Dr David Johnstone

Teaching in 2020


David originally trained in mathematics (pure and applied) – including statistics & operations research – before switching to information systems in the workplace, including programming, business analysis and project management. A part-time position at the local polytechnic eventually led to him managing the entire business computing programme.

David returned to university with the intention of doing a PhD in information systems, but his background of IS skills and knowledge was soon put to use teaching in the Information Systems programme at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed his doctoral programme with a focus on IT project governance in 2010.


BSc(Hons), MSc, DipSci, Massey; PhD, Victoria

Current research

IT project governance

Stemming from David's experiences in industry, the investigation into IT project governance has continued to focus on the complex web of stakeholders involved throughout a large IT project.

Ethics in IT

After a lengthy period of chairing the Human Ethics Committee overseeing research ethics within the School of Information Management, David moved on to develop and teach on several IT-related ethics courses. Most recently he has published about the ethical issues surrounding crowdsourcing.

Information behaviour

Information behaviour refers to the ways information workers receive, process, and communicate information. While this area has been explored within the discipline of Information Science – with a focus on information seeking – little attention has been given to information behaviour in an organisational setting.

Recent publications

Johnstone, D., Tate, M. & Fielt, E. (2018) Taking rejection personally: An ethical analysis of work rejection on Amazon Mechanical Turk. European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS).

Enwereuzo, I., Antunes, P. & Johnstone, D. (2018) On the adoption of crowdsourcing for theory testing. European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS).

Nili, A., Tate, M. & Johnstone, D. (2018) The process of solving problems with self-service technologies: A study from the user's perspective. Electronic Commerce Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10660-018-9304-0.

Thuan, N., Antunes, P., & Johnstone, D. (2018) A decision tool for business process crowdsourcing: Ontology, design, and evaluation. Group Decision and Negotiation, DOI: 10.1007/s10726-018-9557-y.

Thuan, N., Antunes, P. & Johnstone, D. (2017) A process model for establishing business process crowdsourcing. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 21, DOI: 10.3127/ajis.v21i0.1392.

Johnstone, D. & Tate, M. (2017) Improving IT project governance: a reflective analysis based on critical systems heuristics. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 21, DOI: 10.3127/ajis.v21i.

Starkey, L., Sylvester, A. & Johnstone, D. (2017) Negotiating digital divides: perspectives from the New Zealand schooling system. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 49 (1-2), 31-42.

Nili, A., Tate, M. & Johnstone, D. (2017) A framework and approach for analysis of focus group data in information systems research. Communications of the AIS, 40(1) Article 1

Sapateiro, C., Antunes, P., Johnstone, D. & Pino, J. (2016) Gathering Big Data for Teamwork Evaluation with Microworlds. Cluster Computing, 20 (2). DOI: 10.1007/s10586-016-0715-1

Paré, G., Tate, M., Johnstone, D. & Kitsiou, S. (2016) Contextualizing the twin concepts of systematicity and transparency in IS literature reviews. European Journal of Information Systems, 25(6), 493-508

Hopkins, N., Tate, M., Sylvester, A. & Johnstone, D. (2016) Motivations for 21st century school children to bring their own device to school. Information Systems Frontiers: DOI: 10.1007/s10796-016-9644-z

Teaching in 2020