Senior Editor: Andrew Burton-Jones

University of Queensland

Term: January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2018

Research Background and Interests:

I generally conduct behavioral research, but I have also engaged in design science research. I am open to handling most topics under these two banners. My own research tends to focus on:

  • Effective use of IT: In this research, I am particularly interested in
    • Understanding how information systems need to be used if individuals, groups, and organizations are to benefit from them
    • Discovering what leads individuals and collectives to use information systems in effective or ineffective ways
  • Systems analysis and design: In this research, I am particularly interested in
    • Understanding how systems analysis and design is done in practice
    • Improving practices used in systems analysis and design (e.g., I have used theories of ontology to improve conceptual modeling practices)

Methodological Interests:

I am open to any research method. I often use experiments and surveys in my own research, but I have used other methods (such as the grounded theory method). I have a strong interest in papers that extend our knowledge of research methods and how they can be used effectively, irrespective of their quantitative or qualitative focus.

I do not have a strong background in any of the following topics:

  • Continental philosophy (Gadamer, Ricoeur, Heidegger) and some social theories (e.g., Bourdieu, ANT)
  • Game theory, econometrics, and advanced data mining
  • Industry and market-level studies (e.g., industry strategy)

Personal style and tendency in reviewing:

  • I strongly prefer papers that are well-refined prior to submission. If a paper is underdeveloped, I prefer to desk reject it rather than send it out for review. That is fairer to all concerned.
  • I especially like papers that advance our understanding of “information systems” in some way, however we construe them.
  • I also like papers that advance our understanding of phenomena that are core to some other discipline that also occur in an IS context (e.g., advancing our understanding of psychological processes that occur when people engage with IT). In these cases, I will sometimes include a reviewer from the other discipline to assess whether the use of that theory would be respected in that other discipline. I do this to ensure that we contribute to other disciplines rather than publishing poor applications of other disciplines’ theories.