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Business information systems research

Driving digital business strategy, innovation and disruption
The Discipline of Business Information Systems is internationally recognised for our innovative approaches to high-impact research, industry engagement and analytical thinking in the field of digital business.

We are dedicated to developing collaborations with the business community through qualitative, engaged research approaches to a wide range of phenomena of organising with digital technology.

Our work with industry partners extends from short-term engagements such as workshops and events to consulting, directly funded research in partnerships, and larger public-private funded initiatives such as Australian Research Council Linkage Projects.

We are known for our influential, analytical thinking on matters of information technology design, implementation, management and use, at the intersection of people, work practices and organisation.

Generally, we take a balanced and socio-technical view of technology with a sensitivity for both new opportunities from digital innovation and transformation for individuals, business and society, as well in relation to matters of individual privacy, agency and freedom, market disruptions, or power and inequality in organisations and society.

Our areas of interest include:

  • agile project management
  • algorithmic management
  • assurance and accountability
  • business intelligence
  • change management
  • data privacy
  • digital innovation, transformation and disruption
  • e-commerce
  • enterprise systems
  • fintech
  • information governance
  • research methods
  • risk management
  • social media
  • sustainability
  • systems interoperability
  • the future of work
  • the philosophy of technology.

We are home to the newly founded Motus Research Lab, which explores the role of new visual interfaces and artificial intelligence in increasing trust and emotive user involvement with technological devices. Our aim is to improve service effectiveness in areas such as business advisory, healthcare, education and personal assistance. The lab has a strong focus on ethical and societal implications of technology, including AI personal assistance and 'digital humans'.

Our people

Meet our academics and research students.

Professor Deborah Bunker

Professor Steve Elliot

Professor Robert Johnston

Professor Kai Riemer

Associate Professor Uri Gal

Associate Professor Catherine Hardy

Associate Professor Daniel Schlagwein

Associate Professor Barney Tan

Honorary Professors

Allen Lee

Marcus O'Connor

Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow

Linda Levine

Adjunct Associate Professor

Tony Sleigh

Cheuk Hang (Allen) Au
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Digital Entrepreneurship
Supervisors: Barney Tan

Asaf Dori
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Developing an inter-disciplinary framework for governing Cyber Security
Supervisors: Catherine Hardy

David Goad
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Internet of things: The path to improved benefits realisation
Supervisors: Uri Gal

Tim Mahlberg
Degree: PhD
Working title: Alter-identity performance via social technologies in professional service contexts
Supervisors: Kai Riemer

Priyadharshini Muthukannan
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Fintech ecosystem development
Supervisors: Barney Tan

Evelyn Ng
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Digital Innovation in China
Supervisors: Barney Tan

Jo Orsatti
Degree: PhD

Vitalina Pishchenko
Degree: PhD
Working title: Evidence-based management for enterprise social networking success
Supervisors: Uri Gal

Mike Seymour
Degree: PhD
Working title: Exploration of the next generation of human-computer interaction using interactive photo-realistic facial avatars
Supervisors: Kai Riemer, Judy Kay

Vivian Zhou
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Developmental strategies for Fintech companies in China
Supervisors: Barney Tan

Anna Zatisev
Thesis title: Agile Software Development: Exploring the Values and Principles, Collaboration and Boundary Objects
Completed: 2018
Supervisors: Uri Gal, Barney Tan

Christian Ehnis
Thesis title: Social media within emergency management organisations: A case study exploring social media utilisation for emergency and disaster management
Completed: 2018
Supervisors: Deborah Bunker, Sebastian Boell

Ella Hafermalz
Thesis title: The performative office: A multi-case problematization of remote working
Completed: 2016
Supervisors: Kai Riemer, Bradon Ellem

Maxim Soyref
Thesis title: The holistic management of information security processes
Completed: 2014
Supervisors: Philip Seltsikas, Tyrone Carlin

Jeffrey Lim
Thesis title: Decision making under uncertainty: An investigation into the effects of decision context, information characteristics and decision aid on performance
Completed: 2012
Supervisor: Marcus O'Connor

Paul Scifleet
Thesis title: Making sense of digital documentary practice: A common denominator for discourse
Supervisor: Susan P Williams

Research groups

Research seminars

The Discipline of Business Information Systems seminar series is organised by Dr Sebastian Boell.

Below is an outline of some of our recent activity.

Digital Eco-Innovation in UK Municipalities: an institutional perspective
  • 28 November 2018
  • Professor Ray Hackney, Brunel University London

Anthropogenic climate change threatens human society on a global scale. The scientific consensus is that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related to human activities are the cause. This paper argues that municipalities need to focus on eco-sustainability objectives if GHG are to be reduced. More information can be found on the event page.

Exploring the role of trust and privacy on e-Government adoption
  • Date: 5 September 2018 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Lemuria Carter, University of New South Wales
Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of interpretation
  • Date: 1 August 2018 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Emeritus Allen Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University; Associate Professor Dirk Hovorka, The University of Sydney
The emergence of new product categories within stigmatised industries: The case of e-Cigarettes
  • Date: 6 June 2018 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Raghu Garud, Pennsylvania State University
Taming our algorithms: A critical review of people analytics
  • Date: 30 May 2018 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Uri Gal, University of Sydney Business School
Researcher perspective in the 'Basket of 8' IS journals: A weakness in disciplinary scope?
  • Date: 2 May 2018 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Prof Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong
The Role of Social Media in Disaster Response
  • Date: 31 October 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4022, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr Rajib Subba, Westcliff University
IoT Design Challenges and the Social IoT Solution
  • Date: 25 October 2017 at 9.30am
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: David Goad, The University of Sydney Business School
Revising “Architecture as a reference discipline for MIS”
  • Date: 18 October 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor (Emeritus) Allen Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University
Developing Indigenous theory
  • Date: 17 October 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4022, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong
Sports digitalisation: A new game for IS research
  • Date: 7 October 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Xiao Xiao, Copenhagen Business School
Building a Dynamic Picture of Disaster Recovery
  • Date: 6 September 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Deborah Bunker; Dr Linda Levine, University of Sydney Business School
IT, Information, and Organisational Change
  • Date: 30 August 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4022, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr Sebastian Boell, University of Sydney Business School
MEETMIKE: Actors, Agents and Avatars
  • Date: 16 August 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Mike Seymour, Business Information Systems, University of Sydney Business School
Designing business systems in complex and disruptive environments
  • Date: 14 June 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Igor Hawryszkiewycz, University of Technology, Sydney
Exploring the sources and persistence of ineffectiveness in professional online communities
  • Date: 19 May 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5070, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Chee-Wee Tan, Copenhagen Business School
What makes technology-driven innovation disruptive? The role of interpretive discontinuity
  • Date: 17 May 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Kai Riemer, University of Sydney Business School
The bitcoin game: Ethno-resonance as method
  • Date: 10 May 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Donncha Kavanagh, University College Dublin
The opportunities and challenges of big data and algorithmic decision making
  • Date: 12 April 2017 at 11am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Sue Newell, University of Sussex
From IS plans to IS strategising: Lessons from the past; an agenda for the future
  • Date: 12 April 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Bob Galliers, Bentley University
Unpacking the enigma of theory
  • Date: 5 April 2017 at 2pm
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Jörgen Sandberg, School of Business, University of Queensland
Entering the digital: Exploring prototype ambiguity and membership Gestalts in movement organisations
  • Date: 22 March 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Lisen Selander, University of Gothenburg
Towards a typology of relevance
  • Date: 15 March 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr Kaveh Mohajeri, Department of Informatics, Lund University School of Economics and Management
Strategy and the moral dimension of practice: Developing strategy-as-practice through virtue ethics
  • Date: 15 February 2017 at 10am
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Haridimos Tsoukas, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
A collaborative approach to innovation research: A presentation about the KIN Research Group at VU, Amsterdam
  • Date: 1 January 2017 at 11am
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam