Name: Henrik Wimelius
Henrik Wimelius, assistant professor at the department and member of IT Management Group, answers some quick questions on research questions, outside interests and general readings.
What is the most recently formulated research question you are working with?
That would have to be the RQ in an ongoing paper project that is based on studies from my dissertation project. The question is the following: ”Why do organizations allow multiple, overlapping, partially competing and largely incompatible information systems to persist and continue to evolve over time?”
Name three research papers of relevance for your research right now
There are so many excellent papers out there, and I must admit that it’s very difficult to choose only three. Nevertheless, if I have to choose, the paper on contradictory organizational consequences of IT (by Robey and Boudreau) is one of my absolute favorite papers and it is also important in relation to my own research. There is also a beautiful editorial in MISQ by A.S Lee that in a distinct and clear way captures the nature of IS research. Finally, Tiwana, Konsynski and Bush have written a very good research commentary addressing platform research in the IS field.
Robey, D., & Boudreau, M-C. (1999). Accounting for the Contradictory Organizational Consequences of Information Technology: Theoretical Directions and Methodological Implications. Information Systems Research, 10(2), 167-185.
Lee, A.S. (2001). Editorial. MIS Quarterly 25(1), iii-vii.
Tiwana, A., Konsynski, B., & Bush, A. (2010). Platform Evolution: coevolution of platform architecture, governance, and environmental dynamics. Information Systems Research, 21(4), 675-687.
What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading a book by Van de Ven (Engaged Scholarship) that I can recommend for anyone interested in organizational research. Outside of work I am reading Outside Magazine and the latest book by Dan Brown.
Any outside interests?
Spending time with my family and, of course, skiing!
That would perhaps be that I enjoy cigars from time to time.