James Pick

Professor, Sch of Bus

Degrees: Ph.D. University of California, Irvine; M.S.Ed. Northern Illinois University; BA, Northwestern University

Office: URSB Management & Business, Hornby Hall #106

Office Hours: Hornby Hall, Room 106

Phone: 909/748-8781




Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Management information systems
  • Urban geography
  • Geographic information systems
  • Population studies

Professional Background Highlights

Professor James B. Pick has worked actively for many years in research and teaching in information systems, urban studies, and geographic information systems (GIS). He is past chair of the Department of Management and Business and past assembly chair of the School of Business. He is author or co-author of eleven books, including Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization (John Wiley and Sons, 2008), and Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach, 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 2011, in press). He is the author of over 120 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed proceedings in the research areas of management information systems, GIS, population, urban studies, and renewable energy.

Dr. Pick has been on the organizing committees for international conferences in information systems and was recognized with for his co-leadership over 10 years in fostering information systems study of Latin America by the Association for Information Systems. He serves on five journal editorial boards. He has been funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ford Foundation and other agencies. Dr. Pick is a Faculty Research Associate, Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO), at UC Irvine. He was a visiting scholar at Universidad Iberoamerica in Mexico City, University of California Irvine, and Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and a Fulbright Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Mexico, 2001. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from University of California Irvine.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • BUSB 433 Spatial Analysis and Database Management
  • GISB 410 The Urban Community: A Spatial Approach
  • GISB 692W Spatial Analysis for Global Business
  • ISYS 680W Global Information Systems
  • ISYS 683W Information Systems Strategy Capstone
  • INFT 625 Topics in Emerging Technologies and Innovations
  • INFT 645 Telecommunications and Networks
  • INFT 655 IT Change Management

Degrees Held

  • BA, Northwestern University
  • M.S.Ed. Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D. University of California, Irvine

Previous Teaching Experience

Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California Riverside

Major Honors and Awards Received

  • Thunderbird Award for Outstanding Research Paper, Business Assoc. of Latin American Studies, 1993
  • Student Recognition Award for Teaching of Graduate Seminar, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 1997
  • Fulbright Senior Lecturer/Research Award in Mexico, Summer/Fall 2001
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Northern Illinois University, 2004
  • Volunteer Spotlight Recognition, Association for Information Systems, 2010. For contributions to the field of Information Systems in Latin America
  • University Faculty Honors Award for Outstanding Research, University of Redlands, 1993, 2000, 2008
  •  University Faculty Honors Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Redlands, 1996
  • Principal Investigator on Grant from Ford Foundation, “Binationality in the U.S.-Mexican Border Twin Cities.”
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Project Director, of Grant from U.S. Small Business Administration, “A Small Business GIS Program

Significant Publications and  Presentations 


Greene, Richard P., Pick, James B. 2012. Exploring the Urban Community: a GIS Approach. 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Pick, James B. 2008. Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Greene, Richard P., and James B. Pick. 2006. Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Pick, James B. (Editor). 2005. Geographic Information Systems in Business. Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group Publishing.

Butler, Edgar W., James B. Pick, and W. James Hettrick. 2001. Mexico and Mexico City in the World Economy. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

Pick, James B. and Edgar W. Butler. 1997. Mexico Megacity. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. Also published by Westview in paperback edition in 2000.

Pick, James B. and Edgar W. Butler. 1994. The Mexico Handbook: Economic and Demographic Maps and Statistics. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

Pick, James B., Edgar W. Butler, and Elizabeth Lanzer. 1989. Atlas of Mexico. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

Pick, James B., Michael Heister, and Brad Lowman. 1986. MicroManual: Basic, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Data Base. Boston: PWS Publishers.

Pick, James B. 1986. Computer Systems in Business. Boston: PWS Publishers.

Butler, Edgar W. and James B. Pick. 1982. Geothermal Energy Development: Problems and Prospects in the Imperial Valley of California. New York, Plenum Publishing Company.

Selected Articles

Viswanathan, Nanda, James B. Pick, W. James Hettrick, and Elliott Ellsworth. 2005. “An Analysis of Commonality in the Twin Metropolitan Areas of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico,” Journal of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 39:57-79.

Pick, James B., and Rasool Azari. 2008. “Global Digital Divide: Influence of Socioeconomic, Governmental, and Accessibility Factors on Information Technology.” Information Technology for Development 14(2):91-115.

Forstall, Richard L., Richard P. Greene, and James B. Pick. 2009. “Which are the Largest? Why Published Lists of Major Urban Areas Vary So Greatly.” Journal of Economic and Social Geography (Tijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie), 100(3):277-297.

Pick, James B. and Hindupur Ramakrishna. 2009. “Impact of Global Sourcing of Talent on Graduate IS Curriculum: One Approach to Redesign.” Journal of Information Technology Case and Applications Research 11(4):60-84.

Pick, James B. 2010. “Web and Mobile Spatial Decision Support as Innovations:
Comparison of United States and Hong Kong, China” Annals of Information Systems, Vol 14, D. Schuff, D. Paradice, F. Burstein, D.J. Power, and R. Sharda (eds),, pp. 83-112.

Romano, Nicholas C., James B. Pick, and Narcyz Roztocki. 2010. “A Motivational Model for Technology-Supported Cross-organizational and Cross-border Collaboration.” European Journal of Information Systems, 19:117-133.

Pick, James B. and Rasool Azari. 2011. “A Global Model of Utilization of Technology based on Governmental, Social, Economic, and Business Investment Factors.” Journal of Management Information Systems, 28(1):51-85.

Gollakota, Kamala, James B. Pick, and P. Sathyapriya. 2012. “Using Technology to Alleviate Poverty: Use and Acceptance of Telecenters in Rural India. Information Technology for Development, 18(3):185-208

Greene, Richard P., and James B. Pick. 2013. “Shifting Patterns of Suburban Dominance: the case of Chicago from 2000 to 2010.” Journal of Maps, 9(2):178-182.

Pick, James B., Tetsushi Nishida, and Xi Zhang. 2013. “Determinants of China’s Technology Utilization and Availability 2006-2009: A Spatial Analysis.” The Information Society, 29(1):26-48.

Professional Affiliations

Faculty Research Associate, Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO), University of California, Irvine


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