Hugh James Watson
Department of Management Information Systems

Part-Time Professor

Office
C429 Benson Hall
630 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA, 30602
Email Address
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Vita

Biography

Dr. Hugh J. Watson is a Professor of MIS and a holder of a C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Chair of Business Administration in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Hugh is a leading scholar and authority on business intelligence and analytics, having authored 24 books and over 200 scholarly journal articles. Hugh helped develop the conceptual foundation for decision support systems in the 1970s, researched the development and implementation of executive information systems in the 1980s, and for the past twenty years has specialized in data warehousing, BI, and analytics. Dr. Watson has consulted with numerous global organizations, including the World Bank, Intel, IBM, Conoco, and Glaxo, and conducted hundreds of executive development programs. Hugh is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and The Data Warehousing Institute and is the Senior Editor of the Business Intelligence Journal. He is also the founder of the Teradata University Network, a free portal for faculty and students who want to learn about data warehousing, BI/DSS, analytics, and database. For 20 years, Hugh was the consulting editor for John Wiley & Sons MIS series. 

Education

PhD, MIS, Florida State University, 1969

MBA, Business, Florida State University, 1966

BSEE, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1965

Awards

Fellow, Association for Information Systems, 2004

Fellow, The Data Warehousing Institute, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Analytics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Warehousing

Research Interests

  • Analytics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Warehousing

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Selected articles

Watson, H.J. and C. Nations, “Addressing the Growing Need for Algorithmic Transparency: What Are You Doing with My Personal Data?” Communications of AIS, (forthcoming).

Watson, H.J., “Update Tutorial: Big Data Analytics: Concepts, Technology, and Applications,” Communications of AIS, (March 2019), Vol. 44, Article 21, pp. 364-379.

Watson, H.J., “Revisiting Sprague’s Framework for Developing Decision Support Systems," Communications of AIS, (April 2018), pp. 363-385. 

Watson, H.J., "Tutorial: Big Data Analytics: Concepts, Technologies, and Applications," Communications of AIS, (May 2014), pp. 1247-1268.

Wixom, B.H. and H.J. Watson, “An Empirical Investigation of the Factors Affecting Data Warehousing Success,” MIS Quarterly, (March 2001), pp. 17-41. 

Cooper, B.L., H.J. Watson, B.H. Wixom, and D.L. Goodhue, "Data Warehousing Supports Corporate Strategy at First American Corporation," MIS Quarterly, (December 2000), pp. 547-567. 

Fredenberger, W.B., A. Lipp, and H.J. Watson, “Information Requirements of Turnaround Managers at the Beginning of Engagements,” Journal of Management Information Systems, (Spring 1997), pp. 167-192. 

Rainer, R.K. and H.J. Watson, “The Keys to EIS Success,” Journal of Management Information Systems (Fall 1995), pp. 83-98. 

Watson, H.J. and M. Frolick, "Determining Information Requirements for an EIS," MIS Quarterly, (September 1993), pp. 255-269. 

Belcher, L.W. and H.J. Watson, "Assessing the Value of Conoco's EIS," MIS Quarterly, (September 1993), pp. 239-253. 

Blanton, J.E., H.J. Watson, and J. Moody, "Toward Better Understanding of Information Technology Organization: A Comparative Case Study," MIS Quarterly, (December 1992) pp. 531-555. 

      Featured in Really Useful Research in Information Systems, (April 1993). 

Watson, H.J., R.K. Rainer, and C. Koh, "Executive Information Systems: A Framework for Development and a Survey of Current Practices," MIS Quarterly, (March 1991), pp. 12-30.  

      Reprinted in H.J. Watson, R.K. Rainer, and G. Houdeshel, Executive Information Systems, (New York:  Wiley, 1992).  

      Reprinted in R.H. Sprague and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems: Putting Theory into Practice (Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice-Hall, 1993). 

Volonino, L. and H.J. Watson, "The Strategic Business Objectives Method for Guiding Executive Information Systems Development," Journal of Management Information Systems, (Winter 1990-91), pp. 27-39. 

      Reprinted in H.J. Watson, R.K. Rainer, and G. Houdeshel, Executive Information Systems, (New York: Wiley, 1992). 

Watson, H.J., A. Lipp, P.G. Jackson, A. Dahmani, and W.B. Fredenberger, "Organizational Support for Decision Support Systems," Journal of Management Information Systems, (Spring 1989), pp. 87-109. 

Magal, S.R., H.H. Carr, and H.J. Watson, "Critical Success Factors for Information Center    Managers," MIS Quarterly, (September 1988), pp. 413-425.  

Watson, H.J. and H.H. Carr, "Organizing for DSS Support: The End User Services Alternative," Journal of Management Information Systems, (Summer 1987), pp. 83-95. 

      Reprinted in R.H. Sprague, Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems: Putting Theory into Practice, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, 1989 and 1993). 

Houdeshel, G.A. and H.J. Watson, "The Management Information and Decision Support (MIDS) System at Lockheed-Georgia," MIS Quarterly, (March 1987), pp. 127-140. 

      Featured in "Executive Information Systems," EDP Analyzer, (April, 1987), pp. 1-16 and "Lockheed Execs Fly MIDS," Information Week, (September 7, 1987), pp. 36-37.  

      Reprinted in R.H. Sprague, Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems: Putting Theory into Practice, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, 1989 and 1993). 

      Reprinted in H.J. Watson, A.B. Carroll, and R.I. Mann, Information Systems for Management, 4th edition, (Homewood, Illinois, Irwin, 1991). 

      Reprinted in P. Gray, et. al., MoIS:  Management of Information Systems (Chicago:  Dryden, 1989 and 1994). 

Mann, R.I. and H.J. Watson, "A Contingency Model for User Involvement in DSS Development," MIS Quarterly, (March 1984), pp. 27-38. 

      Reprinted in J. C. Wetherbe and V. T. Dock, Readings in Information Systems: A Management Perspective (St. Paul, MN: West, 1988). 

Hogue, J.T. and H.J. Watson, "Management's Role in the Approval and Administration of Decision Support Systems," MIS Quarterly, (June 1983), pp. 15-26. 

      Reprinted in R.H. Sprague, Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems: Putting Theory into Practice, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, 1986). 

Mansour, A. and H.J. Watson, "The Determinants of Computer-Based Information System Performance," Academy of Management Journal, (September l980), pp. 52l-533. 

Berry, S.E., H.J. Watson, and W.T. Greenwood, "A Survey of Academicians and Practitioners as to the Content of the Introductory Production/Operations Management Course," Academy of Management Journal, (December l978), pp. 699-714. 

McDevitt, C.D. and H.J. Watson, "An Assessment of Probability Encoding Using a Probabilistic, Noninteractive Management Game," Academy of Management Journal, (September l978), pp. 45l-462. 

Parks, M., N. Siemens and H.J. Watson, "A Generalized Model for Automating Judgmental Decisions," Management Science, (April l976), pp. 84l-85l

Books

Rainer, R.K., Jr., B. Prince, and H.J. Watson, Management Information Systems: Moving   Business Forward, 4th Edition, (New York, Wiley, 2016).         

Rainer, R.K., Jr., B. Prince, and H.J. Watson, Management Information Systems: Moving Business Forward, 3rd Edition, (New York, Wiley, 2015).                   

Rainer, R.K., Jr., H.J. Watson, and B. Prince, Management Information Systems: Moving Business Forward, 2nd Edition, (New York, Wiley, 2013).

              Also published in Korean. 

Rainer, R.K., Jr. and H.J. Watson, Management Information Systems: Moving Business    Forward, (New York, Wiley, 2012). Also published in Korean. 

Gray, P. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support in the Data Warehouse, (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1998). 

Watson, H.J., G. Houdeshel, and R.K. Rainer, Building Executive Information Systems and Other Decision Support Applications, (New York, Wiley, 1997). 

Sprague, R.H., Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support for Management, (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1996). 

Gray, P., W. King, E.R. McLean, and H.J. Watson, MoIS:  Management of Information Systems, 2nd edition, (Chicago:  Dryden Press, 1994). 

Sprague, R.H., Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems:  Putting Theory into Practice, 3rd edition, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, 1993). 

Watson, H.J., R.K. Rainer, and G. Houdeshel, Executive Information Systems, (New York, Wiley, 1992). 

Watson, H.J., A.B. Carroll, and R.I. Mann, Information Systems for Management, 4th edition, (Homewood, Illinois, Irwin, 1991). 

Sprague, R.H., Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems: Putting Theory into Practice, 2nd edition, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, 1989).

      Also published in Portuguese.  Sistema De Apoio A Decisao:  Colocando a Teoria em Practica, (Portugal, 1991). 

Watson, H.J., and J.H. Blackstone, Computer Simulation, 2nd edition, (New York:  Wiley, 1989). 

Gray, P., W. King, E.R. McLean, and H.J. Watson, MoIS:  Management of Information Systems, (Chicago:  Dryden Press, 1989). 

Watson, H.J., A.B. Carroll, and R.I. Mann, Information Systems for Management: A Book of Readings, 3rd edition, (Dallas, Texas:  Business Publications, Inc., 1987). 

Kroeber, D.W. and H.J. Watson, Computer-Based Information Systems, 2nd edition, (New York:  Macmillan, 1987). 

Sprague, R.H., Jr. and H.J. Watson, Decision Support Systems:  Putting Theory into Practice, (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, 1986). 

Kroeber, D.W. and H.J. Watson, Computer-Based Information Systems, (New York:  Macmillan, 1984). 

Watson, H.J. and A.B. Carroll, Computers for Business: A Book of Readings, 2nd edition, (Dallas, Texas:  Business Publications, Inc., 1984).Watson, H.J., ComputerSimulation in Business, (New York:  Wiley, l98l). 

Smith, H.R., A.B. Carroll, A. Kefalas, and H.J. Watson, Management:  Making Organizations Perform, (New York:  Macmillan, l980). 

Smith, H.R., A.B. Carroll, A. Kefalas, and H.J. Watson, Readings in Management: Making Organizations Perform, (New York:  Macmillan, l980). 

Watson, H.J. and A.B. Carroll, Computers for Business:  A Managerial Emphasis, 2nd edition, (Dallas, Texas:  Business Publications, Inc., l980). 

Watson, H.J. and A.B. Carroll, Computers for Business:  A Book of Readings, (Dallas, Texas:  Business Publications, Inc., l980). 

Gallagher, C. and H.J. Watson, Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions, (New York:  McGraw-Hill, l980).

      Also published in Spanish.  Métodos Cuantitativos Para la Toma de Decisiones en Administración, (Mexico, 1982). 

Watson, H.J. and A.B. Carroll, Computers for Business: A Managerial Emphasis, (Dallas, Texas:  Business Publications, Inc., l976).

Editorial Appointments

Major appointments

Senior Advisory Board, Communications of AIS, 1998 - present

Senior Editor, Business Intelligence Journal, 1996 - present

Editorial Board, Journal of MIS, 1991 - present