Dr. Elizabeth Davidson
Shidler College of Business
Department of Information Technology Management
University of Hawaii Manoa


Research areas and publications


Social Media and New Business Innovations

With collaborators, have been studying the ways in which new business opportunities and new types of social actors arise through the use of new media. Vaast, E., Davidson, E, & Mattson, T. (2013).  Talking about Technology: The Emergence of a New Actor Category Through New Media.  MIS Quarterly. 37(4): 1069-1092.  Publications include the following:

            Abhari, K., Davidson, E., and Xiao, B. (forthcoming). Co-Innovation Platform Affordances: Developing a Conceptual Model and Measurement Instrument, Industrial Management & Data Systems.

            Davidson, E. and Vaast, E. (2010). Digital Entrepreneurship and its Sociomaterial Enactment.  Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems and Science (HICSS), Koloa, Kauai, HI, January 5-8, 2010. [Best paper award].

            Davidson, E. and Vaast, E.  (2009).  Tech Talk:  An Investigation of Blogging in Technology Innovation Discourse, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, 52:1, 20-40.


Social Cognition in Information Systems Development

Beginning with my dissertation research, under the supervision of Dr. Wanda Orlikowski at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, I have studied how individuals and groups in organizations conceptualize information systems requirements and translate requirements into information systems projects.  Publications in this area include:

            Young, B., Mathiassen, L. & Davidson, E. (2016). Inconsistent and Incongruent Frames during IT-enabled Change: An Action Research into Sales Process Innovation. Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS), 17(7), p. 555-580.

            Gogin, J., Davidson, E., & Proudfoot, J. (2016). The Healthcare.gov Project.  Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases. ISSN: 2043-8869, doi:10.1057/jittc.2016.2, p. 1-12.

            Deng, X. & Davidson, E. (2013). Knowledge Boundaries and Spanning Practices in Configuring Packaged Systems, Journal of IT Case and Application Research (JITCAR), 15:1.

            Davidson, E. (2006).  A Technological Frames Perspective on Information Technology and Organizational Change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 42:1, 23-39.

            Davidson, E. (2002). Technology frames and framing:  A socio-cognitive investigation of requirements determination, MIS Quarterly, 26:4, 329-358

            Davidson, E.  (1999).  What's in a name? Exploring the Metaphorical Implications of Data Warehousing in Concept and Practice, Journal of End-User Computing, 11:4, 22-32.

            Davidson, E.  (1999).  Joint Application Design (JAD) in Practice, Journal of Systems and Software, 45, 215-223.


Health IT

My interests in health IT has grown over the last decade, as I have studied the adoption of integrated clinical systems into hospitals and the diffusion and uptake of electronic medical records in small physician practices.  Publications with collaborators include:

            Holden, K. & Davidson, E. (forthcoming). Sorting out EHR adoption and assimilation in the Meaningful Use incentive program in Hawaii.  Proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems and Science (HICSS), Koloa, Kauai, HI, January, 2017.

            Higa, C. & Davidson, E. (forthcoming). Building Healthier Communities: Value Co-Creation within the Chronic Care Model for Rural Under-Resourced Areas.  Proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems and Science (HICSS), Koloa, Kauai, HI, January, 2017.

            Loos, J. & Davidson, E. (2016). Wearable Health Monitors and Physician-Patient Communication: The Physician’s Perspective. Proceedings of the 49rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems and Science (HICSS), Koloa, Kauai, HI, January, 2016.

            Davidson, E., Oesterlund, C., & Flaherty, M. (2015). Drift and Shift in the Organizing Vision for Personal Health Records:  An Investigation of Innovation Discourse Dynamics.  Information and Organization. 25(4): p. 191-221.

            Oborn, E., Barrett, M., and Davidson, E. (2011). Unity in Diversity: Electronic Patient Record Use in Multidisiplinary Practice.  Information Systems Research.  22:3.

            Reardon, J. and Davidson, E. (2007). An organizational learning perspective on the assimilation of electronic medical records among small physician practices.  European Journal of Information Systems, 16(6): 681-694.

            Davidson, E. and Chismar, W. (2007) The Interaction of Institutionally Triggered and Technology-Triggered Social Structure Change:  An Investigation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), MIS Quarterly. 31(4), pp. 739-758.

            Davidson, E. and Heslinga, D. (2007), Bridging the IT Adoption Gap for Small Physician Practices: An Action Research Study on Electronic Health Records. Forthcoming in Information Systems Management, 12(1),15-28.

            Davidson E. and Chiasson M. (2005). Contextual Influences on Technology Use Mediation: A Comparative Analysis of Electronic Medical Record Systems. European Journal of Information Systems, 14:1, pp. 6-18.

            Chiasson, M. and Davidson, E., (2004). Pushing the Contextual Envelope: Developing and Diffusing IS Theory for Health Information Systems Research, Information and Organization, 14:3, p. 155-183.

            Davidson, E.   (2000).  Analyzing Genre of Organizational Communication in Clinical Information Systems, Information, Technology, and People, 13:3, 196-209.

Practitioner-focused publications on the “Bridging the IT Adoption Gap Project,” an action research project with the Hawaii Medical Foundation aimed at promoting HIT adoption among physicians in solo and small practices include:

            Davidson, E. (2011). Physicians Helping Physicians: Developing Communities of Practice to Support EHR Adoption and Use. MDAdvisor Special Issue on Healthcare Information Technology.  

            Davidson, E. and Kim, K. (2010). Bridging the IT Adoption Gap with a Community of Practice (CoP).  American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Conference, Nov 12-15, 2010


IT Innovation in the Digital Age

In recent years, my research has focused more generally on the role of Information Technology in the service economy.  I served as co-Guest Editor for a special issue in MIS Quarterly on Service Innovation in the Digital Economy, with Drs. Michael Barrett, Jaideep Pradhu, and Steve Vargo. The following publications and panel presentations address these topics:

     Abhari, K., Davidson, E., & Xiao, B. (2016). Taking Open Innovation to the Next Level: A Conceptual Model of Social Product Development (SPD). The 22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems, San Diego.

     Barrett, M., Davidson, E., Prabhu, J. & Vargo, S. (2015). Service Innovation in the Digital Age:  Key Contributions and Future Directions.  MIS Quarterly. 39(1). P. 1-20.

            Barrett, M., Davidson, E., Middleton, C. and deGross, J. (eds.) (2008).  Information Technology in the Service Economy:  Challenges and Possibilities for the 21st Century, Springer Publishers.

            Barrett, M. and Davidson, E.  (2008).  Exploring the Diversity of Service Worlds in the Service Economy, in Information Technology in the Service Economy:  Challenges and Possibilities for the 21st Century (eds. M. Barrett, E. Davidson, C. Middleton, and J. deGross), Springer Publishers, pp. 1-10.

            Turning Products into Services and Services into Products: Contradictory Implications of Information Technology in the Service Economy. International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 8.2 Conference on Information Technology in the Service Economy:  Challenges and Possibilities for the 21st Century, Toronto, Canada, August 10-13, 2008.

            Chiasson, M. and Davidson, E. (2005). Taking industry seriously in IS research. MIS Quarterly, 29:4, pp. 599-606.

            Lamb, R. and Davidson, E., (2005). Information and Communication Technology Challenges to Scientific Professional Identity. The Information Society. Vol 21:1, pp. 1-24.