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Deborah Bunker

Deborah Bunker

BA UNSW; MCom (Honours) UNSW; PhD UOW

Rm 462
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Deborah Bunker is a Professor in the Business Information Systems discipline, President, Australian Council of Professor and Heads of IS (ACPHIS) and Chair, International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 8.6 on Innovation, Diffusion, Transfer and Implementation of IS (IFIP WG8.6).

Deborah has had wide ranging information systems (IS) management experience within industry gained in many projects within the Insurance, Finance, Information Technology, Transport and Government sectors as a Systems Analyst, Project Manager, Product Manager, Human Resources Manager and Senior Consultant. She has extensive teaching and academic curricula development and program management experience over a wide range of IS subject areas and has also successfully attracted and supervised a large number of research students.

Deborah leads the Interoperability for Extreme Events Research Group (IEERG) which focuses on better integrated and more collaborative management of information and processes, acknowledging that changes to the landscape, such as crowd-sourcing, represent the potential to enhance interoperability in extreme events.

Deborah is also joint Project Manager of the Outsourcing Risks in Organizations project. Outsourcing ICT requirements to third parties, presents many organizational risks for suppliers and their customers. Cloud computing developments and the eventual construction of the NBN, will encourage many organizations to outsource their ICT. This research focuses on identifying risks and effective control solutions for outsourcing arrangements.

Research Expertise

  • Business IS management approaches
  • Business IS innovation, adoption and diffusion
  • Inter-organisational IS
  • Philosophical Foundations of IS (Phenomenology, Systems Thinking, System of Systems)

Recent Units Taught


Dr Deborah Bunker from the Discipline of BIS, discusses the importance of local knowledge in the recent Queensland flood crisis.

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