University of Pittsburgh

PhD Alumnus No. 1 in the World for Research Productivity

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dr. Varun Grover (PhD '90) was recognized as number on in the world for research productivity

In a recent update by an Association for Information Systems study conducted by the University of Arkansas, Varun Grover (PhD ’90) was recognized as number one in the world based on research productivity in top journals. A number of published studies over the past decade have consistently recognized him as one of the top three researchers among 6,000 of his peers, based on productivity and influence in the field.

“We are tremendously proud of Dr. Grover for this well-deserved recognition. His research contributions to the information systems field are invaluable and we are proud to have him represent the Katz alumni community,” said Arjang Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. Grover has been a member of the Clemson University faculty since 2002 and serves as the William S. Lee Distinguished Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. His research focuses primarily on how the use of digital technology can help businesses become more profitable and competitive.

Grover is widely published in the information systems (IS) field, with over 200 publications in major refereed journals. Most of his research explores IS value, IS strategy, re-engineering, and innovation. More recently, his research focuses on how companies realize digital value. 

Additionally, Grover has an h-index of 72 and more than 23,000 citations in Google Scholar. H-index is an author-level metric designed to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations received in other publications. 

“We are grateful for the education Dr. Grover received at the University of Pittsburgh. We have all benefited greatly from the knowledge and expertise Dr. Grover brought with him,” said James Clements, president of Clemson University. 

The Association for Information Systems is the premier professional association for individuals and organizations involved in the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide. 

“My experiences at Katz were invaluable to my development as a researcher.  I had outstanding faculty and colleagues who were all committed to high standards of research.  From my opportunities to work closely with faculty, I was able to get a strong start to my career,” Grover said. 

The Association for Information Systems also recognized Dennis Galletta, professor and director of the doctoral program at Katz Graduate School of Business with the 2015 LEO Award. The award recognizes truly outstanding individuals in the field of information systems who have made a global impact on the field of information systems. 

The curriculum of the Katz PhD program is designed to prepare students to become productive and discerning research-oriented faculty members. Learn about the program benefits and areas of study by visiting