Brian Whitworth Curriculum Vitae

Technology support for human processes

This CV:        

Teaching Philosophy:

NZ citizen. British citizen. US Permanent Residence 2004


Address: Senior Lecturer, Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University (Albany), Private Bag 102-904, North Shore MSC, Auckland, New Zealand



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·             Motorcycle riding (most days)

·             Singing and composing music

·            Quantum information theory


A broad background of mathematics, psychology and information systems.

1997 (Sep) Doctorate in Information Systems from Waikato University, NZ

1975 Master's (1st Class Hons) in Neuro-Psychology from Auckland University, NZ

1973 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auckland University, NZ

1971 Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Auckland University, NZ

Doctoral thesis: “Generating Group Agreement in Cooperative Computer Mediated Groups

Master’s thesis: Brain Systems and the Concept of Self

Other Courses





Teaching Certificate in Adult Education (2)

Unitech Institute of Technology (NZ)

Student centered methods, individual learning styles

Nov 1991

Developing Thinking & Problem-Solving Skills

Auckland Institute of Technology, Professional Development Centre

Developing students to think and solve problems

Oct 1991

Teaching Certificate in Adult Education

Unitech Institute of Technology (NZ)

Adult learning, lesson plans, interaction and assessment

June 1991

Psychological Operations Course

NZ Army Intelligence Centre

Hearts and minds approach to warfare

Sep 1989

NZ Army Grade III Staff and Tactics

NZ Army School of Administration, Waiouru,

Battalion tactics, planning and administration

June 1987

Auditing EDP Systems

Databank, Wellington, NZ

IS Audit & Security

June 1984

Basic Training in Systems Analysis

Wellington Polytechnic

System Analysis Methods

Aug 1981

NZ Army Staff Officers Course

Army School of Administration

Battalion Administration

Jan 1981

1100 Series Systems Concepts

Sperry-Univac Wellington

Unisys 22/400 mainframe concepts

June 1981

Basic Training in COBOL

Wellington Polytechnic


Nov 1976

Regular Force Officer Cadet Training

Officer Cadet Training Unit, Waiouru

Six months of stressful initial officer training

Jan 1976


How human/social principles inform information technology design, interaction and evaluation

1.         IS/IT performance in design and evaluation: Understanding IS/IT success and failure. 

·             IS/IT technology evaluation tools: Helping management select high performance software

·             The web of system performance: An evolutionary systems approach to IS/IT

·             IT management flexibility: Anticipation, agility and adaptability - flexibility elements in IT management

·             The IT alignment gap: Why some fields are poorly computerized, e.g. clinical healthcare

·             Cross-cutting design issues and agile project management: How agile team techniques help find patterns and resolve “tensions” in system design (Alexander).

2.         Social requirements for technical systems:  Social requirements in technology design:

·             Legitimate by design: Defining information ownership in cyberspace

·             Spam: Wastes over 60% of the Internet. Illustrates the cost of ignoring social requirements in computer system use and design.

·             Privacy and copyright as two sides of the same ethical coin

·             Ethics and performance: How ethics and accountability link to social success, and criminal and anti-social acts link to social failure.

3.         Human-computer interaction (HCI): matching psychological and technical processes

·             Computer mediated communication (CMC): How the medium affects meaning exchange

·             Multi-media design: Technology and the human senses

·             Usability: Minimizing user cognitive effort by understanding cognitive processes

·             Online trust: Levels of identity and disclosure online

·             Polite computing: Why people want computers to give them choices

4.         Online group processes.

·             Online collaboration: How groups online generate agreement.

·             Online governance: Online voting, leadership, and democracy

·             Online voting: Democratic rights in online governance

·             Collaborative technology (groupware): The processes of online group interaction.


Academic Appointments

·             Feb 2006- Senior Lecturer, Massey University (Albany), Post-Graduate Advisor

·             Fall 2003-Spring 2004, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, New Jersey Institute of Technology NJIT) - Managed MSIS curriculum changes, welcomed new students, responded to problems

·             From October 18, 1999-Jan 13th 2006, Assistant Professor, Information Systems Department, College of Computing,
New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey 07102

·             1997-1999, Principal Lecturer Research, Manukau Institute of Technology MIT(NZ) - Developed IS Dept research, by example, advice and collegiality. Bachelor of Business Program Committee, IS Department Advisory Committee, Faculty Academic Committee, Research Committee

·             1996-1999, Senior Projects Coordinator, MIT(NZ) - Created and managed senior students completing a 420 hours real client project, including business applications in Delphi, Visual Basic, Access and C, a multi-media "living book", and a beer factory process control system.

·             1994-1995, Program Leader, MIT(NZ) - Organized courses, resolved timetable clashes, created Lecturer’s Handbook, created student course planner, resolved student complaints, counseled students, advised staff.

·             From July 13, 1992, Lecturer, MIT(NZ) - Ran STUDENT an “electronic magazine” for MIT students for two years, with 13 student "editors", and averaged 130 accesses/day.

·             1990, Lecturer, Unitech Institute of Technology

Non-academic Employment

·             1986-1989, Staff Officer, Operational Computing, New Zealand Army - Produced seven networked field use systems in 18 months (e.g. Airbids - bids for operational aircraft and Army Planner ­ Army's three year training plan). Established and maintained computer security within HQ Land Force Command. Liaison Officer Australian Army War Game Centre. Computer support for NZ War Games and multi-national exercises (Australia, Singapore and Malaysia). Liaised with Department of Survey and Land Information (DOSLI) on 3D computer mapping

·             1984-1985, Senior Army Psychologist, New Zealand Army - Advised on all personnel/training matters. Designed/managed Regular Officer Selection Board (ROSB) assessment centers - five days of psychological tests, interviews, and challenging physical, mental, and emotional exercises. Advised on student review boards. Student Counselor for Officer Cadet School and Army Training Schools. Taught on Stress Management, Leadership Styles, Study Habits, and Interview Techniques. Assessed applicants for Officer, RF Cadet, Trade Changes and Specialist Appointments (e.g. SAS, Moscow MPs, Raoul & Campbell Island postings).

·             1983-1984, Standards and Documentation Officer, Electronic Data Processing Unit (EDP), NZ Defense - Developed 13 volumes of EDP Standards and 13 volumes of Codes of Practice (e.g. Programmer, Analyst, Operator, and User Support).

·             1982, Analyst/Programmer, EDP, NZ Defense - Designed/wrote a Personnel Grading Analysis system (COBOL) that prevented what US calls “grade inflation”. Developed a FORTRAN program that calculated 200 mile limits in international waters

·             1976-1981, Research Officer, Defense Psychology Unit, NZ - Main researcher, NZ Army Territorial Force Retention Study - over 2,000 responses to a 164 item questionnaire, analyzed by SPSS. Set up the Defense Psychology Unit computer database system.

·             1976, Officer Cadet (NZ Army Officer Training), Officer Cadet Training Unit - Six months officer training to challenge and test potential officers, both physically and emotionally, including an escape and evasion exercise, jungle training (Fiji), 20km cross-country runs, battle efficiency test and night navigation marches. I passed.


1991, Unitech Phone Survey ­ Conducted a survey on customer telephone interface

1990, NZ Police College Selection ­ Advised on a selection system for NZ Police Officers

1990, Flybusters Job Management ­Designed and wrote “The Booking System”, which cut customer call wait time from 5 minutes to 45 seconds

1990, Pactolus Action Management Training) ­ Designed course feedback questionnaire

1990, NZ Army Training Requirements ­ Advised on computerizing individual training requirements

Software experience:

Access, ASP, Brief, Basic, Clipper, C, Cobol, Cold Fusion, Corel, CTS, Dataflex, Dbase, Delphi, DOS, Endnote, Excel, Fortran, Frontpage, Group Systems (IBM), Harvard Graphics, Informix, HTML (all types), Javascript, Lisp, Lotus 123, Lotus Notes, Mapper, Meeting Works, Powerpoint, PMW (Project Management Workbench), Protec, Pascal, Quattro Pro, SPSS, Unads, Visual Basic, Word Perfect, Word, and Wordstar.

IS development experience includes:

Data structures and system design

Multi-user access control on networks

End-user focus and interface design

Event-driven processing



I like both technology and people, and can “bring alive” subjects by engaging students, in large as well as small classes. I also have training and experience with student-centered learning, good teaching practices and online teaching methods.

Training Courses

  • Leadership Principles
  • Stress Management
  • Interview methods
  • Study Habits

IS Courses

  • C Programming
  • Data Communications
  • Emerging Technology (web-based)
  • Equipment Acquisition and Procurement
  • Fourth Generation Languages
  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Information Systems Principles
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Network Management
  • IS People Management
  • Programming Principles
  • Program Development
  • Project Management
  • Security
  • Systems Design
  • Systems Implementation
  • System Management
  • System Review and Maintenance.

NJIT Courses

  • CIS 365 File Structures and Management (using COBOL programming)
  • CIS 270 Multi-media Information Systems (HCI ­ interface design)
  • CIS 475 Evaluation of Computer Applications
  • CIS 431 Database Information Systems
  • CIS 675 Evaluation of Information Systems (qualitative and quantitative research methods)
  • CIS 786-011 Design of Social-Technical Systems

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Overall student evaluations are good to excellent, except for a new course in 2000.

Current PhD Students

I enjoy helping graduates think through complex issues creatively. Currently three have accepted conference publications.

Masters Projects

  • 2002, Leroy Mayers, Working In Other People’s Spaces.
  • 2003, Jinen Cheda, The Information Exchange (ASP)
  • 2004F, Yolanta Soltis, NJIT New Employee Computing Orientation.
    See: Soltis, J., Patel, P. & Whitworth, B., Designing a New Employee Orientation (NEO) system, poster presented at the SIGUCCS 2005 Fall Conference in Monterey, California, Technical Program Track: Training and Documentation (
  • 2004F, Gayatri Konganapally & Smitha Vallabhaneni, The Information Exchange (Cold Fusion)
  • 2005F, Srikanth Kollipara &, Vikram Koganti, Spam receipt rates
  • 2005F, Deepthi Gottimukkala, An online questionnaire of email user attitudes to spam

Educational Development

New course development:

  • Multi-media computing and human centered design
  • Information systems evaluation
  • Business statistics
  • Experimental design
  • IS project management
  • System documentation.
1. CIS270, Multi-Media Information Systems

This course introduces human centered computing to undergraduates via two esucational streams:

  • How people work (psychology)
  • How technology can fit how people work (usability).

It combines psychology and information systems to introduce the HCI specialty. With 6 sections per year, and several instructors, it begins our HCI degree. The course was entirely new - new lectures, new textbooks, new syllabus, new web examples, new assignments, new exams, and new sample questions. It was designed for a team teaching approach:                                              

2.         CIS786-003, Virtual Communities Research, offered with Dr. Bieber, as a special topics course.

3.         CIS 786 The Design of Social-Technical Systems. A special topics course that began with reliability and security, and ended with social concepts like legitimacy and privacy.

4.         CIS270 Distance Learning Course Developed CIS 270, Distance Learning in Fall 2000. Video-recorded classes to create 4 CDs with:
  1. Video lessons ­ of classes
  2. Powerpoint lessons (in printable form)
  3. Web design examples, for each lesson
  4. Sample exam questions, for study.

Teaching Related Publications

Whitworth, B., 1993, Research in Polytechnics, Tutor, 41, May, p40-41.

Other Educational Contributions

1. CIS270 Course Coordinator

Each semester 2000-2004 I coordinated CIS270, meeting both in person and online, to:

  • Train the trainers: Help new instructors come up to speed on a new course
  • Develop the course: Coordinate new ideas on the course. An instructor may discuss something with me, then try it one semester, and the next semester we introduce it to everyone.
  • Keep assessment consistent: It is disheartening for students to work hard for one instructor and get a B, while other students do less and get A from an instructor who grades easy. If professors grade different sections of the same course differently, it reduces morale. Consistency means student grades depend on their work, not the professor they get.
  • Textbook: We consult on the textbook.

2. CIS675 (Evaluation of Information Systems).

This course teaches experimental method for the PhD program. I developed the course by:

  • Improving the course syllabus.
  • Matching the papers to the lesson timetable, and including more recent papers.
  • Improving the assignment deliverables and points per contribution.
  • Improving the exams in content and form.
  • Giving group assignments both group and individual graded deliverables.

Students now begin this course with a syllabus which tells them all they need to know: what lesson is when, when assignments are due, policy for late or cheating, and what must be read each week. Also, all the course assignments are issued in the first class.

3. Course Representatives.

I proposed student representation as a means to course development in Fall 2004. Each class elects a representative, and after each semester they meet with course coordinators to discuss course improvement. This creates a positive feedback loop between students and staff each semester. Students report past progress, and with faculty, offer future suggestions.   

4. Course Standards.

In May 2004 I suggested to the NJIT Graduate Students Association (GSA) that course consistency was important in education. If courses are consistent, student’s grades depend on what they do, not on who grades them. This empowers them to learn. If a student’s grade depends more on who grades them than on what they do, they work harder to select their professor than to study the subject. I suggested course standards were good for students, and the GSA agreed. Using my ideas, they produced a “Course Standards and Guidelines for Good Practice” (See The “Introduction to Syllabus Writing” section copies my online syllabus.


Summary: 5 book sections, 12 peer refereed journal papers, 26 refereed conference papers.

Book Sections

  1. Whitworth, B., Aldo de Moor, A. and Liu, T., 2006, Towards a Theory of Online Social Rights, in R. Meersman, Z. Tari, P. Herrero et al. (Eds.): OTM Workshops 2006, LNCS 4277, pp. 247 – 256, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
  2. Whitworth, B., 2006, Measuring Disagreement, in Handbook of Research on Electronic Surveys and Measurements, Edited by: Rodney A. Reynolds, Pepperdine University; Robert Woods, Spring Arbor University; Jason D. Baker, Regent University, Idea Group Reference (an imprint of Idea Group Inc.)
  3. Whitworth, B., 2006, Social-technical Systems, in Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction, Edited Claude Ghaoui, Idea Group Reference, Hershey. p533-541
  4. Whitworth, B., 2006, Spam as a symptom of electronic communication technologies that ignore social requirements, 2006, in Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction, Edited Claude Ghaoui, p559-566.
  5. Turoff, M., Hiltz, S.R., Fjermestad, J., Bieber, M. & Whitworth, B., 2002, Computer-Mediated Communications for Group Support: Past and Future, Chapter 13 in Human Computer Interaction in the New Millenium, John Carrol (Ed), ACM Press New York, p279-295

Peer Refereed Journal Papers:

  1. Whitworth, B., Fjermestad, J., Mahinda, E., 2006, The Web of System Performance: A multi-goal model of information system performance, Communications of the ACM, May, Vol 49, No 5, p93-99.
  2. Whitworth, B., 2005, Polite Computing, October, Behaviour & Information Technology. Vol. 24, No. 5, September, 353 – 363
  3. Whitworth, B.& Whitworth, E., 2004, Spam and the Social-Technical Gap, IEEE Computer, October, 38-45.
  4. Whitworth, B., & deMoor, A., 2003, Legitimate by design: Towards trusted virtual community environments. Behaviour & Information Technology 22: 1, p31-51.
  5. Whitworth, B., & McQueen, R. J., 2003. Voting before discussing: Electronic voting as social interaction, Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, Number 5, p4-16.
  6. Whitworth, B., & Zaic, M., 2003. The WOSP Model: Balanced Information System Design and Evaluation. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 12, 258-282.
  7. Whitworth, B. and Felton, R., 1999, Measuring disagreement in groups facing limited choice problems, THE DATABASE for Advances in Information Systems (30:3 & 4), pp. 22-33.
  8. Whitworth, B., Gallupe, R. B. and McQueen R., 2001, Generating agreement in computer-mediated groups, Small Group Research, October.
  9. Whitworth, B., Gallupe, R. B. and McQueen R., 2000, A cognitive three-process model of computer-mediated group interaction, Group Decision and Negotiation 9: 431-456
  10. Whitworth, B., Major, 1985, Leadership - The forgotten dimension, The New Zealand Army Journal, 1, Dec, p15-28
  11. Whitworth, B., 1998, The web of system properties: A general view of systems. December, ACM SIG CSE, p46-50   
  12. Whitworth, B., 1995, The social psychology of distributed electronic task groups, New Zealand Journal of Computing, 6, Number 1A, August, p171-180.

Refereed Conference Papers:

  1. Whitworth, B., Aldo de Moor, A. and Liu, T., 2006, Towards a Theory of Online Social Rights, International Workshop on Community Informatics (COMINF'06) Nov 2 - Nov 3, Montpellier, France
  2. Whitworth, B., Cheickna, S., and Whitworth, E., 2006, Assessing emergent business IT using the web of system performance, The Fifth Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, Wuhan, P.R. China, May 27-28, p1-15. Paper
  3. Mahinda, E and Whitworth, B., 2006, Using The WOSP Model To Improve End-User Productivity Of Information Systems, International Conference on Business IT (BIZIT 2006): Collaborating with ICT Innovations for Business Survival, August 8 – 10, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Paper.... Presentation
  4. Hare, K., Whitworth, B., Deek, F. and Norris, T., 2006, A New Approach to Clinical IT Resistance: The Need for Information Technology Confidentially and Mobility, Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ 2006), August 9-11, Auckland, New Zealand. Paper
  5. Whitworth, B., Banuls, V., Cheickna, S., Mahinda, E., 2005, An Expanded View of Technology Acceptance, Journal of AIS Sponsored Theory Development Workshop, Las Vegas, Dec 14th , p1-19
  6. Soltis, J., Patel, P. & Whitworth, B., Designing a New Employee Orientation (NEO) system, presented at the SIGUCCS 2005 Fall Conference in Monterey, California, Technical Program Track: Training and Documentation
  7. Mahinda, E. & Whitworth, B., 2005, The Web of System Performance: Extending the TAM Model, Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 11-14, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
  8. Patten, K., Whitworth, B., Fjermestad,  J., Mahinda, E., 2005, Leading IT Flexibility: Anticipation, Agility and Adaptability, Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 11-14, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
  9. Foreman, B. & Whitworth, B., 2005, Information Disclosure and the Online Customer Relationship, Quality, Values and Choice Workshop, Computer Human Interaction 2005, Portland, Oregon
  10. Hare, K., Whitworth, B. and Jekelis, A., 2005, How Do We Get The Clinical Side Of Healthcare On Par With The Administrative Side Of Healthcare With Respect To Information Technology Alignment? Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, Oct. 19-22, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
  11. Mahinda, E. and Whitworth, B. 2004, Evaluating Flexibility and Reliability in Emergency Response Information Systems, International Workshop on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Tilburg, The Netherlands, details: (peer review- 6 pages)
  12. Whitworth, B. and Whitworth, E., 2004, Spam and the socio-technical divide, 7th International Conference on Work with Computing Systems WWCS 2004, 29 June ­ 2 July Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (peer review- 7 pages)
  13. Whitworth, B. 2003, Legitimacy and cyber-society: Why cyber-deviance is more than just anti-normative behavior, Research Workshop on “Cyberdeviance” in the Digital Economy:  Ethical, Legal, and Economic Implications”, March 6, 2003, The Irwin L. Gross eBusiness Institute (eBI), Fox School of Business & Management, Temple University (Editor review)
  14. Whitworth, B. & de Moor, A. 2002. Legitimate by design: Towards trusted virtual community environments. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference for the System Sciences (HICSS), Hawaii. Nominated by Organizational Systems and Technology ­Community Informatics mini-track for best paper. ­ peer review, 12 pages
  15. Whitworth, B., 2002, Polite computing: Software that respects the user, Etiquette for human computer work, AAAI Fall Symposia Series, November 15-1, North Falmouth, Ma. (peer review) (7 pages)
  16. Whitworth, B., & Bieber, M. 2002. Legitimate Navigation Links. Poster presented at ACM Hypertext 2002, Demonstrations and Posters, University of Maryland. (reviewed)
  17. Jones, Q., & Whitworth, B. 2002. Initial thoughts on a different kind of space: Measuring architectures and discourse coherence. Paper presented at the Computer Human Interaction Discourse Architectures Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (peer review - 12 pages)
  18. Whitworth, B., Bartel Van De Walle and Murray Turoff, 2000, Beyond Rational Decision Making, Group Decision and Negotiation 2000, Glasgow, Scotland   ­ peer review, 18 pages
  19. Whitworth, B., 2000, The implications of a cognitive three process (C3P) model for computer-mediated groups, SSGRR 2000, L'Aquila, July 31 - August 6, International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for Electronic Business, Science and Education on the Internet, ISBN ISBN 88-85280-52-8  ­ peer review, 13 pages
  20. Whitworth, B. and McQueen, R. J., 1999, Voting before discussing: Computer voting as social communication, Proceedings of the 32nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 1, p351-359 Nominated by Collaboration Technology ­ Theory and Methodology mini-track for best paper. ­ peer review, 17 pages
  21. Van de Walle, B. Brian Whitworth and Murray Turoff, 2000, Surviving arrow’s paradox: Preference and indifference in disagreeing groups, Group Decision and Negotiation 2000, Glasgow, Scotland  ­ peer review
  22. Whitworth, B., and Felton, R., 1998, Measuring disagreement in groups facing limited choice problems, Proceedings of the 31st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 1, p351-359 Nominated by Collaboration Technology ­ Theory and Methodology mini-track for best paper. ­ peer review, 9 pages
  23. Whitworth, B. and Plimmer, B., 1997, Towards a general taxonomy of communication settings, National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications 10th Annual Conference, Nelson July. ­ peer review, 17 pages
  24. Whitworth, B. and Gallupe, R. B. 1997, Generating agreement in dispersed, computer-mediated groups: An enhanced theoretical framework, Administrative Sciences of Canada Conference Proceedings ­ Information Systems, 18(4), p54-66. ­  peer review
  25. Whitworth, B., 1996, Using normative influence to generate agreement in computer mediated groups operating across lean networks, The 1996 Information Systems Conference of New Zealand Doctoral Consortium. ­ editor review
  26. Whitworth, B., 1996, Group cohesion in computer mediated groups, Pacific Research Institute for Information Systems and Management (PRIISM) 1996 International Conference Proceedings, p225-235. ­ peer review

Other Publications:

  1. Whitworth, Capt B., 1981, The use of buddy ratings for officer selection, Defense Psychology Unit Research Report 3/81
  2. Whitworth, Capt B., 1980, The use of psychological tests for army officer selection, Defense Psychology Unit Technical Note 1/80
  3. Whitworth, Capt B.,  Flt. Lt D. Frowen , and Lt Cdr W. A. McEwan, 1978, The Territorial Force - A cross sectional study, Defense Psychology Unit Research Report 4/78
  4. Whitworth, B., 1975, Brain Systems and the Concept of Self, M.A. Thesis, Auckland University, Auckland
  5. Whitworth, B. and Sheffield, J., 1992, Survey of research in electronic meeting systems, Auckland University MSIS Department, Working Paper 8, January.
  6. Whitworth, B., 1997, Generating group agreement and decision confidence in computer mediated groups: Towards an integrative model of group interaction, September, Doctoral thesis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. UMI Publication Number: AAT 9821071
  7. Whitworth, B., 3rd August 1998, Psychologist’s input into software needed, Infotech Weekly, New Zealand p23


  1. Whitworth, B., July 2004, Spam: A social challenge to Internet system design, Department of Management Systems, University of Waikato
  2. Whitworth, B., Nov 2001, Human Factors in Web Site Design, Annual Faculty Best Practices Showcases by NJEdge Educational Activities Task Force
  3. Whitworth, B. & Sniezek, J., Jan 4th 2000, 33rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Half-day seminar, Psychology and Information Systems
  4. Psychology Department at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaigne), October 1999, Groupware: Old wine in new bottles, invited by Dr. Joseph McGrath
  5. Whitworth, B., October 1999 Getting Group Influence Online, Society of Experimental Social Psychology  Annual Conference ( , St Louis, Missouri ­ invited by Sarah Kiesler
  6. National Advisory Committee on Computing 11th Annual Conference, 1998, Auckland, Trends in IS ­ Where is it all going and why?
  7. National University of Singapore, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, 8th December 1997, The social psychology of electronic groups: Old influences in new situations


Awarded PI: Principal Investigator, CP: Co-Principal, I: Investigator

  • Co-PI, Relationship Analysis (NSF 0083758), $100,000, Sep 2000-Aug 2002
  • PI, NJIT SBR, Designing Groupware, $20,200, Jul2000 ­ Jun 2001
  • PI, NJI-Tower, Development of Multi-media Systems DL Course, $2,500, Jan 2001
  • PI, NZ Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Technology for Business Growth grant, $51,000, 1995


Registered Psychologist (New Zealand).



  • 2004-2005                  Faculty Council representative
  • 2003-2004                  Graduate Council representative
  • 2000-2003                  Library Committee representative
  • 2000-2002                  NJIT Teaching Learning and Technology Committee

Faculty Handbook

In May 2005 I presented a proposal to the Faculty Council to make the Faculty Handbook a dynamic online document, which was accepted by the Faculty Council and Faculty.


  • 2001-2002, Laboratory Space Committee
  • 2003-2004, MIS Curriculum Revision. As Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, chaired a committee to revise the Master’s program to AIS and ACM standards. I crafted the final proposal that it have speciality “streams”, with a research/PhD stream. This major revision was accepted by the Department, and addressed a longstanding student wish that the MIS become a course in its own right, not just a preparatory PhD course.
  • 2003-2005, IS Music Club. For the past two years I sponsored a Department “Music Club”. Students meet, usually at my place, and we sing around a piano or guitar. I wrote The PhD Song we sang at a Dept get together to a great response.

Peer reviewing and academic service

  • 2005      Facilitator “Information, Technology & Innovation”, Eastern Academy of Management Conference ­ Managing Ethically in Times of Change, 11-14May, Springfield, Ma
  • 2005      Review for AMCIS, 1 Aug, 2005, Omaha (Turoff)
  • 2005      Review for Computer Human Interaction conference (NZ) (Trebor)
  • 2005      Review for Decision Support Systems journal (Holsapple)
  • 2005      Review for IPSI-2005 Hawaii USA (Milutinovic)   (Internet, Processes, Systems, and International)     
  • 2004      Review for Interacting With Computers: Designing for a civil society (Walker)
  • 2004      Review for ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI-2003-0002)
  • 2004      Review for special issue of the Electronic Commerce Research Journal (Schubert)
  • 2004            Review for EM - Electronic Markets (Schubert, 15214)
  • 2003      Review for International Journal of Human Computer Studies (Carberry, IJHCS03-110)
  • 2002      Review for MISQ (McCleod, RA3315)
  • 2001.    Review for MISQ (Dennis and Zigurs)
  • 2001.    Review for GROUP 2001 (ACM SIGGROUP) conference, (Tan)
  • 2001      Review for International Journal of Electronic Commerce (Romano)
  • 2001      Review for Academic Press, in the Encyclopaedia of Information Systems
  • 2001      Review for HICSS-34 (Fjermestad)
  • 2000.    Review “Psychology and IS” for Encyclopaedia of Information System (Dennis)
  • 2000      Review of two papers for HICSS (Fjermested)
  • 1999.    Review for JMIS, (Briggs)
  • 1998.    Review for The Database (Dennis)
  • 1998.    Review for HICSS (Turoff).

Session chair, "Innovating in the Innovation Process" session, Friday May 13th 2005 in Eastern Academy of Management Conference 2005, Springfield, MA.

Professional Societies

  • Member of Association of Computing Machinery
  • Member of the Association for Information Systems
  • Member of the Association of University Professors


  • 2005 Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students, NJIT
  • 1971. Graduate Records Exam (International)
    • Top 3% Psychology
    • Top 6% Verbal ability
    • Top 10% Quantitative ability
  • 1967. Junior Scholarship (top 100 in NZ, all subject areas)