About Prof. Rajanish Dass

Independent researcher, out of the box thinker, advisor, executive coach and mentor in Strategy, Information Systems and Analytics.


Brief Profile Of Prof. Rajanish Dass

Prof. Dass had received the prestigious Infosys Scholarship for pursuing his doctoral studies. He was also the recipient of the Competitive Scholarship from the Marketing Management Association of the USA in 2003 and was one of the four invited members from India at the Copenhagen Consensus, 2004. He has published a number of research papers in forums like national and international research conferences (like IEEE Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, IWRA World Water Congress, International Conference on e-Governance etc.), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) to name a few, journals (like International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, Journal of Information Technology, Cases and Annals, International Journal of Technology Policy & Management etc.) and as book chapters (from publishers like Mc-Graw Hill, in Lecture Notes in Computer Science of Springer-Verlag etc.). He has also co-authored the book on Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm with Laudon&Laudon (published by Pearson). He is a regular reviewer of various international conferences and journals.

He has worked extensively in real-life projects for clients. Some of his consulting assignments include working with the organizations like the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, SEWA, Cisco, Sun MicroSystems, TCS, IBM, RedHat Linux, Call One, Ceon Solutions, John Deere, University Grants Commission of India, Tata Motors, GESIA, Government of Chattisgarh, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Volvo, Vodafone, Hewlett Packard to name a few. He has done executive training programs for top level management executives of ACC Cement, Cisco, Hemas (Sri Lanka), Astro (Malaysia), Maxis (Malaysia), Apollo Tyres, Indian Bank, CallOne, Lupin, Government of Chattisgarh, TCS, Crompton Greaves, Smart Global (Dubai) and a large number of such corporates across various verticals.

He has been the External Consultant to the Ministry of Finance of India for all the IT initiatives for Direct and Indirect Taxes from May 2006 to March 2008 and has played key role in identifying information bottlenecks, advising on the overall IT portfolio, helping departments identifying roadblocks proactively for successful implementation of technology projects etc. Some of the current initiatives started in his guidance are the e-filing initiative of the Income tax, Centralized Processing of Returns, Systems Integration of both Income tax and Customs & Excise, introduction of biometrics in PAN cards, BPR exercise of the Income Tax department. He was involved in the designing of the service portfolio of e-Seva centers in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and in select Common Service Centers in Jharkhand. He is a member of the Standing Committee leading the National Mission of Education by ICT of MHRD, India for designing the technology strategy for higher education in India. He has been invited as an advisor for modernization of the Public Distribution System in Gujarat by the Government of Gujarat. Currently, he has been involved in the project with the Cabinet Secretariat for the design and implementation of Performance Indicators for sixty ministries of the Government of India. He has worked closely in the area of National Identity and his paper on the challenges and bottlenecks of a single National ID in India has been a key driver for the current Unique ID Project in India. He was a member in the advisory board for the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, in the working group for setting up e-Governance standards in India. Also, he had been an invited member of the IT Standardization body of BIS since 2006.

He has been involved in the BPR and IT Roadmap designing of SEWA. He is the India Lead of a couple of cross country studies between India and UK on issues of Security & Identity Management, with a special focus on National Identity, sponsored by the Research Councils of UK and the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). He has been an invited speaker at the China Education and Research Conference hosted by the Government of China and has been invited by the Ministry of IT of Indonesia to speak at the Global Conference on Open Source.

He had been an executive committee member and in the board of the IIMA Idea Telecom Centre of Excellence (IITCoE) and is also a member of the Centre for Retailing, Centre for Infrastructure Planning & Regulations, the Centre of e-Governance at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He had been invited by the World Customs Organization and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a speaker and panelist along with Sir Clive Granger, Nobel Prize Recipient in Economics of 2003



  • Director, Center for Digital Economy Policy Research Ex-Professor in Information Systems and Business Policy area, IIM Ahmedabad
  • Member, Standing Committee, National Mission of Education using ICT (NMEICT), MHRD Government of India
  • Members of various committees and advisors to a number of startups (please see brief introduction for more details)

Current Research Interests

  • IT and Analytics Strategy & Execution
  • Performance Prediction
  • Monitoring and Managing Strategic IT Outsourcing
  • e-Governance Policy and Projects
  • Technology Innovation & Management
  • Competitive Intelligence