iSchool Directory

Robert Mason

CV Professor Emeritus
rmmason@uw.edu
Mary Gates Hall 370F
Phone: 206-221-5623 | Fax: 206-616-3152

Specialization

  • Ethics of Information and Technology
  • Social and Organizational Dimensions of Technology
  • Technology and Social Change

Biography

Dr. Robert M. Mason joined the faculty in Autumn 2005. He served as Associate Dean for Research for the iSchool from 2006-2010. His current research interests focus on the philosophy and ethics of technology management and the cultural aspects of knowledge management. His recent research examines the impact of social media on knowledge work and how organizations provide post-implementation support for enterprise systems. He is a founding member of the Social Media Lab @ UW (somelab.net) and is working with a team of students on information flows related to the Occupy movement. He was previously on the faculties of the College of Business at Florida State University and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to devoting full time to academia, he operated two consulting companies and worked in industry. He is a former president of the International Association for the Management of Technology (IAMOT) and serves as a senior editor for Technovation. He has an SB and SM in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech.

Education

  • Ph D, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1973
  • MS, Electrical Engineering , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963

Awards

  • Best Research Note Award - iConference, 2014
  • Most Read Article - J. Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 2014

Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Library Association
  • American Library Association, Library and Information Technology Association
  • American Society for Engineering Management
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association for Information Systems
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
  • International Association for Impact Assessment
  • International Association for the Management of Technology

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Characterizing Online Rumoring Behavior Using Multi-Dimensional Signatures (2015)
    CSCW Authors: Jim Maddock, Kate Starbird, Mania Orand, Haneen Al-Hassani, Daniel E. Sandoval, Robert Mason
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Institutional Transformation (2015)
    Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence Author: Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Using Historical Twitter Data for Research: Ethical Challenges of Tweet Deletions (2015)
    CSCW Authors: Jim Maddock, Kate Starbird, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Rumors, False Flags, and Digital Vigilantes: Misinformation on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing (2014)
    iConference Authors: Kate Starbird, Jim Maddock, Mania Orand, Peg Achterman, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    A Multi-Level Perspective of Tensions between Knowledge Management and Social Media (2013)
    Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Volume 23, Issue 1 Authors: Dianne P. Ford, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Best Service Delivery Through Organizational Goals Sharing (2013)
    Proceedings of IAMOT 2013 Authors: Kateryna Bondar, Bernhard R. Katzy, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Knowledge Management and Social Media: The Challenges and Benefits (2013)
    Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Volume 23, Issue 1 Authors: Dianne P. Ford, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Knowledge and Knowledge Management in the Social Media Age (2013)
    Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Volume 23, Issue 1 Authors: Jeffery Hemsley, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Agency and Control in New Ways of Work (2012)
    Proceedings of IAMOT 2012 Authors: Bernhard Katzy, Kateryna Bondar, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Knowledge-Based Theory of the Firm, Challenges by Social Media (2012)
    Proceedings of HICSS 45 Authors: Bernhard Katzy, Kateryna Bondar, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Negotiating Cultural Values in Social Media: A Case Study from Wikipedia (2012)
    45th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS2012) Authors: J T Morgan, Robert Mason, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper
    Shared Understanding in Networked Organizations (2012)
    ICE 2012: International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation Authors: Bernhard Katzy, Kateryna Bondar, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    The Nature of Knowledge in the Social Media Age: Implications for Knowledge Management Models (2012)
    Proceedings of HICSS 45 Authors: Jeffery Hemsley, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    The Nature of Knowledge in the Social Media Age: Implications for Knowledge Management Models (2012)
    Proceedings of HICSS 45 Authors: Jeffery Hemsley, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The Negotiation and Selection of Horizontal Mechanisms to Support Post-Implementation ERP Organizations (2012)
    Information, Technology & People, Volume 25, Issue 1, Page 4 - 30 Authors: Kevin P. Gallagher, James L. Worrell, Robert Mason
  • Conference Workshop Paper
    VBAA: A Method for Surfacing Values in Distributed Online Collaboration (2012)
    Workshop on Values in Human-Centered Computing at CHI 2012 Authors: Jonathan T. Morgan, Robert Mason, Jeffery Hemsley, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper
    Lifting the Veil: The Expression of Values in Online Communities (2011)
    ACM Digital Library Authors: Jonathan Morgan, Robert Mason, Karine Nahon
  • Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
    A Global Digital Library: Possibilities, Concerns and Prospects (2010)
    Information Outlook, Volume 14, Issue 5, Page 13-16 Author: Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Changing Workforce Demographics: Making the Most of the New Generation (2010)
    Cutter Benchmark Review, Volume 10, Issue 8 Authors: Robert Mason, Gabriele Piccoli, Laura Schildkraut
  • Conference Paper
    Guarding the Walls in Wikipedia? A Network Gatekeeping Theory Perspective (2010)
    IR - Internet Research Authors: Jonathan Morgan, Karine Barzilai-Nahon, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    How Executives Perceive the Net Generation (2010)
    iConference Authors: Karine Barzilai-Nahon, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    How Executives Perceive the Net Generation (2010)
    Information, Communication & Society, Volume 13, Issue 3, Page 396-418 Authors: Karine Barzilai-Nahon, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Innovation and the Net Generation (2010)
    Cutter Benchmark Review, Volume 10, Issue 8, Page 11-May Author: Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    It's Not for Us, It's for them: A Case Study of Wikipedia Values in Practice (2010)
    Internet Research Authors: Jonathan Morgan, Robert Mason, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper
    A Pragmatic Framework for Ethical Decision Making: the limits of professional codes (2009)
    HICSS - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences Authors: Robert Mason, Kevin Gallagher
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Cultural determinants of Knowledge Management System training outcomes: the mediating effect of learning preferences (2009)
    Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Volume 12, Issue 1, Page 30-51 Authors: Christopher P. Furner, Robert Mason, Nikhil Mehta, Timothy P. Munyon, Robert Zinko
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Reframing Information System Design as Learning across Communities of Practice (2009)
    Human Computer Interaction: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications Authors: Kevin Gallagher, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    When Young People Enter the Workforce (2009)
    IR - Internet Research, Volume 12, Issue 3 Authors: Karine Barzilai-Nahon, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Cultural determinants of Knowledge Management System training outcomes: the mediating effect of learning preferences (2008)
    European Journal of Information Systems, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 47-62 Authors: Hye-Ryun Kang, Hee-Dong Yang, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
    How Is Your Organization Responding to the Next Generation of Knowledge Workers? (2008)
    Cutter E-Mail Advisors on Innovation and Enterprise Agility Author: Robert Mason
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Reframing Information System Design as Learning across Communities of Practice (2008)
    Information Communication, Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications Authors: Kevin Gallagher, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    The Organizational Impact of Digital Natives: How Organizations are Responding to the Next Generation of Knowledge Workers (2008)
    17th International Conference on Management of Technology Authors: Robert Mason, Karine Barzilai-Nahon, N Lou
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Culture: An Overlooked Key to Unlocking Organizational Knowledge (2007)
    Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Knowledge Management, Page 21-34 Author: Robert Mason
  • Report
    Digital Natives: Their Potential Impact on Knowledge Management in the Workplace (2007)
    Authors: N Lou, Karine Barzilai-Nahon, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
  • Conference Paper
    Politics and Power in the Democratization of Design (2007)
    Internet Research 8: Let's Play Authors: Robert Mason, David Hendry, Karine Barzilai-Nahon
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Reframing Information System Design as Learning across Communities of Practice (2007)
    International Journal for Technology and Human Interaction, Volume 3, Issue 4, Page 15-33 Authors: Kevin Gallagher, Robert Mason
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    The Critical Role of the Librarian/Information Officer as Boundary Spanner Across Cultures (2007)
    Re-thinking knowledge management: From knowledge objects to knowledge processes, Page 209-226 Author: Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Cultural determinants of Knowledge Management System training outcomes: the mediating effect of learning preferences (2006)
    AMCIS Annual Meeting Authors: Christopher P. Furner, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    On the Nature of Knowledge: Rethinking Popular Assumptions, hicss (2006)
    HICSS - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Page 162b Authors: Brian T. Keane, Robert Mason
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Organizational Fields and the Diffusion of Information Technologies Within and Across the Nonprofit and Public Sectors: A Preliminary Theory (2006)
    American Review of Public Administration, Volume 36, Issue 4, Page 437-454 Authors: Jason B. Thatcher, Ralph H. Brower, Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Understanding the Structure of Post-Implementation ERP Teams (2006)
    AMCIS Annual Meeting Authors: James L. Worrell, Kevin Gallagher, Robert Mason
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Avoiding Epistimological Myopia (2005)
    Inquiring Organizations: Moving from Knowledge Management to Wisdom Author: Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Bridging the Gulf Between Knowledge Management Theory and Practice: the Importance of Culture (2005)
    Shanghai US-China Conference Author: Robert Mason
  • Conference Paper
    Cultural dimensions of knowledge management (2005)
    International Association for Management of Technology Author: Robert Mason

Presentations

  • Emotional and Cognitive Impacts of Political Events in Social Media (2016)
    Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference - Dallas, USA
  • Ethical Challenges in Social Media Research (2015)
    Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Koloa, HI
  • Social Media Research: Approaches, Findings, Challenges (2015)
    University of Iowa - Ames, IA
  • Social media, technology convergence, and institutional transformation: A critical examination of institutions and the technical and political forces that suggest the need for transformation or replacement (2015)
    Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, University of Indiana - Bloomington, IN
  • Mechanical Turk to elicit perceptions of Snowden and Security in US and India (2014)
    UW ISC - Seattle, WA
  • Networked Publics and Social Media (2014)
    Microsoft Research Faculty Summit - Redmond, WA
  • Social Media Research and Challenges (2014)
    Microsoft Research Faculty Summit - Redmond, WA
  • Workshop: Research on Social Media (2014)
    Waikoloa, HI
  • Changing Organizational Forms (2013)
    University Bw Munich - Neubiberg, Germany
  • Research on Social Media (2013)
    HICSS2013 - Wailea, HI
  • Social media research ethics & methods (2013)
    Internet Research 2014 - Denver, CO
  • 30,000,000 Occupation Tweets: a Hashtag Co-occurrence Network Analysis of Information Flows (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR - Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  • Issues in Social Media Research (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR - Manchester, England, United Kingdom