Wang, Y. Ken

Wang Ken

Dr. Y. Ken Wang
Director and Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Technology Program and Director of Asian Collaborations
Division of Management and Education

Contact Information:
157 Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Business Administration, Washington State University, 2008
M.B.A. Information Systems, Finance, Washington State University, 2006
B.E. Telecommunication Engineering, Intellectual Properties Laws, Shanghai University, China, 1996

Academic Focus:


Research Interests:

  • Behavioral and Organizational Issues in Information Systems
  • Information Systems Continuance and Use
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Social Media and Education
  • Knowledge Management 


Teaching Interests:

  • Systems Analysis, Design, and Development
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Database Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Data Analytics 

Short Bio:


Dr. Wang is currently an associate professor in the Division of Management and Education at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from Washington State University. Dr. Wang has taught a variety of information systems courses such as systems analysis and design, electronic commerce, information systems strategy, emerging technologies and innovation, objected-oriented programming, web development, database management system, business intelligence, business computing, project management, etc.

Dr. Wang is an active researcher in information systems and related fields. His research has appeared in a number of refereed journals, such as Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC), Information Resources Management Journal (IRMJ), Computers in Human Behavior (CHB), Communication Education, etc. He is a reviewer for Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce (JOCEC), Computers in Human Behavior (CHB), Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC) and also a number of international conferences.

Dr. Wang is a member of Association of Information Systems (AIS), Academy of Management (AOM), Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), and The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Wei, F., Wang, Y. K., Fass, W., An Experimental Study of Online Chatting and Notetaking Techniques on College Students' Classroom Cognitive Learning, Computers in Human Behavior, Volume 34, May 2014

  • Wei, F., Wang, Y. K., Klausner, M., Rethinking College Students' Self-regulation and Sustained Attention: Does Text Messaging during Class Influence Cognitive Learning?, Communication and Education, 61(3), 2012
  • Wei, Flora and Wang, Y. K., Rethinking Students' Silent Messages: Can Teacher Verbal and Nonverbal Immediacy Moderate Student Use of Text Messaging in Class?, Communication Education, 59(4), 2010
  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta P., Investigating Technology Commitment in Instant Messaging Application Users, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC), 22(4), 2010
  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta P., A Technology Commitment Model Of Post-Adoptive Behavior, Information Resources Management Journal (IRMJ), 23(4), 2010
  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta P., The Mediating Role of Virtual Experience in Online Purchase Intentions, Information Resources Management Journal (IRMJ), 22(4), 2009 


Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta, P., Decomposition of Virtual Product Experience in Consumer Online Purchasing - A Preliminary Study, Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), San Francisco, CA, 2009
  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta, P., Investigating the Roles of Virtual Experience in Consumer's Online Decision Making, Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Keystone, CO, 2007
  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta, P., Understanding IS Continuance: A Technology Commitment Perspective, Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (CIS), Milwaukee, WI, 2006
  • Wang, Y. K. and Datta, P., Online Decision-Making in VR Application Environments, Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Omaha, NE, 2005
  • Croasdell, D. and Wang, Y. K., Virtue-Nets: Toward a Model for Expanding Knowledge Networks, Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS), Big Island, HA, January 2004


Book Chapter

  • Croasdell, D. and Wang, Y. K., Virtue-Nets: A Paradigm for Supporting and using Knowledge Networks, The Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management, 2004