Doctoral study in Information Systems

Why study with us?

  • The University of Auckland consistently ranks in the top 100 globally and is New Zealand’s No. 1 university. (QS World University Rankings)
  • The Business School at The University of Auckland is part of the 1% of Business Schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation.(AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS, and AMBA)
  • The university hosts more researchers in business and economics than any other New Zealand university. This expertise provides opportunities for original and significant contributions to knowledge in various disciplines.
  • Students have opportunities to connect with professionals from their discipline through networking event, fostering collaboration and industry connections.
  • The Business School offers state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated workspaces for full-time PhD students.
  • Doctoral candidates receive annual Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) funding to cover research expenses.
  • The Business School Careers Centre assists students with career planning through skills workshops, employer interactions and individual support.

Research opportunities

Research in the Information Systems discipline concerns the development, use and impact of digital technology on people, organisations, business and society. We invite prospective PhD students to apply to work on topics related to digital transformation, and the use of new technologies and business models at the individual, firm, industry or country level. Recent trends such as intelligent automation, big data, and the increased use of social media open endless opportunities for cutting edge research.

You are welcome to propose your own topics of interest or to consult our academics about opportunities to conduct research at our department.

Our people

Pursue your topic with us and benefit from exceptional standards of support and supervision from internationally recognised researchers. Our people are based in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management and the Graduate School of Management at the Business School.

Associate Professor Fernando Beltrán: The economics of service competition in open-access Next-Generation platforms, the digital dividend, and the efficient sharing and allocation of radio spectrum

Associate Professor Lesley Gardner: Social media, e-learning innovation, hypermedia and heritage data handling

Professor Julia Kotlarsky: technology sourcing and innovation in knowledge-intensive business services; crowdsourcing; interface between artificial intelligence technologies and humans, and implications for design of work in organizations; social media and digital technology in emergencies and national disasters

Professor Michael Myers: Digital transformation, digital natives and ubiquitous information systems; how IT is transforming organisations and industries; qualitative research methods in information systems; social and organisational aspects of information systems; and success and failure of information systems

Professor Ilan Oshri: Understanding the governance of various models of strategic sourcing of services, IT innovation, robotic process automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, and their impact on operations and business models

Professor David Sundaram: The design and implementation of adaptive systems that are flexible and evolvable and support informational, decisional, knowledge and collaboration needs of organisations

Associate Professor Arvind Tripathi: E-commerce and online markets, social media/networks, open innovation and open-source software, demand forecasting and supply chain management

Dr Xinwei Wang: Mobile marketing promotion; cross-cultural study of information system design; IT policy compliance

Dr Randy Wong: IT and User Behaviours, Human-Computer
Interaction, and Implications of Digitalization

Dr Ying Zhang: Economics of Information Systems, Digital
Marketing, Electronic Commerce, Online Reputation and Regulation Mechanisms and
Digital innovations in Emerging Markets

Past research topics

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your doctoral studies in Information Systems.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarship

Non-University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Contact us

Phone the University

923 7186 (within Auckland)

0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)

+64 9 373 7513 (overseas)

For specific information on doctoral study in Information Systems, please contact the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management