Senior Editor: Eric Monteiro

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023


Research background and interests

I am broadly interested in socially informed studies of digitalization in our professional and personal life-worlds. Digital technologies regularly come with considerable expectations. To me, empirically grounded analysis of the conditions (organizational, institutional, technological, cultural, political, ecosystem) for the uptake of technology is crucial. Technological determinism, in any shape or form, is problematic.

In my own work, I have studied processes of digitalization across different domains (public and private), levels (individual, group, organization and society) and technologies (e.g. collaborative tools, enterprise systems, IoT, data science). My work is characterized by drawing out emergent, unintended consequences of digitalization with a preference for longitudinal research designs and process-oriented theoretical lenses.

Research methodologies

My expertise and interest are predominately with qualitative (interpretative and critical) research approaches drawing on methods such as:

  • case study
  • ethnography
  • action research
  • grounded theory
  • discourse analysis

I am interested in compelling use of mixed methods combining qualitative and quantitative methods, not the least motivated by the ongoing datafication of society.

Personal style and preferences

I am a phenomenon-oriented researcher. Research targets significant, intriguing empirical phenomena that lack adequate theoretical understanding, thriving on the generative tensions. The field of IS does not own the phenomenon of digitalization. As a consequence, IS needs to engage with ideas, theories and insights from social science, science and technology studies, anthropology and cultural theory even more than is has done to date.

I believe pre-screening submissions before mobilizing the review team is crucial to economize the resources of a journal. And when making judgment calls in my editorial work, relevance trumps rigor.

Email: eric.monteiro@ntnu.no