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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. (2020). Moral identity complexity: Situated morality within and across work and social roles. Journal of Management, 46,  726-757.  | 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.
  • 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.  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