Robert Willis

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Ph.D. – MIS (University of Calgary)
MBA - Small Business/New Venture Management (University of Alberta)
B.A. – English (University of Waterloo)
Teaching Area:  Management, MIS
Areas of Special Interest: Social impacts of technology; Entrepreneurship; Small business/New venture management

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

University-College Professor
Faculty of Management, Vancouver Island University, Canada

Assistant Professor
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
Marquette University, Milwaukee, U.S.A

Contract Lecturer
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada

Sessional Instructor
Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal College, Calgary, Canada
School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada
Facilitator
GDSS Lab, University of Calgary

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

Project Manager and Co-Researcher
Canadian Securities Institute, Ottawa, Canada.

Research Assistant
School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada

Consultant
Avenue of Nations Business Revitalization Zone, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Dover Consulting Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
BEST (Business, Education, Science and Technology) Online (project of Economic Development Edmonton), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Syncrude Canada Ltd., Fort MacMurray, Alberta, Canada.

Accounts Manager
Alberta Treasury Branches, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

PUBLICATIONS

Books and Journals

Journal of Information Systems Education: Special Issue on Flexible Teaching and Learning. Guest Editor with Dr. S. Goode (Australian National University) and Dr. J. Wolf (Illinois State University). Dr. A. Harris (Appalachian State University), Editor-in-Chief. (2007)

Book chapters

“From the Colonial Enterprise to Enterprise Systems: Parallels Between Colonization and Globalization” Co-authored with Dr. Abhijit Gopal and Dr. Yasmin Gopal . In A. Prasad (ed.), “Postcolonial Theory and Organizational Analysis,” New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002.

“The Effect of Contractual Obligations between Mobile Service Providers and Users on the Dimensionality of the Loyalty Concept” – Co-authored (first author) with Dr. Alexander Serenko, Lakehead University and Ofir Turel, McMaster University. In Encyclopaedia of Mobile Computing & Commerce Volume 2, Dr. David Taniar (Editor-in-Chief), Idea Group Reference, Hershey, PA, USA. (2007)

Peer – Reviewed Publications

(i) Journals

“Toward Online Delivery and Learning.” Co-authored with Dr. Francis Lau, Dispatch, Volume 9, No. 2, 21-24, 1996.

“Cultural Misfits During ERP implementation: A Gramscian Critique of Technical Rationality” – Co-authored with Dr. Mike Chiasson, Manchester University. Submitted to a special issue of Information, Technology and People: under review (‘revise and resubmit’).

(ii) Conference Papers and Presentations

“The Elephant in the Discipline: Unacknowledged Social Impacts of Information and Communications Technologies – 2006 OASIS Workshop (International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.2 – Information Systems) (Milwaukee, USA, December 10, 2006).

“Modern Times: Information Technology and the Concept of “Work”– 2005 OASIS Workshop (International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.2 – Information Systems) (Las Vegas, USA, December 11, 2005)

“Empowerment, Control and the Representations of Technology in Organisations” – Invited participation/presentation, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Doctoral Consortium, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, December 11 – 15, 1999.

“From Colonial Office to Office Software: Parallels Between Colonisation and Globalisation” Co-authored (second author) with Dr. Abhijit Gopal and Dr. Yasmin Gopal. Accepted for presentation, Conference on Critical Management Studies, Manchester University, Manchester, UK. July 12-15, 1999.

Discussant – Understanding Information Technology, Globalization, and Changes in the Nature of Work Conference. Sponsored by the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  July 23-25, 1997.

“Random Acts of Kindness? A Model of Episodic Electronic Participation” Co-authored (first author) with Dr. Peter Newsted. Accepted for presentation and publication in the Proceedings, ASAC Conference, May 30 – June 2, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1998.

Business and Other Publications

“Using APA Style in Graduate Research Papers” – In B. Poulin and K. Bishop (eds.) Handbook of Graduate Student Writing. Thunder Bay, Lakehead University Press, Fall, 2006.

“A Feasibility Study to Introduce Technology-Based Learning in the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta.” - The final report covering the development of a template package for online courseware presented to the University of Alberta’s Alternative Delivery Initiative (now Academic Technologies for Learning). The report included short- and long-term recommendations for the development of policy and strategy regarding the integration of technology-based learning into the Faculty. Co-authored (first author) with Dr. F. Lau of the University of Alberta. (September, 1996)

“A Prototypical Online Courseware Package” - A complete online courseware template package (computer files, operating manual and theoretical discussion paper) developed as part of the University of Alberta’s Alternative Delivery Initiative (now Academic Technologies for Learning). The package was developed under the supervision of Dr. F. Lau and was used for two MIS courses at the University of Alberta. The online testing facility has been used by the joint University of Alberta - University of Calgary Executive MBA program. (January, 1996 - August, 1996)

“A Three-Year Strategic Business Plan” - A researched business plan prepared for the Avenue of Nations Business Association (Edmonton). The plan addressed the need to adapt to a changing marketplace as well as to attract and retain new businesses and links to the market area. I was one of five specialists invited to form the planning committee. (September, 1995 - March, 1996)

“Current Methods and Approaches in the Valuation of Information” - A research paper combining a literature review, interviews and concept development written for Syncrude Canada Ltd.. The paper was developed for, and presented to, the senior executive investment review committee of the company as part of the process of developing an information systems investment analysis policy. (October, 1994 - February, 1995)

“Global Networks, the Internet and Business-Oriented BBS’s” - A research paper on the history, development and trends re: the Internet and Internet-linked information sharing systems written for BEST (Business, Education, Science and Technology) Online, a project of Economic Development Edmonton. (July 1994)

LionNet International - Co-founder and co-developer of a global, Internet-based (World Wide Web) network linking individual clubs of the International Association of Lions Clubs. LionNet (http://www.lionnet.com) acts as an information source as well as a communications co-ordinator for the member Club.  Developer and webmaster for both LionNet Canada (node website) and the Calgary North Hill Lions Club web site.( August, 1994 – July, 1997) 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

Association for Information Systems (AIS): 1997 to present.

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC): 1998 to present.

International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.2 – Development and Use of Information Systems in Organisations: 2006 to present.

Awards and Honours

Academic

ICIS Doctoral Consortium (By competitive invitation: dissertation proposals/work reviewed by committee of senior IS researchers) December, 1999)

Robert A. Willson Doctoral Management Scholarship - Faculty of Management, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 1996 to 1997. $10,000 academic scholarship awarded to one incoming Management doctoral student.

Non-Academic

Lions Foundation of Canada – Life Member

Lions Clubs International Foundation – Melvin Jones Fellowship (Highest organizational award:  given for “humanitarian service”).

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