Paola A Gonzalez

Associate Professor

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Related Information

Phone: 902-494-7042
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Room 5112
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • IS/IT leadership: CIO, IT professionals
  • Health information systems
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion


  • PhD in Management (Queen’s)
  • MASc in Management Sciences (Waterloo)
  • BEng in Industrial Engineering (Distrital, Bogota-Colombia)

Research Interests

Paola's research and teaching are in the area of information systems (IS) and technology (IT). Her research focuses on understanding the factors that drive organizations forward in the design, use and exploitation of information systems. She has examined (1) the leadership role of the CIO, (2) the adoption and implementation of health information systems, and (3) the role of IT in achieving diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations.

Current Teaching

Selected Publications

  • Not your typical leader? How perceptions of CIOs compare to other members of the top management team. Gonzalez, P.A., Ashworth, L. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, May (2021)
  • The CIO stereotype: Content, bias, and impact. Gonzalez, P.A., Ashworth, L., McKeen, J.  Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 28(1), 83-99. (2019)
  • Quality-related events reported by community pharmacies in Nova Scotia over a 7-year period: a descriptive analysis. Boucher, A., Ho. C., MacKinnon, N., Boyle, T.A., Bishop, A., Gonzalez, P., Hartt, C., Barker, J. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ Open), 6(4). (2018)
  • Exploring physicians’ resistance to using mobile devices: A hospital case study. Gonzalez, P.A., Chan, Y.E. In Health Care Delivery and Clinical Science: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, 1504-1530. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.  (2017)
  • Wireless communication in clinical environments with unique needs.  Wilson, R., Duhn, L., Gonzalez, P., Hall, S., Chan, Y., VanDenKerkhof, E. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 36(6), 24-32 (2013)

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2021  Teaching award for Facilitating Excellence in Student Learning in Exceptional Times
  • 2013  AMCIS Doctoral Consortium, Chicago
  • 2012  Ontario Graduate Scholarship  $15,000
  • 2010  Best Paper Award (single-authored paper), “Identifying the Critical Technological and Organizational Factors of HIT Implementation Success: A Systematic Review”. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) - Health Care Management Division
  • 2003  Merit Thesis Award for the undergraduate monograph, “Estudio Descriptivo del Impacto Socio-económico del Systema de Financiacion de Vivienda UVR en Colombia”