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Orfalea College of Business

James Burleson

James Burleson

Office 03-441
Phone 805-756-1763

Associate Professor of Management, Human Resources, and Information Systems

James Burleson

Jim Burleson is an associate professor of Information Systems in the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University. He received his Ph.D. from Clemson University in 2016 and his M.B.A. from Auburn University in 2007. He teaches numerous courses in Information Systems at Cal Poly, including Systems Analysis & Design, User Experience Analysis & Design, and Data Visualization.

Jim spent over two years as an IT consultant, working as a business analyst on projects for a variety of companies across many different industries.  His most prominent project involved working on the analysis and design of a multi-million software development project for the City of Houston Municipal Courts.

Jim’s research primarily focuses on the human component of technology adoption and use, particularly the influence of technology on the intersection of individuals’ personal and work lives. His work has been published in outlets such as Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Information Systems Education, and Communications of the Association for Information Systems.


Recent Publications

  • Burleson, J., Bott, G., Carter, M., and Sarabadani, J. (Forthcoming) “Data Quality Procedures in Survey Research: A Review and Framework for Doctoral Program Curricula”. Journal of Information Systems Education.
  • Burleson, James, Nabity-Grover, Teagen, and Jetha, Karim (2023) “AIS Teaching Curation Project: The Introductory Course in Information Systems,” Journal of Information Systems Education.
  • Burleson, J., Greenbaum, B.E., and Thatcher, J.B. (2022) “Grace, Place, and Space: Fostering Employee Technological Innovation in the New Normal”. Internet Research.
  • Burleson, J., Grover, V., Thatcher, J.B., and Sun, H. (2021) “A Representation Theory Perspective on the Repurposing of Personal Technologies for Work-Related Tasks”. Journal of the Association for Information Systems.
  • Wolverton, C. and Burleson, J. (2021) “Towards an Understanding of How Post-Deployment Interactions Influence System Utilization”. The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems.


  • BBA Management Information Systems, Baylor University
  • Master’s of Business Administration, Auburn University
  • PhD – Business Administration (Information Systems Management) – Clemson University


  • Senior Consultant, Sogeti, Houston, TX

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