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Business Information Systems Seminars

The Discipline of Business Information Systems seminar organiser is Sebastian Boell.

Upcoming Seminars

27th Jul 2016 - 10:00 am

Venue: Rm 4022 Abercrombie Building (H70)

Speaker: Ramiro Montealegre, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder

Title: Understanding the Balancing Act: Managing Contradictory Tensions in the Evolution of Digital Infrastructures


Central to the  evolution of a digital infrastructure within an enterprise is the managerial  ability to simultaneously balance exploration and exploitation to attend  contradictory tensions over time. It is this simultaneity that we refer to as  digital infrastructure evolution ambidexterity, and recognize as an area in  need of research. Based on prior research on digital infrastructures and  organizational ambidexterity, the question guiding the investigation was: how  are contradictory tensions experienced and resolved throughout the evolution of  digital infrastructures?  We approach this question through an in-depth  case study at RE/MAX LLC, a global real estate franchise. The study yielded qualitative  data to propose a process model of digital infrastructure evolution  ambidexterity, highlighting management strategies to deal with contradictory  tensions in the form of 3-pairs of capabilities (identification-germination,  expansion-legitimization, and augmentation-implantation), supporting leadership  (at the top, middle, and operational levels), and supporting structures  (dedication, separation, and co-optation) that contribute to the organization's  ability to maintain the dynamic balance between exploration and exploitation at  the various evolution phases (initiation, cultivation, and growth).  Implications of this model for research and practice will be discussed.


Ramiro Montealegre is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his doctorate in business administration from the Harvard Business School in the area of management information systems. His master's degree in computer science is from Carleton University, Canada. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering degree from the Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala. Dr. Montealegre's research focuses on the interplay between new information technology, such as the Internet, and organization transformation in highly uncertain environments. He has been involved in studying projects of organizational change in the United States, Canada, Spain, Mexico, and the Central and South American regions. His research has been published in Organization Science, MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Sloan Management Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Management Information Systems, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Information & Management, Information Technology & People and other journals. He has received the MCB University Press' Award for the "Most Outstanding" paper published in the journal of Information Technology & People; the "Best Paper" Award of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Division of the Academy of Management; and the "Best Paper" Award of the IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management journal. Professor Montealegre has been Invited Lecturer at the Indian School of Business, University of Toronto, Case Western Reserve University, Universidad Torcuato DiTella in Argentina, INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala.


3rd Aug 2016 - 10:00 am

Venue: Rm 5040 Abercrombie Building (H70)

Speaker: Jennifer Leonard, University of Sydney Business School

Title: Virtuous or Vicious Cycle? Inscribing Diverse Professional Values in Lecture Capture Systems


This presentation reports on early work into the affect and effect of the introduction of a new information system into the values of a diverse professional workforce. It uses the example of lecture capture systems in a university. Its combines two concepts taken from actor-network theory, namely accumulation and inscription with an integrated framework of diversity management. A model is developed of accumulation cycles which involve multiple interacting actants, including the broader environment, management commitment to diversity, work group characteristics, individual practices and the affordances of technology. Using this model, alternative future inscriptions can be identified - an optimal one, which enhances professional values, as a result of a virtuous accumulation cycle, or a sub-optimal one, as a result of a vicious cycle. It identifies diversity management as an important influence on the way in which professional values are enhanced, modified or destroyed.


Jennifer Leonard researches the way in which large scale Enterprise Systems affect and are affected by professional organisations. She particularly specialises in  Enterprise Systems in universities, and takes a sociomaterial approach. Her research has focussed on universities in Australia, the UK and Denmark. Before coming to the University of Sydney as a lecturer in 2003, she managed the implementation of Enterprise Systems in two Australian universities.