Vijay Gurbaxani

Vijay Gurbaxani

Taco Bell Endowed Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science; and Director, Center for Digital Transformation (CDT)

SB1 3228



PhD, University of Rochester
MBA, University of Rochester
MS in Mathematics and Computer Science, Bombay

Research Interest

IT and Innovation

Strategic Sourcing of IT-Enabled Services

Value of IT Investment

Economics of Information Systems

Vijay Gurbaxani is the Taco Bell 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.

Vijay has extensive experience in management education and advisory services, having lectured worldwide on management issues, taught extensively in degree and executive education programs, and consulted for and provided research expertise to many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, technology service providers, and leading consulting firms. He has been a visiting scholar at the business schools at Stanford University and at MIT. In 1994-95, he was a Research Fellow at Computer Sciences Corporation, where he reported to the President of the Technology Management Group.

Vijay has an active research program supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and from industry, having raised over $5M during his career. He authored the book, “Managing Information Systems Costs,” and has published numerous articles in premier journals in his areas of specialization including Information Systems Research, Management Science, MIS Quarterly and Sloan Management Review. His expertise in outsourcing was recognized when he won the 2002 Outsourcing World Achievement Award in the Academic category by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael Corbett and Associates at the fourth annual Outsourcing World Summit Conference & Exposition.

He also served as Senior Associate Dean from 2006 to 2008 and Associate Dean of the MBA program from 2004 until 2006 and from 1995 to 1999. In both terms, he led the school’s efforts to develop and implement new innovative curricula aimed at providing students with the capabilities and knowledge needed for success in the businesses of the future. In his first term, he initiated and then led the development of the school’s new strategic focus on the transformative role of information technology in business, an approach which led to widespread external recognition of the business school as a center of excellence in IT in business.

Dr. Gurbaxani received an integrated 5-year Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He received Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Business Administration from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, New York. His doctoral thesis won the prize for the best dissertation in a worldwide competition sponsored by the International Center for Information Technologies.

Visit the Center for Digital Transformation website. 

Selected Publications & Books

Selected Publications

  • “Information Technology Outsourcing: Asset Transfer and the Role of Contract,” (with Y. Chang and K. Ravindran), MIS Quarterly, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • “You Don’t Have To Be A Software Company To Think Like One,” Harvard Business Review Online, May 2016.
  • “Social Capital and Contract Duration in Buyer-Supplier Networks for Information Technology Outsourcing,” (with K. Ravindran, A. Susarla, and D. Mani), Information Systems Research, June 2015.
  • “Information Technology and Efficiency:  The Role of IT Intensity and Competition,” (with Y. Chang), Information Systems Research, September 2013.
  • “IT Outsourcing Contracts and Performance Measurement,” (with D. Fitoussi), Information Systems Research, March 2012.
  • “The Impact of IT-Related Spillovers on Long-Run Productivity: An Empirical Analysis, (with Y. Chang), Information Systems Research, September 2012.


  • Managing Information Systems Costs: An Economic Analysis of Hardware-Software Tradeoffs,  ICIT Press, Washington D.C., June 1990.


  • Doctoral Dissertation Award, best dissertation in the information systems field (co-winner), International Center for Information Technologies, 1987-1988.
  • Outsourcing World Achievement Award, Academic Category, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael Corbett and Associates, 2002.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Andersen Consulting, 1989-1990.
  • Dean's List, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
  • Departmental Fellowship, ranked first in the Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.