Richard T. Watson

I live in Melbourne, Australia, where I am the part-time Research Director for Digital Frontier Partners. I am also Regents Professor and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy Emeritus of the University of Georgia, where I spent 34 years in the Department of MIS in the Terry College of Business.

In 2021, I was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Liechtenstein. I am a Schöller Senior Scholar at the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg and and honorary professor at the Queensland University of Technology and Deakin University.

I am a former President of the Association for Information Systems and was awarded its highest honor, a LEO, for my achievements in information systems. For about a decade, I was the Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society of Information Management and a visiting researcher at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE).

I spent much of my childhood on a farm near Narembeen in Western Australia and attended high school in Perth.

I was educated at the University of Western Australia (B Sc and Dip Comp), Monash University (MBA), and the University of Minnesota (Ph D). In Australia, I taught at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, where I founded the Department of Information Systems.

I have published over 200 articles in leading academic and practitioner journals, written or edited 30 books (including an open access data management text book and the first book on Energy Informatics). My most recent book is Capital, Systems, and Objects.


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Last update: February 7, 2024