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TUCS Distinguished Lecture

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 13.15

Agora, Auditorium XXI

Kalle Lyytinen, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA: "Digital Innovation Management: Reinventing Innovation Management Research in a Digital World"

Host: Anssi Öörni, Åbo Akademi University

Abstract: Rapid and pervasive digitization of innovation processes and outcomes has upended extant theories on innovation management by calling into question fundamental assumptions about the definitional boundaries for innovation, agency for innovation, and the relationship between innovation processes and outcomes. There is a critical need for novel theorizing on digital innovation management that does not rely on such assumptions and draws on the rich and rapidly emerging research on digital technologies. We offer suggestions for such theorizing in the form of four new theorizing logics, or elements, that are likely to be valuable in constructing more accurate explanations of innovation processes and outcomes in an increasingly digital world. These logics can open new avenues for researchers to contribute to this important area. Our suggestions in this paper, coupled with the six research notes included in the special issue on digital innovation management, seek to offer a broader foundation for reinventing innovation management research in a digital world.

CV: Kalle Lyytinen is Distinguished University Professor and the Iris S. Wolstein Professor in Information Systems and Management Design in Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the Department Head of the Design & Innovation Department and directs the Doctor of Management Programs targeted for Executives at Weatherhead School of Management. He received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Jyväskylä in 1986, was appointed there to a professor in information systems in 1987 (at the age of 34) and was the first dean of its IT faculty between 1998 and 2001. He holds honorary doctorates from Umeå University, Copenhagen Business School and Lappeenranta University of Technology. He has consulted numerous government research agencies including Academy of Finnish, Swedish, British, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Swiss, Hong Kong, and Spanish Research Councils, several directorates in EU and in National Science Foundation (NSF). He has also consulted several leading global organizations including Metso, Nokia, Intel, Daimler, Ford and Cleveland Clinic.

Kalle Lyytinen received the Association of Information Systems (AIS) highest recognition - the LEO Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in information systems in 2013. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 journal articles, over 30 books and special issues, and nearly two hundred reviewed conference papers. In the information system field he is among the three most productive scholars during the last two decades and among the 2 most cited scholars based on his h-index (74). Globally he is 254th most cited scholar in computing and electronics research based on his h-index and third within Nordic countries (highest in Finland). He is also the most connected author based on co-authorship relationships in the information system field. He has won several prestigious awards from IFIP, AIS and AoM for his groundbreaking research and he has guided or examined more than 100 PhD theses across the globe. His former PhD students work in significant faculty positions in four continents in computing and IT management departments. Kalle Lyytinen's dominant research focus during the last decade has been on digital innovation and its specific characteristics and modes of operation. His research has significantly improved understanding of how digital innovations shape organizations, their products and services and change associated innovation processes. His research has helped organizations and industries to understand how to more effectively identify, absorb, manage, implement -- and be transformed by digital innovations.

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