Senior Editor: France Bélanger

Virginia Tech

Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024


Research Background and Interests:

Broadly speaking my research focuses on digital interactions between individuals, businesses, and governments and the related information security and privacy issues.

I am comfortable with multiple paradigms, and have conducted behavioral, conceptual and design science studies. I started my career as an empiricist but have become more and more involved in theory development.

I am particularly interested in complex problems that often span levels of analyses or disciplines, but that remain core to the information systems field.

My current research interests include:

  • Studies of actual behaviors in information privacy and security.
  • The role of actual knowledge in promoting information protection behaviors.
  • The use and consequences of shared technologies in families.
  • Multilevel studies of information privacy and security, with various social units.
  • Governance of cybersecurity.

Methodologies:

I have interests in a broad set of qualitative research methods and approaches and quantitative methods. I can navigate between constructivist and positivist perspectives relatively well and have also been involved in some action research and discussions on the advancement of methodologies in IS research.

There are some methodologies and approaches I am less familiar with, including simulations, game theory, and advanced data mining.

Review Style and Preferences:

I look for papers offering clear contributions to the field. I am less favorably inclined towards papers that provide marginal contributions (e.g., adding a variable to a well-tested theory, replicating a well-tested theory with a minor change of context).

I prefer well-written papers that have been thoroughly edited. Reviewers provide a great service to the field and their time is precious. They should be able to focus on the concepts presented instead of trying to decipher what the authors intend to say.

I welcome papers that push the boundaries of our discipline by requiring some re-thinking of established concepts and paradigms, or papers that have the potential to inform other disciplines by examining complex phenomena through an IS lens.

Email: belanger@vt.edu