Associate Editor: Ryan Wright

University of Virginia

Term: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019


Research Interests:

Generally speaking, I have experience with behavioral/empirical research. My research focuses on the following topics:

  • Securing digital business, which includes
    • Understanding the efficacy of interventions in securing individuals, groups, and organizations from cyber threats.
    • Discovering why individuals behave insecurely and sometimes maliciously with IT.
    • Understanding the role of IT policies in governing individual, group, organizational, and societal behaviors with IT.

  • IT Diffusion and Use, which includes:
    • Understanding how individuals, groups, and organization adopt, diffusion, and retire IT solutions.
    • Examining the dark-side to IT use such as addiction and abuse.
    • Discovering why individuals, groups, organizations, and society successfully (or unsuccessfully) assimilation IT into their work systems.

Methodological Interests:

I was trained to execute and evaluate experiments and surveys in both a laboratory and a field setting. Although I continue to draw on my training, I am very open to novel methods and techniques that can be utilized with experiments and surveys.

What I am Not

I do not have expertise in the following methods:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Econometrics
  • Business analytics
  • Macro-market studies
  • Design science

What I Prefer in Submissions

I tend to prefer papers that have strong connections from the motivation, to the theoretical development, to the empirical analyses. I will often recommend rejection when the authors have motivated a paper one way and tested something very different. I also prefer papers that incorporate context into the narrative. Understanding the boundary conditions for empirical studies is essential with behavioral research.


Email: rtw2n@comm.virginia.edu