Grin, DNAnexus, Brightside Health

Diana McKenzie
Board Director
MetLife, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Paradox, agilon health

Chris Nardecchia
SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer
Rockwell Automation

Kalpana Ramakrishnan
Principal
KPMG

Shashank Samant
Board Director, Office Depot, Rackspace, EurekaForbes

Center Contributors

We gratefully recognize the following individuals who have generously given their time and resources in support of the center and our programs. Contributors serve as advisory board members, industry and research fellows and research affiliates.

Advisory Board

Kiva Allgood
President, CEO & Board Director
Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation

Vasudev Bhandarkar
Founder/ CEO
ScoreData Corporation

Manish Dasaur
Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Communications & Media Industry, NA
Accenture

Suren Dutia
Senior Fellow 
Kauffman Foundation

Adam Fingersh
SVP, Chief Strategist and Head of Strategic Transformation
Experian North American

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

Lynn Hemans
VP, Consumer Intelligence & Strategy
The Hershey Company

Donald Jones
Chief Digital Officer
The Scripps Research Institute

Allan Lubitz
Senior Advisor
Pivot Global Partners

Jeff Margolis 
President
Margolis Enterprises

Phil Potloff
Head of Enterprise Strategy
Amazon Web Services

Geraldine Ramezani
SVP, Chief Information Officer
First American Financial Corporation

Ashwin Rangan 
Chief Innovation & Information Officer 
ICANN

Shankar Rao
CIO
Akeso Occupational Health

Rebecca Scholl
VP, Digital Innovation
Genpact

Julie Sokol
Former SVP, Information Technology 
The Irvine Company

Srinivas Velamoor 
EVP, Chief Growth & Strategy Officer
NextGen Healthcare

Dr. Nicholas Vitalari
CEO & Founder 
Elasticity Labs

Industry and Research Fellows

Tom Andriola
Senior Industry Fellow
Vice Chancellor for Information, Technology & Data, UC Irvine

Martin Giles
Senior Industry Fellow
Senior Editor, CIO Network, Forbes

Peter Hinssen
Senior Industry Fellow
Chairman & Co-founder, nexxworks

Allan Lubitz
Senior Industry Fellow and Senior Advisor
SVP & CIO, Pivot Global Partners

Alladi Venkatesh
Senior Research Fellow
Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business

Dr. Nicholas Vitalari                         
Senior Research Fellow
CEO & Founder, Elasticity Labs

Research Affiliates

Vibhanshu Abhishek
Associate Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Behnaz Bojd
Assistant Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Michael Carey
Professor
Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Vidyanand Choudhary
Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Sanjeev Dewan
Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Vijay Gurbaxani
Professor and Director CDT
The Paul Merage School of Business

Mimi Ito
Professor in Residence
Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Frank MacCrory
Assistant Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Gloria Mark
Professor
Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Bill Maurer
Dean, Professor & AAAS Fellow 
School of Social Sciences

Melissa Mazmanian
Associate Professor
Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Tingting Nian
Assistant Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Connie Pechmann
Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Jui Ramaprasad
Associate Professor
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Padhraic Smyth
Professor
Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

John Turner
Associate Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Margarethe Wiersema
Dean’s Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Mingdi Xin
Assistant Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business

Students 

The MBA Immersion in Digital Transformation prepares students to lead their organizations to success in the digital economy. Digital technologies are appreciating in power at incredible rates and changing the business environment in profound ways. Digital Transformation is the reinvention of businesses to reflect the digital world. The economics of the digital world are fundamentally different from those of the physical world, and imply new rules of competition. They change business strategy, structure and practices in profound ways. Students will learn how to analyze technology-enabled change broadly and how to leverage digital technologies across businesses, from the perspective of both incumbents and startups.

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The Master of Science in Business Analytics prepares you for a wide range of high-demand opportunities in big data and business analytics across a variety of industries throughout California and beyond. Taught by world-class faculty and leading researchers in the field, this intensive one-year, full-time program thoroughly prepares you to handle large volumes of structured and non-structured data and apply a variety of analytics methods to the data in different business contexts. 

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The MBA Immersion in Digital Transformation prepares students to lead their organizations to success in the digital economy. Digital technologies are appreciating in power at incredible rates and changing the business environment in profound ways. Digital Transformation is the reinvention of businesses to reflect the digital world. The economics of the digital world are fundamentally different from those of the physical world, and imply new rules of competition. They change business strategy, structure and practices in profound ways. Students will learn how to analyze technology-enabled change broadly and how to leverage digital technologies across businesses, from the perspective of both incumbents and startups.

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The Master of Science in Business Analytics prepares you for a wide range of high-demand opportunities in big data and business analytics across a variety of industries throughout California and beyond. Taught by world-class faculty and leading researchers in the field, this intensive one-year, full-time program thoroughly prepares you to handle large volumes of structured and non-structured data and apply a variety of analytics methods to the data in different business contexts. 

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Research

Research

Faculty Director on stage at R2R

The Center conducts both academic and applied research. CDT serves as an interdisciplinary research institute drawing on economists, behavioral scientists, sociologists and computer scientists to help understand the emerging digital business environment. Our research areas address key constituencies for the research – business executives seeking to understand how to adapt their enterprises for success in a digital economy, technology executives focused on making critical IT-related decisions that advance company performance, managers of social enterprises and IT industry executives.

Our current focus is on five critical issue areas: 

  • Economics of the Digital World
  • Digital Services Delivery
  • Digital Business Models
  • Big Data and Analysis
  • Emerging Digital Trends and Applications

Learn more about the Center's academic and applied research.

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UCI Paul Merage School of Business
Center for Digital Transformation
4291 Pereira Drive, SB2 220 
Irvine, CA 92697

Director
Vijay Gurbaxani

949.824.5215
vgurbaxa@uci.edu

Assistant Director, Programming and Content
Leslie Fell

lfell@uci.edu