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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

  • Hannah, S. ,  Thompson, R. L. , &  Herbst, K. C. (2018). Moral identity complexity: Situated morality within and across work and social roles. Journal of Management, | more information
  • Goodhue, D. ,  Lewis, W. , &  Thompson, R. L. (2017). 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.

  • 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