Jo Ann Oravec

Jo Ann OravecJo Ann Oravec is a full professor in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management; she is also affiliated with the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science, Technology, & Society Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison. She received her MBA, MS, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She taught computer information systems and public policy at Baruch College of the City University of New York; she also taught in the School of Business and the Computer Sciences Department at UW-Madison as well as at Ball State University. She chaired the Privacy Council of the State of Wisconsin, the nation's first state-level council dealing with information technology and privacy issues. She has written books (including "Virtual Individuals, Virtual Groups: Human Dimensions of Groupware and Computer Networking," Cambridge University Press) and dozens of articles on futurism, artificial intelligence, disability, mental health, technological design, privacy, computing technology, management, and public policy issues. She has worked for public television and developed software along with her academic ventures. She has held visiting fellow positions at both Cambridge and Oxford and was recently a featured speaker at conferences in Japan and Australia.

Publications

Cyberloafing and Constructive Recreation
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2019. 12 pages.
“Cyberloafing” in workplace and educational contexts refers to the uses of computer-related applications and devices in ways or at times that are not directly sanctioned by...
Virtual Hoarding
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2019. 10 pages.
This chapter outlines hoarding issues involving virtual or digital goods (including video and image files, digital documents, etc.) in the context of workplace and household...
Cyber Bullying
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2019. 10 pages.
“Cyberbullying” comprises a wide spectrum of behaviors that have negative and often devastating impacts upon their targets (or “victims”). This chapter is intended to analyze...
Cyber Bullying
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2018. 9 pages.
“Cyberbullying” comprises a wide spectrum of behaviors that have negative and often devastating impacts upon their targets (or “victims”). This article is intended to analyze...
Virtual Hoarding
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2018. 9 pages.
This article outlines hoarding issues involving virtual or digital goods (including video and image files, digital documents, etc.) in the context of workplace and household...
Cyberloafing and Constructive Recreation
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2018. 10 pages.
“Cyberloafing” in workplace and educational contexts refers to the uses of computer-related applications and devices in ways or at times that are not directly sanctioned by...
“Don't Be Evil” and Beyond for High Tech Organizations: Ethical Statements and Mottos (and Responsibility)
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2018. 18 pages.
Societal pressures on high tech organizations to define and disseminate their ethical stances are increasing as the influences of the technologies involved expand. Many...
Digital (or Virtual) Hoarding: Emerging Implications of Digital Hoarding for Computing, Psychology, and Organization Science
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2018. 13 pages.
This article outlines hoarding issues involving virtual goods (including databases, videos, images, avatars, and digital documents) in workplaces, households, and personal...
Mottos and Ethical Statements of Internet-Based Organizations: Implications for Corporate Social Responsibility
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2014. 17 pages.
Many Internet-based businesses have emerged and gained prominence in past decades; growing numbers of them have developed moral declarations in the form of mottos or ethical...
Enhancing Workplaces with Constructive Online Recreation
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2009. 5 pages.
Organizations have become more permeable— integrating more influences from the outside world— as participants engage in such online diversions as trading stocks, engaging in...
Enhancing Workplaces with Constructive Online Recreation
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2005. 5 pages.
Organizations have become more permeable— integrating more influences from the outside world— as participants engage in such online diversions as trading stocks, engaging in...
When Work Morphs into Play: Using Constructive Recreation to Support the Flexible Workplace
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2004. 15 pages.
Organizations have become more permeable — integrating more influences from the outside world — as participants engage in such online diversions as trading stocks, engaging in...
Online Recreation and Play in Organizational Life: The Internet as Virtual Contested Terrain
Jo Ann Oravec. © 2001. 17 pages.
This chapter analyzes the emerging forms of online recreation and play in the workplace and addresses how their benefits and drawbacks are being defined. It discusses how online...