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Ron joined the Wake School of Business in 2000. He is a former Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly, and was also formerly on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the AIS.

  • Ph D, University of Western Ontario (Business Administration) - 1989
  • MBA, McMaster University (Business Administration) - 1983
  • BMath, University of Waterloo (Mathematics) - 1980

Research Interests

  • Information Systems (IS) Project Management
  • Effort Withholding in IS Projects
  • Moral Complexity and Ethical Decision Making

Teaching Interests

  • Information Technology Management
  • DataManagement
  • Information Resource Management

  • Goodhue, D. ,  Lewis, W. , &  Thompson, R. L. (Forthcoming). A Multicollinearity and Measurement Error Statistical Blind Spot: Correcting False Positives in Regression and PLS. MIS Quarterly.
  • Keil, M. ,  Smith, H. J. ,  Iacovou, C. L. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2014). The Dynamics of IT Project Status Reporting: A Self-reinforcing Cycle of Distrust. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 15 (12), 879-912.
  • Keil, M. ,  Smith, H. J. ,  Iacovou, C. L. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2014). The Pitfalls of Project Status Reporting. MIT Sloan Management Review, 55 (3), 57-64.
  • Goodhue, D. ,  Lewis, W. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2012). Does PLS Have Advantages for Small Sample Size and Non-Normal Data? . MIS Quarterly, 36 (3), 981-1001.
  • Goodhue, D. ,  Lewis, W. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2012). Comparing PLS to Other Statistical Analysis Models: A Response to Marcoulides, Chin and Saunders. MIS Quarterly, 36 (3), 703-716.
  • Iacovou, C. L. ,  Shirland, L. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2010). A Comparison of Pairs, Triads and Quads in Multi-attribute Decision Making. International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences, 1 (4), 1-23.
  • Smith, H. J. ,  Thompson, R. L. , &  Iacovou, C. L. (2009). The Impact of Organizational Climate on Reporting Behaviors in Information Systems Projects. Journal of Business Ethics, 90 (4), 577-591.
  • Iacovou, C. L. ,  Thompson, R. L. , &  Smith, H. J. (2009). Selective Status Reporting in Information Systems Projects: A Dyadic Level Investigation. MIS Quarterly, 33 (4), 785-810.
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Compeau, D. R. ,  Higgins, C. A. , &  Lupton, N. (2008). Intentions to Use Information Technologies: An Integrative Model. In Steve Clarke (Ed.), (pp. 79-101). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Information Science Reference.
  • Goodhue, D. ,  Lewis, W. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2007). Research Note: Statistical Power in Analyzing Interaction Effects: Questioning the Advantage of PLS With Product Indicators. Information Systems Research, 18 (2), 211-227. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Smith, H. J. , &  Iacovou, C. L. (2007). The Linkage Between Reporting Quality and Performance in Information Systems Projects. Information & Management, 44 (2), 196-205. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Compeau, D. , &  Higgins, C. (2006). Intentions to Use Information Technologies: An Integrative Model. Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, 18 (3), 25-46. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Iacovou, C. L. , &  Shirland, L. (2006). A Comparison of Evaluation Techniques for Decision Analysis Involving Large Attribute Sets. Journal of Applied Business Research, 22 (2), 25-38. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Iacovou, C. L. , &  Shirland, L. (2004). Job Selection Preferences of Business Students. Journal of Applied Business Research, 20 (1), 87-98. | more information
  • Shirland, L. E. ,  Thompson, R. L. ,  Iacovou, C. L. , &  Jesse, R. R. (2003). Determining Attribute Weights Using Mathematical Programming. Omega, 31 (6), 423-437. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. , &  Cats-Baril, W. L. (2003). Information Technology and Management (Second Ed.). McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Thompson, R. L. , &  Shirland, L. (2000). "What I-Business Means for Management.". Industrial Management, , 26-33. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. (1998). "Molehill or Mountain: The Case of the Central Vermont Physician Practice Corporation." . International Journal of the Academy for Case Studies, 4 (1), 27-31. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. , &  Cats-Baril, W. (1997). "Information Technology and Management.". Burr Ridge, Illinois: McGraw-Hill/Irwin,
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Barclay, D. , &  Higgins, C. (1995). "The Partial Least Squares Approach to Casual Modeling: Personal Computer Adoption and Use as an Illustration.". Technogogy Studies: Special Issue on Research Methodology, 2 (2), 285-324.
  • Thompson, R. L. , &  Cats-Baril, W. (1995). "Managing Information Systems Projects in the Public Sector.". Public Administration Review, 55 (5), 455-462.
  • Thompson, R. L. , &  Goodhue, L. D. (1995). "Task-Technology Fit and Individual Performance.". MIS Quarterly, 19 (2), 213-236. | more information
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Higgans, C. , &  Howell, J. (1994). "Influence of Experience on Personal Computer Utilization: Testing a Conceptual Model.". Journal of Management Information Systems, 11 (1), 167-187. | more information
  • Cats-Baril, W. L. , &  Thompson, R. L. (1993). Lessons From the 80s: The Tale of One MIS Department. Information & Management, 25, 313-323.
  • Thompson, R. L. ,  Higgins, C. , &  Howell, J. (1991). Personal Computing: Towards a Conceptual Model of Utilization. MIS Quarterly, 15 (1), 125-143.
  • Amoroso, D. ,  Thompson, R. L. , &  Cheney, P. (1989). Examining the Duality Role of I.S. Executives: A Study of Opinion Survey Trends. Information & Management, 17 (1), 1-12.
  • Basadur, M. , &  Thompson, R. L. (1986). Usefulness of the Ideation Principle of Extended Effort in Real World Professional and Managerial Creative Problem Solving. Journal of Creative Behaviour, 20 (1), 23-34.

  • 2011 - Best Conference Paper Award , Mediteranean Conference on Information Systems
  • 2010 - Cowan Research Award, Wake Forest Schools of Business
  • 2005 - Reviewer of the Year, MIS Quarterly
  • 2000 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of Vermont School of Business
  • 1998 - Distinguished Research Award, Allied Academies International Conference
  • 1994 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of Vermont School of Business

  • November 3, 2006 - "E-commerce lumber company plans new digs, another 30 jobs,", Business Journal - Triad.
  • November 23, 2004 - "Greensboro, N.C.-based manufacturer outsources IT arm to IBM Global Services,", Winston-Salem Journal
  • October 15, 2004 - "Local tech vet Kottyan joins Triad data firm.", Business Journal - Charlotte
  • August 1, 2003 - "Banks update Web sites as poll questions security.", Business Journal - Triad