Peter H. Gray

Professor of Commerce
Information Technology

Peter Gray
+1 434-982-2696
Ph.D., Information Systems and Organizational Behaviour, Queen’s University, Canada
M.Sc., Information Systems, Queen’s University, Canada
B.Comm., School of Business, Carleton University, Canada
Areas of Expertise: 
Information technology
Social networks
Social media/social technologies
Strategic use of IT
Professional Activities: 

Professor Gray conducts research that helps managers improve their company’s performance through a better understanding of the dynamic interactions between people, technologies, and competitive strategies. His specific areas of expertise and research include:

  • How managers can harness organizational networks of collaboration to improve performance and enhance innovation
  • Collaborative impacts of social technologies that empower employees to interact in valuable new ways
  • Strategic use of information technology to change how companies compete

Professor Gray is a senior editor at Journal of the Association for Information Systems, a former associate editor at MIS Quarterly, and a regular presenter at various national and international conferences. His recent research has been conducted at a variety of Fortune 100 companies and has been published in leading academic and managerial outlets.

Selected Publications:

"The Interacting Effects of Distributed Work Arrangements and Individual Dispositions on Willingness to Engage in Sensemaking Behaviors," Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 2015 (with B. Butler and N. Sharma).

“An Attraction-Selection-Attrition Model for Online Community System Size and Resilience,”MIS Quarterly, 2014 (with P. Bateman, B. Butler, and I. Diamant).

“Social Influence and Knowledge Management Systems Use: Evidence from Panel Data,”MIS Quarterly, 2013 (with Y. Wang and D. Meister).

“Where Has the Time Gone? Addressing Collaboration Overload in a Networked Economy,”California Management Review, 2013 (with R. Cross).

“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Leveraging Networks to Reduce the Costs of Turnover,” California Management Review, 2011 (G. Ballinger, E. Craig, R. Cross, and P. Gray).

“Innovation Impacts of Using Social Bookmarking Systems,” MIS Quarterly, 2010 (with S. Parise and B. Iyer).

“The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work,” Sloan Management Review, 2010 (with R. Cross, S. Cunningham, M. Showers, and R. Thomas). Winner of Richard Beckhard Award (best published paper award evaluated by a panel of experts chosen by Sloan Management Review).

Recent news about Peter H. Gray:
Preparing students to successfully leverage information technology to produce business value in any industry, as well as to find solutions to society’s biggest challenges, McIntire’s IT Area is one of the most important contributors to the School’s cutting-edge business education... Read more
In a Jan. 23, 2016, Economist article titled "The Collaboration Curse," Professors Rob Cross and Peter Gray note that although managers may notice the benefits of collaboration, they may fail to measure its often-hidden costs. They estimate that knowledge workers... Read more