Management Information Systems Temple University
Management Information Systems McMaster University
B. Eng. 2005
Software Engineering McMaster University
Gord is an expert in the areas of crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media and word of mouth. His work relies primarily on econometrics and randomized field experiments.
I am an Assistant Professor of Information & Decision Sciences, Jim & Mary Lawrence Fellow and McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota, in the Carlson School of Management. I am also a Consulting Researcher with Microsoft Research, NYC. My research, which focuses on the economic evaluation of information systems, employs empirical analyses rooted in econometrics and field experimentation to identify and quantify the drivers of individual participation in online social contexts. My work has been published in Management Science, Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly.
I am a recipient of both the AIS Early Career Award (2017) and the INFORMS ISS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award (2017). I am a recipient of the INFORMS ISR and ISS best paper award (2014). My research has been supported by more than $100,000 in grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (2014, 2016), as well as grants awarded from the NET Institute (2014, 2016), the 3M Foundation (2014-2016) and Adobe (2018). My work and opinions have been cited by numerous outlets in the popular press, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Time Magazine, Forbes, Vice, Wired, the LA Times, Pacific Standard and PC Magazine. I am a repeated recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Management Science (2014, 2015, 2016), as well as the Best Reviewer Award from Information Systems Research (2016). I am presently serving as an Associate Editor at ISR, a Track Chair at the International Conference on Information Systems (2017), and I have previously served as a conference co-chair for the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (2016). I will serve as co-chair of WISE once again in 2019.
Prior to entering academia, I was employed as an information systems auditor, a hardware design engineer, and most recently as a technology consultant with Accenture Canada in Toronto. I teach graduate courses on data analytics and IT management. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University, as well as a PhD in Business Administration from Temple University's Fox School of Business.
My research focuses on the economic evaluation of information systems, with a particular focus on individual behavior in online contexts incorporating user-generated content and social media. My work employs field experimentation and econometric modeling, in tandem with large-scale web-data, to identify and quantify the drivers of said behavior. Most recently, I have undertaken an extensive study of crowdfunding, in an attempt to understand the role played by various social factors (e.g., peer influence, social comparison). More generally, I am keenly interested in a wide variety of online social phenomena and contexts, including social commerce, open innovation and crowdsourcing platforms, online referral-based marketing and electronic auctions.