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Gerald Kane

associate professor - information systems department
mckiernan family faculty fellow

Gerald Kane

Fulton Hall 460E


Ph.D., Emory University Goizueta Business School
M.B.A., Georgia State University
M.Div., Emory University
B.A., Furman University


Professor Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane's research interests involve the role of information systems in social networks and the use of social media (e.g. blogs, wikis) for managing knowledge within and between organizations, with a particular focus on application and use within the healthcare industry. His published research has appeared in Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, and Harvard Business Review. Dr. Kane’s innovative teaching practices using Wikis have been featured in Chronicle of Higher Education, Computerworld, eWeek, and Campus Technology.


  • 2013-2014. Guest Editor, Social Business for MIT-Sloan Management Review.
  • 2012-2014. Executive committee at large member, Academy of Management, OCIS Division.
  • 2012-2014. Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly.
  • 2011, 2012. Boston College Nominee: U.S. Professor of the Year, sponsored by Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • 2009. National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Title: Using Social Media to Manage Knowledge, award number 0953285.
  • 2009. Runner-up, Best Published Paper in Information Systems Research. INFORMS Information Systems Society.
  • 2009. Best Paper. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, OCIS Division. Chicago, IL.
  • 2009. Kelley Award for research associated with the use of social media in organizations, Carroll School of Management, Boston College.


  • Sam Ransbotham, Gerald C. Kane, and Nicholas Lurie. “Social Networks and the Value of User-Generated Content.” Marketing Science (Vol. 31:3) May–June 2012, pp. 387–405.
  • Gerald C. Kane and Stephen P. Borgatti. “Centrality-IS Proficiency Alignment and Workgroup Performance.” MIS Quarterly (35:4). December 2011, pp.1063-1078.
  • Gerald C. Kane and Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca. “IS Avoidance in Healthcare Groups: A Multilevel Investigation.” Information Systems Research (22:3). September 2011 pp. 504-522.
  • Sam Ransbotham and Gerald C. Kane “Membership Turnover and Collaboration Success in Online Communities: Explaining Rises and Falls from Grace in Wikipedia.” MIS Quarterly (35:3). September 2011, pp. 613-627.
  • Gerald C. Kane, Robert G. Fichman, John Gallaugher, and John Glaser. “Community Relations 2.0: With the Rise of Real-Time Social Media, the Rules about Community Outreach Have Changed.” Harvard Business Review (87:11). November 2009, pp. 45–50.
  • Gerald C. Kane and Robert G. Fichman. “The Shoemaker’s Children: Using Wikis to Improve IS Research, Teaching, and Publication.” MIS Quarterly (33:1). March 2009, pp. 1–22.

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Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College, Dr. Kane served as an ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church.