Brian Butler

Brian Butler

Brian Butler

Professor & Senior Associate Dean


Dr. Brian Butler is Professor and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies. Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Butler was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Butler's research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Association of Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Organization Science, Information Systems Research (ISR), MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Communications of the Association of Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), and Communications of the ACM. Dr. Butler is also the coauthor of several books on political rhetoric and writing and numerous peer reviewed conference papers. He has earned a PhD in Information Systems (1999), M.S. in Information Systems (1994), and B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science (1993) from Carnegie Mellon University.


PhD in Information Systems (1999)
M.S. in Information Systems (1994)
B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science (1993) from Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

IT impacts on local food systems and other geographically embedded markets
Mindfulness and IT
The dynamics of online communities and other technology supported groups
Wikipedia policies and rules
Social networking systems
Politics of technology implementation in organizations
Impact of online commerce on inter-organizational relationships 


Dr. Butler has taught courses in Change Management, Financial Management, Social Computing and Social Media, Data Analytics, and Information Systems Management.

Recent Publications & Projects

  • Marsh, D. E., Punzalan, R. L., Leopold, R., Butler, B., & Petrozzi, M. Stories of impact: the role of narrative in understanding the value and impact of digital collections. Archival Science, 1-46.
  • Mu, E., Kirsch, L. J., & Butler, B. S. (2015). The assimilation of enterprise information system: An interpretation systems perspective. Information & Management, 52(3), 359-370.
  • Gray, P., Butler, B. S., & Sharma, N. (2015). The interacting effects of distributed work arrangements and individual dispositions on willingness to engage in sensemaking behaviors. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(10), 2085-2097.
  • López, C., Butler, B., & Brusilovsky, P. (2014). Does Anything Ever Happen Around Here? Assessing the Online Information Landscape for Local Events.Journal of Urban Technology, 21(4), 95-123.
  • Winter, S., Berente, N., Howison, J., & Butler, B. (2014). Beyond the organizational ‘container’: Conceptualizing 21st century sociotechnical work.Information and Organization, 24(4), 250-269 -- Recipient of the 2014 Information and Organization Best Paper Award and Association for Information Systems (AIS) 2015 Best Information Systems Publication Award.
  • Ahn, J., Pellicone, A., & Butler, B. S. (2014). Open badges for education: What are the implications at the intersection of open systems and badging? Research in Learning Technology, 22: 23563, (11 pages).
  • Butler, B. S., Bateman, P. J., Gray, P., & Diamante, E. I. (2014). An attraction-selection-attrition theory of online community size and resilience. MISQ Quarterly, 38(3), 699-728.
Research Projects: 

Fostering Community-Based Technology Innovation

Principal Investigator: Brian Butler

This workshop seeks to promote development of multidisciplinary communities through networking, formation of new collaborations, and articulation of a research agenda that will advance understanding, design, and assessment of efforts to foster community-based technological innovation.