Brian Janz, Professor

Brian Janz, Professor

Professor, Department of Business Information and Technology

201E FIT
Office Hours
by appointment

About Brian Janz

Beyond teaching, Dr. Janz is the co-founder of the University's Center for Managing Emerging Technology. He recently served as the Director for the Fogelman College's Executive Education program. In addition, he is the co-founder of the University's Center for Managing Emerging Technology, and recently served as the Director for the Fogelman College's Executive Education program.

Brian's research has been published in book chapters as well as many academic and practitioner journals as including MIS Quarterly, Decision Science, Journal of MIS, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Database Management, Journal of Information Technology Management, Information and Management, Journal of Global IT Management, Cycle Time Research, Journal of Strategic Performance Measurement, and the Journal of Education for MIS. In addition, Dr. Janz serves on the editorial review boards of numerous journals.

Dr. Janz has over 30 years of experience in the information systems field working for The University of Minnesota, IBM, Honeywell, and General Motors, as well as consulting with several Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies. Brian is sought out by these organizations to conduct consulting projects, educational and leadership programs, as well as to deliver keynote speeches.

Brian did his bachelor's work in electrical engineering at both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota. He earned an MBA in strategic management and a Ph.D. in MIS from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
Master of Business Administration, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota


Research Interests: Human-centered design; Knowledge management; Technology use and adoption in healthcare; Issues related to systems development: teamwork, cooperative and collaborative structures; Technology in the supply chain

Teaching interests: Creativity, Innovation, and Design; Systems Analysis and Design; Information Systems in the Global Enterprise

Selected Research

SanPietro, F., Sunderman, M., Radetskiy, E., Janz, B. (2018). Using Information Theory to Evaluate Measures of Vertical Inequity in Property Taxation. Revise and re-submit at JPTAA: Journal of Property Tax Assessment and Administration.

Janz, B. (2018). Design thinking makes great ideas viable. Entrepreneurship & Innovation Exchange. https://eiexchange.com/content/311-design-thinking-makes-great-ideas-viable.

Brian D. Janz and M. Jeff Brittain (2017)," Incorporating Human-Centered Design at Merck: How One IT Organization Became More Entrepreneurial and Enhanced Its Role in the Process ", IBIMA Business Review, Vol. 2017 (2017), Article ID 395969, DOI: 10.5171/2017. 395969

Janz, B. and Brittain, M. (2016). "Enhancing IT Intrapreneurism in Big Pharma: Incorporating Human-Centered Design at Merck Consumer Care." presented at the 27th Annual IBIMA Conference, May, 2016.

Janz, B., Meek, T., Nichols, E., and Oglesby, J. (2016). "Re-Visioning IT for Value: The Value Stream Initiative at Buckman." MIS Quarterly-Executive, Vol. 15 Issue 3.

Prasarnphanich, P., Janz, B., Patel, J. (2016). "Towards a Better Understanding of System Analysts' Tacit Knowledge: A Mixed Method Approach," Information Technology & People, Vol. 29 Iss: 1, pp.69 - 98.

Janz, B. 2014. "After the Big Idea: Entrepreneurial Success Through High Performance Start-Up Teams," Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange. URL: http://www.eiexchange.com/content/22-After-the-Big-Idea-Entrepreneurial-Success-Through-High-Performance-Start-Up-Teams

Janz, B, Allen, D., Amini, M., Nichols, E. and Racer, M. 2013. "The Human Supply Chain: Mapping and Modeling the Flow of Human Capital for Navy 'Seabees'," Journal of Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management, (Article ID 175961), URL: http://www.ibimapublishing.com/journals/JSCCRM/2013/175961/a175961.html.

Hennington, A.H., Janz, B.D., and Poston, R. 2011. "I'm Just Burned Out: Understanding System Compatibility With Personal Values And Role-Based Stress In A Mandatory Usage Context," Computers in Human Behavior (27:3), pp. 1238-1248. Abstract

Nickels, D. and Janz, B.D. 2010. "Organizational Culture: Another Piece of the IT-Business Alignment Puzzle," Journal of Information Technology Management (21:3), pp. 1-14. Abstract

Janz, B. D. and Prasarnphanich, P. 2009. "Freedom to Cooperate: Gaining Clarity into Knowledge Integration in Information Systems Development Teams," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (56:4), pp. 621-635. Abstract

Hennington, A. H., Janz, B. D., Amis, J., and Nichols, E. L. 2009. "Understanding the Multidimensionality of Information Systems Use: A Study of Nurses' Use of a Mandated Electronic Medical Record System," Communications of the AIS (25:1). Abstract

Amini, M., Otondo, R., Janz, B. D., and Pitts, M. 2007. "Simulation Modeling and Analysis: A Collateral Application and Exposition of RFID Technology," Journal of Production and Operations Management (16:5), pp. 586-598. Abstract

Hennington, A. H. and Janz, B. D. 2007. Physician Adoption of Electronic Medical Records: Applying The UTAUT Model In a Healthcare Context," Communications of the AIS (19:5), pp. 60-80. Abstract

Chen, L., Frolick, M. and Janz, B. D. 2005. "Supply and Demand of IS Faculty: A Longitudinal Study," Communications of the AIS (15:37), pp. 674-695. Abstract

Janz, B. D., Pitts, M. G., and Otondo. R. F. 2005. "Back to the Future with RFID: Lessons Learned – Some Old, Some New," Communications of the AIS (15:7), pp. 132-148. Abstract