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Dr Philip Dobson

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Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2141, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.462
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 2141
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.462  


Dr Phil Dobson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Law. Phil is a Member of the School's Centre for Innovative Practice.


By appointment.

Current teaching

  • Project Scheduling and Control
  • Business Process Management
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Capstone Project
  • Project Monitoring and Control
  • Project Management


Dr Phil Dobson worked at a senior level for a number of large Australian mining companies before returning to academia. He has a particular interest in the underlying philosophies of information systems research and has completed a PhD in the area.

He is a senior 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). He was Chairman – Academic Review for the AIPM 2013 conference. He has been a reviewer for MIS Quarterly, ACIS, PACIS, American Journal of Evaluation, AJIS, and Organization amongst others.

Professional associations

  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University.
  • Master of Information Systems, Curtin University of Technology, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia, 1990.
  • Graduate Diploma of Business, Other WA higher ed institution, 1989.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Adelaide, 1978.


Recent Research Grants

  • Examining the social aspects of enterprise integration of project management and enterprise content management systems,  MercyCare Ltd,  Industry Engagement to support PhD Scholarships,  2017 - 2021,  $21,000.
  • Information Systems Enabled Corporate Transformation: Evaluation of Electronic Customer Relationship Management in the Service Sector,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2004 - 2007,  $-35,819.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Jackson, P., Dobson, P., Richter, N., (2018), The situational logic of entrepreneurship: a realist approach to national policy. Innovation: the European Journal of Social Science Research, n/a(n/a), 1-24, DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2017.1348932.
  • Dobson, P., Jackson, P., (2017), Using critical realism and reflexivity to explain broadband non-adoption in rural Australia. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 21(2017), Article Number 1695, DOI: 10.3127/ajis.v21i0.1695.
  • Jackson, P., Runde, J., Dobson, P., Richter, N., (2016), Identifying mechanisms influencing the emergence and success of innovation within national economies: a realist approach. Policy Sciences: an international journal devoted to the improvement of policy making, 49(3), 233-256, New York, USA, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s11077-015-9237-6.
  • Dobson, P., Jackson, P., Gengatharen, D., (2013), Explaining Broadband Adoption In Rural Australia: Modes Of Reflexivity And The Morphogenetic Approach. MIS Quarterly, 37(3), 965-992, United States, M I S Research Center.

Conference Publications

  • Nuryatno, ET., Dobson, P., (2016), Examining the social aspects of Enterprise Architecture Implementation: A Morphogenetic Approach. Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) 2015 Proceedings, 1-10, Cornell University.
  • Jackson, P., Dobson, P., Gengatharen, D., (2016), Focusing on non-adopters of broadband: A critical realist perspective. Proceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 10p., University of Wollongong, University of Wollongong.
  • Jackson, P., Dobson, P., Richter, N., (2015), Using Archer’s Morphogenetic Model to Explain Entrepreneurial Behaviour: The Case of Germany. Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE 2015), 312-319, Genoa, Italy, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.
  • Al Hameed, L., Dobson, P., Jackson, P., (2014), A Framework for Clarifying the Goal and Implementation of ISO. Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 11, Auckland University of Technology.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards A Theory Of Management And Evaluation Of Operational Enterprise Resource Planning Applications
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring 'people' As The Key Element In Enterprise Architecture Implementation: A Critical Realist Perspective.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring Poor Outcomes From Quality Assurance Programs - An Analysis Based Around The Concept Of Mechanisms And The Theory Of Constraints (toc) Thinking Process (tp)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (Information Systems),  Managing The It Relationship - A Critical Realist View Of The Small Non Government Human Service Organisation Experience.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Determinants Of E-fulfilment Success In The Online Retail Sector.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creating Business Value Through E-marketplace Trading.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Capitalising On Experience For An Evolved Era: A Reflective Practitioner Study.
  • Doctor of Business Administration (Information Systems),  Implications Of Electronic Ordering In The Australian Fresh Food Industry: A Longitudinal Study Of An Australian Smallgoods Company.
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