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Robert Mason

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Professor
Office: 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
  • MS, Electrical Engineering , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards

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

Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper Knowledge-Based Theory of the Firm, Challenges by Social Media (2012)
    Proceedings of HICSS 45 Authors: Bernhard Katzy, Kateryna Bondar, 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 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
  • 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
  • Conference Paper How Executives Perceive the Net Generation (2010)
    iConference 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 Libraries for a Global Networked World: Toward New Educational and Design Strategies (2007)
    IFLA Authors: Robert Mason, Tabitha Hart
  • 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
  • "Ethical Challenges in Social Media Research" (2015)
    Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
  • "Social Media Research: Approaches, Findings, Challenges" (2015)
    University of Iowa
  • "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
  • "Mechanical Turk to elicit perceptions of Snowden and Security in US and India" (2014)
    UW ISC
  • "Networked Publics and Social Media" (2014)
    Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
  • "Social Media Research and Challenges" (2014)
    Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
  • "Workshop: Research on Social Media" (2014)
  • "Changing Organizational Forms" (2013)
    University Bw Munich
  • "Research on Social Media" (2013)
    HICSS2013
  • "Social media research ethics & methods" (2013)
    Internet Research 2014
  • "30,000,000 Occupation Tweets: a Hashtag Co-occurrence Network Analysis of Information Flows" (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR
  • "Issues in Social Media Research" (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR