Business Information Systems

V.T. Raja

Senior Instructor

Office: 541-737-6058

Austin Hall

Austin Hall 480

2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. Business Administration
M.S. Mathematics
B.S. Mathematics

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
College of Business
Research/Career Interests: 

V.T. Raja is an Instructor of Business Information Systems at the College of Business.  His current research interests include the areas of virtual collaboration and legal aspects of cloud computing. 

Professional Activities

Reviewer, Book Chapters

  • Business Information Systems (Baltzan and Phillips), 2011
  • The Handbook of Technology Management (Ed. Bidgoli), 2008

Reviewer, Ad-hoc, Journal Articles – one or more reviews per listed journal

  • Journal of Heuristics, 2007-2008
  • Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM), 2003-2004
  • International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, 2002-2003
  • European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), 2000-2002

Conference Track Chair, and/or Discussant - One or more tracks/sessions per conference

  • Association for Information Systems – Special Interest Group on Education: International Academy of Information Management (AIS-SIGED:IAIM), 2009
  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), 1999-2001
  • Inst. for Operations Research and the Mgt. Sciences (INFORMS), 1998-1999
  • Midwest Business Administration Association Conference, 1997-1998

Reviewer, Conference Papers (in addition to the conferences listed previously)

  • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2009

Sponsored Research:

Raja, V. Two In-kind Educational Grants. Amazon Web Services, 2010-2011
Using cloud services to teach computer networking. $4500 each.

Reitsma, R., Mathew, P., Raja, V., Grant. College of Business, OSU, 2005 – 2009
ISACA Curriculum Certification Initiative. $250,000.      

Larson, E., Raja, V., Grant. College of Business, OSU, 2005 - 2009
Virtual Project Management and Virtual Collaboration Initiative. $250,000.

Newcomb Research Grant, College of Business, OSU, 2000 and 2001

Research Travel Grant, Western Illinois University, 1997

Graduate Research Award and Travel Grants - Spring 1995, Spring 1994, and Fall 1994 at Washington State University.

Courses Taught: 
  • BA 302: Business Process Management
  • BA 370: Business Information Systems Overview
  • BA 471: Management Information Systems
  • BA 479: Business Telecommunications and Networking
  • BA 483: IT, Business Strategy & E-Commerce
  • BA 572: Advanced Information Systems
Beyond OSU

Ph.D.  Business Administration          
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
August 1998
Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Operations Research/Computer Science
Dissertation: Optimal Design of Local Access Networks 
M.S.  Mathematics                           
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India
June 1989
Thesis: Graph Algorithms and their Implementation 
B.S.  Mathematics                           
Loyola College, Chennai, India
June 1986


September 2003 - present
Instructor, College of Business
Business Information Systems
Oregon State University, Corvallis

September 1998 – September 2003
Assistant Professor, College of Business
Accounting, Finance, and Information Management 
Oregon State University, Corvallis 
August 1996 - August 1998
Assistant Professor, College of Business and Technology
Information Management and Decision Sciences, 
Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois 
August 1994 - July 1996
Research Assistant
Office of Grants and Research Development
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 
August 1990 - July 1994
Teaching Assistant
Department of Management & Systems
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS), 2009-2010
  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), 1996-2002
  • Inst. for Operations Research and the Mgt. Sciences (INFORMS), 1997-2001
  • Midwest Business Administration Association, 1996-1998
Honors and Awards: 

Teaching Awards

Betty and Forrest Simmons Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
College of Business, Oregon State University, June 2010

Faces of OSU - Brilliance in the Classroom Recognition
University Advancement Office Campaign for Exceptional Teachers, Oregon State University, February 2006

Byron Newton Excellence in Teaching Award
College of Business, Oregon State University, June 2005

Students in Information Management (SIM) Teaching Award
College of Business, Oregon State University, June 2005

Top Professor Award
Mortar Board Honor Society, Oregon State University, May 2000

Outstanding Teacher Award
College of Business and Technology, Western Illinois University, Spring 1998

Service Awards

Exceptional Dedication to OSU MIS Students Award
Students of Information Management (SIM) Club, Oregon State University, June 2009

Newcomb Fellow for Contributions to Strategic Initiatives
College of Business, Oregon State University, June 2005

Teaching and Service Awards

Newcomb Associate Awards
College of Business, Oregon State University, 2007-2011

Research Awards

First Place Finish in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division of the Graduate and Professional Student Research Exposition
Certificate of Excellence in Research and Cash Award, Washington State University, 1995


My key contributions include the implementation of two strategic initiatives at the College of Business (COB), Oregon State University.

  • In collaboration with BIS and Accounting faculty, I prepared an application to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) to certify the OSU BIS and Accounting curriculum. As of 2009, OSU was one of only eight institutions in the country and one of only 18 in the world to acquire the ISACA certification.
  • In collaboration with Professor Erik Larson, Management faculty at OSU, I developed virtual collaboration projects between OSU students and students at other institutions. This involved establishing partnerships with faculty members at top institutions in India and at Western Washington University. I recommended and implemented virtual collaboration tools for use in COB courses, developed training modules, assisted with a seminar series on Virtual Project Management, and presented workshops on virtual team education.

Other service activities include:

  • Undergraduate Program Committee (2007-present)
  • Peer Review of Teaching Committee (2004-2005, 2010-2011)
  • Faculty Senate, Oregon State University (2000-2002, 2007-2008)
  • Profession Ready Business Graduates Task Force (2006)
  • Faculty Advisor, Students in Information Management (SIM) Club (2004-2009)
  • BIS Faculty Search Committees (2001-2005)
  • Affirmative Action Committee, Oregon State University (2000-Present)
  • Co-Faculty Advisor: Management Information Systems Association, WIU (1997)
  • Council on Admissions, Graduation, and Academic Standards, WIU (1997)
  • Awards Committee, IMDS Department, WIU (1998)
  • Assessment Subcommittee, IMDS Department, WIU (1998)

Dr. V.T. Raja is a senior instructor in Business Information Systems (BIS) and has been with OSU since 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Washington State University (WSU).

Before joining OSU, he has taught at WSU and Western Illinois University (WIU).  He loves teaching and enjoys interacting with students. At the undergraduate level, Dr.Raja's teaching interests include Introduction to BIS, Business Telecommunications and Networking, and Business Process Management. Additionally, his teaching interests relate to Advanced Information Systems and their alignment to business strategy at the graduate and executive levels.  Over the years, he has won several grants and teaching awards at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr.Raja’s research interests relate to the business applications of computer networks, with current interests in virtual collaboration, virtual education, and cloud computing.  He has published in high-impact journals such as Computer Law and Security Review, American Business Law Journal, International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, and Telecommunication Systems Journal.

In addition to serving as track chair and panelist at conferences, he has served as a reviewer for book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers.  At OSU and WIU, he has served as the BIS student club advisor and the BIS Professional Development Coordinator.  He has contributed to several task forces and committees, including the Faculty Senate, Peer Review of Teaching Committee, Awards Committee, Profession Ready Business Graduates Taskforce, and the Undergraduate Program Committee.  He has been recognized as a Newcomb Fellow and has won many Newcomb Associate awards for his contributions to key strategic initiatives at the College of Business. 

My Publications

Journal Articles

B. T. Han and Raja, V. T., A GRASP Heuristic for Solving an Extended Capacitated Concentrator Location Problem, International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 597-618, 2003.

Conference Papers

C. K. Tyran, Raja, V. T., and Tyran, K. L., Supporting Student Collaboration for Online Learning: The Impact of Two Instructional Interventions, in Association for Information Systems - Special Interest Group - Education (AIS - SIG - Ed) - 2021, 2022.


V. T. Raja, Lewis, S., and Tolan, J., Teaching and maintaining campus community during a pandemic, Higher Ed Community of Practice - Deloitte Faculty Panel. Portland (Zoom), 2020.

V. T. Raja, Untitled, Management Information Systems (MIS) Symposium. La Jolla, California, 2009.

V. T. Raja, A Lagrangian Heuristic for Network Design, College of Business Research Seminar Series. Corvallis, OR, 2001.

V. T. Raja and Han, B. T., A Neural-Net Gaussian Machine for Optimal Local Access Network Design, Association for Information Systems, Americas Conference. Baltimore, Maryland, 1998.

V. T. Raja and Kumar, A., Student Perceptions of Electronic Classrooms, Midwest Business Administration Conference. Chicago, Illinois, 1998.

V. T. Raja and Han, B. T., Some Design and Planning Issues for Local Access Networks, 14th Symposium on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications of Mathematical Programming. Taiwan, 1997.