Barney is the Head of School and a Professor at the School of Information Systems and Technology Management (SISTM) of UNSW Business School. He graduated with a PhD in Information Systems from the National University of Singapore, and was formerly Professor of Strategic Information Systems and Deputy Head of the Discipline of Business Information Systems at The University of Sydney.
His research interests include strategic information systems, digital platforms and ecosystems, IT and sustainable development, IT management in the Asia-Pacific, and qualitative research.
Barney’s research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Association of Information Systems, and Information Systems Journal. He is also currently a Senior Editor at Information Systems Journal and Information Technology and People, as well as an Associate Editor at Information and Management and Internet Research.
Barney is an award-winning educator and research supervisor over his time at The University of Sydney, receiving a total of 22 awards in 11 years, including the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) Teacher of the Year award for 2019 and 2020, the SUPRA Supervisor of the Year award for 2019, 2020 and 2021, as well as the inaugural The University of Sydney Business School Dean’s Award for Teaching in 2019.
Hong Kong University Grants Committee General Research Fund (GRF) 2020-2022: ‘The Impact of Social Media on Digital Guanxi Formation in the Chinese Workplace’, Co-Investigator, HKD$475,617 (A$88,286)
The University of Sydney Business School Industry Partnership Grant 2017: ‘International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries Research Development Project’, Chief Investigator, A$27,238
Zhejiang Gongshang University Strategic Research Grant 2016-2019: ‘Emerging Digital Commerce Platforms: Development Patterns and Usage Behavior, Principal Investigator, CNY$300,000 (A$60,535)
The University of Sydney Bridging Support Grant 2016: ‘Fostering Australia-China Trade: An Investigation of the Role of Digital Commerce’, Chief Investigator, A$10,000
The University of Sydney Bridging Support Grant 2015: ‘Engaging China through Digital Commerce: Implications for Australian Firms’, Chief Investigator, A$10,000
The University of Sydney Business School General Research and Industry Partnership Grant 2014: ‘Engaging China: Digital Commerce Strategies for Australian Businesses’, Chief Investigator, A$12,408
The University of Sydney Business School Research Grant 2011: ‘Strategies for Competing in the Chinese Electronic Commerce Market: Implications for Australian Firms’, Chief Investigator, A$14,327
Barney is deeply passionate about translational research that contributes toward sustainable development. As an engaged researcher, Barney is often asked to provide advisory and consultancy support to the organizations he has studied, including national governments through his work with the United Nations International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries.
He has also been featured in technology-related articles in mainstream media outlets including ABC News, Business Insider, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, News.com.au, The Australian Financial Review, CIO, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
His research expertise spans the following areas:
Barney’s past and current editorial roles include:
ABC News ‘Chinese activists lament the end of the last major US social media platform in China: LinkedIn’, October 22, 2021, available at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-22/chinese-activists-dismayed-end-of-linkedin-in-china/100557200
upstart ‘Confronting online gaming in the modern world’, October 20, 2021, available at https://www.upstart.net.au/confronting-online-gaming-in-the-modern-world/
Life on Planet A ‘Episode 45: Cryptocurrency and Energy’, August 19, 2021, available at https://open.spotify.com/episode/0cSVk84XQXCxOsoF2B0iM8?si=BApFRDaMReOk5Spm4pbqbg
Ticker News ‘Crypto chat: Amazon denies report, regulatory clarity’, July 29, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/tickerNEWSco/status/1420677551408652293?s=20
Business Insider Australia ‘Locked out of property and increasingly pessimistic about the future, some young Australians see crypto as a path to wealth’, July 27, 2021, available at https://www.businessinsider.com.au/young-australians-crypto-path-to-wealth
ABC News ‘Chinese internet giant introduces facial recognition technology in a bid to control underage gaming’, July 22, 2021, available at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-22/chinese-gaming-company-midnight-patrol-using-facial-recognition-/100306444
Ticker News ‘Heightened scrutiny: what’s behind China’s big tech crackdown?’, July 14, 2021, available at https://tickernews.synology.me:5001/sharing/BgRq6f6Dm
The Conversation ‘Facial recognition for gamers, app store bans for Didi: what’s behind China’s recent crackdown on big tech?’, July 14, 2021, available at https://theconversation.com/facial-recognition-for-gamers-app-store-bans-for-didi-whats-behind-chinas-recent-crackdown-on-big-tech-164395
3AW News Talk ‘Why Millennials are 11 times more likely to invest in cryptocurrency than Baby Boomers’, May 14, 2021, available at https://www.3aw.com.au/why-millennials-are-11-times-more-likely-to-invest-in-cryptocurrency-than-baby-boomers/
The New Daily ‘Elon Musk serves up another reminder of Bitcoin’s major flaws’, May 13, 2021, available at https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/05/13/elon-musk-bitcoin-tweet/
ABC TripleJ Hack ‘Experts warn cryptocurrency hype is unsustainable’, May 6, 2021, available at https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/hack/13324480
ABC TripleJ Hack ‘Young Aussies are turning to crypto investment to create wealth, but there's a dark side’, May 6, 2021, available at https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/young-aussies-crypto-scams/13332674
ABC Radio National ‘Should young Australians invest in the 'hype-train' of Bitcoin?’, February 16, 2021, available at https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/should-young-australians-invest-in-the-hype-train-of-bitcoin/13157188
Sydney Morning Herald ‘Rise of the teen traders: How 15-year-old Sam made $10,000 from bitcoin’, February 14, 2021, available at https://www.smh.com.au/national/rise-of-the-teen-traders-how-15-year-old-sam-made-10-000-from-bitcoin-20210212-p57226.html
The Australian ‘Mt Gox casts its shadow over bitcoin’, February 12, 2021, available at https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/markets/mt-gox-casts-its-shadow-over-bitcoin/news-story/ccf37dc48d8b6481436920bd947ccab5
Vice ‘Bitcoin Just Blew Up: Here’s What You Need to Know’, November 19, 2020, available at https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgzdjn/bitcoin-just-blew-up-heres-what-you-need-to-know
Business Insider ‘Alibaba isn't looking to dominate in the Australian market – but it's here for other reasons’, June 24, 2019, available at https://www.businessinsider.com.au/alibaba-isnt-looking-to-dominate-in-the-australian-market-but-its-here-for-other-reasons-2019-6
The Hans India ‘FinTech coordinator foresees boom for blockchain market’, July 13, 2018, available at https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2018-07-13/FinTech-coordinator-foresees-boom-for-blockchain-market/397674
The Australian Financial Review ‘How Alibaba became the template for China’s unicorns’, June 5, 2017, available at https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/management/how-alibaba-became-the-template-for-chinas-unicorns-20170508-gw065x
Sydney Business Insights ‘Entrepreneurship and China’s big three’, June 1, 2017, available at https://sbi.sydney.edu.au/chinas-big-three/
News.com.au ‘Chinese tech companies that are changing the world’, October 28, 2016, available at https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/chinese-tech-companies-that-are-changing-the-world/news-story/24a6929c4a8d23d7c4c52612a009ba5d
CIO ‘Alibaba Portal Opens Business Opportunities for Aussie Companies’, July 26, 2016, available at https://www.cio.com/article/3492303/alibaba-portal-opens-business-opportunities-for-aussie-companies.html
In The Black ‘The $8 Billion Business Battle over your Pets’, April 1, 2016, available at https://www.intheblack.com/articles/2016/04/01/the-8-billion-business-battle-over-your-pets
Bloomberg Business ‘The Secret of Taobao’s Success’, February 19, 2014, available at https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-02-18/the-secret-of-taobaos-success
Bloomberg Business ‘E-Commerce Gives a Lift to China's Rural Farmers’, February 14, 2014, available at https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-02-13/e-commerce-gives-a-lift-to-chinas-rural-farmers
The Conversation ‘The Social Side of E-Commerce: Lessons from Rural China’, January 6, 2014, available at https://theconversation.com/the-social-side-of-e-commerce-lessons-from-rural-china-19964