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Management School Dean Announced


UC Riverside Announces New Dean for its Graduate School of Management

Rajiv D. Banker, a Leader in Accounting and Information Management Research, Will Head the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside

(August 29, 2003)

Rajiv D. Banker

Rajiv D. Banker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — Rajiv D. Banker, an internationally recognized leader in interdisciplinary research on management and accounting, has been named the next dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.

He is scheduled to arrive at UC Riverside on Jan. 1, 2004. Y. Peter Chung, professor of finance, will remain as the interim dean at AGSM until Banker’s arrival.

Banker’s research interests range from analytical modeling to statistical analysis of data collected from various companies to address complex or emerging problems important to managers. His research in accounting addresses questions pertaining to performance measurement, incentive compensation, strategic cost management and analysis of the public accounting industry.

In the area of information systems, Banker’s research explores issues of e-business competitive strategies, investments in information technology, measures of software productivity and quality, and the management of software development and maintenance. He has also developed new analytical methods for evaluating productivity and professionalism in management science.

Banker comes to UC Riverside from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has taught since 1997. At Dallas, he held joint appointments in accounting and information management, and in management science and information systems. He also held the Ashbel Smith Chair in Accounting and Information Management and was director of Accounting and Information Management Programs in the School of Management. At UT Dallas, Banker held directorships at the Center for Practice and Research in Software Management and at the Center for Excellence in Asian Management.

Banker’s strong credentials in teaching, research and administration made him a highly sought-after candidate for the position at UC Riverside.

“Rajiv Banker is a world-renowned scholar, a distinguished teacher, and a proven leader. His international network of colleagues and his preeminence in research will enhance the prestige of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management and increase its ability to recruit top scholars and students from around the world,” said UC Riverside Chancellor France Córdova.

Prior to Dallas, he held the Arthur Andersen & Co./Duane R. Kullberg Land Grant Chair in Accounting and Information Systems at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 1997.

Banker arrived at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1980 as an assistant professor of accounting and management and attained a full professorship in accounting and management with a joint appointment at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

He received a doctorate degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University in 1980, with a specialization in planning, accounting and control systems. Banker qualified as a cost accountant and as chartered accountant in India, ranking first in a national examination in 1977 and third in a national examination in 1976, respectively. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors in 1973 from the University of Bombay, ranking at the top of the university in mathematics and economics.

Banker’s more-than 100 published articles cover accounting, information systems, and operations management and management science. His articles have appeared in such prestigious research journals as: Management Science, Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, MIS (management information systems) quarterly, Information Systems Research, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Econometrica. Other researchers in a wide range of disciplines have cited his articles more than 100 annually since 1996.

Banker brings a mix of excellence in research and teaching having received numerous awards in both areas throughout his career.

He received the Carlson School of Management’s Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and was voted Best Teacher by the class of 1989 at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1984, Banker received the Emil B. Limbach Award of Carnegie Mellon University for excellence in teaching.

Many of the doctoral students Banker has supervised have gone on to prestigious universities. Four of his doctoral students have won national awards for best dissertations. Three other students have received national runner-up awards.

Among his research awards are best papers from the International Conference on Contemporary Accounting Issues in 1995 and 1998; a Runner-Up Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Information Systems in 1994; and the Award for Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature by the Government and Nonprofit Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association in 1991. Also in 1991, Banker received the Best Paper Award from the computer aided software engineering track of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Banker has chaired and served on the committees of several professional institutions. He is the editor of the information systems department of the journal Management Science. He continues to serve as an editor, associate editor or on advisory boards of research journals in accounting, information systems and operations management.

Banker has consulted extensively with many organizations and served as an expert witness. He has been invited to lecture to executives and academics at leading institutions around the world.

Satish K. Tripathi, the dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside chaired the committee that searched for a dean at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. The committee included Carl Cranor, professor of philosophy; William Frankenberger, professor of soil science and soil microbiologist; Nick Goldware, trustee of UC Riverside; Gloria Gonzalez-Rivera, associate professor of economics; Gavriel Kullman, Associated Students of UC Riverside; Elizabeth Lord, professor of botany and developmental biology; David Mayers, Philip L. Boyd Chair of Finance at AGSM; Sally Ness, associate professor of anthropology; Mitch O’Hair, Graduate Students Association; Karen Ward, staff representative, department of economics; Lawrence Zahn, associate professor of management and associate dean at AGSM; and Marylynn Yates, associate executive vice chancellor.

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