Department of Digitalization


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Michel Avital

Design and innovation are the leitmotif in my work that focuses on examining the crossroads of information, technology, and people. My research combines both soft and hard methods to advance theory and knowledge about how information technologies are developed, applied, managed and consumed in the context of human organizations. I am particularly interested in research of enduring consequence and value partnerships with business organizations as well as the community at large.

Primary research areas
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Distributed Manufacturing and Open Business Models
  • Innovation Practices and Generative Design
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Organizations and Organizing in a Digital World
  • Positive Organizational Scholarship and Appreciative Inquiry
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PhD Program Coordinator

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==> Blockchain related PhD:  Looking for prospective doctorate students who are interested in pursuing research on blockchain technology.

Ph.D. and Master thesis projects that relate to my research interest would be considered favorably. Creative out-of-the-box thinkers are welcome with ANY research idea.

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Selected publications

Jetzek, T., Avital, M. and Bjorn-Andersen, N. (2019) “The Sustainable Value of Open Government Data,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (forthcoming) check it out

Gol, E.S., Stein, M.K, and Avital, M. (2019) “Crowdwork Platform Governance toward Organizational Value Creation,” Journal of Strategic Information Systems (forthcoming)

Schultze, U. and Avital, M. (2011). Designing Interviews to Generate Rich Data for Information Systems Research, Information and Organization, 21(1), 1-16.

Avital, M and Singh, B. (2011). Collaboration Trumps Competition in High-Tech Project Teams, Int. J. Organisational Design and Engineering

Thatchenkery, T. Cooperrider, D. and Avital, M. (Eds.) (2010). Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value, Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Volume 3, Emerald Publishing, Bingley, UK.

Avital, M. and Te'eni, D. (2009). From Generative Fit to Generative Capacity: Exploring an Emerging Dimension of Information Systems Design and Task Performance, Information Systems Journal, 4(19), 345-367.

Avital, M., Boland, R.J. and Lyytinen, K. (2009). Introduction to Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens, Information and Organization, 19(3), 153-161.

Avital, M. and Germonprez, M. (2004) "Reflections on Paragrammatic Uses of Organizational Theory," Organization Studies, 25 (6), pp. 1045-1048.

Cooperrider, D. and Avital, M. (Eds.) (2004) Constructive Discourse and Human Organization, Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Volume 1, Elsevier Science, Oxford, UK.

Avital, M. (2002) "Reflections of Time in Lived Experience," Journal of Management Inquiry, 11 (1), pp. 25-27.

Avital, M. (2000) "Dealing with Time in Social Inquiry: A Tension between Method and Lived Experience," Organization Science, 11 (6), pp. 665-673.

Avital, M. and Vandenbosch, B. (2000) "SAP Implementation at Metalica: An Organizational Drama," Journal of Information Technology, 15 (3), pp. 183-194.

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J. P. Shim; Michel Avital; Alan R. Dennis; Matti Rossi; Carsten Sørensen; Aaron M. French / The Transformative Effect of the Internet of Things on Business and Society
In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 44, 2019, p. 129–140
Journal article > peer review
Stefan Hopf; Claudia Loebbecke; Michel Avital / Blockchain Technology Impacting Property Rights and Transaction Cost Regimes
In: AMCIS 2018 ProceedingsAtlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) 2018
Article in proceedings > peer review
Michel Avital / Peer Review : Toward a Blockchain-enabled Market-based Ecosystem.
In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 42, 2018, p. 646–653
Journal article > peer review
Elham Shafiei Gol; Mari-Klara Stein; Michel Avital / Why Take the Risk? : Motivations of Highly Skilled Workers to Participate in Crowdworking Platforms.
In: Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) 2018 (Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems)
Article in proceedings > peer review
Michel Avital; Lars Mathiassen; Ulrike Schultze / Alternative Genres in Information Systems Research
In: European Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2017, p. 240-247
Journal article > peer review
Roman Beck; Michel Avital; Matti Rossi; Jason Bennett Thatcher / Blockchain Technology in Business and Information Systems Research
In: Business & Information Systems Engineering, Vol. 59, No. 6, 2017, p. 381-384
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J. P. Shim; Michel Avital; Alan R. Dennis; Olivia Sheng; Matti Rossi; Carsten Sørensen; Aaron M. French / Internet of Things : Opportunities and Challenges to Business, Society, and IS Research.
In: ICIS 2017 ProceedingsAtlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) 2017 (Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, Vol. 2017)
Article in proceedings > peer review
Christian Casper Hofma; Michel Avital; Tina Blegind Jensen / Liquid Workplaces : The Potential Implications of Virtual Reality on the Workplace.
In: IRIS: Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, Vol. 8, The 40th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia, IRIS 2017, 2017, 13 p., p. 31-43
Conference article in journal > peer review
Michel Avital; Jonas Hedman; Lars Albinsson / Smart Money : Blockchain-based Customizable Payments System.
In: Dagstuhl Reports, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2017, p. 104-106
Journal article > peer review
Michel Avital / Innovation Information Systems Education I : Accelerated Systems Analysis and Design with Appreciative Inquiry – An Action Learning Approach.
In: Action Research in Business and Management: Volume 2: Business Disciplines. . ed. /David Coghlan; Abraham B Shani . Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications 2016, p. 153-178 (Fundamentals of Applied Research)
Book chapter > peer review
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