Scientific Profile

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The Information systems (IS) group is the result of a recent merger between the original IS group with most members from another group. Whereas the original IS group was strongly focused on the application of modelling techniques, the extended group is enriched by adding additional perspectives for understanding, developing and evolving information systems in practice. The combined group has extensive external funding (the total budget of projects that members of the group has been involved in over the last years has been more than 200 Mill NOK, not including the large EU-projects CESAR and LinkedDesign, nor the iAD and IO-SFI's). The projects are funded from the national research council (NFR through VERDIKT, PETROMAKS, eVita and FRITEK), from Nordic sources, and increasingly from European sources, in addition to receiving direct funding from industry. The group is characterised by a research focus on how technology may benefit users and their organisations by supporting relevant work tasks i.e. ICT in use. This may operate either directly by providing methods for developing and evolving useful technology which was a focus of the original group or indirectly, by improving the understanding of how users and organisations may best make use of technology. Since 2000 18 PhDs (7 female) have graduated, and currently we have 19 PhD-students (7 female). Clearly, a focus on use and users of technology is in itself not unique. The unique profile of our IS group is tied to how this influences: our relationships with external partners (longitudinal and deep), our approach (pragmatic and interactive), choice of themes (relevance and significance) and research method (mixing qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry as appropriate). A characteristic and strong aspect of our group is the close collaboration with external partners such as technology vendors, consultants, user organisations (both private and public) and national agencies. This is manifest in the significant number of externally financed research projects, the active role in establishing national and international network arenas, as well as spin-offs (including Vivit, Businesscape, and LingIt) and other contributions to innovation in relation to e.g. Wireless Trondheim.