Professor Shirley Gregor

Shirley Gregor


Research School of Management

Professor Emerita
Phone number
+61 2 612 53749
Room 1111, Copland Bld (24)
Research areas
  • Philosophy of science and technology
  • Intelligent systems
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Theoretical foundations of information systems

Shirley Gregor is a Professor Emerita at the Australian National University. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and the philosophy of science and technology.

Professor Gregor spent a number of years in the computing industry in Australia and the United Kingdom before beginning an academic career. She obtained her Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Queensland in 1996. Her research has appeared in outlets including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Information Systems Research, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, European Journal of Information Systems and Information Technology & People. She has led several large applied research projects funded by the Meat Research Corporation, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the Australian Research Council and AusAID.

Professor Gregor was inaugural President of the Australasian Association of Information Systems 2002-2003 and Region 3 (Asia/Pacific) Councillor for the Association of Information Systems 2007-2009. She was a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly 2008-2010 and was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Association of Information Systems from September, 2010 to September, 2013.

Professor Gregor was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list in June 2005. Also in 2005 she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. In 2010 she was made a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems, the peak global body for the discipline. In 2014 she was awarded a Schöller Senior Fellowship at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nurenberg. She was given a DESRIST Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for contributions to design science research in information systems and technology.

She has been named in a Stanford University study as being in the top 2% of scientists worldwide for her career and also for 2020 (Baas, Boyack & Ioannidis 2021).



Research publications

Shirley Gregor:

Recent Publications

Ramakrishnan, M., Gregor, S., Shrestha, A. and Soar, J. (accepted 2022) Achieving Industry-aligned Education through Digital Commons: A Case Study, Journal of Computer Information Systems, DOI: 10.1080/08874417.2022.2115955

Herwix, A., Haj-Bolouri, A., Rossi, M., Tremblay, M. C., Purao, S., & Gregor, S. (2022). Ethics in Information Systems and Design Science Research: Five Perspectives. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 50, (ABDC A)

Rinta-Kahila, T., Someh, I., Gillespie, N., Indulska, M. and Gregor, S. (2022). Algorithmic Decision-Making and System Destructiveness: A Case of Automatic Debt Recovery, European Journal of Information Systems, 31, 3, 313-338, DOI: 10.1080/0960085X.2021.1960905

Hevner, A., and Gregor, S. (2022). Envisioning Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovation through a Design Science Research Lens: A Matrix Approach. Information & Management, 59, 3, 103350.

Sun, R., Gregor, S. and Fielt, E (2021). Generativity and the paradox of stability and flexibility in a platform architecture: A case of the Oracle Cloud Platform. Information & Management, 58, 8, 103548.

Maedche, A., Gregor, S. and Parsons, J. (2021). Mapping Design Contributions in Information Systems Research: The Design Research Activity Framework. Communications of the AIS, 49, 1, 12.

Ngo, N., Gregor, S., Beavan, G. and Riley, B. (2021). The Role of Bystanders in the Prevention of Railway Suicides in New South Wales, Australia. Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.

Adam, M. T., Gregor, S., Hevner, A., and Morana, S. (2021). Design Science Research Modes in Human-Computer Interaction Projects. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 13(1), 1-11.

Lee, J-K., Park, J., Gregor, S., and Yoon, V. (2021). Axiomatic Theories and Improving the Relevance of Information Systems Research. Information Systems Research, 32(1), 147-171.

Gregor, S. (2020). R&D Tax Incentives and Software Development, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Commissioned report.

Gregor, S., Chandra Kruse, L. and Seidel, S.  (2020). The Anatomy of a Design Principle. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 21(6), 1622-1652.  DOI: 10.17705/1jais.00649  

Xu, Q., Gregor, S., Shen, Q., Ma, Q., Zhang, W., and Riaz, A. (2020). The Power of Emotions in Online Decision Making: A Study of Seller Reputation Using fMRI. Decision Support Systems, 131, 113247.

Gregor, S., Beavan, G., Culbert, A., Kan John, P., Ngo, N., Keating, B., Sun, R., and Radwan, I. (2019). Patterns of Pre-crash  Behavior in Railways Suicides and the Effect of Corridor Fencing: A Natural Experiment in NSW. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

Imran, A. and Gregor, S. (2019), Conceptualising an IT mindset and its relationship to IT knowledge and intention to explore IT in the workplace, Information Technology & People, 32, 6, 1536-1563.

Bohnert, A., Fritzsche, A. and Gregor, S. (2019). Digital Agendas in the Insurance Industry: The Importance of Comprehensive Approaches. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, 44, 1, 1-19. (Awarded the 2018 Shin Research Excellence Award by the Geneva Association and the International Insurance Society).


Other Selected Papers

Riaz, A., Gregor, S. and Lin, A. (2018). Biophilia and Biophobia in Website Design: Improving Internet Information Dissemination. Information & Management, 55, 2, 199-214.

Gregor, S., Imran, A., Turner, T. (2014). A ‘Sweet Spot” Intervention in a Least Developed Country: Leveraging eGovernment Outcomes in Bangladesh, European Journal of Information Systems, 23, 6, 655-671.

Gregor, S., Lin, A., Gedeon, T., Riaz, A., and Zhu, D. (Spring 2014). Neuroscience and a Nomological Network for Understanding Emotions in Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, 30, 4, 13-47.

Gregor, S. and Hevner, A. (2013). Positioning and Presenting Design Science Research for Maximum Impact, MIS Quarterly, 37, 2, 337-356.

Gregor, S. and Jones, D. (2007). The Anatomy of a Design Theory, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 8(5), 312-335.

Gregor, S., Hart, D., and Martin, N. (2007). Enterprise Architectures: Enablers of Business Strategy and IS/IT Alignment in Government. Information Technology & People, 20, 2, 96-120.

Gregor, S., Martin, M. Fernandez, W., Stern, S., Vitale, M. (2006). The transformational dimension in the realization of business value from information technology, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 15(3), 249-270.

Lynch, T. and Gregor, S. (2004). User Participation in Decision Support Systems Development: Influencing System Outcomes, European Journal of Information Systems, 13(4), 286-301.

Gregor, S. (2006). The Nature of Theory in Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, 30(3), 611-642.

Gregor, S. and Benbasat, I. (1999) Explanations from Intelligent Systems: Theoretical Foundations and Implications for Practice, MIS Quarterly, 23(4), 497-530.

Other Publications:

For a longer list of publications since 2001, see

Research engagement and outreach

Editorial Boards:

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2010-2013

Senior Editor, Management Information Systems Quarterly, 2008-2010

Associate Editor, Management Information Systems Quarterly, 2006-2007

Senior Editor, Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2007-.

Guest Editor, Special Issue on Design Science, Journal of Information Systems and e-Business Management, 2009 (with Alan Hevner).

Professional Responsibilities:

2002-2003       President, Australasian Association of Information Systems

2005- 2010      Member of Steering Committee, ARC EII Network

2002-to date    Executive Committee Member, Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems

2007-2008       Director, Professional Standards Board of the Australian Computer Society.

2007-2009       Region 3 Representative (Asia-Pacific) on the Council of the Association of Information Systems.

2011- 2013   Chair, University Information Strategy Committee, ANU