Ping Wang

University of Maryland

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Ping Wang is an associate professor at the College of Information Studies – Maryland's iSchool and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI). He is also an affiliate associate professor at the Decision, Operations and Information Technologies department of the R. H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a faculty member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL).

Dr. Wang's research addresses how and why organizations innovate with information technologies. Specifically, his research seeks to understand the popularity of IT innovations and the effects of popular innovations on organizations. At Maryland, he leads interdisciplinary research teams that employ natural language processing, crowdsourcing, information visualization, and social network analysis to advance management and organizational theories that explain the institutional and ecological processes of innovation. His work has appeared in multiple disciplines’ leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Information Visualization, and MIT Sloan Management Review. In 2010, one of his papers won the Best Published Paper Award from the Organizational Communication and Information Systems division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Wang received his MBA from the Smith School and his Ph.D. from UCLA Anderson School.

News

2014-05-17

A presentation I gave at the National Academy of Sciences was summarized in a new book "Science of Science and Innovation Policy" edited by Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing et al., now published by the National Academies Press. Read more here.

2014-05-15

I will speak at the Professional Development Worship "Revisiting Product Ontology" at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting this August in Philadelphia.

2013-09-01

I start serving on the Editorial Board for redesigning the website of Science of Science Policy (SoSP) Central, a community sponsored by OSTP.

2012-12-17

Two papers I co-authored with my students will be presented at the 33rd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012) in Orlando. One paper explains why cloud computing became so popular; the other tells of a story of how a small independent restaurant mindfully innovated with an online reservation system.

2012-09-20

I present a study of cloud computing with my student Jia Sun at the Science of Science and Innovation Policy Principal Investigators' Workshop in the newly renovated historic National Academy of Sciences building.

2012-06-15

When innovation meets wealth, the on-going debate of net neutrality seems to reflect the deep values held by various stakeholders, as discussed in this paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T).

2012-04-30

Dean Jennifer Preece appoints me Director of the Ph.D. program at Maryland's iSchool.

2012-04-09

The different trajectories of three innovations in information visualization have prompted a historical analysis, published in the journal Information Visualization.

2011-09-12

I start micro-blogging in Chinese in SINA Weibo (新浪微博). Follow me @DrWangPing.

2011-08-16

I facilitate the research roundtable "IT and Organizational Strategy" at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

2011-03-07

I have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective on August 23, 2011.

2010-12-08

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh appoints me to serve on the University's Vice President-CIO search committee. See the announcement here.

2010-11-10

My co-author Neil Ramiller and I have done an interview with the CIO of the Academy of Management OCIS division about our experience in producing a recent award-winning paper in MIS Quarterly. Read the interview here.

2010-10-25

In Spring 2011, I will be teaching a new course INFM718Z "Managing IT Innovations in Organizations". See the course's flyer here.

2010-10-19

I present the STICK project to researchers and policy makers in Congress and federal agencies at a workshop on science policy organized jointly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation in AAAS headquarters in Washington DC. See the workshop's website and my slides.

2010-08-27

In Beijing, China, the School of Information at the Central University of Finance and Economics appoints me Visiting Professor (by courtesy) for three years.

2010-08-18

At Faculty of Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, I serve as an external examiner for the Doctor of Management viva for Mr. Han Zhigang, Vice President of China Unicom.

2010-08-09

At 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, the paper "Community Learning in Information Technology Innovations," I co-authored with Professor Neil Ramiller wins the Best Published Paper Award (first-place) at the Academy's Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Division. See OCIS' announcement here and MIS Quarterly's announcement here.

2010-08-07

At 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, I co-organize with Professor Emmanuelle Vaast  a Professional Development Workshop: "Making the Most of Digital Text Data: Opportunities, Challenges, and Best Practices." [My Slides]

2010-07-01

The Summer 2010 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review publishes my article "The Surprising Impact of Fashions in Information Technology." [HTML] [PDF]

2010-05-28

At the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) 27th Annual Symposium, I organize a half-day workshop, "Visual Analytic Tools for Managing Technological Innovations." My presentation slides are available here.

2010-04-16

My doctoral student Chia-jung Tsui is awarded the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

2010-03-22

ComputerWorld features my recent study of IT fashion in its "Think Tank." [HTML] [PDF]

Contact Information

Research & Teaching Interests

Ping Wang

4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing

College of Information Studies

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

U.S.A.

Fax: 1.301.314.9145

Email: pwang (at) umd (dot)edu

 

  • Information technology innovation

  • Social media and green IT

  • Science of science & innovation policy

  • Institutional theory

  • Innovation ecology

  • Technology entrepreneurship

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Last Updated: May 17, 2014