Department of Digitalization

Research Projects

Below is a list of current research projects, which the Department of Digitalization are involved in.


Overview of projects


Responsible Name of Project Grant Giver
Rony Medaglia SDC-Co-funding of Ph.D. The Danish SDC secretariat
Jan Damsgaard Innovationsnetværket for Finans IT Forsknings og Innovationsstyrelsen
Ravi Vatrapu Big Data Analytics for Social Business Industriens Fond
Stefan Henningsson CORE FP 7
Jan Damsgaard Fra Big Data til Big Business Industriens Fond
Ravi Vatrapu Copenhagen Health Innovation med KU Region Hovedstaden
Mads Bødker InnoCoast Innovationsfonden
Matthias Trier BPM-Online Learning Tools Erasmus
Torkil Clemmensen MOCCA EU H2020
Attila Marton Visiting Professor 2017 Hamid Ekbia, DIGI Otto Mønsted Fond
Kim Normann Andersen Digital Transformation of Work Ministeriet for Forskning, Innovation og Videregåe
Till Winkler A Cross-National Comparison of Health information Ministeriet for Forskning, Innovation og Videregåe
Ravi Vatrapu Social Media & Society 2018 conference Carlsberg Fondet


Ongoing projects

SDC-Co-funding of Ph.D.

The objective of this PhD project funded by the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is to investigate the use of social media as a tool for collaboration between public and private organizations. The project focuses on a number of cases of collaboration between public and private actors for public digital services in China. The project findings aim at providing new knowledge on:

  • How to establish novel public-private governance arrangements
  • How different stakeholders accommodate different views on technology.
Big Data Analytics for Social Business 
The ability to handle, analyze and exploit Big Data commercially is a challenge for many businesses across industries. Through five Big Data projects, the Industry Fund wants to establish close collaborations between knowledgers and companies so that they together can create business value from Big Data. The results of the projects include a number of company-oriented tools and solutions for Danish companies, so they can create value from Big Data.
Big Social Data Analytics
The project is based on the development of a number of core services that can be used by Danish companies - either individually or in a single context:
  • Tools that can collect, combine and analyze data from both external and internal data sources.
  • Models to extract and include business data and social data for process optimization and product innovation.
  • Models to predict sales based on analysis of social data from, for example, CRM systems.
  • Control panels so that the company can track data in real time.
Innovationsnetværket for Finans IT (COPENHAGEN FINTECH) 
Copenhagen FinTech is an association built on the vision of creating a Danish growth adventure within fintech. It combines the visionary ideas of fintech entrepreneurs, the experience of the established financial sector, the desire for societal benefits of the public sector and the research from the universities with the overarching purpose of building a thriving fintech ecosystem for the benefit of all stakeholders.
  • We connect all members of the fintech ecosystem
  • Copenhagen FinTech runs the Copenhagen Fintech Lab which is our co-working space for fintech entrepeneurs. We offer cheap and flexible office space in a dynamic innovative environment.
  • Copenhagen FinTech administers the Innovation Network for Finance It. This allows us to fund public-private research projects that benefits the entire ecosystem.
  • All our main activities supports our overarching vision of being the catalyst for incubation of the danish fintech ecosystem, to create growth and allow the fintech startups to scale. 
Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains (CORE) 

CORE will consolidate, amplify, extend and demonstrate EU knowledge and capabilities and international co-operation for securing supply chains whilst maintaining or improving business performance, with specific reference to key Supply ChainCorridors. CORE will be driven by the requirements of:

  • the Customs, law enforcement authorities, and other agencies nationally and internationally to increase effectiveness of security & trade compliance, without increasing the transaction costs for business and to increase co-operative security risk management (supervision & control);
  • the business communities, specifically shippers, forwarders, terminal operators, carriers and financial stakeholders to integrate compliance and trade facilitation concepts like green lanes and pre-clearance with supply chain visibility andoptimisation.

CORE will consolidate solutions developed in Reference Projects in each supply chain sector (port, container, air, post).Implementation-driven R&D will be then undertaken designed to discover gaps and practical problems and to develop capabilities and solutions that could deliver sizable and sustainable progress in supply chain security across all EU Member States and on a global scale.

Fra Big Data Til Big Business 

Formålet er at give indsigt i de muligheder, der ligger i at udnytte Big Data, herunder at skabe et mødested for virksomheder, der har data til rådighed, og virksomheder, der ønsker at tilegne sig ny data.
I projektet gennemføres fire arbejdspakker, som på forskellig vis hjælper virksomheder til at transformere Big Data til profitable forretningsmodeller gennem en nytænkning af eksisterende forretningsmodeller. Forskerne i projektet har i dialog med danske virksomheder identificeret fire områder, som aktuelt udgør en hindring i forhold til at skabe værdi af Big Data:

  • Manglende kompetencer i virksomheden.
  • Manglende forståelse af kundebehov.
  • Manglende strategisk mindset.
  • Manglende tilstedeværelse af et neutralt interaktionssted for salg og køb af Big Data.
Copenhagen Health Innovation med KU 

Copenhagen Health Innovation (CHI) focuses on developing new education and development activities focusing on health innovation and entrepreneurship. CHI is developed and offered in collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, Metropol University of Applied Sciences, City of Copenhagen and Capital Region.
CHI will do that
  • develop unique interdisciplinary courses and education in health innovation
  • strengthen innovation skills and stimulate the entrepreneurial mindset among talented students, educators and health professionals
  • develop new health solutions in interaction with practice, the innovation environment and industry for the benefit of patients and citizens
BPM-Online Learning Tools 
The goal of the BPM_Online project was to establish executive BPM education throughout Europe within a network of leading BPM research institutions. They jointly developed a reference curriculum for BPM executive education that can be used by educational institutions across Europe to accelerate BPM education and to foster excellence and innovation in various sectors of economy and society, in particular, industry, banking, administration, education, government and health. 

InnoCoast: Innovation in Coastal Tourism: Co-creating Competitive Experiences

Acknowledging the strategic priorities for Danish coastal tourism, this project (InnoCoast) will generate research-based knowledge for experience innovations to ensure firm-level development in three particular domains, namely nature, culture and food tourism. InnoCoast adopts a comprehensive approach to innovation (innovation ecologies) focusing on how tourist experiences are co-created in the interplay between tourists, providers, and governing bodies. Innovative knowledge, specific solutions and strategic instruments will be identified, regarding: 
  • New business models, networks and suggestions of experience designs to benefit the development of nature, culture and food tourism and the reduction of seasonality effects 
  • Strategic directions to enter the sharing economy with collaborative and peer-to-peer entrepreneurial solutions adapted to coastal contexts 
  • Governance innovations entailing coordinated, intersectoral regulatory interventions for the coastal tourism context 

MOCCA: Mobile context-aware cross-cultural applications 

This proposal intends to systematically pioneer the cross-cultural mobile user experience issues and provide valuable guidelines for designing cultural adaptability into the context-awareness of smart phones. The objectives of this proposal are to: 
  • Identify the user experience problems that exists in mobile context-awareness system in Europe and China, and uncover the key factors producing the problems;
  • Examine the influence of context-awareness factors and culture difference on mobile context-aware cross-cultural applications (MOCCA);
  • Apply the findings to improving the design of mobile context-awareness systems and demonstrate specific user experiences for European and Chinese users of smart phones with cultural adaptability.
The project will improve and explore alternative approaches to measuring user experience, under supervision provided by the host university, and in close collaboration with the university providing the secondment, Chinese universities, and a European (Danish) high tech company. The research will be published in leading journals in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and disseminated in Europe and China.

Visiting Professor 2017 Hamid Ekbia, DIGI 

The purpose of the application is to fund a 3-months visit in 2018 by Professor Hamid Ekbia from Indiana University (IU), USA. He will engage in the following collaborative activities as listed below.
  • Develop a promising new research program on the “New Division of Labour between Humans and Machines”. A detailed outline of the proposed new research program can be found in Annex A.
  • Collaborate on scientific articles with colleagues at ITM with the objective of generating at least one co-authored article to be published in Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ), Academy of Management Review (AMR) or Organization Science (ORSC).
Digital Transformation of Work  
The objective of this research collaboration is to strengthen the research on digital transformation of work. In specific, we are exploring three areas of transformation:
  • Are the tasks and the nature of decision-making in administrative organizations being transformed with the use modern technologies ? If yes, what is the nature of the transformation? Focus area 1 will revisit the classical work by Herbert Simon, hence focusing on administrative behaviour.
  • Is the nature of how management respond to the opportunities and challenges raised by new technologies challenging the classical areas of strategy, changing the attention to technology as the key driver for change? Focus area 2 will revisit the classical strategy-work by Chandler exploring how management takes decisions:long-term (strategy), mid-term (tactical), and short term (operational) perspectives with respect to transformation of work.
  • Are concerns on privacy and norms being balanced in new ways due to the advantages in technologies? This focus area relies on the work by Westin (Privacy & Freedom) hence exploring whether workers perceive their privacy sphere being invaded by technologies and whether workers balance the possible 
A Cross-National Comparison of Health Information: Technology-related Policy Frameworks for Guiding Research and Practice (Health IT) 
The goal of this network program is to develop multi-level health IT policy framework that can inform health IS researchers on the relevant dimensions of regional, national and supra-national healthcare policies that can affect the adoption, implementation, and use of health information systems.
Social Media & Society 2018 conference 
The 2018 conference will be held at the Copenhagen Business School and hosted by the Centre for Business Data Analytics from July 18th to the 20th.


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