Trident University International Department Chair Publishes Research on IT Identity

dr Wendy Wang, Department Chair, Trident University International

Our research reveals that IT identities are claimed by individuals in dynamic, and sometimes ambivalent ways. As theorized, the concept of IT identity layers in elements of relatedness, emotional energy, and dependence, and can range from weak to strong, and positive to negative. – dr Wendy Wang

dr Wendy Wang’s paper, “How is IT Identity Claimed and Manifested?” has been accepted for publication at the 2022 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2022) in August.

dr Wang, Department Chair of Trident University International’s (Trident) Information Technology Management program, co-authored this research with Dr. Qin Weng and Dr. Amber Grace Young, both of the University of Arkansas.

Information technology is ubiquitous in the lives of many individuals, whether it’s in the workplace or at home. The term “IT identity” has been proposed as a way to capture the level of an individual’s IT integration, and how they view IT with respect to their sense of self.

While research suggests that IT identity can predict an individual’s willingness to use technology, there has not been an investigation into whether this theorized concept is truly distinct from other personal identities.

“Our research reveals that IT identities are claimed by individuals in dynamic, and sometimes ambivalent ways,” observes Dr. Wang. “As theorized, the concept of IT identity layers in elements of relatedness, emotional energy, and dependence, and can range from weak to strong, and positive to negative.”

dr Wang has been published in the proceedings of conferences and journals such as DSI, AMCIS, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Employee relations, and Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society. Her research areas include social media, health care information systems, IT adoption, text abstraction and extraction, ERP implementation, telecommunication, and virtual organizations.

dr Wang holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Mississippi with a minor in computer science.

AMCIS is an annual conference for information systems and information technology academics and professionals sponsored by the Association for Information Systems. AMCIS is one of the leading conferences for presenting the broadest variety of research done by and for IS/IT academicians. AMCIS 2022: Innovative Research Through Practice is scheduled for August 10-14 in Minneapolis.

About Trident University International

Founded in 1998, Trident University International is a member of the American InterContinental University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills designed to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident has over 32,000 alumni, of which more than 27,000 have a military affiliation, and has received acknowledgments from Washington Monthly, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to student success. Visit http://www.trident.edu or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident’s wide range of educational options.

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