Nishtha Langer is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics (with tenure) at the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students on aligning the firms' Information Technology (IT) strategy and business strategies for sustained competitive advantage, exploring new markets, and enabling grounded management and economic principles through the use of IT and Business Analytics.
IT’s organizational and societal impact is multi-disciplinary and wide ranging. Dr. Langer is deeply influenced by the inter-disciplinary research ethic of Herb Simon in "following the problem" in analyzing the value of key IT investments and resources. Her research benefits from her rigorous academic training at Carnegie Mellon University combined with over 5 years of IT experience in India and USA. Using theory and techniques from different disciplines such as economics, operations management, marketing, analytics, and organizational behavior, she is interested in empirically analyzing how firms can use their IT capital and IT human capital most effectively. More recently, her research examines the biases in IT labor markets and the societal and business value of social media platforms such as Twitter.
Dr. Langer's research has been forthcoming or published at top tier journals, including Management Science, Information Systems Research (ISR), MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Management Information Systems, amongst others, and widely presented and acclaimed by both academic and industry audience. Her recent publication examining gender and promotions in the IT industry has been featured on INFORMS' Resoundingly Human podcast and elsewhere. This study was awarded a Best Publication of 2020 by the Senior Scholars Consortium, Association of Information Systems at the International Conference on Information Systems, 2021.
Before joining RPI, Dr. Langer was an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. She was also a visiting faculty at the Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In a prior life, she worked as a Systems Analyst at Arbella Insurance, Boston, MA and as a Systems Engineer at Tata Infotech Ltd., India (now part of Tata Consultancy Services). She holds a Bachelor in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, Delhi and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Management (with specialization in Information Systems) from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.