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Alan Dennis

Contact Information

(812) 855-2691
ardennis [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Business School

  • Professor of Information Systems
  • John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems
  • Senior Editor, MIS Quarterly
  • Publisher, MIS Quarterly Executive


  • Bloomington


  • PhD, Business Administration, University of Arizona, 1991
  • MA, Business Administration, Queen's University, 1984
  • BS, Computer Science, Acadia University, 1982

Professional Experience

  • President, Cactus Meetings and Technologies, Inc. 1992-2002
  • Product Manager (1985-1987) and Systems Analyst (1983-1985), BCW Consulting, Kingston, Ontario
  • Associate Systems Analyst, Sperry Univac, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 1978-1982
  • Programmer Analyst, Government of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, 1977

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Ranked among the top ten most productive researchers in information systems by three articles since 1998
  • Best Published Paper in Organizational Communication and Information Systems, Academy of Management, 2004
  • Exceptional Inspiration and Guidance Award Nominee 2003
  • Kelley Research Award Full Rank 2002
  • Best Paper in the Collaboration Technology Track, 32nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 1999
  • Third Place, Society for Information Management Annual Paper Competition, 1994
  • Best Paper in the Collaboration Technology Track, 27th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 1994
  • Alpha Kappa Psi, Distinguished Publication in Business Communication, Associationg for Business Communication, 1993
  • Best Publication in Information Systems, Academy of Management, 1993
  • Best Paper in Information Systems, Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, 1993
  • Doctoral Fellow, 10th International Conference on Information System 1989
  • National Doctoral Fellowship in Business and Management, American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business 1987
  • University Medal in Computer Science, Acadia University 1982
  • Alumni Outstanding Student Award, Acadia University 1982

Professional Interests

Collaboration Technologies, Knowledge Management, Data Communications, The Internet

Selected Publications

  • Bartelt, V., and A.R. Dennis (2014), "Nature and Nurture: The Impact of Automaticity and the Structuration of Communication on Virtual Team Behavior and Performance," MIS Quarterly, 38(2): 521-538

  • Dennis, A.R., R.K. Minas, and A. Bhagwatwar (2013), “Sparking Creativity: Improving Electronic Brainstorming with Individual Cognitive Priming,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 29(4): 195-216.

  • Garfield, M.J. and A.R. Dennis (2013), “Towards and Integrated Model of Group Development: Disruption of Routines by Technology-Induced Change,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 29:3, 2012-2013, 43-86.

  • Dennis, A. R., L. P. Robert, A. M. Curtis, B. Hasty, and S. T. Kowalczyk (2012), “Trust is in the Eye of the Beholder: A Vignette Study of Post-Event Behavioral Controls' Effects on Individual Trust in Virtual Teams,” Information Systems Research, 23(2): 546. 

  • Dimoka, A., R. D. Banker, I. Benbasat, F. D. Davis, A. R. Dennis, D. Gefen, A. Gupta, A. Ischebeck, P. Kenning, P. A. Pavlou, G. Müller-Putz, R. Riedl, J. vom Brocke, B. Weber (2012), “On the Use of Neurophysiological Tools in IS Research: Developing a Research Agenda for NeuroIS,” MIS Quarterly, 36:3, 2012, 679-A19. 

  • Ko, D. G. and A. R. Dennis (2011), “Profiting from Knowledge Management: The Impact of Time and Experience,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 22, No. 1, March, pp. 134-152.

  • Brown, S. A., A. R. Dennis, and V. Venkatesh (2010), “Predicting Collaboration Technology Use: Integrating Technology Adoption and Collaboration Research,” Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 9-53.

  • Dennis, A. R., T. M. Duffy, and H. Cakir (2010), “IT Programs in High Schools: Lessons from the Cisco Networking Academy,” Communications of the ACM, Online Edition, July. Read Abstract ››

  • Robert, L.P., A.R. Dennis, and Y.T.C. Hung (2009), “Individual Swift Trust and Knowledge-Based Trust in Face-to-Face and Virtual Team Members,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 26:2, 241-279. Read Abstract ››

  • Fuller, R. M. and A. R. Dennis (2009), “Does Fit Matter? The Impact of Task-Technology Fit and Appropriation on Team Performance in Repeated Tasks,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 2-17. 

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  • Robert, L. P., A. R. Dennis, and M. K. Ahuja (2008), “Social Capital and Knowledge Integration in Digitally Enabled Teams,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 314-334.
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  • FitzGerald, Jerry and Alan Dennis (2008), Business Data Communications and Networking (10th Edition), John Wiley & Sons.

  • Dennis, A. R., R. M. Fuller, and J. S. Valacich (2008), “Media, Tasks and Communication Processes: A Theory of Media Synchronicity,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 575-600.

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  • Heninger, W. G., A. R. Dennis, and K. McNamara Hilmer (2006), “Individual Cognition and Dual Task Interference in Group Support Systems,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 1-10. Read Abstract ››

  • Dennis, A. R., J. S. Valacich, M. A. Fuller, and C. Schneider (2006), "Research Standards for Promotion and Tenure in Information Systems", MIS Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1, March, pp. 1-12. Read Abstract ››

  • Dennis, A. R. and N. J. Taylor (2006), “Information Foraging on the Web: The Effects of 'Acceptable' Internet Delays on Multi-page Information Search Behavior”, Decision Support Systems, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 810-824. Read Abstract ››

  • Dennis, A. R. and I. Vessey (2005), “Three Knowledge Management Strategies: Knowledge Hierarchies, Knowledge Markets and Knowledge Communities,” MIS Quarterly Executive, Vol. 4, No. 4. Read Abstract ››

  • Dennis, A. R. and B. Reinicke (2004), “Beta vs. VHS and the Acceptance of Electronic Brainstorming Technology,” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 1-20. Read Abstract ››

  • Dennis, Alan, Barbara Wixom, and Robey Roth (2003), Systems Analysis and Design: An Applied Approach (2nd Edition), John Wiley & Sons.
  • Dennis, A. R., B. Wixom, and R. J. Vandenberg (2001), "Understanding Fit and Appropriation Effects in Group Support Systems via Meta-Analysis," MIS Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2, June, pp. 167-197. Read Abstract ››

  • Trieschmann, J. S., A. R. Dennis, G. Northcraft, and W. A. Niemi (2000), "Serving Multiple Constituencies in the Business School: MBA-Progam vs. Research Performance," Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 43, No. 6, pp. 1130-1141. Read Abstract ››