Dr. Ramnath K. Chellappa is an Associate Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management and the Caldwell Research Fellow at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. He serves as the area's Doctoral Coordinator. He is also the SRITNE Distinguished Academic Fellow at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Prof. Chellappa joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in Fall 2005. He served on the faculty of Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California from 1997 - 2005, and was also the founding director of the Electronic Economy Research Lab (eBizLab) at USC. He has been affiliated with the Center for Telecom Management at USC and the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prof. Chellappa's expertise is in the field of electronic markets, pricing, digital goods and economics of information security and privacy. His research in the areas of digital product piracy has been widely published in leading journals and conferences. His work on information privacy, and decline of music sales has received best paper awards in premier conferences. His recent works examine pricing in the US domestic airline industry, competitive dynamics in business software industries and digitization in the entertainment industry. His research methods include analytical modeling, empirical modeling and social network analysis.
Prof. Chellappa also works closely with the industry on the managerial aspects of information technology driven issues. He co-authored a study on the design of Identity Management systems that was supported by the Advanced Practices Council of the Society for Information Management. He serves as a litigation expert (expert witness) on a number of technology related cases, and also consults for the entertainment industry, particularly on digitization of media. Prof. Chellappa is often quoted in the popular media on information privacy and security related issues.
He received his PhD from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin in 1997 where his work resulted in the creation and scholarly definition of the term "Cloud Computing".
Prof. Chellappa has taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels in the areas of information systems, operations management, economics and analytics. He has also designed and taught courses for executive education including in the Medical Management Program at USC. At Emory, he teaches in the MBA and PhD programs.