AUT - Bill Doolin


Professor Bill Doolin


Professor of Technology and Organisation

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 - ext: 5807



  •  Doctor of Philosophy (Waikato) 
  •  Master of Science (Waikato)
  •  Bachelor of Management Studies (Waikato)


Dr Bill Doolin is Professor of Technology & Organisation and Associate Dean Postgraduate in the Faculty of Business & Law. Prior to joining AUT University in 2002, Bill worked at the University of Waikato Management School (NZ). He has been a Visiting Researcher at Lancaster University (UK), Adelaide University (Australia) and Grenoble Ecole de Management (France).


Bill’s research interests concern the implications of technology for work, organisations and society. In particular, he is interested in the discursive practices and sociomaterial relations that constitute contemporary organisation. To understand this, Bill utilises approaches based around discourse analysis and the sociology of technology. While the focus of his research has tended to be on information technology, more recently he has also worked on biotechnology and the new genetics.


Past research has included the role of management and information technologies in public sector health reform, discourse and identity in organisational change, power and resistance in the implementation and use of information systems, and the adoption and use of e-business applications. Between 2003 and 2006, Bill was a member of a large five-year FRST-funded project on the social and cultural impacts of biotechnology in New Zealand. His involvement included mapping the discourses around genetic modification, public understanding of genetic technology, and exploring scientists’ narratives on biotechnology, work and self.


Bill's research has been published in a range of journals, including Discourse Studies, Electronic Markets, European Journal of Information Systems, European Journal of Innovation Management, Information Systems Journal, International Journal of E-Business Research, Journal of Information Technology, Organization, Organization Studies, Public Management Review, Public Understanding of Science, and Social Studies of Science.


Bill is a member of the Editorial Board of a number of journals, including Organization Studies, Organization and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems. He is a member of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the Association for Information Systems (AIS), and IFIP Working Group 8.2 ‘Information Systems and the Organization’.


Bill is an experienced postgraduate supervisor. He is currently supervising a several PhD students, whose topics include local e-government and the management of collaborative networks.

Teaching Areas:

Expertise in Degree and Postgraduate Teaching
  • Management, Technology and Organisations
  • E-Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Research Methodology

Interests in Research Supervision

  • Organisational implications of information technology
  • Adoption of e-business technologies and applications
  • e-health and the use of IT in healthcare settings
  • Organisational discourse analysis
  • Identity and work
  • Social shaping of technology use in organisations and society

Research areas:

  • Information Technology and Organisational Change
  • Organisational Discourse Analysis
  • Sociology of Technology

Current Research Projects:

  • Managed clinical networks
  • Sociomateriality in IS development
  • Communicating technoscience


  1. Doolin, B. & McLeod, L. (2012) Sociomateriality and boundary objects in information systems development. European Journal of Information Systems advance online publication, 10 April 2012, doi:10.1057/ejis.2012.20.
  2. McLeod, L. & Doolin, B. (2012) Information systems development as situated socio-technical change: a process approach. European Journal of Information Systems 21(2): 176-191.
  3. Bloomfield, B.P. & Doolin, B. (2011) Imagination and technoscientific innovations: governance of transgenic cows in New Zealand. Social Studies of Science 41(1): 59-83.
  4. McLeod, L., MacDonell, S. & Doolin, B. (2011) Qualitative research on software development: a longitudinal case study methodology. Empirical Software Engineering 16(4): 430-459.
  5. Doolin, B. (2010) Making sense of context: ‘conditions of possibility’ and the shaping of Website development. Journal of Systems and Information Technology 12(2): 88-104.
  6. Doolin, B. (2009) Information systems and power: a Foucauldian perspective. In C. Brooke (Ed.), Critical Management Perspectives on Information Systems, pp. 211-230. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.
  7. Doolin, B. and Al Haj Ali, E. (2008) Adoption of mobile technology in the supply chain: an exploratory cross-case analysis. International Journal of E-Business Research 4(4): 1-15.
  8. Doolin, B. and Troshani, I. (2007) Organizational adoption of XBRL. Electronic Markets 17(3): 199-209.
  9. Troshani, I. and Doolin, B. (2007) Innovation diffusion: a stakeholder and social network view. European Journal of Innovation Management 10(2): 176-200.
  10. Motion, J. & Doolin, B. (2007) Out of the laboratory: scientists’ discursive practices in their encounters with activists. Discourse Studies 9(1): 63-85.
  11. Doolin, B. and McLeod, L. (2005) Towards critical interpretivism in IS research. In D. Howcroft and E.M. Trauth (Eds.) Handbook of Critical Information Systems Research: Theory and Application, pp. 244-271. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  12. Doolin, B. (2004), Power and resistance in the implementation of a medical management information system. Information Systems Journal 14(4): 343–362.

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