Dr. Meng Zhang

Dr. Meng Zhang is Research Fellow in the School of Information Systems, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), located at Brisbane, Australia. He received his PhD degree from QUT in January 2016. Dr. Zhang conducts conceptual and theoretical studies on the use of research methods in the information systems research area. He is interested in multilevel theory development and related techniques, the process of developing and conceptualizing constructs, and using simulation methods for theory building. His doctoral research explores a range of issues in relation to the nature of research methods and the methodology for developing multilevel theory.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD (October 2011–January 2016), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia;
  • Eng. (September 2007–July 2011), School of Information, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China;

Employment History

  • May 2015–ongoing: Research Fellow (Level B) (fulltime), School of Information Systems, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology;
  • April 2014–March 2015: Research Fellow (Level A) (part-time; 0.2 FTE), School of Information Systems, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology;

TEACHING and SUPERVISION

  • PhD supervision:
    • Associate Supervisor of PhD Candidate Mr. Ignatius Chukwudi (2017–2020);
    • Associate Supervisor of PhD Candidate Mr. Yancong Xie (2015–2018);
  • Master of IT project supervision (IFN701/IFN702):
    • Ziyi Liu (Analyzing Patterns of Social Networking for Generating Insights: Simulation of User Coverage) (SEM1, 2017);
    • Areej Almalki (Understand Consumer Behavior towards E-Commerce Marketing in Social Media Using Agent-Based Modelling) (SEM1, 2017);
    • Pretty Kurian (Study to Promote Fitness Program through Social Circle) (SEM1, 2017);
  • Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES) project supervision: Ms. Alissia Lyons (Summer Semester, 2016) (Development of Stock Management Model Using Simulation);
  • Development of INN701 Module on Simulation Research Methods;
  • Mentor role:
    • Mentor of PhD Candidate Ms. Jennifer Smith (2015);
    • Mentor of PhD Candidate Mr. Mohammad Onik (2014 – 2015);
    • Mentor of Professional Doctorate Candidate Mr. Anh Tuan Nguyen (2014);
  • Teaching related training:
    • Completion of Effective Supervisory Practices (ESP) Modules in 2015 and 2016 and two ESP Master Classes in 2016;
    • Completion of Teaching Advantage Program (2013);

Administrative roles

  • HDR (Higher Degree Research) student recruitment (advertise HDR projects, administer HDR entry tests, interview HDR applicants, assess potential HDR candidates, guide HDR applications, etc.);
  • Oversee development of research group website used for promoting Research Systems program;
  • Coordinate Research Systems Colloquia Series (schedule monthly workshops, coordinate students and academics to present research in the workshops);

Awards and Honors

  • QUT Nominee for the 2016 ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award;
  • QUT Nominee for the 2016 ACPHIS Information Systems Doctoral Thesis Award;
  • Outstanding Higher Degree Research Student Award, 2014, Queensland University of Technology;
  • Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, 2011, Renmin University of China;
  • Outstanding Academic Performance Award (2008 – 2009), Renmin University of China;
  • Outstanding Academic Performance Award (2007 – 2008), Renmin University of China;
  • First Prize of the National Physics Olympiad, 2007, Chongqing, China;

Grants

  • Preparing for an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) application in 2018;
  • Preparing for a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship application in mid 2017;
  • Assisted in the drafting of the successful ARC Discovery Grant titled, Towards Engineering Research Systems: Systematic Modeling of Behavioural Scientific Research Methods (DP150101022);
  • Offered feedback to colleagues’ ARC Discovery Project application titled, Theorizing Digital Innovation in Established Organizations;

Professional Services

  • Reviewers for journals and conferences including:
    • MIS Quarterly (MISQ),
    • Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS),
    • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS),
    • European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS),
    • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS),
    • Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS).
  • Coordinator for Junior Faculty Consortium at the International Conference on Information Systems, 2014 (Auckland, New Zealand).

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Papers:

  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2017. “A Systematic Framework for Multilevel Theorizing in Information Systems Research,” Information Systems Research, 28(2), pp. 203–224.
  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2017. “Multilevel Perspective in Information Systems Research: Comparison with Single-level Perspective and Recommendations for Adoption,” Submitted to Information & Management (under review).
  • Zhang, M., Gable, G. G., and Rai, A. 2016. “Toward Principles of Construct Clarity: Exploring the Usefulness of Facet Theory in Guiding Conceptualization,” Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 20, pp. 1–16.

Working Papers:

  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2017. “Using, Evaluating, and Designing Research Methods: A Model of Research Methods,” Working Paper for Journal Submission (target outlet: Journal of Information Technology).
  • Zhang, M., 2017. “Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Forms of Knowledge in Simulation Research,” Working Paper for Journal Submission (target outlet: MIS Quarterly).
  • Zhang, M., Gable, G. G., and Rai, A. 2017. “A Systematic Approach to Conceptualization,” Working Paper for Journal Submission (target outlet: MIS Quarterly).
  • Zhang, M., 2017. “A Simulation-Based Approach to Multilevel Theorizing,” Working Paper for Journal Submission (target outlet: MIS Quarterly).
  • Zhang, M., Gable, G. G., and Xie, Yancong. 2017. “Examining Level of Analysis in the Information Systems Discipline: Implications for Research,” Working Paper for Journal Submission (target outlet: Journal of the Association for Information Systems).

Conference and Workshop Papers:

  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2017. “Using, Evaluating, and Designing Research Methods: A Model of Research Methods,” Submitted to International Conference on Information Systems 2017 (under review).
  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2017. “Examining Level of Analysis in the Information Systems Discipline: Implications for Research,” Submitted to International Conference on Information Systems 2017 (under review).
  • Zhang, M., 2017. “Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Forms of Knowledge in Simulation Research,” Submitted to International Conference on Information Systems 2017 (under review).
  • Zhang, M., Gable, G. G., and Rai, A. 2016. “A Systematic Approach to Conceptualization,” Proceedings of the 3rd Information Systems Foundations Workshop (ISF’2016), Canberra, Australia, pp. 1–20.
  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2016. “Automatic Post-Adoptive Information Technology Use: The Role of Innovativeness Goal,” Proceedings of the 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS’2016), Chiayi, Taiwan, pp. 1–11.
  • Xie, Y., and Zhang, M. “Simulation Design in Information Systems Research: Example of Studying IT Value Cocreation With NK Model,” Proceedings of the 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS’2016), Chiayi, Taiwan, pp. 1–10.
  • Xie, Y., and Zhang, M. “Tutorial on NK Model,” Proceedings of the 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS’2016), Chiayi, Taiwan, pp. 1–14.
  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2014. “Rethinking the Value of Simulation Methods in the Information Systems Research Field: a Call for Reconstructing Contribution for a Broader Audience,” Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS’2014), Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 1–19.
  • Zhang, M., and Gable, G. G. 2014. “Seeking Better IT Value Conceptualization: Some Meta-Theoretical Considerations,” Proceedings of the 2nd Information Systems Foundations Workshop (ISF’2014), Canberra, Australia, pp. 1–14.
  • Zhang, M. “A Simulation Modeling Approach to Understanding Information Technology Value Cocreation,” Proceedings of the 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS’2014), Chengdu, China, pp. 1–10.
  • Zhang, M. “Towards a Multiple-Goal Pursuit and Multilevel View of Continuing Information Technology Usage: a Process Model Integration and a Research Agenda,” Proceedings of the 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS’2014), Chengdu, China, pp. 1–11.
  • Zhang, M. “Understanding IT Value: a Multilevel, Complex, and Adaptive System Perspective,” Proceedings of the 17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS2013), Jeju Island, Korea, pp. 1–10.
  • Zhang, M., and Bandara, W. 2012. “State of Multilevel Research Perspective in the Information Systems Discipline,” Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS’2012), Geelong, Australia, pp. 1–10.
  • Ali, A., Tate, M., Rabaa’i, A. A., and Zhang, M. “A Critical Evaluation and Comparison of Two Formative Measures of System Quality Using Criterion Variables,” Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS’2012), Geelong, Australia, pp. 1–10.
  • Zhang, M., Sun, C., and Liu, W. 2011. “Identifying Influential Users of Micro-Blogging Services: A Dynamic Action-Based Network Approach,” Proceedings of the 15th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS’2011), Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1–14.

Book Chapters:

  • Zhang, M. “Evaluation of Information Systems,” in Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PhD Dissertation:

  • Zhang, M. “Systems Thinking in the Construction of Information Systems Theory: a Set of Methodological Inquiries,” (advisory board: Prof. Gable, Guy, Dr. Bandara, Wasana, and Prof. Rai, Arun) (examiners: Prof. Kalle Lyytinen and Prof. Andrew Burton-Jones). Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.