Dr. Rajiv D. Banker is the Merves Chair in Accounting and Information Technology at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Dr. Banker is internationally recognized as a leader in interdisciplinary research in management. His research addresses complex and emerging problems of importance to managers. He is a world-renowned scholar, an innovative leader and a distinguished teacher.
Dr. Banker is one of the most highly cited scholars in management and economics worldwide. He is recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information (Web of Science) as one of the 150 most influential researchers in economics and business worldwide (comprising less than one-tenth of 1 % of all publishing researchers in the past three decades) that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology. He is ranked as the most prolific scholar in management accounting published in the top accounting research journals over the past 20 years. His research articles are cited over 500 times each year by other researchers in a wide range of disciplines. One of his papers is ranked fourth highest in citations in the 60-year history of Management Science.
He has received numerous awards for his research, including awards by the American Accounting Association for Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature and Notable Contribution to the Governmental Accounting Literature, and best paper awards at international conferences in information systems and in accounting. He has published more than 150 articles in prestigious research journals including Management Science, Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Communications of ACM, IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Econometrica. Dr. Banker has served as editor and on advisory boards of leading research journals in accounting, information systems and operations management. He is the editor-in-chief of the Data Envelopment Analysis Journal. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Financial Executives Research Foundation, the Institute of Management Accountants, and many leading corporations.
Dr. Banker received a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors from the University of Bombay concentrating in Mathematics and Economics. He received several academic awards, including those for standing first at the Bachelor of Science examination. He received a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University concentrating in Planning, Accounting and Control Systems. He qualified as a Cost Accountant and as a Chartered Accountant, securing several awards including those for standing first and third respectively at national examinations of the two institutes. Prior to joining Temple University in 2005, Dr. Banker has served as the Anderson Chair and Dean at the Anderson School of Management of the University of California, Riverside, the Ashbel Smith Chair in Accounting and Information Management, Director of Accounting and Information Management Programs, Director of Center for Practice and Research in Software Management and Director of Center for Excellence in Asian Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, Professor of Accounting and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (with joint appointments in the schools of public policy and management, and industrial administration) and the Arthur Andersen Chair in Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Minnesota (with joint appointments in accounting, information systems and operations management departments).
Dr. Banker’s research interests range from analytical modeling to statistical analysis of data collected from different companies. His research on information systems explores issues of technology enabled competitive strategy, business value of investments in information technology, software productivity and quality, and management of software development and maintenance. His research in accounting addresses questions pertaining to performance measurement, incentive compensation, strategic cost management and competitive industry analysis. His research in management science includes the development of new analytical methods for productivity analysis, efficiency evaluation and incentive regulation. He has consulted extensively with many organizations and served as an expert witness. He is the president of the International Data Envelopment Analysis Society.
Dr. Banker has been the recipient of three teaching awards voted by graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Banker has supervised many doctoral students placed at prestigious research universities. Seven of his doctoral students have won awards for best dissertations and three others have received runner-up awards. Dr. Banker has co-authored books on Strategic Information Technology Management and Balanced Scorecard: Linking Strategy to Performance, and a textbook on Management Accounting (with A. Atkinson and R. S. Kaplan) that has been translated into seven languages. He has been invited to lecture to executives and academics at leading institutions around the world. Most recently, he has been a guest faculty at the London School of Economics, Ecole Nationale-Paris, Indian School of Business, Peking University, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Federal University of Minas Gerais, City University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University, Sunyat Sen University, University of Tel Aviv and University of Auckland. He has consistently been one of the highest rated professors based on student evaluations at Seoul National University.