Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Molly Wasko is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Faculty Success in the Collat School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park and has a combined Business/Academic background with 15+ years of leadership experience in the areas of high-technology start-ups, strategic planning and organizational innovation. Her personal vision is to “create opportunities by making connections”, which encompasses her belief that innovation and new knowledge creation comes from collaborating across organizational boundaries. Her primary focus is on building collaborative academic, research and commercialization relationships across campus in support of the University’s mission. Dr. Wasko maintains an active research agenda investigating the intersection of digital and social networks, open innovation models and sources of new knowledge creation. She is currently teaching courses in the areas of innovation and design thinking, as well as entrepreneurship and lean startup. Her additional roles at UAB include: PI for Invention to Innovation program, Co-PI for the Pathways to Innovation Epicenter program, Co-director for UAB’s I-Corps programs, Co-director for UAB’s University Innovation Fellows Program, Executive Committee member for the CCTS and active involvement in the Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 The University of Alabama at Birmingham COVID-19 Collaborative Outcomes Research Enterprise: Developing an institutional learning health system in response to the global pandemicLearning Health Systems.  6. 2022
    2022 The Paradox of Knowledge Networks: Why More Knowledge Does Not Always Make You More Successful 2022
    2020 I-Corps@NCATS trains clinical and translational science teams to accelerate translation of research innovations into practice.Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.  5:e66. 2020
    2019 Beyond gaming: Linking flow, brand attitudes, and purchase intent in realistic and emergent three-dimensional virtual environmentsInformation Technology and People.  32:1397-1422. 2019
    2016 E-lance enabled network exchanges within supply chains: The influence of network governance and social control mechanisms on network successInternational Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.  9:1-20. 2016
    2016 Social media engagement theory: Exploring the infuence of user engagement on social media usage 2016
    2016 Social Media Engagement Theory: Exploring the Influence of User Engagement on Social Media UsageJournal of Organization and End User Computing.  28:54-74. 2016
    2015 Leading collaboration in online communitiesMIS Quarterly.  39:393-412. 2015
    2013 Social network analysis in accounting information systems researchInternational Journal of Accounting Information Systems.  14:127-137. 2013
    2013 Online health communities: An assessment of the influence of participation on patient empowerment outcomesInformation Technology and People.  26:213-235. 2013
    2012 The effects of leader-member exchange on member performance in virtual world teams 2012
    2012 Understanding the factors that influence the adoption and meaningful use of social media by physicians to share medical informationJournal of Medical Internet Research.  14. 2012
    2012 Would you share? Examining knowledge type and communication channel for knowledge sharing within and across the organizational boundaryInternational Journal of Knowledge Management.  8:1-21. 2012
    2011 Stepping into the internet: New ventures in virtual worldsMIS Quarterly.  35:645-652. 2011
    2010 Getting customers' ideas to work for you: Learning from dell how to succeed with online user innovation communities 2010
    2010 Online discussion group sustainability: Investigating the interplay between structural dynamics and social dynamics over time 2010
    2009 The provision of online public goods: Examining social structure in an electronic network of practiceDecision Support Systems.  47:254-265. 2009
    2009 Knowledge transfer in MNCs: Examining how intrinsic motivations and knowledge sourcing impact individual centrality and performanceJournal of International Management.  15:15-31. 2009
    2009 Steal my idea! Organizational adoption of user innovations from a user innovation community: A case study of Dell IdeaStormDecision Support Systems.  48:303-312. 2009
    2006 Do you know what i know? A shared understandings perspective on text-based communicationJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication.  12:66-87. 2006
    2005 Why should I share? Examining social capital and knowledge contribution in electronic networks of practiceMIS Quarterly.  29:35-57. 2005
    2004 Collective Action and Knowledge Contribution in Electronic Networks of Practice 2004
    2004 Public Goods or Virtual Commons? Applying Theories of Public Goods, Social Dilemmas and Collective Action to Electronic Networks of PracticeJournal of Information Technology Theory and Application2004
    2004 Public Goods or Virtual Commons? Applying Theories of Public Goods, Social Dilemmas and Collective Action to Electronic Networks of Practice 2004
    2003 Integrating Knowledge through Information Trading: Examining the Relationship between Boundary Spanning Communication and Individual PerformanceDecision Sciences.  34:261-286. 2003
    2000 “It is what one does”: why people participate and help others in electronic communities of practiceJournal of Strategic Information Systems.  9:155-173. 2000

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2009 Open Innovation through Online Communities 2009
    2008 Electronic Knowledge Networks: Processes and Structure 2008
    2008 Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice: An Examination of Knowledge Types and Knowledge Flows 2008
    2007 Governing e-collaboration in e-lance networks.  324-329. 2007
    2007 Governing E-Collaboration in E-Lance Networks 2007
    2006 Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice 2006
    2005 Discovering communities of practice through social network analysis.  129-130. 2005
    2005 Distinguishing work groups, virtual teams, and electronic networks of practice.  138-140. 2005
    2005 Electronic networks of practice and communities of practice.  188-192. 2005
    2005 Examining social structure in an electronic network of practice.  207-212. 2005
    2005 Knowledge exchange in networks of practice.  272-277. 2005
    2005 Inter-organizational Communities of Practice: A Review of Previous, Related Research 2005
    2005 What are Electronic Networks of Practice and How Do These Online Social Structures Differ from Communities of Practice 2005
    2004 Extending Richness with Reach: Participation and Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice 2004

    Teaching Activities

  • BUS450 - Strategic Management (Spring Term 2015)
  • ENT450 - I-Corps Lean Startup (Spring Term 2018)
  • ENT450 - I-Corps Lean Startup (Spring Term 2019)
  • ENT650 - I-Corps Lean Startup (Spring Term 2018)
  • ENT650 - I-Corps Lean Startup (Spring Term 2019)
  • IS416 - Web Analytics (Spring Term 2012)
  • IS416 - Web Analytics (Spring Term 2013)
  • IS477 - Intro to Systems Security (Fall Term 2011)
  • IS477 - Intro to Systems Security (Spring Term 2011)
  • IS491 - Current Topics in Info Systems (Fall Term 2015)
  • IS491 - Current Topics in Info Systems (Fall Term 2016)
  • IS491 - Current Topics in Info Systems (Fall Term 2016)
  • IS499 - Directed Readings (Spring Term 2016)
  • IS499 - Directed Readings (Spring Term 2016)
  • IS499 - Directed Readings (Summer Term 2011)
  • IS618 - IT Project Management (Summer Term 2019)
  • IS618 - IT Project Management (Summer Term 2020)
  • MBA616 - Web Analytics (Spring Term 2012)
  • MBA616 - Web Analytics (Spring Term 2013)
  • MBA619 - IT and Business Strategy (Fall Term 2017)
  • MBA619 - IT and Business Strategy (Fall Term 2021)
  • MBA631 - Management and Organizations (Summer Term 2016)
  • MBA690 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2015)
  • MBA690 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2016)
  • MBA690 - Topics in Systems Security (Fall Term 2011)
  • MBA691 - Independent Study (Spring Term 2016)
  • MBA691 - Independent Study (Summer Term 2016)
  • MBA691 - MBA Internship (Fall Term 2012)
  • MBA691 - MBA Internship (Spring Term 2013)
  • MBA691 - MBA Internship (Summer Term 2013)
  • MBA698 - Directed Studies (Spring Term 2011)
  • MG490 - Management Seminar/SL (Spring Term 2015)
  • MG499 - Directed Readings in Mgt (Summer Term 2013)
  • MG499 - Directed Study in Mgt (Summer Term 2020)
  • QM215 - Quantitative Analysis II (Summer Term 2015)
  • QM215 - Quantitative Analysis II (Summer Term 2015)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management Information Systems, University of Maryland System : College Park 2002
  • Master of Business Administration in Business Administration and Management, Averett University 1994
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Business Administration and Management, James Madison University 1990
  • Full Name

  • Molly Wasko