Lars Mathiassen is Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Professor at the Computer Information Systems Department and Co-Founder of Center for Process Innovation at Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. His research focuses on development of information services, on IT-enabled innovation of business processes, and on management and facilitation of organizational change processes. He approaches innovation and improvement initiatives with a strong focus on people skills and collaboration while at the same time emphasizing adoption of state-of-the-art technologies and methods. The philosophy underlying much of his research is discussed in Reflective Systems Development.
Lars has co-authored several books on the subject including Professional Systems Development, Computers in Context: The Philosophy and Practice of Systems Design, Object Oriented Analysis & Design, and Improving Software Organizations: From Principles to Practice. He has also published extensively in leading academic and practitioner journals, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Journal of Association for Information Systems, Health Services Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Information Systems Journal, Information, Technology & People, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Systems and Software, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Software, and several others. He was one of the co-founders of Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, he has served as senior editor for MIS Quarterly, he currently serves as senior editor for Journal of Information Technology and for Information & Organization, and he also serves on the editorial boards of Information Systems Journal, Information, Technology & People, and Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.
Lars has supervised more than 30 doctoral dissertations and more than 100 masters theses. He has served as visiting scholar at Warwick Business School (UK), London School of Economics (UK), Institute Theseus (France), the Viktoria Institute (Sweden), and Umeå University (Sweden). He has taught degree and non-degree programs on all levels of university education, he is a frequently invited speaker at national and international meetings for both academic and practitioner audiences, and he has extensive experience conducting seminars and workshops for industry. Lars currently serves as academic director of the Executive Doctorate Program at J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
Lars’ research has for the most part been carried out in close collaboration with practicing professionals and their organizations. That has led to development of a practice oriented research approach documented as Collaborative Practice Research in Information, Technology & People (2002). The research has been based on close partnerships with companies within a variety of industries including banking, insurance, hospitals, shipyards, car manufacturers, information technology, electronic equipment, pharmaceuticals, and software.