Senior Editor: Brian Butler

University of Maryland

Term: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019

Research Background and Interests

My research interests and expertise focus on the interplay between individual agency, technological features, and institutional/organizational structures – and how this interaction of these element affect information system adoption, use, design, management, and impact. Within this broad area, I have considered how individual agency and technology features influence the development of online communities, markets, and governance structures; how organizational power structures, processes, and incentive structures influence technology adoption and use; and how algorithmic and interface design impact individuals behaviour and overall system viability in both enterprise systems and social media platforms.

Specific research areas:

  • Institutional theories of information systems management, use, and development
  • Social computing, social networking, social media, and online communities
  • Human computer interaction (HCI)/Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW)
  • Socio-technical system design and evaluation
  • Community and social informatics
  • IS and Governance
  • Information resource management and use
  • Application and implications of data science/analytics

Research Approaches and Methodological Background

My work combines behavioral studies, design science, social theory, and formal modeling to make fundamental theoretical advances in our understanding of how socio-technical information systems develop and function. Methodologically, I have worked with a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods and approaches including grounded theory, computational simulation modelling, social network analysis, action research, interviews and observation, surveys, and analysis of archival trace data.

Email: bsbutler@u,d.edu