Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2141, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.462
Dr Phil Dobson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business in the Faculty of Business and Law. Phil is a Member of the Faculty's Centre for Innovative Practice.
- MAN6910 - Business Process Management
- MAN6925 - Project Management
- MAN5402 - Project Scheduling and Control
- MAN6310 - MIS and PM capstone unit
- MAN6936 - Enterprise Architecture
- MAN3716 - Contemporary Issues in Project Management
Dr Phil Dobson worked at a senior level for a number of large Australian mining companies before returning to academia in the mid 1980’s. He has a particular interest in the underlying philosophies of information systems research and has completed a PhD in the area.
He is associate editor for the philosophy stream for the International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach (IJITSA) and for a Special Issue on Critical Realism for MIS Quarterly (2013).
- PhD Cowan
- MInfoSys Curtin (awarded Galliers medal for academically best graduate)
- GradDipBus WAustCAE
- BScHons Adel
- BSc WAust
- Australian Computer Society (ACS)
- Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Research areas and interests
- Critical realist approaches to Information Systems (IS) research
- Social aspects of National Broadband Network adoption
- Enterprise Architecture
- Theory of Constraints (TOC)
- Project Management
Recent research grants
- 2012 - Encouraging Innovative PhD Research. Value $9760, Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Strategic Research Grant 2012. Research team: Dobson, P. (CI); Bahn, S.; Larsen, A.; Gengatharen, D. E.; Fulford, R.; Barratt-Pugh, L.
- 2010 - Understanding and Facilitating Broadband Adoption in the Mid West region of Western Australia. Value $19,589. Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Strategic Research Grant, 2010. Research team: Dobson, P.; Jackson, P. & Gengatharen, D. E.
- 2004 - CRM in the Service Industry. Australian Research Council Linkage grant. Research team: Prof. P. Love, Prof. C. Standing, Dr. P. Dobson, Mr. R. Fulford.
- Dobson, P. (2012). Critical Realism and IS Research: Some Methodological Implications (pages 63-81) in Mora, M., Gelman, O., Steenkamp, A. L., & Raisinghani, M. (eds). Research Methodologies, Innovations and Philosophies in Software Systems Engineering and Information Systems. IGI Global.
- Dobson, P. (2010), ‘Longitudinal case research: A critical realist perspective’, in W. Olsen (ed) Realist Methodology, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series, Sage Publications Ltd, UK.
- Dobson, P. (2010), ‘The philosophy of critical realism: An opportunity for Information Systems research’ in W. Olsen (ed) Realist Methodology, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series, Sage Publications Ltd, UK.
- Dobson, P., Jackson, P. & Gengatharen, D. (2013). Explaining Broadband Adoption in Rural Australia: Modes of Reflexivity and the Morphogenetic Approach, MIS Quarterly, 37(3), 965-991.
- Dobson, P., Myles, J., and Jackson, P.(2007). Making the Case for Critical Realism: Examining the Implementation of Automated Performance Management Systems, Information Resources Management Journal, Vol. 20 Iss. 2, p. 140-152.
- Dobson, P. & Love, P. (2004). Realist and Postmodernist Perspectives On Information Systems Research. Points Of Connection, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 12, No. 1., pp 94-102.
- Dobson, P. (2003). BPR versus Outsourcing – Critical Perspectives. Journal of Systemic Practice and Action Research, 16, Issue 3, p. 225-233.
- Dobson, Philip J. (2002). "Critical realism and information systems research: why bother with philosophy?", Information Research, 7(2). [google scholar citations: 80]
- Dobson, P. (2001), ‘The philosophy of critical realism: An opportunity for Information Systems research’, Information Systems Frontiers, Vol. 3 No. 2 pp 199-210. [google scholar citations: 91]
- Dobson, P. (2001), ‘Longitudinal case research: A critical realist perspective’, Journal of Systemic practice and action research, Vol: 14, Issue 3, p 283-296 [google scholar citations: 33].
- Al Hameed, L., Dobson, P. and Jackson, P. (2014) A Framework for Clarifying the Goal and Implementation of ISO, Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Auckland, December 2014.
- Gengatharen, D., Dobson, P., & Jackson, P. (2013). Individual reflexivity: an innovative way of researching regional attitudes towards broadband under the NBN. Paper presented at the Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference 2013, Perth, WA.
- Dobson, P. (2013). Causal Mechanisms In Project Management – Allowing For Social Context In Project Management Research. Paper presented at the Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference 2013, Perth, WA.
- Dobson, P., Gengatharen, D., Fulford, R., Barratt-Pugh, L., Bahn, S., & Larsen, A.-C. (2012). Eureka Moments In Research: Exploring Abductive Processes Using Four Case Examples, Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Geelong, 3-5 December 2012.
- Dobson, P., and D'Mello, Z. (2012), Addressing the digital divide - IT Management practices in rural NGHSOs, ANZAM 2012 (forthcoming).
- Dobson, P., Jackson, P., & Gengatharen, D. (2011). Examining Rural Adoption of Broadband – Critical Realist Perspectives. In Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems PACIS) 2011, Brisbane, Australia.
- Jackson, P., Dobson, P., & Gengatharen, D. (2011). Using the morphogenetic model to examine broadband adoption - a critical realist argument. In Proceedings of the 11th EURAM Conference, Tallinn.
- Dobson, P. (2007). Integrating Philosophy into IS Research, Proceedings of the Conference on Information Management and Internet Research, November 6th and 7th 2007, Joondalup.
- Dobson, P. (2006). Critical Realism as Underlabourer in Examining Organizational Outsourcing, The International Association for Critical Realism annual conference, 10-12 July 2005, Sydney.
- Webster, W.R., & Dobson, P. J. (2004). Cognition and Perspective: The Role of Cognitive Profiles and Philosophical Perspectives in Global IT Education, Proceedings of Fifth Annual Global Information Technology Management World Conference. San Diego: GITMA.
- Dobson (2003). Judging Interpretive, Critical and Realist Approaches in IS Case Research?, 14th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Perth.
- Dobson, P. J. (2002). Innovation Diffusion from a Structure/Agency Perspective. In D. Bunker, D.Wilson & S. R. Elliot (bis.). The Adoption and Diffusion of IT in an Environment of Critical Change - IFIP TC 8 International Working Conference on Diffusion. Adoption and Implementation of Information Technology. 1st- 3rd August 2002. (pp. 34-44). Sydney, Australia: Pearson Publishing services on behalf of International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP).