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SIMS Research - Visiting Academics

Current Visitors

Prof Karlheinz Kautz
Professor in Systems Development & Software Engineering,
Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School

Visit: July–December 2005

This is Professor Kautz’s first visit to Monash as a visiting academic.

Prior to his Professorship in Informatics in Denmark, Professor Kautz has been employed as a senior researcher at the Norwegian Computing Center and as a lecturer at universities in Germany , Norway, England and Denmark. He is the chairman of the IFIP TC8 WG 8.6 on Diffusion, Transfer, and Implementation of Information Technology.

His research interests are in systems development and system development methodologies in practice, the diffusion and adoption of information technology innovations, knowledge management, especially in the IT industry and software quality and process improvement. He has published in these areas in journals like Information and Software Technology, Information, Technology & People, the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, Software Process: Improvement and Practice, IEEE Software, Journal of Knowledge Management, the Journal of Information Systems, the Journal of Informing Science, the Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applications.
He is an editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Information System, and associate editor of Information Technology & People as well as an editorial board member of several other IS journals. He is a member of AIS , ACM and IEEE.
In the first half of 2005 Professor Kautz was a guest of the University of New South Wales, School of Information Systems, Technology & Management; and in the second half of the year, he is Visiting Professor here at the Caulfield School of Information Technology, Monash University.

The primary objective of his research is to achieve a better understanding of information systems development in practice. Appreciating ISD less as a technical, than as a social work process performed within organisational and structures and with organisational and managerial challenge, he focuses on ISD and the utilisation of development methods as knowledge intensive, innovative activities in which continuous process improvement takes place based on learning from daily practice.

Planned Visits

Short visits in October 2005, by Professor Ketelaar, Professor Anne Gilliland-Swetland, and Richard Marciano.


Former Visitors

Prof Eric Ketelaar
Professor of Archivistics
University of Amsterdam
Honorary Professor
School of Information Management and Systems
Monash University
Visit: 8 July – 12 August 2004

This is Professor Ketelaar’s first visit to Monash as an Honorary Professor, however it continues his long collaboration with members of the Records Continuum Research Group within SIMS.

Professor Ketelaar’s interests and expertise encompass a wide range of topics including archival policies and law, professional ethics and standards, electronic records, and social and cultural archivistics. This latter area forms the theme of his visit – exploring aspects of the societal and cultural role of archives.

During his visit Professor Ketelaar led a number of seminars for postgraduate students, staff, and industry. A highlight was the three day intensive professional development workshop in early August involving Professor Ketelaar and other Australian and international presenters.

For more information about Professor Ketelaar’s research interests see


Dr Jacques Ajenstat
Department of Management and Technology
Business School
University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
Visiting: Feb - Jun 2004

The objectives for Prof. Ajenstat's sabbatical at Monash University were to:
- Develop teaching material in Knowledge Management (KM) within Decision Technologies courses at the University of Quebec at Montreal.
- Expand the research framework for Virtual Decision Making using agents for wireless mobility functionality in supporting option-based stock market portfolio decisions.
- Explore opportunities for establishing formal links for a North-South poles academic collaboration with a specific focus on on-line material delivery.

Professor Randy Stoecker
University of Toledo, U.S.A.
Visiting: 10 - 25 June 2004

Prof. Stoecker is the moderator and editor of COMM-ORG: The Online Conference on Community Organizing and Development, and author of Defending Community: The
Struggle for Alternative Redevelopment in Cedar-Riverside.

Professor Scott Robinson
University Metropolitana, Mexico City
Visiting: 14 - 20 June 2004

Prof. Robinson has coordinated a Community Telecentre project in Mexico for the
Canadian International Development Research Centre. He writes about community informatics issues and has made films and videos about social development questions (most recently,Telecentros en America Latina)


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