Information Systems Strategizing

Schedule and location

Wednesday February 11th - Thursday February 12th
Turku. Location is still open.


Registration is open December 18th - February 4th (15:30)


Professor Robert Galliers, Bentley University, USA 


Professor Hannu Salmela, Turku School of Economics, Finland


This workshop will consider critical practice perspectives on the topic of Information Systems Strategizing (ISS) within and between organizations, and the associated management and governance concerns. Its focus is on the dynamics of ISS, not as an end in itself but as the on-going means of organizing capabilities with a view to harnessing the  potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) in line with strategic imperatives.  The workshop will be highly participative and will rely on student preparation, discussion and presentation. Critical reflection will be the watchword. In addition, appropriate research methods will be considered and practical guidance provided with regard to journal publication.

Detailed Program

Day 1

09:30      Introduction
10:30      Coffee
11:00      Building IS capabilities
12:30      Lunch
13:30      Aligning IS
15:00      Coffee
15:30      Group Discussions
17:30      Close
Evening – group discussions (contd.)

Day 2

09:00      Student presentations and discussion 
11:00      Coffee break
11:30      ISS frameworks
12:30      Lunch
13:30      Organisational strategies and social media
15:00      Coffee break
15:30      Wrap up, Q&A and publication strategies
17:00      Close

Attention! Please notice that there is a pre-course assignment on this seminar. Read more about it under "Materials and Seminar preparation"!

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignments given at the seminar.

Materials and Seminar preparation

In preparation for the seminar overall, students should read the following and reflect on these articles in the context of 1) their own research agendas, and 2) the implications for IS strategizing in the 21st century:
  • Earl, M.J. (1993). Experiences in strategic information systems planning, MIS Quarterly,17(1), 1-24.
  • Galliers, R.D (1993). IT strategies: Beyond competitive advantage, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 2(4),283-291.
  • Galliers, R.D., Swan, J.A. (1997). Against Structured Approaches: Information Requirements Analysis as a Socially Mediated Process, Proceedings of The Thirtieth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January, 179‑187.
  • Galliers, R.D. (2009). Ignore technology at your peril, Financial Times, 26 October, 17.
Additionally, for each individual session, please read the following and come prepared to actively discuss these in detail:

Building IS capabilities
  • Galliers, R.D, Sutherland, A.R. (1991). Information systems management and strategy formulation: The 'Stages of Growth’ model revisited, Journal of Information Systems, 1, 89-114.
  • Peppard, J, Ward, J. (2004). Beyond strategic information systems: Towards an IS capability, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 13, 167-194.
Aligning IS
  • Coltman,T., Tallon, P., Sharma, R., Queiroz, M. (2015). Strategic IT alignment: Twenty-five years on, Journal of Information Technology (forthcoming).
  • Karpovsky, A., Galliers, R.D. (2015). Aligning in practice: From current cases to a new agenda, Journal of Information Technology (forthcoming).

ISS frameworks
  • Galliers, R.D. (2004). Reflections on Information Systems Strategizing, in The Social Study of Information and Communication Technology: Innovation, Actors, and Contexts, C Avgerou, C Ciborra & F Land, (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 231-262.
  • Galliers, R.D. (2011). Further developments in Information Systems Strategising: Unpacking the concept, in R D Galliers & W L Currie (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems: Critical Perspectives and New Directions, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 329-345
  • Karpovsky, A., Hallanoro, M., Galliers, R.D. (2014). The Process of Information Systems Strategizing: Review and Synthesis, in Information Systems and Information Technology, Computing Handbook, Volume II, H.Topi & A. Tucker (Eds.), Chapman and Hall, CRC Press.

You can download the materials hereThe pathkey to the materials will be sent for the participants on Feb 5th. If you need the pathkey earlier, contact .

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.