Dr Kenneth Chung
B.Com, B.Sc (Honours 1st class), PhD (Sydney)
Project Management Programme
School of Civil Engineering, Room 441
Phone: +61 2 9036 7517
Fax: +61 2 9351 3343
I worked as lecturer at the School of Information Systems and Technology (SISAT) at the University of Wollongong during February 2010 - June 2011. I have also previously taught as lecturer at the former Project Management Graduate Programme, University of Sydney. I was awarded my Ph.D in 2009 from the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney. My Ph.D research received the RailCorp Prize for "Addressing Society's Needs in Research Project Work" at the 2005 Research Conversaziones held at the University of Sydney.
I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree with first class Honours in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Information Systems.
Prior to commencing my doctoral candidature, I was a Systems Integrator at Protocom Technologies and the Telstra Messaging (Text & SMS) Group during 2002-2004. I was involved in several multi-million dollar large-scale IT projects relating to development and implementation of short-message-service (SMS) software on dedicated Unix servers. I was primarily responsible for integrating message routing software applications, written in the C programming language, into Telstra's Messaging Access Intelligent Network System (MAINS). Prior to working at Telstra, I was online advertisement campaign coordinator for DoubleClick Australia (now acquired by Google) and PostClick during 1999-2002.
My current research interest lies in the triangulation of inter-disciplinary theories and methods from social networks, systems theory, sociology, information systems and management science. In particular, I adopt a sociological perspective towards human and organizational systems. I am interested in understanding how processes and properties of social systems affect its outcome as part of a larger sub-system. These social systems are comprised of entities such as individuals, groups or organisations that are weaved together by a fabric of inter-related connections, flows, links and inter-dependencies with other entities within the system. Its properties are personally (e.g. demography) and structurally (e.g. hierarchical topology) attributed and associated with the system’s outcome such as a stock within the system dynamics (e.g. social media use, or KPI metric).
Most recently, I have developed a theoretical framework based on social network theories of strength of weak ties, structural holes, and the social influence model of technology use, to model the inherent relationship between professional networks, technology use and individual performance of rural Australian general practitioners. I am currently building upon the framework and its application to community networks – its evolution and engagement; towards a model for project team performance; organisational communication; group learning and behaviour; social media and technology use; and disaster coordination in multi-organisations.
My recent work has been published in top-tier journals and conferences such as Computers in Human Behavior, Project Management Journal, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, European Conference on Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and SIG-Management of Information Systems.
Current/recent research projects
Individual and team learning & performance in a virtual context: a social network & system dynamics approach (in collaboration with A/Prof. Sue Bennett, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong)
Extending coordination theory for multi-organisational disaster coordination (in collaboration with Dr Akemi Chatfield, School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong)
Towards a social networks model for understanding factors for variances in cost and schedule in project implementation and project completion times
Community building through online social networks: evolution and engagement
Modelling social network structure, technology use and care coordination in collaboration with Prof. Jane Young (Sydney School of Public Health) and Prof. Kate White (Sydney Nursing School)
Towards a social network-inspired model for understanding evidence uptake and pain management in cancer care in collaboration with Prof. Kate White (Sydney Nursing School)
Towards a social network-inspired model for improving medical referrals in cancer care in collaboration with Prof. Jane Young (Sydney School of Public Health) and Prof. Kate White (Sydney Nursing School)
Social networks model for Open Source Drug Discovery in collaboration with Dr. Matt Todd (School of Chemistry)
Social capital, brokerage, technology use and performance of project-based workers: Real estate agents in NSW, Australia
- Chung, K. S. K. (2011). Understanding Attitudes to Performance in Knowledge-Intensive Work: The Influence of Social Networks and Information and Communication Technologies Use, Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-8465-1448-1
Refereed Book Chapters
- Chung, K. S. K. (2011). Towards a Social Network Model for understanding Information and Communication Technology Use for Knowledge-Intensive Workers, In Social Network Mining, Analysis and Research Trends: Techniques and Applications, IGI Global Publishers (accepted: 8th February 2011).
- Hossain, L., Chung, K. S. K., & Murshed, S. T. H. (2007). Exploring Temporal Communication through Social Networks. In C. Baranauskas, P. Palanque, J. Abascal & S. D. J. Barbosa (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2007 (Vol. 4662/2007, pp. 19-30). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Springer.
Refereed Journal Papers
- Abbasi, A., Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L. “Egocentric Analysis of Co-Authorship Network Structure, Position and Performance”, Information Processing and Management, 48 (4), 671-679.
- Chung, K. S. K., Chatfield, A. (2011). “An empirical analysis of Online Social Network Structure to understand Citizen Engagement in Public Policy and Community Building”, International Journal of eGovernance, Special Issue: (Re)creating public sphere, civic culture and civic engagement : public service media vs. online social networks.
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L. (2010). "Towards a Social Network Model for Understanding Information and Communication Technology Use for General Practitioners in Rural Australia", Computers in Human Behavior, 26(4), 562-571.
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L. (2009). "Measuring Performance of Knowledge Intensive Work Groups through Social Networks", Project Management Journal, 40 (2), 34-58.
Refereed Conference Proceeding Papers
- Chung, K. S. K., Piraveenan, M., Levula, A. V. & Uddin, S. (Accepted 20th August 2012). Assessing Online-Community Building through Assortativity, Density and Centralization in Social Networks. HICSS 2012 (Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences), January 7-10, 2013, Grand Wailea, Muai, Hawaii.
- Uddin, S., Chung, K. S. K. & Piraveenan, M. (Accepted 20th August 2012). Topological Analysis of Longitudinal Networks. HICSS 2012 (Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences), January 7-10, 2013, Grand Wailea, Muai, Hawaii.
- Rebehy, S. & Chung, K. S. K. Understanding Performance through Complex Social Systems: A Theoretical Model. ASNA 2012 (Applications in Social Network Analysis), September 4-7, Zurich, Switzerland.
- Kim-Chung, Y. R., Hossain, L. & Chung, K. S. K. Expertise Access and Sharing through Social Networks for Complex Disaster Coordination. ASNA 2012 (Applications in Social Network Analysis), September 4-7, Zurich, Switzerland.
- Chung, K. S. K., Piraveenan, M., & Uddin, S. Understanding Community Evolution and Engagement through Assortativity in Networks. Poster Paper. ASONAM 2012 (Advances in Social Networks and Mining), August 26-29, Kadir Has University, Instanbul, Turkey.
- Piraveenan, M., Uddin, S. & Chung, K. S. K. Measuring Topological Robustness of Networks under Sustained Targeted Attacks. ASONAM 2012 (Advances in Social Networks and Mining), August 26-29, Kadir Has University, Instanbul, Turkey.
- Uddin, S., Piraveenan, M. & Chung, K. S. K. Capturing Actor-Level Dynamics of Longitudinal Networks. CSNA 2012 (International Workshop on Complex Social Network Analysis), August 26, Kadir Has University, Instanbul, Turkey.
- Piraveenan, M., Chung, K. S. K., Uddin, S. Assortativity of Links in Directed Networks. FCS 2012 (Conference on Foundations of Computer Science), July 16-19, Las Vegas, USA.
- Paredes, W. C., Chung, K. S. K. (2012). Modelling Learning and Performance: A Social Networks Perspective. LAK 2012 (International Conference on Learning and Knowledge Analytics), April 29 – May 2, Vancouver, Canada.
- Chung, K. S. K. (2011). Community Building through Online Social Networks: Evolution and Engagement. ACIS 2011 (Australasian Conference on Information Systems), November 30 – December 2, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
- Chatfield, A. T., Chung, K. S. K., Abrinia, M. A., Levula, A. (2011). The Use of Online Social Networks in Government for Promoting Citizen Engagement: An Assessment of Australian State Government Sponsored E-Governance Initiatives. Paper to present at the ECEG 2011 (European Conference on Electronic Governance), June 16th – 17th, 2011, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Accepted 3rd December 2010).
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L. (2008). Network Structure, Position, Ties and ICT Use in Distributed Knowledge-Intensive Work. CSCW 2008 (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), November 8 - 12, San Diego, California, USA (Accepted 11th June 2008). [ERA ranked A]
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L. (2008). Network Structure, ICT Use and Performance Attitudes of Knowledge Workers. 2008 ECIS (European Conference of Information Systems), J.E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business & Public Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (Accepted 4th March 2008) [ERA ranked A]
- Hossain, L., Chung, K. S. K., & Murshed, S. H. (2007, 10 - 14 September 2007). Exploring Temporal Communication through Social Networks. Paper presented at the INTERACT 2007: Socially Responsible Interaction - The Eleventh IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Accepted: 30th March 2007). [ERA ranked A]
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L., & Davis, J. (2007). Individual Performance in Knowledge Intensive Work through Social Networks Paper presented at the 2007 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference on 2007 Computer Personnel Doctoral Consortium and Research Conference: The Global Information Technology Workforce SIGMIS-CPR '07, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. [ERA ranked B]
- Chung, K. S. K., & Hossain, L. (2007, 12-16 June 2007). The Effect of ICT Enabled Social Networks on Performance. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), Funchal, Madeira, Portugal (Accepted 17th February 2007). [ERA ranked C]
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L., & Davis, J. (2006, 10-13 December). Network Measures & Simulation for Knowledge Intensive Work Performance. Paper presented at the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) 2006 Social Science Methodology Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
- Hossain, L., Wu, A., & Chung, K. S. K. (2006). Actor Centrality Correlates to Project based Coordination. Proceedings of the 2006 20th Anniversary Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Banff, Alberta, Canada. [ERA ranked A]
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L., & Davis, J. (2005, November 27-29). Exploring Sociocentric and Egocentric Approaches for Social Network Analysis. Paper presented at the International Conference on Knowledge Management Asia Pacific (KMAP), Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand.
- Chung, K. S. K., Hossain, L., & Davis, J. (2005, 20-21 October). Social Networks and ICT Correlates to Individual Performance. Paper presented at the Applications of Social Network Analysis 2005, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Workshop Papers and Presentation
- Chung, K. S. K. (2010, 6-7 December). Social Networks Analysis for Organisational Crisis and Dissolution. Paper presented at the Second Illicit Networks Workshop 2010, Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong, Australia.
- Chung, K. S. K. (2007, 13-14 September). Network Structure, ICT Use and Attitudes to Individual Performance. Paper presented at the Joint HCSNet-HxI Workshop on Human Issues in Interaction and Interactive Interfaces, National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australian Technology Park, Sydney, Australia.
Teaching and Learning
- PMGT5871 – Project Process Planning & Control
- PMGT5887 – Computer Applications in Project Management
- PMGT5893 – Statistical Methods in Project Management
- PMGT5886 – System Dynamics in Project Management
Editorial Board/Invited Referee/Review Panel
- Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM), 2009 - 2011.
- Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Project Organisation and Management (IJPOM), 2009 - 2011.
- Invited Paper Reviewer for European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2011, Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, June 9–11, 2011 (www.ecis2011.fi)
- Invited Paper Review for International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2011, Shanghai, December 4-7, 2011 (icis2011.aisnet.org)
- Invited Paper Reviewer for the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER) 2010 – special issue on “Trust and Trust Management”
- Invited Book Chapter Reviewer for “Social Network Mining, Analysis and Research Trends: Techniques and Applications” 2011, IGI Global Publishers
- Invited Paper Reviewer for the International Journal on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) 2009 – special issue on “Data Management and Mining for Social Networks and Social Media” published jointly by Springer-Verlag and ACM.
- Paper Reviewer for the International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS) 2008, Paris, France, December 14–17, 2008 (www.icis2008.org)
- Paper Reviewer for European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS) 2008, J.E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business & Public Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, June 9–11, 2008 (www.ecis2008.ie)
- Paper Reviewer for Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2008, Suzhou, People's Republic of China, July 3-7, 2008 (www.pacis2008.org)
- Referee for European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) Special Issue on "Healthcare Information Systems Research, Revelations and Visions", May 2007.
- Referee for Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) 2006 Social Science Methodology Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, December 10-13, 2006.