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About Merrill Warkentin

I conduct three distinct active research programs. My work in behavioral information systems (IS) security focuses on the factors that contribute to individual compliance or noncompliance with IS security policies, especially by employees (insiders). This work leverages social psychology and criminology theories, including protection motivation theory (PMT), deterrence theory, persuasive communications, and related tools for investigating behavior. My second stream focuses on eCommerce and eGovernment adoption by individuals and citizens, especially as it is impacted by dimensions of individual trust in various entities and systems. My final research focus is on virtual teams and computer-mediated communication systems (CMCS), including investigations of information sharing motivation, trust, collaboration, and system design.

Positions

Present Faculty Member, Mississippi State University
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