Debra Borkovich, D.Sc., CPCM

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA 
Joined Chatham:  August 2015

ACADEMIC AREAS OF INTEREST

Digital/Agile Ethnography; Organizational Culture; Corporate Anthropology; Context Collapse; Social Engineering & Hacker Culture; Digital Age Ethics & Compliance; Information Overload, Glut, & Agility in Organizations; Communication Trust & Naïveté Related to Social Media & Big Data; Digital Justice in the American Workplace; Culture Shock, Recovery & Acculturation; & La Perruque in the Digital Workplace.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Debra J. Borkovich is a Business Anthropologist and a Digital/Agile Ethnographic Researcher. Debra conducts in-field and online immersive ethnographies of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and emerging tech start-ups as a strategic business consultant. She is also a licensed Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM); and teaches information systems, leadership, business, project management, and research courses as an Adjunct Professor at Middle Georgia State University, USA. Debra also volunteers as a Small Business Advocate and Mentor to emerging high technology hardware, software, and robotics companies. Honors included being named one of the “Best Women in Business” by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA; the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the Society of American Military Engineers; Small Business Administration “National Eisenhower Award;” Environmental Protection Agency “National OSDBU Director’s Award;” 6 Department of Defense “National Nunn-Perry Mentor-Protégé Awards;” 3 “National IT Corporation Quality Awards;” the Keynote Speaker for the IACIS 2022 Europe Conference; 2 MGA State University “Adjunct Faculty Dean’s Teaching Awards;” and the recipient of the first annual IACIS USA “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award.” Debra also participated as a frequent Panelist for the “White House Roundtable of Private Sector Best Business Practices.” Prior to entering academia, Debra was employed by the National Center for Defense Robotics as its Director, Contracts Management; and the General Electric Company - Naval Systems as its Senior Manager, Lead Negotiator, and Facility Security Officer (FSO). Before embarking on a corporate career, Debra worked for the US Navy as a civilian employee Contracts Specialist and Contracting Officer and earlier performed on-tour as a professional musician (operatic soprano). Debra is a sincere advocate for multi-disciplinary education, having earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (Duquesne University), a Master of Music Degree (Catholic University of America), and a Doctor of Science Degree in Information Systems & Communications (Robert Morris University). Her academic research and teaching interests are corporate culture, information overload, culture shock, context collapse, ethics & compliance, cybersecurity, social engineering, organizational change-management, conflict-resolution, problem-solving, and decision-making. Debra’s philosophy of research and education is that learning is a life-long-mission, and all experiences enhance personal self-worth, growth, and confidence regardless of its origination. She advocates that all events (tangible, intangible, digital, analog, visible, invisible, written, oral, sensory, etc.) holistically comprise the multiple and valuable “information systems” that are within each one of us.

PERSONAL AREAS OF INTEREST

Academic research, reading, and writing; Amateur Astronomy; Playing Golf; and Walking.

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EDUCATION
CERTIFICATIONS
ORGANIZATIONS
AWARDS
  • Commonwealth of PA Best 50 Women in Business Award: Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2022 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence, International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS)
  • 2022 Keynote Speaker, International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) Europe Conference
  • 2020 & 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award: GA Middle State University, Macon, GA 31206
  • 2013 GE Energy Power Conversion Electrifying Change Award: Pgh., PA 15238
  • 2012 Academic Excellence Award: Robert Morris University, School of Information Systems and Communications (SCIS), Moon Township, PA 15108
  • 2011 Liebowitz Best Research Paper Award: International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS), Annual Conference, Mobile, AL
  • Industry Small Business Advocate of the Year Award: Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Washington D.C.
  • National Dwight David Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Small Business Advocacy: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington D.C.
  • National Director’s Award: Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington D.C.
  • White House Roundtable Discussions on Best Business Practices in the Private Sector: Panelist, Los Angeles, CA
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Borkovich, D. J., Kohun, F., & Skovira, R. J. (2022). Theorizing human information systems through the postmodern juxtaposition of quantum entanglements. International Journal of Management, Knowledge, & Learning, 11, 237-247.
  • Borkovich, D. J., Skovira, R. J., & Kohun, F. (2021). Zooming into the classroom: A virtual ethnography of online social distancing. In 2021 Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference Proceedings. Virtual Conference: June 14-15, 2021.
  • Borkovich, D. J., Skovira, R. J., & Kohun, F. (2021). Virtual social distancing: A digital ethnography of online learning. Issues in Information Systems, 22(4), 244-257.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2020). Working from home: Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19. Issues in Information Systems, 21(4), 234-246.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2020). The culture of meetings: Participant-observations from Hawthorne to Fire and Fury. In 2020 Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) Proceedings presented at Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 24, 2020.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2019). Cybersecurity inertia and social engineering: Who’s worse, employees or hackers? Issues in Information Systems, 20(3), 139-150.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2018). Agile ethnography: Interpreting organizational cultures in the Information Age. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 13, 46-61.
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2018). Information overload revisited: Infinite organizational threats. Issues in Information Systems, 19(4), 150-161.
  • Borkovich, D. J., Skovira, R. J., & Spangler, S. (2017). Context Collapse: How the Implosion of Social Media Influenced the United States 2016 Political Climate. In 2017 Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference Proceedings (EQRC) presented at Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 30 - 31, 2017 (p. 26).
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2017). Empowering employees with digital agility: Mitigation strategies for information glut. Issues in Information Systems, 18(4), 146-157.
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2018). Information overload revisited: Infinite organizational threats. Issues in Information Systems, 19(4), 150-161.
  • Borkovich, D. J., Skovira, R. J., & Kohun, F. (2017). The political mastery of Twitter: Exploring context collapse through social media. IN Proceedings and Panel Discussion presented at the 57th Annual International Association of Computer Information Systems 2017 Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 4 - 7, 2017 (pp. 47-48).
  • Borkovich, D., & Breese, J. (2016). Social media implosion: Context collapse! Issues in Information Systems, 17(4), 167-177.
  • Borkovich, D. J., Skovira, R. J., Kohun, F., & Breese-Vitelli, J. (2016). La perruque in the American digital workplace: Stealing company time. Issues in Information Systems, 17(3), 176-186.
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2015, October). Personal time management in the digital workplace: Stealing company time. In 2015 Proceedings of the International Association for Computer Information Systems Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL, USA (pp. 30-40). Retrieved from: http://www.iacis.org/conference/proceedings/IACIS_2015_Proceedings.pdf
  • Borkovich, D. J., Breese-Vitelli, J., & Skovira, R. J. (2015). New technology adoption: Embracing cultural influences. Issues in Information Systems, 16(3), 138-147.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2015, February). La perruque: Ethnography of workplace personal time management. In 2015 Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference Proceedings (EQRC). Retrieved from: http://www.eqrc.net/presentation-schedule
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Noah, P. D. (2014). Big data in the Information Age: Exploring the intellectual foundation of communication theory. Information Systems Education Journal,12(1), 15-26.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Philbin, G. (2014). The American dossier: Your life on the internet. Issues in Information Systems, 15(1), 149-161.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Breese-Vitelli, J. (2014). The influence of mobile technology culture: Blind trust, naïveté, or skepticism. Issues in Information Systems, 15(2), 399-410.
  • Borkovich, D. J., Breese-Vitelli, J., & Skovira, R. J. (2014). Embracing new technology adoption. In 2014 Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON) Proceedings, 31(3046), 1-10. 
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Skovira, R. J. (2014, April). The influence of French national culture upon an American workplace. In 2014 Qualitative Research & Organizational Management (QROM) Conference Proceedings. Retrieved from: http://proc.isecon.org/2014/pdf/3046.pdf
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2013). Changing the corporate culture: A knowledge management technology study in three phases. Issues in Information Systems, 14(2), 233-252.
  • Borkovich, D. J., & Breese-Vitelli, J. (2013). Mobile technology culture and its impact on college students’ local news viewing behavior. Issues in Information Systems, 14(2), 400-410.
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2012). Agile ethnography: A qualitative methodology for the 21st century. Robert Morris University CIS Convergence Journal, 1(1), 1-20. 
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2012). The influence of nationalistic cultural behavior in the digital workplace. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database. (UMI No. 3504088)
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2012, June). When corporations collide: Information overload. Issues in Information Systems,13(2), 269-284.
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2011). The social science of data warehousing. Issues in Information Systems, 12(1), 23-35. 2011 Winner: Liebowitz Best Doctoral Candidate Research Paper Award.
  • Borkovich, D. J. (2011). Modifying the contracts group social-cultural environment. Contracts Management Magazine. 51(11), 44-55.