Brian Butler

Associate Professor

Decision, Operations & Information Technologies
4342 Van Munching Hall
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Brian S. Butler is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies and in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where is he is the Director of the Master of Information Management (MIM) Program and the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI). He has worked with online communities and social computing since the mid-1990’s.  His work, which has appeared in Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and the Journal of Medical Internet Research, combines theories and methods from organizational theory and management to better understand how emerging technologies alter the way teams, communities, and organization function. Current projects include studies of policy formation and application in Wikipedia, social media use in local food systems, the design of online communities for large-scale education initiatives, and models and metrics for systems of online groups.