Rajiv D. Banker
  • Office LocationAlter Hall 461
  • Titles & RolesMerves Chair


Rajiv 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, and is one of the most highly cited scholars in management and economics worldwide. The Institute for Scientific Information (Web of Science) has recognized him as a researcher for having 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 70-year history of Management Science.

Dr. Banker received a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors in Mathematics and Economics, standing first, at the University of Bombay, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University concentrating in Planning, Accounting and Control Systems. He has served as editor and on advisory boards of leading research journals in accounting, information systems and operations management. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of the Data Envelopment Analysis Journal and the president of the International Data Envelopment Analysis Society.

Dr. Banker’s research interests address emerging problems of importance to managers analyzing 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 methods for productivity analysis, efficiency evaluation and incentive regulation.

He has received numerous awards for his research, including awards by the American Accounting Association for Lifetime Contribution to Management Accounting, 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.


  • Rajiv Banker, with Ali Emrouznejad, Mohsen Afsharian, Heinz Ahn, Ali Emrouznejad. “Editorial: Recent developments on the use of DEA in the Public Sector” ​Socio-Economic Planning Sciences​ 61, March 2018.
  • Rajiv Banker, with M. Mihelja Žaja, S. Fang, D. Hunjet, L. Neralić and R. E. Wendell “Efficiency Gains in Croatia’s Electricity Distribution Centers Following Industry Structure Changes”, ​Data Envelopment Analysis Journal​, November 2017.
  • Rajiv Banker, with Finn R. Førsund and Daqun Zhang “Use of Data Envelopment Analysis for Incentive Regulation of Electric Distribution Firms”,​ Data Envelopment Analysis Journal​, November 2017.

Awards and Honors

  • Rajiv Banker, Yi Liang, and Xinjie Ma, Best Paper Award, “A Textual Measure of Strategy”, 2018 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting.