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Alan R. Dennis - Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Bloomington, IN, US

Alan R. Dennis Alan R. Dennis

John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems | Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Bloomington, IN, UNITED STATES

Professor Dennis is an expert on virtual teams, using neuroscience to understand technology use, and Internet-enabled innovation.

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Biography

I hold the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The chair was established in honor of John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc., the leading developer of networking technology.

My research focuses on teams, designing technology for the subconscious, Neuro IS, and the Internet. I have written more than 100 research papers, and have won numerous awards for theoretical and applied research. I am Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Information Systems and the Publisher of MIS Quarterly Executive. I was named a Fellow of the AIS in 2012.

My teaching focuses on research methods and data communications and networking. I have written four books, two on data communications and networking, and two on systems analysis and design.

I have developed several software systems and technology start-ups over the years. My current focus is on using big data and analytics to help parents select baby names NameInsights.

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning

Research

Areas of Expertise (10)

Teams

Virtual Teams

Collaboration

Social Media

Neuroscience

Innovation

Business Models

Analytics

Entrepreneurship

Tech Startups

Accomplishments (9)

Fellow of the Association for Information Systems

2012

Distinguished IS Educator (professional)

2012

The Education Special Interest Group of the Association of Information Technology Professionals

Exceptional Inspiration and Guidance Award (professional)

2011

Kelley School of Business Doctoral Students’ Association

Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching (professional)

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001

Indiana University

Recognized for Superior Teaching, Honors Day Convocation (professional)

1999

The University of Georgia

Won 15 awards for theoretical and applied research

Ranked as one of the top 3 most influential researchers in the world in Information Systems

Won 11 teaching awards

Including IU’s Sauvain Award and Trustees Teaching Award, and the AITP Distinguished Educator Award

Co-Founder

Co-Founder of six tech startups

Patent Holder

Patent pending for a method to use Twitter to predict stock prices

Education (3)

University of Arizona: Ph.D., Business Administration 1991

Queen's University: MBA, Business Administration 1984

Acadia University: B.S., Computer Science 1982

Media Appearances (3)

Health bites: Brain discovery may aid in cure for alcoholism

The Sacramento Bee  online

2015-09-07

“The study challenges the idea that email shouldn’t be used for the communication of emotion and shows that people physically respond differently when using different technologies to communicate,” said Taylor Wells, assistant professor of management information systems at CSUS and co-author of the study, in a press release. The other author was Alan R. Dennis, the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business...

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Don't leave a voice message. Send an email

USA Today  online

2015-09-05

"When writing romantic emails, senders consciously or subconsciously added more positive content to their messages, perhaps to compensate for the medium's inability to convey vocal tone," wrote California State University, Sacramento, Management Information Systems Professor Taylor M. Wells and Alan R. Dennis, the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business...

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To email or not to email? For those in love, it's better than leaving a voice message

IU Bloomington Newsroom  online

2015-09-01

“The bottom line is that email is much better when you want to convey some information that you want someone to think about,” said one of the authors, Alan R. Dennis, the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems in IU’s Kelley School of Business.

Dennis and co-author Taylor M. Wells, an assistant professor of management information systems at California State University-Sacramento, set out to learn more about how we respond emotionally to these newer forms of communication.

Although voicemail, email and texting are part of everyday life, very little is known about how their characteristics influence and distort communication in work and personal settings.

Using psychophysiological measures from 72 college-age people, Dennis and Wells found that people who sent romantic emails were more emotionally aroused and used stronger and more thoughtful language than those who left voicemails...

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Event Appearances (5)

Crafting Theory to Satisfy the Requirements of Explanation

47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  Honolulu, HI., 2014

The Happiness Premium: The Impact of Emotion on Individuals' Willingness to Pay in Online Auctions

47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  Honolulu, HI., 2014

Trading on Twitter: The Financial Information Content of Emotion in Social Media

47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  Honolulu, HI., 2014

Creative Virtual Environments: Effect of Supraliminal Priming on Team Brainstorming

46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  Honolulu, HI., 2013

Don’t Make Excuses! Framing IT Security Training to Reduce Policy Violation

IFIP  2012

Articles (5)

To email or not to email: The impact of media on psychophysiological responses and emotional content in utilitarian and romantic communication Computers in Human Behavior

2016

Lean asynchronous computer mediated communication is often considered poor for communicating emotion, yet individuals continue to use it for business, personal, and even romantic communication. We used a lab experiment to investigate the influence of media (email and voicemail) and task type (romantic and utilitarian) on both the psychophysiological responses of senders and the content of the resulting messages. Message senders had more arousing physiological responses when sending emails than ...

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Opening the Mind: Designing 3D Virtual Environments to Enhance Team Creativity 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

2016

3D virtual environments (VEs) have emerged as a popular collaboration tool because they enable richer forms of collaboration than traditional text-or Webbased tools. Research on text-based electronic brainstorming (EBS) has shown it is possible to increase idea fluency and creativity through priming, the use of stimuli to implant concepts in working memory designed to influence subconscious cognition and ultimately behavior. In this experiment, we designed a 3D VE to prime for “openness”(ie, broad attentional scope) ...

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Mapping the Corporate Blogosphere: Linking Audience, Content, and Management to Blog Visibility Journal of the Association for Information Systems

2016

Blogs have been a common part of the Web for many years. Individuals create most blogs for their own purposes, but corporations have also begun to develop corporate blogs as a means for communicating with their stakeholders (eg, customers, partners, investors). In this paper, we extend theory by generating what Gregor (2006) would call a type I theory. Specifically, we develop a theoretical framework for classifying and analyzing corporate blogs that examines blogs' target audience, their content (focus and function), ...

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The Priming Effects of Relevant and Irrelevant Advertising in Online Auctions 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

2015

Individuals' bidding behavior in online auctions has been the subject of research in multiple disciplines. Most prior bidding research has focused on deliberate rational cognition, yet recent research in psychology suggests that much of human behavior is influenced by non-conscious automatic cognition. One technique that has been shown to influence nonconscious cognition is priming, the presentation of stimuli intended to activate certain concepts in working memory prior to the task of interest. In this paper, we develop ...

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Electronic meeting systems Communications of the ACM

1991

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