Dr. Linying Dong, BEcon (Honours), PhD
Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management
Linying Dong came to Canada in 1999 to undertake her PhD in management information systems and remained to pursue an academic career here.
Dong joined the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management (TRSITM) as an assistant professor in 2004 and became an associate professor in 2009. The classes she teaches include Systems Analysis and Design and the fourth-year capstone course that requires students to serve as consultants for actual clients throughout the academic year. To Dong, the consulting opportunity provided by the capstone course encapsulates the Ryerson experience.
“At Ryerson, we instil both theoretical and practical approaches into our students’ education to make it relevant and rigorous,” she said. “We like to challenge our students.”
Dong enjoys the time spent in the classroom and is constantly striving to improve the impact of her courses.
“It is my privilege to be able to teach here,” she said. “I cherish the opportunity.
“I am always thinking about how students can easily understand and absorb the course content. I want to find innovative ways to get their attention, because we are competing with so many other distractions. I want to make class more interesting and relevant.”
Dong is also committed to her research, although it can be a challenge to balance all aspects of the job.
“Balance is always a struggle,” Dong said, “but I bring the knowledge I’ve gained in research to the classroom.”
One of her research specialties is IT adoption and incorporation: how we make decisions on what to adopt, how to promote adoption given that people often resist, and what factors affect individual adoption of new technology. She also considers the role of leaders in the workplace play with regard to adopting technology.
Another area of interest for Dong is privacy and control and how companies use IT to protect the privacy of their employees and customers. She also explores the group dynamics involved in using technology and whether it can help people work more collaboratively.
“I want to see how it affects group cohesion, trust and performance,” Dong said. “I am intrigued by how technology can impact business and how it can be harnessed to benefit business.
Outside the classroom and the lab, Dong serves as a judge for the ITM Student Association’s annual case competition and as the advisor for TRSM’s Women in IT group.