Professor Peter Seddon

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  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • IT Management, Enterprise Systems, ERP systems, IT Outsourcing, Business Analytics, IS Effectiveness, Accounting Information Systems


Peter B. Seddon is an Honorary Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia. The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s top-ranked universities, and was ranked 40th in the world by the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings for 2016.

Peter retired at the end of 2013. Prior to that, he was a full-time member of academic staff at the University from 1976. He was a member of the Department of Accounting for 20 years, then a member of the Department of Information Systems (now School of Computing and Information Systems) for the next 18 years.

His major research interests are in the areas of evaluating information-systems success, packaged enterprise-application software, IT management, IT outsourcing, business analytics, IS research methodology, and accounting information systems.

During his career, Peter was (a) a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly—arguably the world’s top Information Systems research journal—from 2005-2008, (b) Program Co-Chair for the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2011, and (c) the elected representative for the Asia-Pacific region for the Association for Information Systems council in 2009-10. He has reviewed for, and been on the editorial boards of, many Information Systems journals. He has also been on conference committees for many major IS conferences, and supervised and examined many PhDs. In 2013, he was co-chair of the ICIS 2013 Doctoral Consortium in Milan in December. ICIS is the world's top Information Systems conference.

Research-wise, in mid 2017, Peter had a Google-Scholar H-index of 36, over 2,000 citations to his most cited paper (on IS success measurement), and in total, over 9,000 citations to his work. His publications include a paper on factors affecting benefits from enterprise systems, in MIS Quarterly, in 2010, a paper on Enterprise Architecture in Communications of AIS, in 2011, and a research-methods paper on Generalization in IS Research in the European Journal of Information Systems, in 2012. With colleagues, Peter attracted over $2 million in research grants. His two most recent research grants were on (a) Competing with Business Analytics, and (b) Testing a Model of Strategic IT decision-making.

Peter is a foundation member of the global Association for Information Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Computing Studies, and a PhD in Accounting Information Systems, all from The University of Melbourne.

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Recent publications

  1. Kurnia S, Constantinidis D, Parkes A, Tamm T, Seddon P. A Preliminary Testing of the Strategic IT Decision Making Model. 14th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D). Springer. 2017, Vol. 504. Editors: Choudrie J, Islam MS, Wahid F, Bass JM, Priyatma JE. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_57
  2. Seddon P, Constantinidis D, Tamm T, Dod H. How does business analytics contribute to business value?. INFORMATION SYSTEMS JOURNAL. Blackwell Science. 2017, Vol. 27, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1111/isj.12101
  3. Kurnia S, Constantinidis D, Parkes AJ, Seddon P. Is there a prescription for strategic IT decisions?. Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1057/s41266-016-0011-1
  4. Seddon P, Scheepers R. Generalization in IS research: a critique of the conflicting positions of Lee & Baskerville and Tsang & Williams. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. Routledge. 2015, Vol. 30, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1057/jit.2014.33
  5. Seddon P, Scheepers R. Generalization in IS research: A critique of the conflicting positions of Lee & Baskerville and Tsang & Williams. Formulating Research Methods for Information Systems. 2015, Vol. 1. DOI: 10.1057/9781137509857_8
  6. Tamm T, Seddon P, Shanks G, Reynolds P, Frampton K. How an Australian Retailer Enabled Business Transformation Through Enterprise Architecture. MIS QUARTERLY EXECUTIVE. Accounting and Information Systems Department, Indiana University. 2015, Vol. 14, Issue 4.
  7. Tamm T, Seddon P, Parkes A, Kurnia S. A model of strategic IT Decision-Making processes. Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2014. 2014.
  8. Seddon P. Implications for strategic IS research of the resource-based theory of the firm: A reflection. JOURNAL OF STRATEGIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 23, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsis.2014.11.001
  9. Tamm T, Seddon P, Shanks G. Pathways to Value from Business Analytics. Proceedings of the Thirty Fourth International Conference on Information Systems. AISel. 2013.
  10. Tamm T, Seddon P, Shanks G. Realising Value from Enterprise Architecture. Building Enterprises That Last: Proceedings of the First Australian Enterprise Architecture Conference. Kingswood Pres. 2013.
  11. Leonard J, Seddon P. A Meta-model of Alignment. Communications of the Association of Information Systems. Association for Information Systems. 2012, Vol. 31.
  12. Staehr L, Shanks G, Seddon P. An Explanatory Framework for Achieving Business Benefits from ERP Systems. Journal of the Association for Information Systems. Association for Information Systems. 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 6.
  13. Bhattacharya P, Seddon P, Scheepers R. Enterprise systems for innovation in products and processes: Beyond operational efficiency. 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems. Deakin University. 2012.
  14. Seddon P, Constantinidis D, Dod H. How does business analytics contribute to business value?. 2012 International Conference on Information Systems. Association of Information Systems. 2012.
  15. Seddon P, Reynolds P, Wilcocks L, Mahler P. How to succeed in the transformation of an IT function: lessons from Coles Myer Limited. 16TH PACIFIC ASIA CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Association for Information Systems. 2012.

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