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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Catherine Middleton

Technology In Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   cmiddlet@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 ext. 7923
Office Location   TRS-3-094
Office Hours   By Appointment

Education

B.A. (Queen's); M.B.A. (Bond); Ph.D. Business Administration (York)

Biography

Professor Middleton is the Principal Investigator on a three year SSHRC research project titled "How Will Canadian Consumers Benefit from Access to Broadband Networks? An Investigation of Broadband Demand, Usage, Supply and Policy in Canada". This project commenced in April 2003, and is the focus of her research interests at present. Several Communication and Culture students have collaborated on this project. Catherine is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology Management, and the Co-ordinator of the eBusiness Minor within Ryerson's Faculty of Business. Her article "Who Needs a Killer App" won the ANCACC medal for best publication in 2002 in an Australian Computer Society publication.

Research Interests

Consumer/citizen usage of broadband technologies; policy related to the development of broadband networks; consumer adoption of internet and mobile technologies; internet access in public spaces; new economy entrepreneurs; voluntary sector adoption of IT; electronic commerce for small businesses; strategic uses of IT in organizations; using technology in teaching.

Selected Publications

Middleton, C. A. & Cukier, W. (2006). "Is Mobile Email Functional or Dysfunctional? Two Perspectives on Mobile Email Usage." European Journal of Information Systems. (15:3).

Middleton, C. A. & Sorensen, C. (2005). "How Connected Are Canadians? Inequities in Canadian Households' Internet Access." Canadian Journal of Communication. (30:4), pp. 463-483.
Middleton, C. A. (2003). “What if there is No Killer Application? An Exploration of a User-Centric Perspective on Broadband.” Journal of Information Technology. (18:4), pp. 231-246
Cukier, W. & Middleton, C. A. (2003). “Voluntary Sector Organizations on the Internet: The Canadian Experience.” IT and Society. (1:3), pp. 102-130.
Middleton, C. A. (2002). “Who Needs a ‘Killer App’? Two Perspectives on Content in Residential Broadband Networks.” Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology. (34:2), pp. 67-81.
Australian Committee on Computation and Automatic Control (ANCCAC) Award Winner: Best publication in 2002 in an Australian Computer Society publication.
More information on Catherine Middleton's research can be found at www.broadbandresearch.ca.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan