Research in information systems focuses on the management and use of information technology (IT) in organisations. Innovations in digital technologies continue to drive productivity growth, but they can also disrupt markets and entire industries in an increasingly global and fast-paced business environment.

Our research looks for ways in which people can effectively understand, use and develop information technology, as well as the impact of IT on organisations and society in general.

Information systems research covers a wide range of topics:

  • Digital innovation
    The creation, distribution and commercialisation of digital innovations, and their impact on organisations and society.
  • Data mining and big data
    How huge amounts of data can now be extracted and analysed using cutting-edge business analysis tools.
  • The relationship between information systems and organisations
    How IT impacts on organisational structure, culture and people.
  • Global outsourcing
    How organisations can successfully outsource some of their IT capabilities
  • Enterprise application integration
    The integration of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and decision support systems.
  • Sustainability modelling and reporting systems
    The analysis and development of enterprise systems that support sustainability.
  • Learning and teaching with technologies
    How students and lecturers can increase their productivity through the design and use of new applications, tools, systems and methodologies.
  • Information technology in small developed countries
    The relative success of the IT industries in New Zealand and other small developed countries.
  • Recreational computing
    How information systems are used in non-work settings, including social networking, virtual communities, use of mobile devices and games.




Information Systems
The general PhD regulations require either a bachelors honours degree or masters degree for entry. Both the honours degree and the masters degree should have prepared the applicant with subject matter expertise and research skills, including at least one significant research endeavour as part of the degree. For this reason, MBAs and other general, applied degrees are often not seen as adequate preparation for PhD study, and transitional preparation of up to one year may be required. Prior degree study should have been completed with distinction (generally at A- level or above) and have prepared the applicant in the discipline in which the research is proposed. In terms of supervision, the disciplinary base of the department is broad and applicants are encouraged to check the research profiles of potential supervisors on the department website. Many staff have identified preferred areas of PhD and masters supervision to assist students' identification of research topics.
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Lesley's area of research interest covers several areas: Social Media, E-learning Innovation, Hypermedia and heritage data handling. Her doctoral research focused on the field of hypertext and software development. She has since explored the application of hypermedia, e-learning support and innovation through many vehicles.  She has also researches and supports postgraduate students in many areas associated with social media and education.
Current research at the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland, focuses on the analysis of social media trends and the modelling of multimedia heritage data sources to create robust data models and management tools.