Brett Young

Dr. Brett W. Young

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

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Dr. Brett Young is an assistant professor of management information systems in the School of Business. His research on IT-enabled process innovation received the JAIS Best Paper Award for 2016 and was published in the Journal for the Association of Information Systems. He also participated in multiple research presentations and publications while on the NSF-funded “Organizational Participation Open Communities Project," including a recent paper in the top-tier journal, Information Systems Research. 

His research reflects his interests in IT-enabled innovation, stakeholder perceptions of IT, and user contributions in online communities and has been published and presented at ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS and SAIS conferences and top-tier journals. He has served as co-editor for the International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship and as a reviewer for ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS, SAIS and PACIS.

Young received his Ph.D. in computer information systems at the Center for Process Innovation (CEPRIN) at Georgia State University and an MBA concentrating in finance, also from Georgia State University. While working in New York City, he completed a graduate-level program in information technology and management from New York University. His undergraduate degree is in industrial management from The Culverhouse College of Commerce & Business Administration at The University of Alabama.

Previously, Young worked in industry as an IT consultant in New York City, Boston, Phoenix, London, England and Angers, France. His clients included The Prudential, NECX, Packard-Bell, John Hancock and Motorola. In these various industry roles, he worked with small teams to employ advanced technologies to manage, develop, customize and implement enterprise applications.

Young enjoys college and pro sports and spends his free time reading and as much time as possible with his two daughters, Olivia and Eliza, and his wife, Jill.


  • Doctorate – computer information systems – Georgia State University
  • Master's – business administration – Georgia State University
  • Certification – technology and management – New York University
  • Bachelor's – production and operations management – University of Alabama

Academic Interests

  • Business process innovation
  • Open source communities
  • Online community engagement
  • Information management
  • Action research