William Perkins

William C. Perkins


William C. (Bill) Perkins is Professor Emeritus of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington.  He received the B.S.C.E. degree (Civil Engineering) from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and the M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees (Quantitative Business Analysis) from Indiana University.


Dr. Perkins taught two years at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and he served on the faculty at Indiana University for thirty-seven years until his retirement in 2003.  He has had semester- or summer-long research or teaching assignments at the University of Hawaii, the University of Minnesota, the National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.  He has taught extensively at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive program levels, and he has received eleven major teaching awards from Indiana University, including the Frederick Bachman Lieber Award (the oldest and most prestigious teaching award given at Indiana University), the Senior Class Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Harry C. Sauvain Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.  After retirement, he twice taught in the Doctor of Business Informatics program at Durakhijpundit University, Bangkok, Thailand. 


Dr. Perkins’ research interests have evolved over time.  His first two published papers were in the field of economics, one based on empirical research and the other devoted to economic theory.  In the 1970s and 1980s he taught the Systems Simulation course in the doctoral program at Indiana University, and he built a program of research around the use of systems simulation in complex situations – such as simulating the higher education system of a state and the design of stochastic unpaced production lines.  In the 1990s and 2000s, Dr. Perkins moved into several areas of management information systems (MIS) research, with a particular focus on negotiation support systems and the empirical testing of their effectiveness.  He has co-authored nine books, including Managing Information Technology (Seventh Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011). 


Dr. Perkins has served in several administrative positions at Indiana University, including Chairperson of the Undergraduate Program of the School of Business (1974-1979), Chairperson of the Operations and Systems Management Department (1980-1987), and Director of the Institute for Research on the Management of Information Systems [IRMIS] (1992-1996).  He served as Indiana University’s Faculty Athletics Representative from 1994 to 2003.  Dr. Perkins received the Distinguished Service Award from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, in 1999, and the Indiana University Distinguished Service Award in 2003.


Dr. Perkins is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute and has received the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award; he has previously served as Vice President, Treasurer, and President of the Institute.  In 1994, he received the Twenty-Five Year Distinguished Service Award of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, the first and only such award given by the organization, and he was named an inaugural Fellow of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute in 2005.  Dr. Perkins served as Conference Co-Chair of the 1997 Americas Conference on Information Systems, held in Indianapolis and sponsored by the Association for Information Systems, and he served on the Council of the Association for Information Systems in 1997 and 1998.


In conjunction with Dr. Perkins’ service as Indiana University’s Faculty Athletics Representative, he served as a member of the Big Ten Joint Group and the Big Ten Faculty Representatives group from 1994 through 2003.  He served as Chair of both of these groups in 2000-2001.  He also served as a member of the Big Ten Academic Progress and Eligibility Committee from 1994 through 1998 and the Big Ten Academics and Eligibility Subcommittee from 1998 through 2003.  Dr. Perkins served as Chair of the latter committee from 1999 through 2003.  At the NCAA level, he served on the NCAA Division I Academic Consultants group from 2001 through 2003 (the group which formulated the new initial eligibility and continuing eligibility rules).  He also served on the NCAA Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet from 2000 through 2003, as a member of the NCAA Division I Academics/Eligibility/ Compliance Cabinet Administrative Committee from 2001 through 2003, and as a member of the NCAA Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Initial-Eligibility Issues from 2000 through 2003 and as its Chair from 2001 through 2003. 



Twenty Top Publications


Journal Articles


“A Simulation Analysis to Evaluate the Impact of the Automatic Stabilizers,” Applied Economics, II (1970), pp. 35-64.


“A Note on the Nature of Equilibrium in Monopolistic Competition,” Journal of

Political Economy, LXXX (1972), pp. 394-402.       


“A Simulation Model of the Higher Education System of a State,” with Paul E. Paschke, Decision Sciences, IV (1973), pp. 194-215.


“A Better Additive Congruential Random Number Generator?”, with Ulrich Menzefricke, Decision Sciences, VI (1975), pp. 194-198.


“Stochastic Unpaced Line Design:  Review and Further Experimental Results,” with Timothy L. Smunt, Journal of Operations Management, V: 3 (1985), pp. 351-373.


“Stochastic Unpaced Line Design:  A Reply,” with Timothy L. Smunt, Journal of Operations Management, VIII: 1 (1989), pp. 55-62.


“The Efficiency of Unbalancing Production Lines:  An Alternative Interpretation,” with Timothy L. Smunt, International Journal of Production Research, XXVIII (1990), pp. 1219-1220.


“Spatial Decision Support Systems:  An Overview of Technology and a Test of Efficacy,” with Martin D. Crossland and Bayard E. Wynne, Decision Support Systems, XIV (1995), pp. 219-235.


“An Empirical Study of an Interactive, Session-Oriented Computerized Negotiation Support System (NSS),” with Abbas Foroughi and M. Tawfik Jelassi, Group Decision and Negotiation,

IV (1995), pp. 485-512.


“Can a Negotiation Support System Help a Purchasing Manager?”, with James C. Hershauer, Abbas Foroughi, and Michael M. Delaney, International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, XXXII: 2 (1996), pp. 37-45.


“Ensuring Internet Security,” with Abbas Foroughi, Journal of Computer Information Systems, XXXVII: 1 (1996), pp. 33-38.


“An Empirical Study of the Efficacy of a Computerized Negotiation Support System (NSS),” with Michael M. Delaney and Abbas Foroughi, Decision Support Systems, XX (1997), pp. 185-197.


“A Simulation of Partial Information Use in Decision Making,” with Ahmer S. Karim and James

C. Hershauer, Decision Sciences, XXIX: 1 (1998), pp. 53-85.


            “Can Structured Feedback in a Restricted Natural Language Database Interface Improve Casual User Performance?”, with Kil Soo Suh, The Journal of MIS Research (Korea), IX: 2 (1999), pp. 1-17.


“The Impact of Task and Cognitive Style on Decision-Making Effectiveness Using a Geographic Information System,” with Martin D. Crossland, Richard T. Herschel, and Joseph N. Scudder, Journal of End User Computing, XII: 1 (2000), pp. 14-23.


“Host Country Resource Availability and Information System Control Mechanisms in Multinational Corporations:  An Empirical Test of Resource Dependency Theory,” with Madhu T. Rao and Carol V. Brown, Journal of Management Information Systems, XXIII:  4 (2007), pp. 11-28.





A Simulation Analysis of the Higher Education System of the State of Indiana, with Paul E. Paschke, Bloomington, Indiana:  Indiana Advisory Commission on Academic Facilities, 1970,

143 pp.





Computers and Information Systems:  An Introduction, with E.W. Martin, Jr., Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1973, 635 pp.


FORTRAN for Business Students:  A Programmed Instruction Approach, with E.W. Martin, Jr., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1981, 811 pp.


Managing Information Technology, Sixth Edition, with Carol V. Brown, Daniel W. DeHayes, Jeffrey A. Hoffer, and E. Wainright Martin, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009, 761 pp.; Seventh Edition, to be published in 2011.


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