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Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston

BSc(Hons), DipEd, MSc, PhD
Professor of Business Information Systems

Rm 254
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Robert joined the University of Sydney in January 2014. He was formerly the John Sharkey Chair of Information Systems and Organisation at University College Dublin and has also held positions at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. He completed his PhD at Monash University in 1999. Before becoming and academic Robert had a career in IT for 13 years as a programmer, analyst, project leader and as an independent consultant.

Robert's Research interest include: Practice theoretical approaches to IT in organising, IT-enable organisational innovation, IT appropriation, Electronic Commerce, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Supply Chain management, Lean Management, The flexibility/efficiency trade-off,  Routine operations and Theoretical Foundations of IS.

Robert has raised in excess of $1,000,000 of grant funding including 3 ARC discovery grants, 2 ARC linkage grants, and 1 nationally competitive Irish grant. He has extensive academic administration experience including Head of Department, Head of Research Centre, Research Chair, Member of School Executive. He has extensive research mentoring experience, both informal and formal. He has supervised 11 completed PhD by Dissertation candidates, 6 Masters by Thesis candidates, and many Honours and minor theses.

Robert is currently and Associate Editor for the European Journal of Information Systems, and was previous Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly for 5 years.

Publications

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Riemer K and Johnston RB 2014 'Rethinking the place of the artefact in IS using Heidegger's analysis of equipment', European Journal of Information Systems, vol.23:3, pp. 273–288 Link

Johnston RB and Riemer K 2014 'On Putting the Score ahead of the Game', Communications of the Association for Information Systems, vol.34, pp. 849-56 Link

Reimers K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2014 'An Empirical Evaluation of Existing IS Change Theories for the Case of IOIS Evolution', European Journal of Information Systems, vol.23:4, pp. 273-99

Smith SP and Johnston RB 2014 'How Critical Realism Clarifies Validity Issues in Information Systems Theory-Testing Research', Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, vol.26:1, pp. 5-28 Link

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Riemers K, Johnston RB, Guo X, Klein S, Xie B and Li M 2013 'Novice-based Data Collection Methods for the Study of IOIS: Practice Probes and Learning Communities', Electronic Markets: The International Journal on Networked Business, vol.23:4, pp. 285-93

Riemer K and Johnston RB 2013 'What is IT in use and why does it matter for IS design?', Systems, Signs & Actions, vol.7:1, pp. 5-21 Link

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Riemer K, Johnston RB, Hovorka D and Indulska M 2013 'Challenging the Philosophical Foundations of Modeling Organizational Reality: The Case of Process Modeling', Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2013 - "Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design", Milan, Italy, 18th December 2013

Riemer K, Klein S, Johnston RB and Steiner van der Kruk S 2013 'Seeing EMR Emergence through a Practice Lens: Implications for Smaller Healthcare Practices', Proceedings of Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2013, Chicago, United States, 17th August 2013

2012

2
Book Section/s

Riemers K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2012 'Evolution of Inter-Organizational Information Systems on Long Timescales: A Practice Theory Approach' in Inter-organizational Information Systems and Business Management: Theories for Researchers, ed. K Vaidya, IGI Global, Hershey, United States, pp. 1-7

Klein S, Reimers RB, Johnston RB, Barrett M, Modol J, Tan Y and Henningsson S 2012 'Interorganizational Information Systems: From Strategic Systems to Information Infrastructures' in The First 25 Years of the Bled eConference, ed. R Clarke, A Pucihar and J Gricar, Moderna organizacija, Kranj, Slovenia, pp. 175-95

5
Conference Paper/s

Riemer K and Johnston RB 2012 'What is IT in Use and Why Does it Matter for IS Design?', International Workshop on IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Intervention, Barcelona, Spain, 10th June 2012 Link

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Riemer K and Johnston RB 2012 'Place-making: A Phenomenological Theory of Technology Appropriation (Best Paper Nominee)', International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2012 - "Digital Innovation in the Service Economy", Orlando, United States, 19th December 2012 Link

Shanks G, Bekmamedova N and Johnston RB 2012 'Exploring Process Theory in Information Systems Research', Proceedings of the Information Systems Foundation Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 14th September 2012

Riemer K, Johnston RB and Indulska M 2012 'Questioning the Philosophical Foundations of Business Process Modelling', Proceedings of the Information Systems Foundation Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 14th September 2012

2011

2
Book Section/s

Ali M, Kurnia S and Johnston RB 2011 'Understanding the Progressive Nature of Interorganizational Systems (IOS) Adoption' in E-Collaboration Technology and Organizational Performance: Current and Future Trends, ed. N Nock, IGI Global, Hershey, United States, pp. 124-44

4
Journal Article/s

Rahim MM, Shanks G and Johnston RB 2011 'A Cross-Industry Comparison of Inter-Organizational Systems Implementation Activities', Electronic Commerce Research, vol.11:2, pp. 215-43

Lederman R and Johnston RB 2011 'Decision Support or Support for Situated Action: Lessons for System Design from Effective Manual Systems (Winner of the Stafford Beer Medal for best paper published in EJIS in 2011)', European Journal of Information Systems, vol.20, pp. 510-28

Smith SP, Johnston RB and Howard S 2011 'Putting yourself in the picture: an evaluation of virtual model technology as an online shopping tool', Information Systems Research, vol.22:3, pp. 640-59

5
Conference Paper/s

Riemers K, Johnston RB, Guo X, Klein S, Xie B and Li M 2011 'Novice-based Data Collection Methods for the Study of IOIS: Practice Probes and Learning Communities', 24th Bled e-Conference, Bled, Slovenia, 15th June 2011

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Riemer K and Johnston RB 2011 'Artifact or Equipment? Rethinking the Core of IS using Heidegger’s ways of being (Winner of the Best Paper -1st runner-up Award)', Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2011 - “East Meets West: Connectivity and Collaboration through Effective Information Systems”, Shanghai, China, 7th December 2011 Link

Riemer K and Johnston RB 2011 'Eliciting the Ways of Being of Enterprise Micro-blogging using Genre Analysis', Proceedings of the IFIP WG 8.2 Organizations and Society in Information Systems (OASIS) Workshop, Shanghai, China, 4th December 2011

2010

2
Book Section/s

Johnston RB and Smith SP 2010 'How critical realism clarifies validity issues in theory-testing research: analysis and case' in Information Systems Foundations: The Role of Design Science, ed. DN Hart and SD Gregor, Australian National University Press, Canberra, Australia

4
Journal Article/s

Riemers K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2010 'The Difficulty of Studying Inter-organisational IS Phenomena on Large Scales: Critical Reflections on a Research Journey', Electronic Markets: The International Journal on Networked Business, vol.20:3, pp. 229-40

Riemers K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2010 'Toward a Theory of IOIS Variance: A New Framework for Studying Interorganisational Information Systems', International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications, vol.1:3, pp. 36-56

2009

2
Book Section/s

Rahim MM, Shanks G, Johnston RB and Sarker P 2009 'Organizational Motivation and Inter-Organizational Systems Adoption Process: Empirical Evaluation in the Australian Automotive Industry' in Consumer Behavior, Organizational Development and Electronic Commerce: Emerging Issues for Advancing Modern Socioeconomies, ed. M Khosrow-Pour, IGI Global, Hershey, United States

4
Journal Article/s

Ali M, Kurnia S and Johnston RB 2009 'Investigating IOS Adoption Maturity Using a Dyadic Approach', International Journal of e-Collaboration, vol.5:2, pp. 43-60

Waller V and Johnston RB 2009 'Making Ubiquitous Computing Available', Communications of the ACM, vol.52:10, pp. 127-30

5
Conference Paper/s

Riemers K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2009 'Understanding Resilience and Evolution of IOIS in the Australian Pharmaceutical Distribution Industry', 30th International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2009, Phoenix, United States, 18th December 2009

Riemer K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2009 'Challenges in Explaining Structure and Evolution of Inter-organisational Information Systems: Lessons from an Empirical Research Journey', 22nd Bled eConference, Bled, Slovenia, 17th June 2009

Smith SP, Shanks G, Johnston RB and Rahim MM 2009 'IOS Project Motivation as a Determinant of Project Activities and Business Capabilities', 17th European Conference on Information Systems ECIS 2009, Verona, Italy, 10th June 2009

2008

2
Book Section/s

Waller V, Johnston RB and Milton S 2008 'A Methodology for Situated Analysis and Design' in Handbook of Research on Modern Systems Analysis and Design Technologies and Applications, ed. MH Syed and SN Syed, IGI Global, Hershey, United States

4
Journal Article/s

Smith SP, Rahim MM, Shanks G and Johnston RB 2008 'How Organization Goals Affect Interorganization System Implementation', Asia Pacific Management Review, vol.13:3, pp. 567-82

Waller V, Johnston RB and Milton S 2008 'Investigating the epistemological stances implicit in ISAD approaches', Journal of Enterprise Information Management, vol.21:2, pp. 125-38

5
Conference Paper/s

Riemers K and Johnston RB 2008 'The Use of an Explicitly Theory-Driven Data Coding Method for High-Level Theory Testing in IOIS', International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2008, Paris, France, 17th December 2008

Johnston RB and Smith SP 2008 'How Critical Realism Clarifies Validity Issues in Theory-Testing Research: Analysis and Case', 4th Information Systems Foundations Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 3rd October 2008

Riemers K, Johnston RB, Klein S, Wagner T and Shellhammer S 2008 'Beyond Mutual Shaping: Rethinking Symmetry and Causality in the Treatment of Socio-material Systems', The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) Annual Meeting - "Acting with science, technology and medicine", Rotterdam, Netherlands, 23rd August 2008

Lederman R and Johnston RB 2008 'Manual Collaborative Systems: Decision Support or Support for Situated Action', International Conference on Collaborative Decision Making CDM’08 - IFIP TC8/WG8.3 Working Conference, Toulouse, France, 4th July 2008

Riemers K and Johnston RB 2008 'Explaining Persistence and Resilience of Inter-organisational Information Systems: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations', 16th European Conference on Information Systems ECIS 2008, Galway, Ireland, 11th June 2008

Ali M, Kurnia S and Johnston RB 2008 'A Dyadic Model of Interorganizational Systems (IOS) Adoption Maturity', 41st Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences HICSS 41, Waikoloa, United States, 10th January 2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Riemers K, Johnston RB and Klein S 2008 'Theorizing Evolution of Interorganizational Systems on Long Timescales', Proceedings of the JAIS Theory Development Workshop, Paris, France, 1st January 2008-31st December 2008

2007

2
Book Section/s

Ham YN and Johnston RB 2007 'A Process Model of Inter-organisational SCM Initiatives Adoption' in Supply Chain Management: Issues in the New Era of Collaboration and Competition, ed. W Wang, M Heng and P Chau, IGI Global, Hershey, United States, pp. 191-225

Johnston RB, Mak HC and Kurnia S 2007 'Achieving Advanced Supply Chain Management through Internet-based Electronic Commerce' in E-Commerce and V-Business: Digital Enterprise in the Twenty-First Century (2nd Edition), ed. S Barnes, Butterworth-Heinermann, Oxford, United Kingdom

Waller V, Johnston RB and Milton S 2007 'An Action-Centred Approach to Conceptualising Information Support for Routine Work' in Information Systems Foundations, Theory, Reality and Representation, ed. DN Hart and SD Gregor, Australian National University Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 171-96

Lederman R and Johnston RB 2007 'Are Routine Manual Systems Genuine Information Systems?' in Information Systems Foundations, Theory, Reality and Representation, ed. DN Hart and SD Gregor, Australian National University Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 71-90

4
Journal Article/s

Rahim MM, Shanks G, Johnston RB and Sarker P 2007 'Organizational Motivation and Inter-Organizational Systems Adoption Process: Empirical Evaluation in the Australian Automotive Industry', Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, vol.5:3, pp. 1-6

5
Conference Paper/s

Smith SP, Johnston RB, Shanks G and Rahim MM 2007 'From Intention to Motivation: Developing a Motivation-based Model of IOS Adoption and Implementation', International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2007, Montreal, Canada, 12th December 2007

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Rahim MM, Smith SP, Shanks G and Johnston RB 2007 'Understanding IOS implementation process in an automotive manufacturing company: An organisational motivation perspective', Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Electronic Business ICEB Taipei 2007, Taipei, Taiwan, 6th December 2007

Smith SP, Johnston RB, Shank G and Rahim MM 2007 'Motivating interorganisational system implementation: Evidence from the Australian automotive industry', Proceedings of the 13th Asia Pacific Management Conference APMC 2007, Melbourne, Australia, 20th November 2007

Al Hinai Y, Kurnia S and Johnston RB 2007 'Adoption of Mobile Commerce Services by Individuals: A Meta-Analysis of the Literature', 6th International Conference on Mobile Business ICMB 2007, Toronto, Canada, 11th July 2007

Ali M, Johnston RB and Kurnia S 2007 'Interorganizational Systems Adoption Maturity: A Model and Propositions', Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems EMCIS 2007, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 26th June 2007

Waller V and Johnston RB 2007 'Invisible Information Systems', Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems EMCIS 2007, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 26th June 2007

Smith SP, Rahim MM, Johnston RB and Shanks G 2007 'Towards a motivational theory of technology implementation processes', Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems EMCIS 2007, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 26th June 2007