Staff Profile

Dr Mike Mullany

Dr Mike Mullany

Principal Academic

Mike is lecturer and a researcher at NorthTec and teaches Engineering Mathematics, Physics, Project Management, Technical Literacy, Engineering Management and Business Statistics.

Key qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Auckland University of Technology), 2006 

  • M. Com. (with distinction) (Cape Town), 1989 

  • National higher diploma in computer systems (South Africa), 1986 

  • B. Ed. (Natal), 1981 

  • B. Sc. (in mathematics) (Natal), 1976

Areas of academic interest

  • computer user satisfaction and its relationship to cognitive style; 

  • occupational psychology applied to the user/computer interface; 

  • post-graduate research in the above areas; 

  • systems analysis and design; 

  • project management; 

  • information systems - general theory and commercial applications; 

  • accounting information systems - controls and management; 

  • management - IS and/or general management; 

  • small business management / development; 

  • marketing / consumer and buyer behaviour; 

  • programming - COBOL, dBase, visual BASIC, VB.Net; and mathematical/statistical techniques for the humanities.

Academic output

I am able to supply some of these items electronically by e-mail.

I also contribute to Wikipedia. For details follow the link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Michael_J._Mullany

Mullany, M. J., Tan, F. B. and Gallupe, R. B., 2006, “The S-Statistic: a measure of user satisfaction based on Herzberg’s theory of motivation”, Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Adelaide.

Mullany, M. J., 2006, Doctoral study by Michael John Mullany: The Use Of Analyst-User Cognitive Style Differentials To Predict Aspects Of User Satisfaction With Information Systems. Results of the study, Unpublished, (1-20).

Mullany, M. J., 2006, The Use Of Analyst-User Cognitive Style Differentials To Predict Aspects Of User Satisfaction With Information Systems, Doctoral Thesis, Auckland University of Technology (1-390).

Dyer, C. L., and Mullany, M. J., 2005, “Using simulations in teaching systems analysis case studies: a method described and demonstrated”, Full paper, New Zealand Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology (NZJACIT), Auckland, New Zealand, 10(17-24).

Dyer, C. L., and Mullany, M. J., 2005, “Using simulations in teaching systems analysis case studies: a method described and demonstrated”, Concise paper, Proceedings of the 18th Annual conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Tauranga, New Zealand (159-162).

Mullany, M. J., 2005, “An overview of Relating Cognitive Problem-Solving Style to User Resistance”, Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Idea Group, ISBN 1-59140-533-X, USA. (2414-2418).

Mullany, M. J., 2004, “The impact of the analyst-user cognitive gap on an information system’s development life cycles: an empirical study”, Proceedings of the 17th Annual conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Christchurch, New Zealand (129-134).

Mullany, M. J., 2003, Project management, Revised edition, Northland Polytechnic mimeograph, (1-85).

Mullany, M. J., 2003, Information systems practice: an introduction, Revised edition, Northland Polytechnic mimeograph, (1-217).

Mullany, M. J., 2003, “Forecasting user satisfaction”, The International Principal, Volume 7, No 1, World education leadership league.

Mullany, M. J., Lay, P. M. Q., 2003, Chapter 11 in Lubbe, S., 2003, The economic and social impact of E-Commerce: “Relating problem-solving cognitive style to user resistance”, Idea Group Publishing, London, ISBN 1-59140-043-0 (hard cover), (184-212).

Mullany, M. J., 2002, The budgeting and scheduling of industrial projects, Student text mimeograph, Northland Polytechnic, Whangarei.

Mullany, M. J., 2002, “Research-in-progress submission; a summary. The use of analyst-user cognitive style differentials to predict aspects of information system success”, Proceedings of the 2002 IRMA International Conference, Seattle, USA.

Mullany, M. J., 2002, “The meaning and measure of user satisfaction”, Proceedings of the 15th Annual conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Mullany, M. J., 2001, “Using cognitive style measurements to forecast user resistance”, Proceedings of the 14th Annual conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Napier, New Zealand.

Mundy, V.A., and Mullany, M.J., 1993, An investigation into the changes in user satisfaction during the early part of systems implementation: a pilot study, Supervised by Mullany and submitted by Mundy in part fulfilment of the Degree of B. Com. (Honours) to Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, In the University library (unpublished).

Mullany, M. J., Dos Santos Gomes, A. and Miller R., 1993, "An Enquiry Into Property-Goal Type Definitions Of The Term "Information System", South African Computer Journal: Number 10 (September): pp 8-13.

Barlow, C., and Mullany, M.J., 1992, In search of an instrument to measure IS user satisfaction on an ongoing basis, Supervised by Mullany and submitted by Barlow in part fulfilment of the Degree of B. Com. (Honours) to Department of Accounting, University of Cape Town, In the University library (unpublished).

Mullany, M. J., 1990, "A thermodynamic approach to information systems theory", Proceedings of the 1990 South African Computer Lecturers Association conference, Thaba Nchu.Mullany, M. J., 1990, Information theory pilot study, Department of Accounting, University of Cape Town, In the departmental library.

Mullany, M. J., 1989, “User resistance and cognitive styles: seminar on an empirical study by M. J. Mullany”, Seminar, Computer Science and Information Systems Interest Group, University of Cape Town (unpublished).

Roux, P., Mullany, M., Eccles, M. 1989, How cognitive style affects acceptance of new technology among systems analysts, By Roux with cognitive psychology and statistical input from Mullany, Supervised by Eccles and submitted by Roux in part fulfilment of the Degree of B. Com. (Honours) to Department of Accounting, University of Cape Town, In the departmental library.

Mullany, M. J., 1989, An analysis of the relationship between analyst‑user cognitive styles and user resistance to information systems, Master’s Thesis, University of Cape Town.

Timeline since graduating

  • 1977-1984, S.Af.: School teacher of Mathematics, Physical Science, English, Computer Studies and Music. I simultaneously consulted as a systems developer to the local industry. 

  • 1985-1990, S.Af.: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in computer data Processing at the Cape Technikon (Polytechnic). 

  • 1990-1992, S.Af.: Lecturer in Information Systems at University of Cape Town. 

  • 1992-1999, S.Af.: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at University of Natal. 

  • 2000-Present, New Zealand: Lecturer (tutor) in Information Systems and from 2004, Principal Academic Staff Member at NorthTec Polytechnic.