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Sander Zwanenburg imageBSc, MSc (RUG), PhD (HKU)
Senior Lecturer

Room 3.31, Otago Business School
Tel +64 3 479 8733

Background and interests

Dr Sander Zwanenburg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He earned a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a PhD degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Hong Kong.

Sander's research interest lies in two main areas.

  • The psychology of personal IT use:
    Sander wrote his PhD dissertation on smartphone addiction. In Hong Kong and New Zealand, he has conducted experiments on the role of personal IT use on interruptions, attention, experience, and conflicted behaviour.
  • The development of measures and metrics:
    Aware of the gap between how we measure and how we need to measure in social science, Sander has also developed a passion to advance the field with better measurement methods and the development of valid metrics, in particular using questionnaire and bibliometric data.

Sander's work has been published in premier outlets including the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), and Scientometrics.

He is Secretary of the Australasian Association for Information Systems, which is the regional chapter of the Association for Information Systems. He is ad-hoc reviewer for Information Systems Research (ISR), Information Systems Frontiers (ISF), ICIS, CAIS, and others, and is member of the Association for Information Systems and the Academy of Management.

He has won Best Paper Awards on solo-authored papers in the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). All of the publications he led have appeared in venues that have been ranked A or A*.

Sander teaches 'Information Systems Strategy and Governance', 'Information and Communication Technology', and 'Research Methods for Digital Health'. He uses teaching cases in some of his courses.

He welcomes inquiries from students who would like to engage in projects in one or multiple of the research areas described above. Feel free to send an email.


  • COMP 111 Information and Communications Technology
  • DIGH 706 Research Methods for Digital Health
  • INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance


Currently supervising

  • Maryam Nakhoda

Graduated students

  • Wendy Wlasak


Tate, M., Zwanenburg, S., & Clarke, R. J. (2024). Generating stakeholder value through increasingly hybridized conferences: Insights from 30 years of ACIS conferences. Communications of the Association for Information Systems. Advance online publication. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Zwanenburg, S. P., Vincent, K., Deng, J., Gurtner, M., Gage, R., Smith, M., & Signal, L. (2023). Kids’ digital distractions: An observation study of recorded everyday screentime by 12-year-olds. Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). 110. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Zwanenburg, S., Tate, M., Johnstone, D., & Adie, B. (2023). Research methods in 30 years of information systems: A bibliometric trend study. Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS): Diving into Uncharted Waters. 1328. [Full Paper] Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Nakhoda, M., Whigham, P., & Zwanenburg, S. (2023). Quantifying and addressing uncertainty in the measurement of interdisciplinarity. Scientometrics, 128, 6107-6127. doi: 10.1007/s11192-023-04822-2 Journal - Research Article

Wlasak, W., Zwanenburg, S. P., & Paton, C. (2023). Supporting autonomous motivation for physical activity with chatbots during COVID-19: Factorial experiment. JMIR Formative Research, 7, e38500. doi: 10.2196/38500 Journal - Research Article

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