Dr. Cameron  Lawrence

Contact Information

  • Dr. Cameron Lawrence
  • GBB 326
  • Phone: (406) 243-6739
  • Email: cameron.lawrence@umontana.edu
  • Office Hours:

    I am happy to setup appointments with current or prospective students. Simply email me and we will setup a Zoom call. Once the COVID restrictions are lifted I am more than happy to setup face to face meetings.

Personal Summary

Chairman of the Management Information Systems Department
Full Professor of Management Information Systems

    Dr. Lawrence is the Department Chairman of the Management Information Systems Department and a Full Professor in the College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. from the prestigious London School of Economics and completed a program at the Harvard Business School that is designed to improve the effectiveness of corporate boards.

     Dr. Lawrence's research interests are focused on technological mediated organizational transformation, the application of neo-institutional theory into information systems research as well as the organization and management of the IT function within large organizations. His teaching interests are in the areas of management information systems, technology and organizational strategy, quantitative methods and corporate governance.

     While teaching at the London School of Economics he was awarded the highest teaching award that can be bestowed upon Ph.D. candidates for demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Dr. Lawrence's undergraduate and graduate teaching evaluations are consistently among the highest in the College of Business at the University of Montana. He has been awarded the outstanding professor award in the MIS Department an unprecedented ten times. In addition to the aforementioned teaching awards he has also been honored by the University of Montana's Division of Student Affairs for the support and encouragement he has provided to UM's students through the years. Dr. Lawrence is a member of the Admissions and Curriculum Committees for the MBA program as well as the Master's of Accountancy program. He is also a past member of the University of Montana's Faculty Senate.

     Dr. Lawrence's academic work has been published in some of the leading international journals in the field of Management Information Systems including the European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Information Systems Education, Information Systems Education Journal and the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application.  His business background spans technology startups, consulting and real estate including a 60,000 square foot self-storage facility that employs a sophisticated portfolio of technologies to manage security and site access. He has also served on corporate and non profit boards in the state of Montana.

Prior to entering the hallowed halls of academe, Dr. Lawrence spent six years assigned to the U.S. Forest Service and BLM Smokejumper programs where he made approximately 145 parachute jumps using the Ram-Air, FS-12 and FS-14 canopy systems. If you would like to learn more about the smokejumper program click (here) or (here). He is also a former member of the Pro Ski Patrol at Big Sky Resort, which is arguably the best job in the world. When Dr. Lawrence has a break from teaching and writing, he can usually be found skiing, mountain biking or on the golf course with his wife who is a much better golfer.


PhD: The London School of Economics

Dissertation: The Transformation of IT Governance: A Neo-Institutional Interpretation

Primary Advisor: Professor Chrisanthi Avgerou

Secondary Advisor: Professor Robert Galliers