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H. Raghav Rao

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Management Science and Systems Department


PhD, Purdue University
MBA, Delhi University
B Tech, Indian Institute of Technology


Rao graduated from Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. His interests are in the areas of management information systems, decision support systems, e-business, emergency response management systems and information assurance. He has chaired sessions at international conferences and presented numerous papers. He also has co-edited four books, of which one is on Information Assurance in Financial Services [PDF]. He has authored or co-authored more than 175 technical papers, of which more than 100 are published in archival journals.

Rao's work has received best paper and best paper runner up awards at AMCIS and ICIS. He has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Canadian Embassy, and he has received the university's prestigious Teaching Fellowship. He also received the Fulbright fellowship in 2004.

Rao is chair of IFIP WG 8.11/11.13, the working group for Information Systems Security Research. He is also a senior editor of MIS Quarterly, Advisory Editor of Decision Support Systems, Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on MIS and co-editor-in-chief of Information Systems Frontiers.

Rao also has a courtesy appointment with Computer Science and Engineering as adjunct professor. His PhD students have placed at Sogang U, UNCG, ASU, USF, FAU, MSU, OKState, FSU, Penn State and others. Rao teaches Information assurance, networks and e-commerce. He is the recipient of the 2007 State University of New York Chancellor's award for excellence in scholarship and creative actitivities and is the only School of Management Professor to be honored as a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, which represents a promotion in rank above full professor.

At the 2010 ICIS conference in St. Louis, Rao and his colleagues won the Best Paper Award in information systems research for the year 2009. The article was titled, "Two Stepping Stones for Successful E-commerce Relationships" by Dan Kim, Don Ferrin, H. R. Rao. His book on Information Assurance Security and Privacy Services [PDF], edited by H. R. Rao and S. Upadhyaya, was published by Emerald Group Publishing (ISBN 978-1-84855-194-7). Rao was ranked No. 3 in publication productivity internationally in a 2011 Communications of the Association for Information Systems study.  In 2014, Rao's h-index was 40 and his i-10 index was 101. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

Selected Publications

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Moore, J. C., H. Raghav Rao, and A. B. Whinston. "Information Processing for a Finite Resource Allocations Mechanism." Economic Theory, 1996.

Rao, H. Raghav, A. Chaudhury and M. Chakha, "Modeling Team Processes: Issues and a Specific Example." Information Systems Research, 1996.

Nam, K., A. Chaudhury and H. Rao, "A Mixed Integer Model of Bidding Strategies for Outsourcing." European Journal of Operational Research, 1995.

Rao, H. Raghav, V. S. Jacob, and F. Lin. "Hemispheric Specialization, Cognitive Differences and their Implications for Decision Support." MIS Quarterly, June 1992.

Professional Associations

  • IEEE Computer Society
  • IEEE Systems on Man and Cybernetics Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • AIS

Awards and Recognition

  • National Science Foundation Research Grants for several years.
  • Fulbright Fellow (2004)
  • Canadian Embassy Grant for a project on Outsourcing (1994).
  • University Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University at Buffalo (1992).
  • School of Management Summer Fellowship, University at Buffalo.
  • Distinguished Paper Award, Production and Operations Management Track of the Midwest Business Administration Association, Chicago (1988).
  • Faculty Development Award, New York State/UUP Professional Development Program.
  • Experienced Faculty Travel Award, New York State/UUP Professional Development Program.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Chair, PhD Committee (2000 - 2009)
  • Member, International Program Committee (1991 - present)
  • Chair, Field Experience Advisory Committee (1995 - 2003)

International Activities

  • Chairman of a session on "Design Issues in Decision Support Systems," International CORS/TIMS/ORSA, Vancouver, Canada, May 1989.
  • Chairman of a session on "Learning and Adaptation," at the International Systems Sciences Conference, Hawaii, 1988.
  • Speaker at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, on the topic "Computer Mediated Communications and Group Decision Support," May 1990.
  • Speaker at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, on the topic, "Group Decision Support Systems," May 1988.
  • Publications dealing with international issues:
    • Rau, P.R., V. Shekhar, and H. Raghav Rao, "A Plant-Wide Information System at an Indian Oil Company," Long Range Planning, April 1992.
    • P.R. Rau and H. Raghav Rao, "Management of Information Technology: The Indian Experience," Journal of Information Science and Technology, April 1993.