Orneita Burton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems

Contact Information:

Office:  Mabee Business Building 243
Address:  ACU Box 29317, Abilene, Texas 79699
E-mail:  orneita.burton@coba.acu.edu
Office:  325-674-2759
Fax:  325-674-2507

Primary teaching/research interest:

  • Enterprise Systems and Business Intelligence
  • Accounting and Management Information Systems
  • E-Commerce
  • Economics
  • Information Management

Specific research interests:

  • Management and Design of Information Systems
  • Organizational Impacts of Information Systems
  • Economics of Information
  • Privacy and Security Issues in Electronic Information Exchanges
  • Software Piracy and Intellectual Property Rights

Specific teaching interests:

  • Enterprise Systems and Business Intelligence
  • Information Systems Design and Management
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Micro and Macro Economics


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration with emphasis in Computer Information Systems
    May 2006, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
    Dissertation Title: "Assessing the Impact of Information Structure and Availability in Surveillance Processes"
  •  Master of Science (Management Information Systems), 1986, University of Central Texas, Killeen, TX
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering), 1980, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Work experience:

  • Spring 2007 to present, Assistant Professor: joint appointment in Management Science and the School of Information Technology & Computing, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • Fall 2006, Clinical Assistant Professor for E-Commerce, Web Development and Internet Technologies and Programming Concepts for Accounting Majors: Department of Information Systems, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • 2001-2007, Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology (CABIT) Research Associate: Department of Information Systems, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • 2001-2005, Graduate Instructor in Financial and Managerial Accounting: Arizona State University, School of Accountancy and Information Management, Tempe, AZ
  • 2000-2004, Instructor in Management Information Systems, Micro and Macro Economics: College of Business Administration, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • 1993-2000, Quality Engineering Consultant (Self-employed), Temple, TX
  • 1982-1993, Internal Consultant, Quality and Productivity Manager, Systems Engineer and Manager, Process Engineer:  Mobil Chemical Company, Temple, Texas
  • 1980-1982, Process Control Engineer, Phillips Petroleum Company, Sweeny, TX

Courses taught:

  • ACC 240 Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 230 Financial Accounting
  • CS 110/115 Computers and Society (for business and computer science majors)
  • CS140 Introduction to Programming (Visual Basic & Object-Oriented Programming Concepts)
  • CIS 220 Programming Concepts for Accounting Majors (Visual Basic)
  • CIS 425 E-Commerce, Web Development, and Internet Technologies (ASP.NET)
  • ECN 260 Macroeconomics
  • ECN 261 Microeconomics
  • IS 410 ERP Systems
  • IS 524 Management Information Systems
  • MIS 300 Management Information Systems
  • MGMT 330 Production and Process Management
  • U100 Freshman Orientation


  • "Willingness to pay in an open source software environment." Information Systems Research, (2009), Vol. 20, Issue 2, with T. S. Raghu, R. Sinha, & A. Vinze.
  • "Challenges for Bioterrorism Preparedness in Public Health Decision Processes and Resources," in Hsinchun Chen, T.S. Raghu, Ram Ramesh,  Ajay Vinze & Daniel Zeng (Eds.), Chapter III.2, Article 2012, Handbooks in Information Systems (HIS-V002), National Security, London, UK: Elsevier Science, with M. Ipe.
  • "Software piracy:  An empirical examination of the impact of network externalities and open source alternatives on willingness to pay," AMCIS 2003 Proceedings, with A. Vinze, T. S. Raghu, & Rajiv Sinha.
  • "The new economy:  A look at transaction cost analysis in the electronic marketplace," AMCIS 2002 Proceedings

Conference presentations:

  • "Assessing the Structural Development & Propagation of Information
    In Natural Communication Processes," Christian Business Faculty Conference, October 2007, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.
  • "Organizational benefits through adoption and appropriation of advanced information technologies: Examining the impact of structuration on human and social capital," DeSanctis Conference, January 2006, Duke University.
  • "Assessing the Impact of Information Structure and Availability in Surveillance Processes," OCIS Doctoral Consortium, AMA 2005.
  • "Software Piracy: An Empirical Examination of the Impact of Network Externalities and Open Source Alternatives on Willingness to Pay," AMCIS 2003 Proceedings.
  • "Software Piracy: An Empirical Examination of the Impact of Network Externalities and Open Source Alternatives on Willingness to Pay," KPMG PhD Project 2003 ISDSA Conference.
  • "The New Economy: A Look at Transaction Cost Analysis in the Electronic Marketplace," AMCIS 2002 Proceedings

Special awards and honors:

  • ABE Research Grant, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • CABIT Research Scholarship, Summer 2005, Spring through Fall 2006
  • DeSanctis Conference Scholarship, Spring 2006
  • OCIS Doctoral Consortium, AMA Conference, July 2005
  • KPMG PhD Project Scholarship
  • ASU Graduate Assistantship and Scholarship
  • ACU Doctoral Fellow
  • Phillips Petroleum Company Award
  • Robert E. Lee Wilson Scholarship

Professional affiliations:

  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Association of Information Systems
  • Academy of Management
  • Syndromic Surveillance Society
  • KPMG PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Students Association

Community involvement:

ReInvent Abilene; Executive Director, Central Texas Quality Consortium; active involvement in local church; active participant in the enhancement of Christian education in primary education; Teen Leadership Program, Goals 2000 in Education, Partners in Education, Tech/Prep Consortium, Expanding Your Horizons (promoting careers in math & science for young women), member of the Bell County Home School Association; served as the principal agent for the start up of Temple/Belton Christian School, a K thru 6th grade private school in Belton, TX; actively involved in the development of Southwest Christian School, Phoenix, AZ

Specialized training and certification:

  • SAP ERP and Business Intelligence Training
  • SPI, Variation Analysis, Design of Experiments - Institute for Productivity Through Quality, University of Tennessee
  • Statistics - Center for Quality & Applied Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Taguchi Design of Experiments - Center for Quality & Applied Sciences, RIT
  • Basic Statistics and Classical Experimental Design - Logicon, RDA
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making - Leadership Development Institute, Kepner-Tregoe (certified instructor)
  • Juran Methodology - Mobil Chemical (certified instructor)
  • Malcomb Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria - Clemson University
  • Team Interaction, Team Techniques, Interaction Management - Development Dimensions International (certified instructor)
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