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Personal Information

1975 M. S. in Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.
1981 Ph.D. in Computer Science, Oslo University, Norway.
1998 Dr. Techn. in Software Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark.


Primary Positions

1975-1982 Lecturer and Researcher, Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.
1982-1987 Associate Professor, Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.
1987-2002 Full Professor, Computer Science, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2002- GRA Eminent Scholar, Full Professor, Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University, USA.


Other Positions

1990-1998 Visiting Professor, Institute Theseus, Sophia Antipolis, France.
1993-1997 Head of the Doctoral School, Faculty of Technology & Science, Aalborg University, Denmark.
1997-2000 Research Director, Danish National Center for IT Research.
1997 Visiting Professor, Georgia State University, USA.
1998-2003 Visiting Professor, Viktoria Institute, Göteborg, Sweden.
2001-2007 Visiting Professor, IT-University, Göteborg, Sweden.
2001-2002 Visiting Professor, Warwick Business School, UK.
2002- Professor, Center for Process Innovation, Georgia State University, USA.
2008- Academic Director, Executive Doctorate Program, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University.
2009-2012 Visiting Professor, Umeå University, Sweden.
2010-2013 Visiting Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2011 Visiting Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
2013-2015 Visiting Professor, Gothenburg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
2014-2015 Visiting Professor, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.


Research Area

Digital Innovation, Health Informatics, IT Development & Management


Professional Activity

Doctoral Training

I have supervised the following doctoral students

  • Andreas Munk-Madsen, Aarhus University, 1985.
  • Ivan Aaen, Aalborg University, 1990.
  • Christian S. Jensen, Aalborg University, 1991.
  • Carsten Sørensen, Aalborg University, 1993.
  • Lars Bækgaard, Aalborg University, 1993.
  • Helana Scheepers, Aalborg University, 2000.
  • Birgitte Krogh, Aalborg University, 2000.
  • Jakob Iversen, Aalborg University, 2000.
  • Pouya Pourkomeylian, Viktoria Institute, Göteborg, 2001.
  • Claus Rosenstand, Aalborg University, 2002.
  • Ingegerd Andersson, IT-University, Göteborg, 2003.
  • Kerstin Nilsson, IT-University, Göteborg, 2003.
  • Helle Damborg Fredriksen, Aalborg University, 2004.
  • Keld Pedersen, Aalborg University, 2005.
  • Anna Börjesson, IT University, Göteborg, 2006.
  • Agneta Nilsson, IT University, Göteborg, 2006.
  • Sunyoung Cho, Georgia State University, 2007.
  • Nannette Napier, Georgia State University, 2007.
  • Mark Lewis, Georgia State University, 2008 (with Arun Rai).
  • Sune Dueholm Muller, Aarhus Business School, 2009 (with Pernille Kræmmergaard).
  • Gitte Tjørnehøj, Aalborg University, 2009 (with Peter Axel Nielsen).
  • John Persson, Aalborg University, 2010 (with Ivan Aaen).
  • Brett Young, Georgia State University, 2010.
  • Henrik Wimelius, Umeå University, 2011 (with Jonny Holmström).
  • Ulrika Westergren, Umeå University, 2011 (with Jonny Holmström).
  • Rajendra Singh, Georgia State University, 2011.
  • Heidi Tscherning, Copenhagen Business School, 2011 (with Jan Damsgaard).
  • Tim Olsen, Georgia State University, 2012 (with Richard Welke).
  • Cathy Neher, Georgia State University, 2012.
  • Louis Grabowski, Georgia State University, 2012.
  • Alex Heublein, Georgia State University, 2012.
  • Anne Mette Hansen, Aalborg University, 2012 (with Pernille Kræmmergaard).
  • Lars Kristian Hansen, Aalborg University, 2013 (with Pernille Kræmmergaard).
  • Johan Sandberg, Umeå University, 2014 (with Jonny Holmström).
  • Tom Gregory, Georgia State University, 2014.
  • Timothy Crim, Georgia State University, 2014.
  • Neda Barqawi, Georgia State University, 2014.
  • Kamran Syed, Georgia State University, 2014.
  • Laté Lawson-Lartego, Georgia State University, 2016.
  • Sergio Quinonez, Georgia State University, 2016.
  • Rafael Hernández Cázares, Georgia State University, 2016.
  • Vitali Mindel, Georgia State University, started 2013.
  • Richard Erhardt, Georgia State University, started 2014.
  • Ali Abdelrahiem Ali, Georgia State University, started 2015.
  • Derrick Warren, Georgia State University, started 2015.
  • Peiwei Li, Georgia State University, started 2016.
  • Khaleed Fuad, Georgia State University, started 2016.

I have served as a faculty member in the following doctoral consortia

  • ECIS, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1998.
  • ICIS, Helsinki, Finland, 1999.
  • ECIS, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999 (Chairman and Organizer).
  • ICIS, Las Vegas, USA, 2005.
  • International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Cleveland, USA, 2011 (Chairman and Organizer).
  • International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Cranfield, UK, 2012 (Chairman and Organizer).
  • International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Atlanta, USA, 2013 (Chairman and Organizer).
  • MCIS, Cyprus, Greece, 2016.
  • International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Paris, France, 2016 (Co-chair and Organizer)
  • AMCIS, Boston, USA, 2017.

Awards and Recognition

  • In 1991, I was awarded Teacher of the Year among 500 colleagues at the Science & Technology Faculty at University of Aalborg.
  • In 1994, Aalborg University had, for the first time, the opportunity to promote a small number of its approximately 60 full professors. Together with six colleagues I was awarded promotion to the highest level of professorship for my contributions to research, research education, and education in general.
  • In 1999, I became a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
  • In 2000, I was invited as keynote speaker to International Conference on Systems Development, Kristianssand, Norway.
  • In 2000, I was invited as keynote speaker to Twenty-third Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, Udevalla, Sweden.
  • In 2000, I was invited as keynote speaker to Conference on Business Information Technology Management, Manchester, UK.
  • In 2001, I was invited as keynote speaker to Conference on Diffusing Software Product and Process Innovations, Banff, Canada.
  • In 2001, I was invited as keynote speaker to Recent Object Oriented Symposium, Bergen, Norway.
  • In 2002, the paper “Collaborative Practice Research” was awarded Most Outstanding Paper by Information, Technology & People.
  • In 2004, the paper “Making SPI Happen: The Roads to Process Implementation” was awarded best paper at European Conference on Information Systems.
  • In 2006, the paper “Negotiating Repeat-Ability and Response-Ability in Requirements Engineering” was awarded best paper in track at International Conference on Information Systems.
  • In 2008, the paper “From Dichotomy to Ambidexterity: Transcending Traditions in Systems Development” was awarded best paper in track at Americas Conference on Information Systems.
  • In 2008, I was invited as keynote speaker to the annual Nordic PhD Seminar at Magleaas, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • In 2009, I was nominated Senior Member of The Association for Computing Machinery.
  • In 2010, the paper “The Role of Social Networks in Early Adoption of Mobile Devices” was awarded best paper at IFIP WG 8.2-8.6 Conference.
  • In 2011, I was awarded honorary doctor in science at Copenhagen University.
  • In 2012, I was invited as keynote speaker to Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Geelong, Australia.
  • In 2014, the paper “A Contextualist Inquiry into Recurrent Software Development” was awarded best paper at International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship.
  • In 2015, the paper “Contextualist Inquiry into Hospital Revenue Cycle Transformation: Bridging Theory and Practice” was nominated as best paper at Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Science.
  • In 2015, the paper “Applying Options Thinking to Shape Generative Capability in Digital Innovation: An Action Research into Connected Cars” was nominated as best paper at Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Science.
  • In 2016, the paper “IT-based Revenue Cycle Management: An Action Research into Relational Coordination” was awarded best paper at Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Science.
  • In 2016, the paper “Designing and Orchestrating Embedded Innovation Networks: An Inquiry into Microfranchising in Bangladesh” was awarded best international paper at International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship.
  • In 2016, I was awarded honorary doctor in philosophy at Umeå University.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • M. Lassen and L. Mathiassen (Eds.). Report on The Eighth Scandinavian Research Seminar on Systemeering, 1985.
  • L. Mathiassen (Ed.). Working Habits in Systems Development. SYDPOL Report No. 1, 1987. (In Scandinavian languages)
  • Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. Co-founder, member of Editorial Collective 1989-1993, member of the editorial board.
  • Information, Technology & People. Member of the editorial board.
  • Information Systems Journal. Member of the editorial board.
  • Information & Organization. Member of the editorial board.
  • MIS Quarterly. Associate Editor 2001-2003.
  • MIS Quarterly. Senior Editor 2003-2007.
  • L. Mathiassen and J. Pries-Heje (Eds.). Business Agility and Information Technology Diffusion. Special Issue of European Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2006.
  • S. Newell, E. Whitley, N. Pouloudi, J. Wareham and L. Mathiassen (Eds.). Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Information Systems. European Conference on Information Systems, Verona, Italy, 2009.
  • Journal of Information Technology. Senior Editor 2010-
  • Information & Organization, Senior Editor 2011-
  • K. Conboy, G. Fitzgerald and L. Mathiassen (Eds.). Qualitative Methods Research in Information Systems. Special Issue of European Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 21, 2012.
  • J. vom Brocke, L. Mathiassen and M. Rosemann (Eds.). Business Process Management. Special Issue of The International Journal of Wirtschaftsinformatik, June 2014.
  • Engaged Management Review, Associate Editor 2014-
  • M. Avital, L. Mathiassen and U. Schultze (Eds.). Alternative Genres in Information Systems Research. Special Issue of European Journal of Information Systems. Vol. 26, 2017.

Research Grants

I have participated in the design, establishment, and management of the following research programs

  • The DUE project (Democracy, Development, and Electronic Data Processing), University of Aarhus, 1977-1980, 4 mio. dkr.
  • The MARS project (Methodologies and Practices in Systems Development), University of Aarhus, 1982-1985, 3 mio. dkr.
  • The SYDPOL program (Systems Development Environments and Profession Oriented Languages), University of Aalborg, 1985-1990, 3 mio. dkr.
  • The SE program, (Productivity and Quality in Software Engineering), University of Aalborg, 1990-1994, 2 mio. dkr.
  • The Software Factory Program, University of Aalborg, 1995-1997, 1.5 mio. dkr.
  • The Software Process Improvement Project, University of Aalborg, 1997-1999, 20 mio. dkr.
  • Managing Knowledge in Software Organizations, University of Aalborg, 2001-2002, 100.000 dkr.
  • Wireless, Multimedia-Based Information Services to Improve Healthcare Performance, Georgia Research Alliance, 2003-2006, $225,000.
  • Researching Gartner’s Research Process, Gartner, 2003-2004, $112,800.
  • Improving Requirements Management, Byers Engineering, 2004-2007, $94,000.
  • Sales Process Innovation Enabled by Mobile Technology, Cbeyond Communications, 2005-2005, $60,000.
  • IT-based Innovations, Intel, 2005-2007, $50,000.
  • Health-e-Station, NEGA, 2005, $54,000.
  • Business Process Innovation, Danish Ministry of Research, 2005-2010, $137,500.
  • IT-based Service Innovation, Copenhagen University, 2006-2015, $135,000.
  • IT-enabled Process Innovation in a Network of Minority Businesses, Open Systems, 2006-2008, $20,000.
  • Community Driven Telehealth Innovation, East Georgia Health Cooperative, 2007-2009, $94,000.
  • Innovation within the Health Industry, Georgia Health Policy Center, 2007-2017, $185,000.
  • IT-enabled Process Innovation, Umeå University, 2009-2012, $350,000 (PI: Professor Jonny Holmström).
  • Assimilation of Telehealth, Genentech, 2011-2012, $150,000.
  • Organizational Participation in Open Communities, NSF, 2011-2014, $400,000 (PI: Professor Matt Germonprez).

Research Policy

I have participated in a number of policy making activities within the Danish Ministry for Research

  • 1996 Member of Committee on National Danish IT Research Strategy.
  • 1997-2000 Research Director, Danish National Center for IT Research.
  • 1999-2002 Member of Managerial Board for National, Interdisciplinary IT Research Program.
  • 2000-2001 Member of Committee on National Danish Research Policy and Strategy.
  • 2005-2010 Chairman National Danish Committee for Strategic Research in Growth Technology.

Consultancy

  • I have advised a number of organizations on process innovation, software engineering & management, quality assurance, project management, and IT strategy. The companies include Gartner, Intel, HP, Ericsson, Volvo, AstraZeneca, Danske Bank, Cbeyond Communications, Byers Engineering, Silverpop, and Systematic Software Engineering. I have given courses and seminars to managers and IT professionals on a regular basis.
  • Together with Andreas Munk-Madsen I founded and managed Metodica, a Danish consultancy company offering services to IT departments and software houses. Metodica was established in 1986 and I was active within the company until 2002.
  • I have served as expert consultant for a number of European Research & Development Programs including Functional Analysis of Office Requirements and Euromethod.

Program Committees

I have served as a program committee member at a number of international conferences including

  • International Conference on Approaches to Prototyping, Namur, Belgium, 1983.IRIS 85: Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, Aarhus, Denmark, 1985.
  • International Conference on System Design for Human Development and Productivity, Berlin, Germany, 1985.
  • International Conference on Development and Use of Computer-based Tools-In the Context of Democratization of Work, Århus, 1985.
  • IRIS 89: Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, Skagen, Denmark, 1989.
  • International Conference on Information System, Work and Organization Design, Berlin, Germany, 1989.
  • ICIS 90: International Conference on Information Systems, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1990.
  • International Conference on The Impact of Computer Supported Technologies on Information Systems Development, Minneapolis, USA, 1992.
  • International Conference on Information Systems Development: Human, Social and Organizational Aspects, Noordwijkerhout, Netherland, 1993.
  • CAiSE 95: Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, Jyväskylä, Finland, 1995.
  • ECIS 95: European Conference on Information Systems, Athens, Greece, 1995.
  • International Conference on Computers in Context, Aarhus University, Denmark, 1995.
  • IFIP WG 8.6 Working Conference on Diffusion and Adoption of Information Technology, Oslo, Norway, 1995.
  • International Conference on IT and Changes in Organizational Work, Cambridge, England, 1995.
  • International Conference on Object Oriented Information Systems, Dublin, Ireland, 1995.
  • ECIS 96: European Conference on Information Systems, Lisbon, Portugal, 1996.
  • IFIP WG 8.1/8.2 Working Conference on Principles of Method Construction and Tool Support, Atlanta, USA, 1996.
  • International Conference on Object Oriented Information Systems, London, England, 1996.
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Diffusion, Transfer and Implementation of Information Technology, Ambleside, Lake Windermere, UK, 1997.
  • ICIS 97: International Conference on Information Systems, Atlanta, USA, 1997.
  • IFIP WG 8.2: Organizational and Social Perspectives on Information Technology, Aalborg, Denmark, 2000.
  • IFIP WG 8.2: Realigning Research and Practice in IS Development: The Social and Organisational Perspective, Boise, USA, 2001.
  • ICIS 01: International Conference on Information Systems, New Orleans, USA, 2001 (Senior Editor).
  • ECIS 01: European Conference on Information Systems, Bled, Slovenia, 2001 (Associate Chair).
  • ECIS 02: European Conference on Information Systems, Gdansk, Poland, 2002.
  • ECIS 03: European Conference on Information Systems, Naples, Italy, 2003.
  • Agile Development Conference, Salt Lake City, USA, 2003.
  • IFIP WG 8.6: IT Innovation for Adaptiveness and Competitive Advantage, Leixlip, Ireland, 2004.
  • IFIP WG 8.2: Relevant Theory and Informed Practice: Looking Forward from a 20 year Perspective on IS Research, Manchester, UK, 2004.
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Business Agility and IT Diffusion, Atlanta, US, 2005 (Program co-Chair).
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Transfer and Diffusion of IT for Organizational Resilience, Galway, Ireland, 2006.
  • International Conference on Business Process Management, Brisbane, Australia, 2007.
  • International Conference on Information Systems Development: Challenges in Practice, Theory and Education, Galway, Ireland, 2007.
  • International Workshop on BPM Governance, Brisbane, Australia, 2007.
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Organizational Dynamics of Technology-based Innovation – Diversifying the Research Agenda, Manchester, UK, 2007.
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Open IT-based Innovation – Moving Towards Cooperative IT-transfer and Knowledge Diffusion, Madrid, Spain, 2008.
  • Agile Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2008.
  • International Conference on Information Systems Development: Towards a Service-provision Society, Phaphos, Cypros, 2008.
  • Agile Processes and eXtreme Programming in Software Engineering, Limerick, Ireland, 2008.
  • Agile Conference, Chicago, US, 2009.
  • ECIS 09: European Conference on Information Systems, Verona, Italy, 2009 (Panel Chair).
  • International Conference on Information Systems Development: Practice and Theory in Web-based IS, Nanchang, China, 2009.
  • IFIP WG 8.2-8.6: Human Benefit through the Diffusion of IS Design Science Research, Perth, Australia, 2010.
  • Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems: Engaged Scandinavian IS Research, Northern Jutland, Denmark, 2010.
  • ICIS 10: International Conference on Information Systems, Saint Louis, USA, 2010 (Track Chair).
  • International Conference on Information Systems Development: Business Systems and Services, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010.
  • First International Conference on Software Business, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2010.
  • IFIP WG 8.2: Researching the Future, Turku, Finland, 2011.
  • Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, Cyprus, 2011 (track Chair).
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Governance and Sustainability in Information Systems, Hamburg, Germany, 2011.
  • Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems: ICT of Culture – Culture of ICT, Turku, Finland, 2011.
  • EMS 11: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 2011.
  • ECIS 12: European Conference on Information Systems, Barcelona, Spain, 2012 (Track Chair).
  • EMS 12: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Cranfield, UK, 2012 (Program Chair).
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Grand Successes and failures in IT, Bangalore, India, 2013.
  • ICIS 13: International Conference on Information Systems, Milan, Italy, 2013 (Track Chair).
  • EMS 13: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2013 (Program Chair).
  • IFIP WG 8.6: Creating Values for All through IT, Aalborg, Denmark, 2014.
  • EMS 14: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, 2014.
  • EMS 15: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2015.
  • EMS 16: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Paris, France, 2016.
  • EMS 17: International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Tampa, Florida, USA, 2017.