statement of research interests

As a Ph.D. in International Business with a concentration in Information Systems, as well as extensive experience in Accounting, I am drawn to examine phenomena influenced by global drivers in the field of accounting information systems, governance and security.  Revolutionary innovation over the last few decades has forced companies to ascertain their competitiveness by developing strategies that align business and information systems goals in order to respond to the market forces that continuously threaten their bottom line.  The resulting strategies are no longer constrained by local or national markets, but now account aggressive international forces.  The literature suggests that for such strategies to be effective, managers must mesh things right from the start and intertwine technology and business processes.  Drawing from this foundation, I would like to promote a research agenda in the realm of organizational forces surrounding information systems and their governance within the area of digital security and strategic information systems. 

During my doctoral studies, I explored different information system research domains; however, I have been mostly attracted by an interdisciplinary approach to explore social, organizational and information management phenomena.  As an example, inspired by Kant’s (1790) Theory of Aesthetics, I led the research efforts to investigate the role aesthetic perception plays in adoption of ICT devices, particularly on those that are consumer-centric.  Such efforts were presented during AMCIS and will evolve to include further marketing principles.  Lured by the intersection of social media with the intense dynamics of political science, I was motivated to seek the collaboration of research community members to evaluate the authenticity of the collective voice found in social media as a legitimate source to gauge sentiment—a source that could also be used to assess consumer reactions in different business domains to include marketing, corporate communications and human resource recruitment.  Our collaborative efforts were showcased in this APSA’s 2012 annual conference and have been further developed for an appropriate readership.  Using technology tools that include keyword-based analytics and network analysis, I have seized the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in different disciplines, e.g. organizational behavior (AOM 2012), information systems sourcing (DSI 2012) and information security management systems (HICSS 2014).  This collaborative approach to research has enabled me to learn other insightful perspectives within a study, establishing fruitful academic relationships that will continue to enrich my research goals in the future.

In the immediate future, however, my research interest will be focused on the risk mitigation value of accounting enterprise systems and information security (AMCIS 2015).  In terms of information security management, ES are believed to optimize and standardize the security processes (e.g. control of identity and access management), but they also bear unique risks.  Firms normally rely on process audits and control reviews rather than auditing system outputs to gauge a system’s security status.  As such, many issues remain unanswered by the literature, such as how to evaluate the adequacy of existing enterprise systems internal control mechanisms or the efficacy of enterprise systems for enterprise-wide information security management.  In addition, the implementation of global standards for implementing and maintaining information security management in an organization aimed to build confidence in inter-organizational activities, deserves particular scholarly attention.  As enterprises seek to obtain third-party assurances of their compliance with regulatory frameworks or the robustness of their digital defenses, academic research should focus on determining the impact, both internal and external, of such efforts.  Furthermore, institutional and regulatory environments in different nations can establish an incentive structure to reduce uncertainty and promote efficiency.  Such institutional and regulatory environmental differences across the world have been demonstrated to play a role in the economic impact of different nations.  While this institutional contrast may influence the development and adoption of innovation, entrepreneurship, sourcing decisions, social media, and otherwise established organizational paradigms, I believe it may play a more relevant role in the areas of information management.   This is specially the case as it relates to risk management given that the design of a regulatory system is meant to have a significant impact on the degree of systematic risk tolerated by any company in a given nation.   I would like to examine the moderating effects of the inherent institutional and regulatory environmental differences across nations in connection with enterprise systems, information security and strategic systems.  

I would be especially motivated by the opportunity to dedicate my efforts within an institution where my contributions could be meaningful in serving the institutional and departmental research interests.