Dr. Brian Janz


FIT 201E
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Brian Janz


Dr. Janz is a Professor of Business Information and Technology and George Johnson Fellow in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at The University of Memphis. Brian is a past First Tennessee Professor, Palmer Professor for Teaching, Palmer Professor for Service, a  George Johnson Fellow, and was the University’s first Innovator in Residence.

Brian’s research interests focus on innovation, high performance, knowledge worker teams, and how information technologies affect organizational strategy, design, and business processes. His most recent research is focusing on the impact of design thinking on organizational performance, and his research has been published in book chapters as well as many academic and practitioner journals as including MIS Quarterly, MIS Quarterly Executive, Decision Science, Communications of the AIS, Journal of MIS, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Database Management, Journal of Information Technology Management, and Information and Management.

Brian teaches the management of technology, leadership and emotional intelligence, and strategic change management practices in all four of The University of Memphis’s MBA programs, and also teaches the capstone IT course for students in the Masters of MIS program. He is a recipient of the University of Memphis’s Distinguished Teaching Award a as well as the University of Memphis MIS Advisory Council’s Outstanding Teaching Award.  He is currently focusing on how to improve the quality of pedagogy in online education.

Dr. Janz has over 40 years of experience in the information systems field. In addition to over 25 years at The University of Memphis, Brian has worked for The University of Minnesota, IBM, Honeywell, and General Motors.

Brian did his bachelor’s degree work in electrical engineering at both The University of Wisconsin and The University of Minnesota, and earned an MBA and a Ph.D. 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


Teaching interests

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


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

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