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Venkat Venkatraman

David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management

Boston University Questrom School of Business

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Venkat Venkatraman is widely regarded as a leading global authority on digital business strategy. He is the David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business. He previously taught strategy at MIT Sloan School of Management and the London Business School.

Over the last three decades, Venkat’s research and teaching have focused on how companies win in the Digital Age, where digital technologies shape and support products, processes, and services. His widely acclaimed 2017 book, The Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation through Technology, was updated in 2023. His new co-authored book, Fusion Strategy: How Real-Time Data and AI Will Power the Industrial Future, was published by the Harvard Business Review Press in March 2024.

Venkat has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a distinguished alumnus of IIM Calcutta.

Venkat’s doctoral thesis was awarded the Academy of Management’s AT Kearney Best Dissertation Prize, and the paper from the thesis published in Management Science is one of the most cited strategy papers in the journal’s history. According to Google Scholar, he is one of the most highly cited researchers in management and at the top in digital strategy, with over 50,000 citations. Stanford University recently placed him among the top 2% of all global scientists in terms of research impact. His work on business-IT alignment, published in IBM Systems Journal, was judged to be a turning point in IBM’s understanding of IT strategy and continues to be widely used.

Venkat writes papers for both academic publications and managerial audiences. His scholarly research has been published in Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Information Systems Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and others. Venkat’s articles for managers have been published in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, and Financial Times over the last three decades.

Venkat has consulted with and delivered presentations and workshops globally to leasing companies such as IBM, Ericsson, GE, BP, John Deere, Merck, GM, AWS, FedEx, Microsoft, McKinsey & Co., WPP, Sony, and Tesco. For six years, he served as a Digital Technology Advisory Group member at Canal+, Paris.

Venkat can be reached via LinkedIn and Twitter @NVenkatraman.