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Stefano Grazioli

Professor of Commerce
Professor, Information Technology
MS in MIT Director
Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 334
40 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Minnesota
M.S., Computer Sciences, University of Minnesota
B.S., Business & Economics, Bocconi University, Milano, Italy

Professor Grazioli is the Director of the M.S. in the Management of Information Technology Program, which has a mission to develop managers who deliver greater business value through information technology. Program participants are seasoned professionals, with an average work experience of 13 years. The M.S. in MIT Program has been in existence for over 20 years, and Professor Grazioli has directed it for the last decade.

Professor Grazioli has conducted research, educational, and training projects for major organizations such as Bank of America, the Internal Revenue Service, Norwest Bank, KPMG, and Informix (now IBM). His teaching and research projects include the following themes::

  • “Digital Innovation,” a course that explores emerging digital technologies from a business and technological perspective. Examples include digital platforms with network effects, the Internet of Things, blockchain, robotic process automation, and many more.
  • Design thinking in practice, a course based on Google Venture’s design thinking methodology.
IT and Finance
  • Hedge tournament, in which students build an algorithmic trader that hedges a portfolio of stock and options.
  • “Managing Risk in Social Exchange” contrasts and compares tactics that foreign currency traders and auditors use to make sense of risk posed by interaction with others (Psychological Explorations of Competent Decision-Making, Cambridge University Press).
Fraud Detection
  • “Tactics Used against Consumers as Victims of Internet Deception” summarizes the findings from the construction of the first research database of cases of Internet deception and fraud (International Journal of Electronic Commerce).
  • “Detecting Deception: Adversarial Problem Solving in a Low Base Rate World” (Cognitive Science) proposes and tests a theory of deception and its detection. The theory is applicable to a wide range of organizational settings in which information is strategically manipulated.
  • “Perils of Internet Fraud: An Empirical Investigation of Deception and Trust with Experienced Internet Consumers” is the first experimental study of phishing, the widespread practice of deploying sites on the Web that mimic another site’s name or look for the purpose of stealing secrets or obtaining business directed elsewhere (IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics).
  • “UVA in Argentina,” an IT practicum in which a team of undergraduate students solve real business problems experienced by small business in Mendoza, Argentina.
  • “International IT Retrospectives,” a global residency during which students analyze a major IT project that has been recently completed by a business in Mendoza. Graduate students use the tools covered in the M.S. in MIT Program to identify best practices as well as develop recommendations for improvement to share with their real-world clients.

Professor Grazioli has taught information management, IT architecture, databases, and business process modeling to graduate and executive education classes in the United States, Europe, and South America. In 2009, he received an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia.

SYS 2054: Systems Case Studies
Credits: 3
Focuses on the application of systems engineering methodology to an actual, open-ended situation faced by a client. Areas of emphasis will include the identification of system goals, the formulation of requirements and performance measures, the creation and evaluation of alternative solutions, and the presentation of results to clients. When offered abroad, this course also focuses on cutlural differences in engineering and business.
SYS 3054: Systems Case Studies
Credits: 3
Focuses on the application of systems engineering methodology to an actual, open-ended situation faced by a client. Areas of emphasis will include the identification of system goals, the formulation of requirements and performance measures, the creation and evaluation of alternative solutions, and the presentation of results to clients. When offered abroad, this course also focuses on cultural differences in engineering and business. Prerequisites: SYS 2001, APMA 3100, APMA 3110, APMA 3120, or instructor permission.
COMM 3220: Database Management Systems and Business Intelligence
Credits: 3
Provides an introduction to the management of database systems and how business intelligence can be used for competitive advantage. The course uses an applied, problem-based approach to teach students the fundamentals of relational systems including data models, database architectures, database manipulations (e.g., SQL), and BI tools. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Commerce or Instructor Permission
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
COMM 4230: Information Technology in Finance
Credits: 3
Comm 4230 covers practical uses of information technology in financial settings. To learn valuable skills, you will build technologies to manage an online portfolio of stock and options worth $50m and design and code strategies to compete in the yearly McIntire Hedge Tournament. Through these activities you will gain an hands-on understanding of SQL, advanced Excel, and VBA/macros. More at
COMM 4250: Digital Innovation
Credits: 2–3
Digital innovation is transforming business. This course covers a portfolio of the most important and current emerging technologies: AI, machine learning, platforms, blockchain, design thinking, drones, internet of things, cloud, and more. We discuss contemporary case studies and learn practical tools for analyzing digital innovation that will help you succeed at your next job or internship. More on
COMM 4293: GCI: IT Project Practicum in Argentina
Credits: 3
In this class you will practice international IT consulting. Working with your team & with the help of faculty & translators, you will propose solutions to real-world challenges experienced by winemaking companies in Mendoza, Argentina. Winemaking is a global business that fuels worldwide exports. You & your team will analyze problems, identify solutions, & present recommendations to real clients. Http://
COMM 4559: New Course in Commerce
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Commerce.
GCOM 7380: Data Management and Analytics for Accountants
Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to management and use of data in business. The course emphasizes understanding fundamentals of relational database systems design and querying using SQL and provides a basic understanding of developments and trends in Business Intelligence/Analytics, with implications for accountants. Restricted to MS in Accounting Students.
GCOM 7720: Information Management for Financial Services
Credits: 3
Teaches analytical consulting competencies focused on the fast-paced financial industry: 1) Process automation: automating repetitive tasks to increase individual productivity; 2) Financial business intelligence: accessing and manipulating information stored in organizational databases; 3) Financial Engineering: designing and implementing financial algorithms that make financial decisions. More at:
GCOM 7770: Information Technology in Finance
Credits: 3
This class provides students with a deep understanding and hands-on experience with information technology in business settings (advanced Excel features, macros, pivot tables, SQL, databases...). By the end of the class students will have developed and tested a financial system to trade securities.
GCOM 7790: Enterprise Architecture
Credits: 4
This course provides broad foundations for understanding how information technology delivers business value. The class covers knowledge of enterprise architectures, databases, business processes, and networks at a level of detail that is appropriate for IT managers. Students in GCOM 7790 will learn how to envision IT infrastructures and applications that meet the needs of the business enterprise and add economic value.
GCOM 7800: Advanced Enterprise Architecture
Credits: 4
Building on the foundations in GCOM 7790, this class fosters insights into contemporary IT architecture trends. Topics include cybersecurity, cloud architectures, and emerging technologies. Students envision a business-value-adding digital innovation for a real-world business, describe their innovation by creating several architectural artifacts (e.g., process and information models), and present it to an audience of tech-savvy leaders.
GCOM 7832: IT International Project Management
Credits: 2
The primary objective of this course is to provide a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the effective management of IT projects. Through class discussions and readings, students will cover tools and techniques central to IT project management. Next, in teams, students will apply these tools and techniques to a real-world context by conducting a retrospective of an IT project in a foreign country.
GCOM 7993: Independent Study and Supervised Research
Credits: 1–9
Students taking this course will explore areas and issues of special interest that are not otherwise covered in the graduate curriculum. This course is offered at the discretion of the supervising professor.