Kieran Mathieson

Associate Professor of Information Systems
Oakland University

Floating Head of Doom


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Current research: Learning Web tech

Over the last year or two, I've been studying learning. Reading up on constructivism, phenomenography, understanding by design, and other learning science stuff. I've been particularly interested in how the research can be applied to teaching Web tech - HTML, JS, CSS, PHP, stuff like that.

You can see results on CoreDogs. It helps people learn the core of Web tech. There's a paper on the theoretical underpinnings of the site.

This work has transformed the way I teach. Little lecture, more helping individual students. I've moved from "the sage on the stage" to the "guide on the side."

I haven't "published" anything from this in the traditional sense. Might, might not.

Recent past research: Ethics Decision Support

Dioptra ( helps teams make difficult ethical decisions. It doesn't do any ethical "thinking." Computers aren't smart enough for that. Instead, it helps teams make more rational and defensible choices, avoiding (to some extent) emotional meltdowns and dysfunctional group behavior.

Dioptra is based on four principles:

Problem structuring

  • Enough structure to help people focus their attention.
  • Not too much – don’t overly constrain the decision process.


Group support

  • One decision state for the entire team.
  • Coordination options - Same time and place, same time but different place, ...
  • Reduce dysfunctional behavior, e.g., anonymity.


"Workflow" is about how tasks are completed: who does them, what the steps are, what order they are done in, how they are tracked, how they are synchronized, etc.


  • Advice on ethics, decision making, group work, using Dioptra, ...
  • Available at the user’s discretion.

This gives you a taste, but there is a lot more to Dioptra. Take a look at for more information.

Publication List

There are recent things missing. I'll update it someday.

Kieran Mathieson, "Making Ethics Easier," forthcoming in IEEE Computer.

Gene Fliedner and Kieran Mathieson, "Learning Lean: A Survey of Industry Lean Needs," forthcoming in the Journal of Education for Business.

Kieran Mathieson, "Moral Development," keynote presentation at the 2008 Summer Institute on Teaching Excellence, Purdue University Calumet, June, 2008.

Kieran Mathieson and Elysa Koppelman-White, "Creativity and Critical Thinking in Ethics: A Computer Tool for Helping Groups Make Ethical Decisions," presented at the OU/U Windsor Conference on Teaching and Learning, May, 2008.

Kieran Mathieson and Catherine Tyler, "'We Don't Need No Stinking Ethics': The Struggle Continues," Journal of College and Character, 9 (4), 2008, 1-12.

Kieran Mathieson, "Using Information Technology Volunteers: A Conceptual Framework," International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 24 (6), 2007, 35-46.

Kieran Mathieson, "Modeling Web Applications," AJBR, 3 (1), 2007, 61-72.

Kieran Mathieson, "Dioptra: An Ethics Decision Support System," Proceedings of the American Conference on Information Systems, Keystone, Colorado, 2007.

Kieran Mathieson, "Moral Maturity and Cognition," invited presentation at the 2007 Summer Institute on Teaching Excellence, Purdue University Calumet, June, 2007.

Kieran Mathieson, "Sneaking a Philosophical Camel into a Business Tent: Labeling the Summum Bonum for Business Students," Journal of College and Character, 8 (4), 2007, 1-12.

Kieran Mathieson, "Towards a Design Science of Ethical Decision Support," Journal of Business Ethics, 76 (3), 2007, 269-292.

Kieran Mathieson, "Moral Maturity and Cognition," invited presentation at the 2006 Summer Institute on Teaching Excellence, Purdue University Calumet, June 2, 2006.

Kieran Mathieson, "Using Volunteers for IT Work: Research Questions," Proceedings of the 2006 SIGMIS CPR Conference, Pomona, California, 230-235.

Kieran Mathieson, "Factors Influencing Intentions to Maintain Web Content in Voluntary Organizations," Proceedings of the 2006 SIGMIS CPR Conference, Pomona, California, 169-171.

Gene Fliedner, Peg Pennington, Helen Zak and Kieran Mathieson, "Lean Curriculum Content: A Plant Manager Pilot Survey", Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, Indianapolis, March 23-25, 2006.

Kieran Mathieson, "Factors predicting intention to enroll in a philosophy of life course," Journal of Academic Ethics, 2 (4), 2005, 367 - 385.

Kieran Mathieson and David Doane, "Using Fine-Grained Likert Scales in Web Surveys", Alliance Journal of Business Research, 1 (1), April 2005, 27-34

Kieran Mathieson, "Designing a Moral Dilemma Support System," in Freeman, L., and Peace, A. Graham, Information Ethics: Privacy and Intellectual Property, Information Science Publishing, 2005, pp. 38-51.

Kieran Mathieson, "A Practical Approach to Object-Relational Mapping in PHP," PHPBuilder,, 2004

Kieran Mathieson and Mukesh Bhargava, "Do Our Students Want Values Programs?" Journal of College and Character, V. 2, 2003.

Kieran Mathieson, "Elements of Moral Maturity," Journal of College and Character, V. 2, 2003.

Kieran Mathieson, "The Corporate Model at Oakland University," Oakland Journal, Spring, 2003.

Kieran Mathieson, "An Information Environment for Exploring Personal Values," presentation, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, March, 2002.

Kieran Mathieson, and Cynthia E. Miree, "Illuminating the Invisible: IT and Self-Discovery in the Workplace," in Giacalone, Robert, and Jurkewiecz, Carole (eds.), The Handbook of Workplace Spirituality, 2002, 461-474.

Kieran Mathieson, "Using Information Technology to Explore Moral Imagination," Proceedings of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute conference, April, 2001.

Kieran Mathieson and Terence Ryan, "A Broader View of Relevance," Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 6, March 2001. 

Donald Fedor, Walter Davis, John Maslyn, and Kieran Mathieson, "Performance Improvement Efforts in Response to Negative Feedback: The Roles of Source Power and Recipient Self-Esteem," Journal of Management, 27 (1), 2001 

Wynne Chin, Kieran Mathieson and Eileen Peacock, "Extending the Technology Acceptance Model: The Influence of Perceived User Resources," DATA BASE, Summer 2001, v. 32, 86-112.

David P. Doane, Ronald L. Tracy, and Kieran Mathieson (2000), "Visualizing a Random Process," 2000 Proceedings of the Section on Statistical Education, American Statistical Association, August, 2000.

David Doane, Kieran Mathieson and Ronald Tracy, Visual Statistics 2.0 (McGraw-Hill, 2000).

Kieran Mathieson and James Kiely, "Site Usability and Database-Enabled Web Sites: Separating Navigation from Form Data," WebProfession, 2 (2), June 1999.

Mathieson, Kieran, Mukesh Bhargava and Mohan Tanniru, "Web-Based Consumer Decision Tools: Motivations and Constraints," Electronic Markets, Volume 9, Number 4, November 1999.

Dan Braunstein and Kieran Mathieson, "Patterns of Change in Perceptions of Information Systems: A Longitudinal Case Study," AIS, 1999.

Mathieson, Kieran, "A Ménage à Trois in a Manufactured Home: Improving Decisions and Building Relationships," presented at the First Oakland University Conference on Information Technology, September, 1998.

Mathieson, Kieran, and Mark Keil, "Beyond the Interface: Ease of Use and Task/Technology Fit," Information and Management, 34, 4, 1998, 221-230.

Mathieson, Kieran, "The Product Inference Lens: A Technique for Designing Marketing Web Sites," WebProfession, 1 (4), March 1998.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Choosing in the Fourth Dimension: Web Support for Long Purchase Decisions," WebProfession, 1 (5), April 1998.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Building Effective Marketing Web Sites: The Product Inference Lens," EDI Forum: The Journal of Electronic Commerce, 1998.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Building Relationships Between Producers, Retailers and Consumers," WebProfession, 1 (6), May 1998.

Mathieson, Kieran, and Terence Ryan, "Users' Evaluations of Packages: Demonstrations Versus Hands-On Use" Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation, 1 (1), 1997 HTML version

David Doane, Kieran Mathieson, and Ronald Tracy, (1997), "Visualizing Univariate and Bivariate Data", 1997 Proceedings, Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, 243-247.

David Doane, Kieran Mathieson and Ronald Tracy, Visual Statistics, Part I (Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 1997).

Doane, David P., Mathieson, Kieran D., and Tracy, Ronald L., "Teaching Statistics Visually", American Statistical Association, 1996.

Tracy, Ronald L., Doane, David P., and Mathieson, Kieran D. , "Visualizing A Sample Distribution", American Statistical Association, 1996.

Mathieson, Kieran, and Al Lederer, "A Decision Support System for Student Transfer Advising," Journal of Information System Education, Fall 1995, 96-101.

Toland, Tim, and Kieran Mathieson, "Improving Customer Service at Allnet Communications: Developing A Mission Critical Client/Server GUI System," Journal of End User Computing, 7(3), 1995, 29-33.

Keller, Karl, and Kieran Mathieson, "Client/Server at Chrysler: Adding to the Solution Set," Journal of End User Computing, 7(3), 1995, 29-33.

Mathieson, Kieran, David Doane and Ronald Tracy, "A Program for Visualizing Comparisons Between Two Normal Distributions," Journal of Statistics Education, 3 (1), 1995.

Dreyer, Brent, and Ensuring Consistency in the Estimation of Vacancy Rates," The Appraisal Journal, 63 (2), 1995, 209-212.

Tracy, Ronald L., Doane, David P., and Mathieson, Kieran D., "Visualizing Simple Regression", American Statistical Association, 1995.

Mathieson, Kieran, and Terence Ryan, "The Effect of Definitional Variations on Information System Evaluations," Data Base, 25 (2), 1994, 37-48.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Managing Information Technology in a University: Three Principles to Guide Organisational Design," School Organisation, 12 (2), 1994, 169-179.

Doane, David, Kieran Mathieson, and Ronald Tracy, "Visualizing Time Series Data," American Statistical Association, 1994.

Doane, David, Kieran Mathieson, and Ronald Tracy, "Visualizing Power and Type I and II Error," American Statistical Association,1994.

Tracy, Ronald, Kieran Mathieson, and David Doane, "Visualizing and Describing the Shape of Distributions," American Statistical Association, 1994.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Reducing Bias in Users' Evaluations of Information Systems," Information and Management, 25, 1993, 165-171.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Variations in Users' Definitions of an Information System," Information and Management, 24, 1993, 227-234.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Effective User Documentation: Focusing on Tasks Instead of Systems," Journal of Systems Management, 44 (1993), 25-27.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Form-Based Software," Marketing Research, 5 (1993), 46.

Mathieson, Kieran, and Brent Dreyer, "Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Appraisal Review: An Information Systems Approach," The Appraisal Journal, 61 (1993), 414-418.

Mathieson, Kieran, and T. J. Wharton, "Are Information Systems a Barrier to Total Quality Management?," Journal of Systems Management, 44 (9), 1993, 34-38.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Belief Formation and System Success: When Do Responses to Satisfaction Instruments Reflect System Attributes?," Proceedings of the SIGCPR Conference, 1993.

Mathieson, Kieran, "Predicting User Intentions: Comparing the Technology Acceptance Model with the Theory of Planned Behavior," Information Systems Research, 2 (3), 1991, 173-191.

Jacobs, F. Robert, Kieran Mathieson, John F. Muth, and Terence M. Hancock, "A Rule-Based System to Generate NC Programs from CAD Exchange Files," Computers and Industrial Engineering, 20 (2), 1991, 167-176.

Mathieson, K., and T. Ryan, "A Goal Driven Cognitive Model of the System Evaluation Process," Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Systems," New York, 1991, 177-186.

Kieran Mathieson, "Prototyping Expert Systems," AI Applications in Natural Resource Management, 2 (2-3), 1988, 3-11.

Kieran Mathieson, "Measuring User Satisfaction," Interfaces, 16 (6), 1986, 73-76.

Last updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011