Rohit Aggarwal

Associate Professor

Department of Operations and Information Systems

Faculty, Tenure Track

Rohit Aggarwal is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. He is an applied statistician and an econometrician by training. His research interests include studying the avenues and challenges posed by User Generated Content (UGC) on businesses. Specifically, he investigates the underlying processes/conditions that alter the influence level of UGC on final business outcomes. His research helps firms and institutional investors in understanding the value of UGC and finding out ways to better utilize UGC. He is also interested in investigating online reputation mechanism designs that shape both the generation and utilization of UGC.

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BE 2000, Dept. of Chemical Engg. & Tech. (DCET), Panjab University, Chandigarh

MBA 2002, Marketing, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon

Ph.D. 2008, Operations and Management Information Systems, University of Connecticut. Project: Essays on Electronic Word-of-Mouth (eWOM): Effect on Firms and Influence on Venture Capitalists’ Investment Decisions

Honors & Awards

Emerging Scholar Award. University of Utah, 10/2008

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2008


IS 7970-002 Thesis Research-PhD

IS 4460-001 Web Based Applications

IS 6465-001 Web Based Applications

IS 6482-002 Data Mining

IS 7970-001 Thesis Research-PhD


Rohit Aggarwal, David Kryscynski & Harpreet Singh (2015). Evaluating Venture Technical Competence in VC Investment Decisions. Management Science. Vol. 61. Published, 11/2015.…– opens new window

Harpreet Singh, Rohit Aggarwal & Irina Cojuharenco (2015). Strike a Happy Medium: The Effect of IT Knowledge on Venture Capitalists’ Overconfidence in IT Investments. MIS Quarterly. Vol. 39. Published, 10/2015.…– opens new window

Rohit Aggarwal, David Kryscynski, Vishal Midha & Harpreet Singh (2015). Early to Adopt and Early to Discontinue: the impact of self-perceived and actual IT-knowledge on technology use behaviors of non-IT professionals. Information Systems Research. Published, 03/2015.…– opens new window

Rohit Aggarwal & Harpreet Singh (2013). Differential Influence of Blogs across Different Stages of Decision Making: the Case of Venture Capitalists. MIS Quarterly. Vol. 37. Published, 05/2013.…– opens new window

Rohit Aggarwal, Ram Gopal, Alok Gupta & Harpreet Singh (2012). Putting Money where Mouths are: the Relation between New Venture Financing and Electronic Word-of-Mouth. Information Systems Research. Vol. 23. Published, 10/2012.…– opens new window

Rohit Aggarwal, Ram Gopal, Ramesh Sankaranarayanan & Param Vir Singh (2012). Blog, Blogger and the Firm: Can Negative Posts Lead to Positive Outcomes. Information Systems Research. Vol. 23. Published, 06/2012.…


Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems. Track Chair: 18th Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS), Paris, France. 12/2008 – 12/2008

Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems. Program Committee: 18th Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS), Paris, France, Dec 13-14 2008. 06/2008 – 12/2008

Capstone Projects Coordinator: This role includes clarifying expectations to students, coordinating with project sponsors, handling information sessions during semesters, meeting students whenever required, and keeping track of the progress of projects. I also actively seek out projects from companies for which students are interested in working with. 08/21/2012 – present. Department service.

Interim Director, Information Systems Programs. 08/21/2012 – 12/09/2012. Department service.

I have been scheduling talks of CEOs and VCs such as Vinod Khosla, and Ram Shriram at the school level. 08/2008 – present. College service.

Operations and Information Systems, Branding Committee. Member, 2008 – present. Department service.