PROF Peter Seddon

PROF Peter Seddon


  • IT Management, Enterprise Systems, ERP systems, IT Outsourcing, Business Analytics, IS Effectiveness, Accounting Information Systems



  • Peter B. Seddon is an Honorary Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia. The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s top-ranked universities, and was ranked 40th in the world by the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings for 2016.

    Peter retired at the end of 2013. Prior to that, he was a full-time member of academic staff at the University from 1976. He was a member of the Department of Accounting for 20 years, then a member of the Department of Information Systems (now School of Computing and Information Systems) for the next 18 years.

    His major research interests are in the areas of evaluating information-systems success, packaged enterprise-application software, IT management, IT outsourcing, business analytics, IS research methodology, and accounting information systems.

    During his career, Peter was (a) a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly—arguably the world’s top Information Systems research journal—from 2005-2008, (b) Program Co-Chair for the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2011, and (c) the elected representative for the Asia-Pacific region for the Association for Information Systems council in 2009-10. He has reviewed for, and been on the editorial boards of, many Information Systems journals. He has also been on conference committees for many major IS conferences, and supervised and examined many PhDs. In 2013, he was co-chair of the ICIS 2013 Doctoral Consortium in Milan in December. ICIS is the world's top Information Systems conference.

    Research-wise, in mid 2017, Peter had a Google-Scholar H-index of 36, over 2,000 citations to his most cited paper (on IS success measurement), and in total, over 9,000 citations to his work. His publications include a paper on factors affecting benefits from enterprise systems, in MIS Quarterly, in 2010, a paper on Enterprise Architecture in Communications of



Member of

  • Association for Information Systems. Member 1999 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2013--2015: P. Seddon, Sherah Kurnia, Alison Parkes, and Leslie Willcocks, Testing the Big Bets theory of strategic IT decision making, ARC Discovery Project, DP1103535, Australian Research Council, $310K

    The goal of the proposed study was to assess the validity of a contentious theory of strategic IT decision making called Big-Bets theory. This theory was proposed recently by the authors to explain strategic IT decision making in ten large Australian organizations. It argues that many strategic IT decisions are driven
    more by the personalities and past experiences of the decision makers than by objective evidence of costs and benefits. If Big-Bets theory is confirmed, senior decision makers will have grounds for (a) seeking more objective evidence before approving IT investments, and (b) requesting periodic reviews of large IT projects. This could lead to sounder strategic IT investment decisions and fewer troubled mega projects.

    2009-2011: P. Seddon, Graeme Shanks, Rens Scheepers and Peter Reynolds, 'Competing on business analytics', ARC Discovery Project, DP0987003, Australian Research Council, $420K 

    The goal of this project was to develop and test a model that explains and predicts how organisations can gain competitive advantage from their use of business analytics. Business analytics involves the collection, storage and interpretation of data in order to make better decisions and to optimize business processes. Although analytic techniques have been used in business for many years to aid decision-making, many organisations have had difficulty in achieving anticipated benefits from large-scale, enterprise-wide, business-analytic systems, e.g., data warehouses. Recently, however, Davenport (Competing on Analytics, Harvard Business Review, January 2006) and Davenport and Harris (Competing on Analytics, Harvard Business School Press, 2007), have provided substantial case-study evidence of the successf   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1991
  • GDipCompSc, University of Melbourne 1978
  • BCom, University of Melbourne 1973
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1968



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • As I have retired, I am no longer accepting any new PhD-student supervisions.