Dr. Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy assumed the role of Albert O. Nicholas Dean at the Wisconsin School of Business on August 1, 2019. Recognized as an impactful administrator, attentive leader, and preeminent scholar in the areas of innovation and digital strategy, Sambamurthy brings extensive experience to the dean role.

Innovation is at the heart of my worldview. I am excited about the opportunity to advance WSB as a hub of lifelong learning, delivering skills that address the evolving needs of the global digital economy.
—Vallabh Sambamurthy
Albert O. Nicholas Dean


Dr. Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy is a leading expert on how businesses compete in the digital economy. His work has been featured in leading academic journals. Several Fortune 500 firms have engaged him as a consultant. Working with executive clients and academic colleagues in China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, and Hong Kong, Sambamurthy has focused on digital business transformations, strategic alignment, governance, and innovation. He has co-authored several books on digital transformation. He has served on the editorial boards of premier academic journals, including two terms as editor-in-chief of Information Systems Research and leadership roles in professional associations.

Prior to his arrival at the Wisconsin School of Business, he served as the Eli Broad Professor at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, in addition to leadership roles, including the associate dean of the MBA and professional master’s programs, associate dean for outreach and engagement, and chair of the accounting and information systems department.  He was instrumental in the launch of the top-10 MS program in business analytics and curricular innovations in the MBA programs. Additionally, he held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland and Florida State University.

Sambamurthy has garnered several recognitions for contributions to teaching, research, outreach, and mentoring. The Association of Information Systems honored him with the LEO Lifetime Achievement award. He was selected as a distinguished fellow of the Information Systems Society at INFORMS, and he received the William Beal Distinguished Faculty Award—the highest honor accorded by Michigan State University.

Sambamurthy received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and his B.E. from the National Institute of Technology (Tiruchirappalli, India).

Dean Samba's Blog

Dean Sambamurthy discusses trends and insights about the future of business and higher education. Read more about his thoughts and vision for the Wisconsin School of Business.

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One Year In: On Leading WSB Through Disruption

September 14, 2020

It's been a year since Vallabh Sambamurthy became WSB's Albert O. Nicholas Dean. He offers his reflections on an inaugural year marked by significant achievements and unexpected disruption.

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These Are Trying Times

June 4, 2020

Dean Sambamurthy shares a message with the WSB community in response to current events across the nation, reiterating the School's commitment to engagement, diversity, and inclusion.

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STEM and Business Degrees Strengthen Universities and Communities

April 30, 2020

Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy writes a post for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) about the importance of STEM education for business students.

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