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Business Information Systems

Enterprise Information Management Research Programme

Sue Williams, University of Koblenz

9th Mar 2011  10:30 am - 12:30 pm New Law School, Seminar Room 11

Organisations are struggling to manage the growing volumes, forms and sources of digital information and to balance the dual objectives of managing information as an asset and information as evidence. This creates significant challenges at a practice level as organisations attempt to realise value from their information assets whilst also ensuring compliance with increasingly complex and sometimes conflicting legal and regulatory requirements.

In this presentation we discuss the themes, values and intellectual commitments that shape the design of our interdisciplinary research programme. Aimed at assisting organisations to develop an information capability and to improve their information policies, processes and practices, the programme draws on theories of sociotechnical change and reflexive and participatory research designs. The most recent research study investigates the risks and challenges arising from the integration of Enterprise 2.0 projects into the wider enterprise information environment. Using this study as an example, we discuss our findings, their implications for the design of future research cycles and the challenges of managing interactive research and the co-construction of knowledge.

Susan Williams is a DAAD funded Professor at the University of Koblenz-Landau working on research in enterprise information management and collaborative technologies. She has held previous appointments at the University of Sydney, UTS, UNSW and The University of Sheffield. She is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Information School at The University of Sheffield. Her long-term research programme is directed towards assisting organisations to improve the design, management and protection of their information assets. With a specific focus on the complex interplay between technical innovation, organisational change and legal mandates, her work draws from the fields of information management, library and information science and information-related law.