Researching Emerging Technologies in Information Systems


Clubroom Alvar, Lozz Building (on-site), University of Jyväskylä (address: Keskussairaalantie 4, Jyväskylä)



Registration is open until November 10th .


Juho Lindman, Associate professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Research Fellow, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


In this seminar, we will describe how to conduct successful frontier research on emerging information systems with topics such as blockchain or Self-Sovereign Identity. We will consider how to build relevant early networks in industry and the public sector to support this research effort and how to communicate the early results of the research. The course is designed for Ph.D. students in all stages of their studies engaged in digital innovation research in information systems or closely related fields, but should also be of interest to a broader audience. Specifically, we focus on research on the “bleeding edge,” including novel and emerging non-mature technologies, where opportunities, but also challenges, are significant. However, please note that participants do not need to focus on “bleeding edge tech”—emerging technology research can help to tell us a lot about these technologies. As group work, participants can work on their own cases or data or on a provided case (by organisers).

The Swedish Center for Digital Innovation in Riksgränsen, Sweden, organized an earlier version of this seminar in spring 2022 as a smaller module for the international doctoral course of Frontiers in Digital Innovation Research.

Detailed program

Nov 21.: (Lecturer: Juho Lindman – Associate Professor – University of Gothenburg)

09:00 – 12:00

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Emerging technologies – what are they conceptually?
  • Emerging technologies – how to research them in IS
  • Emerging technologies – examples and seminal papers


13:30 – 16:00

  • Exercise: Preparing to write a conceptual or empirical HICSS manuscript on emerging technology (in groups)
  • Workshop: Group work on a manuscript


  • Social hour


Nov 22: (Lecturer: Juho Lindman – Associate Professor – University of Gothenburg)

09:00 – 12:00

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Emerging technologies research – how to publish on emerging tech in IS
  • Emerging technologies – how to build networks when tech is not yet there
  • Emerging technologies – how to communicate research results when there is a lot of hype


13:30 – 17:00

  • Around the table: checking the status of the groups
  • Group work
  • Facetime with experts
  • Workshop: finalizing and preparing to present the group work



Nov 23: (Lecturer: Juho Lindman – Associate Professor – University of Gothenburg)

08:00 – 13:30

  • Workshop: final presentations for the group work
  • Facetime with experts
  • Summary, concluding remarks, and future avenues

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 3 credit points. This requires participating and completing the assignments, including the group work).

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.