Richard T. Watson


I live in Athens, Georgia, where I am a Regents Professor and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Department of MIS at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

My wife, Clare, and children, Alice, Ned, and Sophie, and I moved from Perth, Western Australia to Athens in 1989. We had previously lived in Minnesota for a three year period while I completed a Ph D.

I am one of the few people in Athens with a genuine southern accent. I am a true southerner — I was even born in South Australia. I spent much of my childhood on a farm near Narembeen in Western Australia.

I was educated at the University of Western Australia (BSc and Dip Comp), Monash University (MBA), and the University of Minnesota (PhD). In Australia, I taught at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, where I founded the Department of Information Systems. I am an advisor to the Liechtenstein Consortium for Digital Capital Creation and a visiting professor at SUSTech, Shenzhen, China. In 2006, I was appointed a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. In 2011, I received the Association for Information Systems' LEO award, which is given for exceptional life time achievement in Information Systems.

For about a decade, I was a visiting researcher at RISE in Göteborg, Sweden (2011-2020) and the Research Director of the Society for Information Management's Advanced Practices Council (2009-2018).

The University of Georgia has been very supportive of my academic career, and I have published over 190 articles in leading academic and practitioner journals, written or edited more than 20 books (including Capital Systems and Objects, a data management text book and the first book on Energy Informatics). I have served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly, was co-conference chair for the International Conference on Information Systems 2004 and Americas Conference on Information Systems 2014. I have been President of the Association for Information Systems. I am currently on the editorial board of Energy Informatics and the IS department editor for Management and Business Review.

My current research interests are capital creation and systems, ecological sustainability, energy informatics, and the conceptual foundations of IS. I collaborate with researchers in several countries.

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Department of MIS
Terry College
University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-1575

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