• Phone: 617-358-2330
  • E-Mail:  swatts@bu.edu
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  • Office: 645
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Stephanie Watts is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She also teaches Corporate Social Responsibility in Boston University's Kilachand Honors College. She was previously on the faculty of the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University. Her research investigates the role that information technologies play in knowledge transfer, with a focus on cognition and credibility perception in organizations. As a Research Fellow in the Susilo Institute for Ethics in a Global Economy, she is currently doing field work on the interoperable, enterprise-wide information technologies that support corporate social responsibility reporting. She has published academic papers in such journals as Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Management Science, Decision Support Systems, Information and Management, Information Technology and People, Information Technology and Management, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

  • Education Open or Close

    DBA, Boston University, Management Information Systems, 1998.

    MS, Boston University School of Management, Management Information Systems, 1991.

    BA, Brown University, 1984.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Watts, S. (2015). Application of Dual-process Theory to Information Systems: Current and future research directions. Foundations and Trends in Information Systems, 1(2), 69-162.
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      Watts, S. (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility: Closing the Gap between Practice and Business School Education. Journal of the Academy for Advancement of Business Research, II(1), 147-157.

      Watts, S. (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility Transparency Platforms: Enabling Transparency for Accountability. Information Technology and Management, 16(1), 19-35. New York.

      Wyner, G., & Watts, S. (2011). Designing and Theorizing the Adoption of Mobile Technology-mediated Ethical Consumption Tools. Information Technology and People: Special Issue on IT for Human Benefit, 24(3), 257-280.

      Watts, S. (2010). A Call for a Corporate Social Conscience Index. http://www.bu.edu/pardee/publications/issues-in-brief-no-16/ , Pardee Center Issues in Brief.

      Watts, S. Database contributions and content validity assessment: An exploration of sustainability ratings. Decision Support Systems,

      Watts, S. Enhancing dynamic stakeholder agility through electronic integration and relational transparency fit. Academy of Management Review,

    Other Publications:

      Watts, S. (2015). Corporate sustainability ratings databases: Maximizing perceived content usefulness. (See URL , Online, ). Atlanta: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS).
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      Watts, S. (2011). Mobile Applications for Ethical Consumption: Metrics and Frameworks..: Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Eco-Informatics (SOTICS), Barcelona, Spain.

      Watts, S. (2011). Mobile Technology-mediated Ethical Consumption: Cognitive Processes and Technical Design Choices.: Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute Conference..

      Watts, S. (2004). Accessibility of Values-Based Information: The Possibility of Embedded Democracy. Orlando, FL: Proceedings of the Politics in Information Systems, Technologies and Applications Conference (PISTA2004).

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Watts, S. (Author Only). Academic Organization for the Advancement of Strategic and International Studies, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Academy for Advancement of Business Research, Key West, FL. (May 16, 2016).

    Accepted Lectures:

      Watts, S. . (Author Only). International Conference on Information Systems, Corporate sustainability ratings databases: Maximizing perceived content usefulness, AIS, Fort Worth, TX. (January 25, 2016).

      Watts, S. . (Author Only). ISISWorld, Corporate Social Responsibility: Closing the Gap Between Practice and Business School Education, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Key West, FL. (February 24, 2014).

      Watts, S. . (Author Only). AMCIS - American Conference on Information Systems, Corporate Sustainability Reporting Systems in Context, INFORMS, Savannah, GA. (August 7, 2014).

      Watts, S. (Presenter & Author). Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference, Mobile Technology-mediated Ethical Consumption: Cognitive Processes and Technical Design Choices., Decision Sciences Institute, Boston, MA. (November 18, 2011).

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the School:

      QST, PhD Program, PDC Member, PhD PDC. (September 8, 2015 - Present).
      Coordinate the needs of current doctoral students with the GPO. Attend PDC meetings and liaise with IS department. Oversee new student application recruiting and processing.