I live in Athens, Georgia, where I am the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Department of MIS at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. I co-lead the Global Text Project, which plans to create 1,000 free electronic textbooks for students in the developing world.
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 the U.S. 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 (B Sc and Dip Comp), Monash University (M. Admin), 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 am a visiting professor at the University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway). In 2006, I was appointed a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and in 2007 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
The University of Georgia has been very supportive of my academic career, and I have published over 100 refereed articles in leading academic and practitioner journals, written or edited more than 10 books (including a data management text book). I have served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly and was co-conference chair for International Conference on Information Systems 2004. I have been President of the Association for Information Systems. I am the Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society for Information Management.
My current research interests are ecological sustainability, energy informatics, and information systems leadership. I collaborate with researchers in several countries.