15th CONTECSI Speakers

Prof. Dr. Matti Olavi Teofi lus Rossi | Aalto University, Finland
Prof. Dr. Crispin Richard Coombs | School of Business and Economics, Loughborough
University, UK
Prof. Dr. Walter Castelnovo | University of Insubria, Italy
Prof. Dr. Armando Malheiro da Silva | CETAC, Porto University, Portugal
Prof. Dr. Miklos Vasarhelyi | CARLAB Rutgers Business School, USA
Prof. Dr. José Antonio Moreiro González | Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain


Dr. Matti Rossi


Professor of Information Systems

Aalto University of Business, FINLAND and

NYU Stern School of Business, USA

Matti Rossi is a professor of information systems at Aalto University School of Business. He is currently a visiting scholar at NYU Stern School of Business. He is the president of Association for Information Systems. He has been the principal investigator in several major research projects funded by the technological development center of Finland and Academy of Finland. He was the winner of the 2013 Millennium Distinction Award of Technology Academy of Finland for open source and data research.His research papers have appeared in journals such as MIS QuarterlyJournal of AISInformation and Management and Information Systems. He has been a senior editor of JAIS and Database, and he is the past editor in chief of Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

He is a member of IEEE, ACM and AIS.


Action Design Research is recognized as a way of doing constructive research in close co-operation between practitioners and researchers. The method is based on the recognition that IS research always has a dual mission, namely to (a) add to existing theory, and (b) to produce knowledge to support IS practitioners in solving current and anticipated problems. We can achieve this by promoting research which is based on existing problems in practical settings, aimed at improving the practice and solving problems through designing and implementing IT artefacts. Furthermore, the method supports continues engagement and mutual commitment between practitioners and researchers, which leads into better insights about the effects of the artefacts and their design decisions in organizations, thus allowing for different types of research and practitioner contributions. In this talk I will demonstrate this through examples of real world ADR projects.

Dr. Crispin Coombs

School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK.


Dr. Crispin Coombs is a Reader in Information Systems (Associate Professor) and Head of the Information Management group in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK. He is an expert in the organisational impacts of new technologies, their successful implementation and people’s attitudes and behaviours towards IT. Particular interests include the robotization of knowledge and service work, the behavioural impacts of new technologies and benefits realization management from information systems. He has led several externally funded research projects from EPSRC, CIPD, British Academy, NiHR, ESRC, Department of Health. He has published over 80 outputs and is a Senior Editor for Information Technology and People and Associate Editor for European Journal of Information Systems. He was appointed to the Board of the UK Academy of Information Systems in 2015 and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Impacts of Intelligent Machines on Work and Employment

A significant recent technological development concerns the application of Intelligent Machines (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) to knowledge and service work. However, the academic literature examining this is embryonic with disagreement and debate spread across a wide range of scholarly disciplines. In this presentation, I shall discuss our recent study that reviewed the robotics and AI research relating to knowledge and service work that has been published between January 2011 and December 2017. Focusing on the impacts of intelligent machines on work and employment, I shall present some challenges to the hype surrounding robotics and AI, discuss the emerging global responses to these new technologies, and consider the role Information Systems researchers can play in helping inform the automation debate.