ATLANTA – Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business announces
that Arun Rai is one of 22 business school faculty honored by AACSB International
(AACSB)—the world’s largest business education alliance—as part of its Class of
2024 Influential Leaders. The annual initiative recognizes notable alumni and faculty from
AACSB-accredited business schools whose work inspires positive change in the business
world and society at large; this year’s class features faculty leading impact through their

Rai is Regents’ Professor of the University System of Georgia and director of the Center
for Digital Innovation at Robinson. He is internationally renowned for his research
investigating the development and deployment of digital innovations to create value in
high-stake problem domains in business and society: from hi-tech firms to supply chains
to platform ecosystems to online communities to rural areas of developing countries. The
research has contributed to understanding the design, use, and impacts of information
systems; digital transformation of organizations and supply chains; and deployment of
digital innovations to address societal problems including poverty, health disparities,
infant mortality, and digital inequality. His current research focuses on enhancing human
and organizational potential through AI, simultaneously navigating its risks.

Much of Rai’s research involves close engagement with organizations across sectors and
countries (e.g., Axim Collaborative, Apollo Hospitals, China Mobile, Emory Healthcare,
Gartner, Georgia-Pacific, Grady Hospital, IBM, Intel, SAP, SunTrust [now Truist], and UPS)
and sponsorship by government agencies, corporations and thought leadership forums.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Arun to be recognized for the significant impact his
research has had on business and society. He is a profound leader who has made a lasting
mark through his scholarly activities and in shaping the future direction of our college,”
said Robinson College Dean Richard Phillips.

.“Arun Rai’s work demonstrates the potential of business school research to address some
of today’s most critical challenges,” said Lily Bi, AACSB president and CEO. “The
knowledge Arun is producing will help inform and create real change in the world.”

Now in its ninth year, AACSB’s Influential Leaders member spotlight program highlights
the value that business schools bring to business and society—whether through the
alumni who have used their business education to improve the industries and
communities they serve, or the faculty leading positive impact through their research. All
faculty from this year’s class are from one of AACSB’s more than 1,000 accredited
business schools worldwide.

The 2024 honorees are advancing research in the areas of AI, healthcare, sustainability,
finance, entrepreneurship, and more. The selected leaders exemplify the important role
of business school faculty in developing new knowledge that provides timely and relevant
solutions for business and societal challenges.

These faculty changemakers are using their expertise to encourage environmental
responsibility, improve healthcare outcomes, enable digital innovation, empower
marginalized populations, and transform investment practices.

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education
association, connecting business schools, business, and lifelong learners to create the next
generation of great leaders. With members in over 100 countries and territories, AACSB
elevates the quality and impact of business schools globally. Learn how AACSB and
business schools from around the world are leading boldly in business education