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10 Questions with Andrew Burton-Jones

Tuesday, September 02, 2014  

Welcome to the third installment of our monthly section. Doug Vogel, City University of Hong Kong, and Arturo Castellanos, Florida International University, have both answered our questions.


Next, we are fortunate to have had a chance to speak with Andrew Burton-Jones, Professor of Information System at the University of Queensland Business School. 

Q: What is your most rewarding service activity? And why?

A: Reviewing and editing for journals.  Good reviewing is really important and I learn a lot about how to do good reviewing by engaging in the process, reading the reviews of other colleagues, and seeing how manuscripts develop.  I still have a lot to learn and hope I can get better over time.      

Q: Currently, what is your favorite class to teach? And why?

I enjoy teaching many different topics, but I think systems analysis and design is my favorite.  It is such a core topic in our field and has so much to offer. 

Q: What is your favorite saying or quote?

A: If life is subjective, pick a happy one.  Mary Lacity used to have that written on her website and I thought it was a great quote.   

Q: What's one trend that you are excited about?

A: The improved enrollments in many IS programs.  The mid 2000s were pretty depressing for many people. 

Q: What is one habit that makes you more productive at work?

A: I wish I had one!  Probably just being inspired by my colleagues and the cool topics we study.   

Q: If you were to do it all over again, what would you have done differently?

A: Not be so quick to say yes to things.  Looking back, I have often taken on too many things and then been unable to follow through as well as I should because I am unable to do many things at once. 

Q: What people have influenced your career?

A: Too many people to name, but mostly my advisers at GSU and UQ (Detmar Straub and Ron Weber), my mentors at UBC (Izak Benbasat and Yair Wand), and my lovely wife and daughters.   

Q: What is your favorite memory at an AIS event (ICIS/AMCIS) or affiliated conference (ECIS/PACIS/etc.)?

A: That’s a hard choice.  It would either be turning up in a suit and tie and looking very out of place at my very first conference (PACIS 1997) or the mixture of excitement and isolation I felt when attending my very first ICIS in 1999.  I felt like a complete outsider both times.  I didn’t realize then how quickly that feeling would change.  Now conferences are one of the only times of year when I can catch up with many of my good friends.        

Q: Tell us something very few people know about you?

A: I used to play a lot of tennis and look forward to getting back on the court one day. 

Q: Who would you like to see answer these questions next? And what would you like to see his/her thoughts on? 

I would ask Heikki Topi what he sees as the major trends in IS curricula. 

For more information about Andrew’s academic career please visit:


AIS Membership Committee – Doctoral Studies

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Geoffrey Dick, Georgia Southern University

Arturo Castellanos, Florida International University


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