Nishtha Langer

Associate Professor of Business Analytics, Lally School of Management

Nishtha Langer is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics and A. W. Lawrence Junior Development Fellow at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students on aligning 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 multidisciplinary and wide-ranging. Professor Langer is deeply influenced by the interdisciplinary 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 five years of IT experience in India and the U.S. 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.
Professor Langer's research has been published in top-tier journals, including Management Science, Information Systems Research (ISR), MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Management Information Systems, among others, and widely presented and acclaimed by both academic and industry audiences. Her recent publication examining gender and promotions in the IT industry has been featured on INFORMS’ Resoundingly Human podcast and elsewhere.
Before joining Rensselaer, Professor Langer was an assistant professor of information systems at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. She was also a visiting faculty member at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining Gies, she worked as a systems analyst at Arbella Insurance in Boston, and as a systems engineer at Tata Infotech Ltd. in India (now part of Tata Consultancy Services). She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Management (with specialization in information systems) from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.


2003-2007 Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, Ph.D. Information Systems

2003-2005 Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, M.S. Information Systems

1993-1997 Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India, B.E., First Class with Distinction

Research Focus
  • IT Human Capital
  • Women in IT
  • IT Labor Markets
  • Business Value of IT
Select Works
  • N. Langer, R.D. Gopal, and R. Bapna. 2020. Onward and Upward? An Empirical Investigation of Gender and Promotions in Information Technology Services. Information Systems Research, 31(2), pp. 383–398. Awarded a Best Publication of 2020 by the Senior Scholars Consortium, Association of Information Systems at the International Conference on Information Systems, 2021.
  • W.G. Obenauer and N. Langer. 2019. Inclusion is not a Slam Dunk: A Study of Discrimination in Leadership within the Context of Athletics. The Leadership Quarterly, 30:6, 101334.
  • T. Jain and N. Langer. 2019. Does Whom You Know Matter? Unraveling the Influence of Peers’ Network Attributes on Academic Performance. Economic Inquiry, 57:1, pp. 141-161.
  • N. Langer and D. Mani. 2018. Impact of Formal Controls on Client Satisfaction and Profitability in Strategic Outsourcing Contracts. Journal of Management Information Systems, 35:4, pp. 998-1030 (Lead article). Winner of the Lally Research Paper Award 2019.
  • Mehra, N. Langer, R. Bapna, R. Gopal. 2014. Estimating Returns to Training and Human Capital Investments for Information Technology Service Firms. MIS Quarterly, 38(3), pp. 757–771.
  • N. Langer, S.A. Slaughter, and T. Mukhopadhyay. 2014. Project Managers' Practical Intelligence and Project Performance in Software Offshore Outsourcing: A Field Study. Information Systems Research 25(2), pp. 364–384. Runner up for the Best Published Paper Award at Information Systems Research for 2014 at INFORMS 2015.
  • R. Bapna, N. Langer, A. Mehra, A. Gupta, and R.D. Gopal. 2013. Human Capital Investments and Employee Performance: An Analysis of IT Services Industry. Management Science, 59(3), pp. 641-658.
  • N. Langer, C. Forman, S. Kekre, and B. Sun. 2012. Ushering Buyers into Electronic Channels. Information Systems Research, 23(4), pp. 1212-1231.