Dr. Mary Tate

Dr Mary Tate is currently a Research Fellow (DECRA) at Queensland University of Technology. Dr Tate won a prestigious ARC DECRA grant (16% success-rate across all disciplines nationally) and came to QUT to take up the award in June 2016. Prior to that she was a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. This followed a career in IT practice and consultancy. Since joining academia, Dr Tate has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in leading IT journals and conferences. Her research interests centre on service quality, service delivery and research methods. She has published methodological guidelines on a range of quantitative and qualitative methods with a particular focus on literature analysis. Dr Tate is active in the international IS philosophy, theory and research methods communities, has offered research methods master classes at institutions in Sri Lanka, China and Chile, and is a regular mentor at IS doctoral consortia.

Academic Qualifications

Prizes and Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Doctoral Achievement, Faculty of Commerce and Administration, 2010
  • School of Information Management Research Incentive Award, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Strategic Research Grant from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Victoria University of Wellington, 2009
  • Best paper on the conference theme, ACIS 2004.

Teaching Awards, Scholarships and Nominations

  • Invited lecturer, Research Methods Master Classes (all expenses paid), for one week of classes at Universidad deSantiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile (2014)
  • Travel award (all expenses paid) from University of Wollongong to attend the Symposium on Transnational Teaching (June 2014). This award recognised my contribution as a participant and subject matter expert in a major research project on transnational teaching.
  • Twice winner of Victorias Award (Post-Graduate Student’s Association) for the Most Supportive Supervisor – Victoria Business School, in 2012, and 2003
  • Shortlisted (third out of a staff of 250) for Victorias Award (Post-Graduate Student’s Association) for Best Lecturer – Faculty of Commerce, 2008
  • Nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award 2003

Research Grants

  • Australian Research Council (DECRA) grant, $300,000 over three years 2016-2019. This is a personal award.
  • Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2014-15. “Research Systems”, with Professor Guy Gable (Chief Investigator), Professor Arun Rai, Associate Professor Kai Reimer, and Dr Wasana Bandara ($640,000 AUD over 3 years).
  • International Collaboration Award (ICA), 2014-17. This is a personal award from the Australian Research Council in association with the Discovery Grant ($25,000 over three years)
  • Victoria Business School “Team Research Grant” with Dr Hongzhi Gao, 2014, ($15,000)
  • Recipient of a Royal Society Scholarship (one of 10 recipients nationally as part of the New Zealand China Scientist Exchange Program) to visit Beijing Renmin University for four weeks in October 2013
  • Host and supervisor for an Erwin Schrödinger-Fellowship (post doctoral research grant in association with the Austrian Science Fund) with Dr Elfi Fuertmueller, University of Twente. Stipend as supervisor: 5,000 euro
  • Personal research award (as visiting researcher), 2012, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada ($5,000 CAD)
  • Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2011. “Reconceptualising the Information System as a Service”, with Professor Guy Gable (Chief Investigator), Professor Arun Rai, Professor Wayne Huang and Professor Prof. Ji-Ye Mao ($125,000 AUD over 5 years).
  • International Collaboration Award (ICA), 2011-13. This is a personal award from the Australian Research Council in association with the Discovery Grant ($25,000) (DP120102798)

Editorial Roles

  • Communications of the AIS (appointed Dec 2014). Impact factor 1.29
  • BISE (appointed 2013). Impact factor 1.7

Higher Degree Research supervisions

  • Alireza Nili (PhD, 2016): “Digital Service Problems: Prevention and User Persistence in Solving Them”.
  • Quang Nguyen (PhD, 2016): The relationship between enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation and intellectual capital under the moderating effect of organizational learning capability.
  • Hugo Gong (PhD, 2015): “e-Campaigning: An Empirical Study of The Utilisation of ICT by Political Actors for Election Campaigning in New Zealand”
  • Syahida Hussein (PhD, 2016): “Motivations for Virtual Community Participation in Social Commerce: Customers and sellers in the Malay Lifestyle Blogging Community”
  • Gabriella Chang (MCom, 2016): “A Comparative Study of Applying the Storytelling Method to the Human Ethics Committee Application Process”
  • Sue Critchlow (MMIM, 2015): “ICT Infrastructure Environment Skill Source by Provisioning Type” awarded with Distinction
  • Rory Sudfeld (MCom, 2016) “Flipped Classrooms: An Examination through a case study of an Undergraduate Information Systems Course from a stakeholder perspective” Awarded with Merit
  • Tony Jiang (MCom, 2015): “Online Customer Value Propositions and Sharing Behaviors: A Study of User Behaviour on Chinese Social Media Brand Sites”
  • Azim Ali, (MCA, 2014): “A multi-method case study of SAP quality and impact in a major New Zealand company”. Awarded with Merit
  • Arnaud Paagman (MCA, 2012), (visiting from University of Twente): Motives for shared services in the public sector. Awarded cum laude.
  • Paul Atkinson, (MCA, 2008): ““It isn’t all about you”: The Management of ICT and non-ICT Information resources in the Human Information Behaviour of IT academics” Awarded with merit.

Refereed journals

Nili, A., Tate, M., and Johnstone, D. (in press) A Framework and Approach for Analysis of Focus Group Data in Information Systems Research. Communications of the AIS (xx:xx), xx-xx. [ACPHIS Rank: A]

Pare, G., Tate, M., Johnstone, D. and Kitsiou, S. Contextualizing the Twin Concepts of Systematicity and Transparency in IS Literature Reviews.” European Journal of Information Systems xx(xx): xx-xx. [Impact factor 1.5, ACPHIS Rank: A*]

Evermann, J. and Tate, M. (2016) Prediction from Structural Equation Models: Assessing the predictive performance of structural equation model estimators. Journal of Business Research DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.03.050 [impact factor 1.3]

Tate, M., Evermann, J., & Gable, G. (2015). An Integrated Framework for Theories of Individual Attitudes Towards Technology. Information & Management, 52(6), 710-727 [ACPHIS rank: A*; impact factor, 1.78]

Tate, M., Furtmueller, E., Bandara, W., & Evermann, J. (2015). Introduction to the Special Issue: The Literature Review in Information Systems Communications of the AIS, 37(article 5), 103-111 [ACPHIS rank: A; impact factor, 1.29]

Furtmueller, E., & Tate, M. (2014). Reconceptualizing and Theorizing About Digital Consumer Services: a Critical Review. Advances in Consumer Research, 42, 702-703 [ABDC Rank: B]

Tate, M., & Furtmueller, E. (2014). An Inductive Approach to Reconceptualizing and Theorizing about Digital Services (E-Commerce and Web Technologies). Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, (LNCS series), Springer-Verlag, (188), 26-33 [Rank: B]

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2014). Bayesian Structural Equation Models for Cumulative Theory Building in Information Systems – A Brief Tutorial using OpenBUGS and R. Communications of the Association for Information Systems [ACPHIS Rank: A; impact factor, 1.29].

Yang, H., & Tate, M. (2012). A Descriptive Literature Review and Classification of Cloud Computing Research, Communications of the Association for Information of Information Systems, 31(1), 35-60 [ACPHIS rank: A; impact factor, 1.29]          In October 2012, this paper was the #1 most popular paper for CAIS. It was on the CAIS “top 10” most popular all-time papers for three years.

Sylvester, A., Tate, M., & Johnstone, D. (2011). Beyond synthesis: Re-presenting heterogeneous research literature. Behaviour and Information Technology. DOI:10.1080/0144929X.2011.624633, 1-17 [ACPHIS rank: A; impact factor 0.856]

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2011) Fitting Covariance Models for Theory Generation. Journal of the Association of Information Systems 12(9): 632-661 [“basket of eight” top IS journals; ACPHIS rank: A*; impact factor 1.25]

Tate, M., & Evermann, J. (2010). The End of ServQual in Online Services Research: Where to from here? e-Service Journal, 7(1): 60-85 [ACPHIS rank: B]

Refereed conference proceedings

Yang, H., et al. (2016). Towards a Unified Conceptualization of Agility: A Design Perspective, in: International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD). Nanchang, China.

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2014). Out-of-Sample Predictive Ability of PLS and Covariance Models. Paper presented at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Auckland, New Zealand.

Nili, A., Tate, M., Johnstone, D., & Gable, G. (2014). A Framework for Qualitative Analysis of Focus Group Data in Information Systems. Paper presented at the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), Auckland, New Zealand.

Evermann, J., and Tate, M. (2012). Comparing the Predictive Ability of PLS and Covariance Models Paper presented at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Evermann, J., and Tate, M. (2012). A Note of Caution on Covariance-Equivalent Models in Information Systems paper presented at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Orlando, Florida [ERA Rank A]

Evermann, J., and Tate, M. (2012). An Ontology of Structural Equation Models with Application to Computer Self-Efficacy Paper presented at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida [ERA Rank A]

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2012). Bayesian Structural Equation Models for Cumulative Theory Building in Information Systems. Paper presented at the America’s Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Seattle. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Ali, A., Tate, M., and Rabaii, A. (2012). A critical evaluation and comparison of two formative measures of system quality using criterion variables Paper presented at the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), Geelong, Australia. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2010). Testing Models or Fitting Models? Identifying Model Misspecification in PLS. Paper presented at the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), St Louis. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Tate, M., & Evermann, J. (2010). 10 obstacles to building effective theory about attitudes and behaviour towards technology. Paper presented at the Australian National University Workshop in Theory Building.

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2009). Building Theory from Quantitative Studies: or how to fit SEM models. Paper presented at the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), Phoenix. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Evermann, J., & Tate, M. (2009). Constructs in the Most: The Lost World of the IT Artifact. Paper presented at the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), Phoenix. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Tate, M., & Evermann, J. (2009). Perceptive users with attitudes: some heuristics on theorising. Paper presented at the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), Phoenix. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Tate, M., and Evermann, J.(2009) Descendents of ServQual in Online Services Research: The End of the Line? Americas Conference in Information Systems (AMCIS), San Francisco. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

Sylvester, A., Tate, M. & Johnstone, D. (2007) Re-presenting the literature review: A Rich Picture of Service Quality Research in Information Systems. Paper presented at the Pacific Asia Conference in Information Systems (PACIS). Auckland, New Zealand. [ACPHIS recommended conference].

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