Andrew Burton-Jones

Professor, University of Queensland

Andrew Burton-Jones is a Professor of Business Information Systems at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland, where he is also Director of its Ph.D. program. Prior to this, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Information Systems from the University of Queensland and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. He currently serves as Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly and has served on the Editorial Boards of Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information and Organization, and Academy of Management Discoveries. He has also served as Program Co-Chair for AMCIS and PACIS, and has received several awards for his research, teaching, and service. He conducts research on systems analysis and design, the effective use of information systems, and conceptual/methodological issues. Prior to his academic career, he was a senior consultant in a big-4 consulting firm.

Keynote speech: The Value of Institutional Theory for Understanding the Evaluation of Digital Transformation in Healthcare

Abstract: The global health sector is engaged in significant digital transformation. Given the major investments involved, and the major potential consequences, evaluations are important. However, many studies have critiqued both the quality of evaluations and the quality of evaluation research. The persistent lack of progress has led researchers to ask deeper questions about what is actually occurring when teams evaluate the benefits of digital transformation. This translational research essay explores how Institutional Theory offers a lens for understanding the complexities of evaluating digital transformations in healthcare and provides insights for improving research and practice. In particular, we show how Institutional Theory can explain behaviors observed in the literature and in our own case study. We also show how Institutional Theory can benefit from the insights observed in evaluation work. Motivated by these opportunities, we suggest a research agenda through which practitioners and researchers can jointly improve work in this area.


Kalle Lyytinen

Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Kalle Lyytinen (PhD, Computer Science, University of Jyväskylä; Dr. h.c. Umeå University, Copenhagen Business school, Lappeenranta University of Technology) is Distinguished University Professor and Iris S. Wolstein professor of Management Design at Case Western Reserve University, and a distinguished visiting professor at Aalto University, Finland.  Between 1995 and 2015 he was the 3rd most productive scholar in the IS field when measured by the AIS basket of 8 journals; he is among the top four IS scholars in terms of his h-index (85); he is the LEO Award recipient (2013), AIS fellow (2004), and the former chair of IFIP WG 8.2 “Information systems and organizations”. His Erdos number is 3. He has published over 350 refereed articles and edited or written over 30 books or special issues. He conducts research that explores digital innovation especially in relation to nature and organization of innovation processes and outcomes, design work, requirements in large scale systems, diffusion and assimilation of digital innovations, and emergence and growth of digital infrastructures.

Keynote speech: Digital innovation and Information Systems- towards a more radical research agenda

Abstract: The concept of digital innovation has emerged over the last decade as a new integrative concept to shape IS research agenda.  The tall will review the distinguished and unique aspect of digital innovation and its implications for theory and empirics in IS field. It also observes several issues that need to be reconsidered if IS research seeks to remain salient and account for the increased and more pervasive impact of digital technologies on firm  and national strategies. We end up with a detailed account of research challenges for the future IS research which calls for more blue sea theorizing and careful and diligent empirical studies.

Categories: Keynotes Speeches