Senior Editor: Peter Gray

University of Virginia

Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 31, 2024

Reviewer of the Year, 2005
Reviewer of the Year, 2013

Research Interests

  • I have investigated a range of socio-technical phenomena in my own work, including online communities, social networks, knowledge use in organizations, filter bubbles, and echo chambers. I would welcome manuscripts that advance knowledge in these and related areas.
  • I have a keen interest in pursuing failure – that is, research that identifies tacit assumptions embedded in theories, discovers boundaries beyond which a theory does not hold, conducts competitive tests between theories, and adopts research methods that seek to explain counterexamples.
  • I’m also interested in research that builds a connection between theory and big data to produce generalizable knowledge claims.
  • For those who may also find these ideas intriguing, I have published recommendations about ways in which these could be done, and have also published examples in IS that do both.

Methodological Interests

  • I believe that there is enough regularity in the phenomena that repeated attempts to theorize and gather evidence about them will over time converge on the underlying patterns that help us better understand our world.
  • I am most comfortable with quantitative research, and am not ideally suited for work that involves analytical modeling, econometrics, design science, and qualitative work.

Preferences

  • I am likely to be most helpful on empirical papers that advance knowledge around theories of individuals, groups, networks, or organizations.
  • I have observed that authors who have invested heavily in their own work by constructing a compelling storyline, sequencing ideas in a thoughtful way, and crafting a readable manuscript (including spelling, grammar, formatting, and sentence flow) tend to fare better in the review process.
  • I have found that manuscripts that have compelling motivations also stand to make the largest contributions to research and practice, because they have identified an important problem that needs to be solved (and not simply that nobody has studied before).

Email: peter@virginia.edu