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Tor J. Larsen, Ph.D., 1989
Management Information Systems
Carlson School of Management,
University of Minnesota, USA
Professor in Knowledge Management
     Faculty group of Knowledge Management
     Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
BI Norwegian Business School (former BI Norwegian School of Management)
Nydalsveien 37
0442 Oslo, Norway
Research projects
  • Development trends in (M)IS IM
  • Innovation and diffusion theory
  • Information systems effects
  • The role of UML in systems development
Work phone/mobile: (+47) 46 41 07 33
Fax:     (+47) 46 41 07 01
Other phone/mobile: (+47) 47 71 27 35
E-mail: Tor.J.Larsen@BI.NO
   

These pages were last updated August, 2013.

    Special subject areas
  • Managers' Use of Information Systems (IS)
  • Innovation, Diffusion, and Change Processes
  • Representations in Systems Development
  • IS Evaluation
  • End-user Computing

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed journals

Larsen, T.J. and Olaisen, Johan. "Innovating Strategically in Information and Knowledge Management: Applications of Organizational Behavior Theory," International Journal of Information Management, (33:5), October 2013, pp. 764-774.

Larsen, T.J. "A Multilevel Explanation of End-User Computing Satisfaction with an Enterprise Resource Planning System within an International Manufacturing Organization,"  Computers in Industry,  (60:9), December 2009, pp. 657-668.

Larsen, T.J., Sørebø, Anne, and Sørebø, Øystein. "The Role of Task-technology Fit as Users' Motivation to Continue Information System Use," Computers in Human Behavior, (25:3), May 2009, pp. 778-784.

Larsen, T. J., Niederman, Fred., Limayem, Moez., and Chan, Joyce. "The Role of Modelling in Achieving Information Systems Success: UML to the Rescue?" Information Systems Journal, (19:1), January 2009, pp. 83-117.

Deng, Xiadong, Doll, William J., Al-Gahtani, Said, Larsen, Tor J., Pearson, John M., and Raghunathan, T. S. "A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the End-User Computing Instrument: A Multi-Group Invariance Analysis," Information & Management, (45:4), June 2008, pp. 211-220.

Donnellan, B., Larsen, T.J., and Levine, Linda. Special Issue Guest Editors, introduction to "The Transfer and Diffusion of Information Technology for Organizational Resilience," Journal of Information Technology, (22:1), March 2007, pp 3-4.

Larsen, T. J. and Levine, Linda. "Searching for MIS: Coherence and Change in the Discipline," Information Systems Journal, (15:4), October 2005, pp. 357-381.

Larsen, T. J and  Sørebø, Øystein "Impact of Personal Innovativeness on the Use of the Internet Among Employees at Work," Journal of  Organizational and End User Computing, (17:2), April-June 2005, pp. 43-63. The article also appears as a chapter in Mahmood, M. Adam (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in End User Computing, Idea Group Publishing, Hersey, PA, 2006, pp. 29-53. (An early version was published in the proceedings of the IRMA International Conference, 2002, with the title "Keeping the Fingers Running: The Impact of IT Innovativeness on Job Relevant Uses of the Internet.")

Larsen, T. J and Levine, Linda  Special Issue Guest Editors, introduction to "Information Systems: Current Issues and Future Changes," The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, (30:2), Spring 1999, pp. 7-11.

Larsen, T. J. and  Wetherbe, James C. "An Exploratory Field Study of Differences in Information Technology Use Between More- and Less-Innovative Middle Managers," Information & Management, (36:2), August 1999, pp. 93-108.

Larsen, T. J.  "Middle Managers' Contribution to Implemented Information Technology Innovation," Journal of Management Information Systems, (9:4), Fall 1993, pp. 155-176.

Larsen, T. J. and Naumann, Justus D. "An Experimental Comparison of Abstract and Concrete Representations in Systems Analysis," Information & Management, (22:), January 1992, pp. 29-40.

Other journal publications

Larsen, T. J. (Published in Norwegian) "Samspillet mellom (linje)toppledere og ledere av IT-avdelinger: Innvirkning på suksess ved utvikling og bruk af informasjonssystemer," Økonomistyring & Informatik, Jurist- og Økonomiforbundets Forlag, (10:4), February 1995, pp. 231-253.

Refereed conferences

Larsen, T.J. and Levine, Linda. "Learning from Failure: Myths and Misguided Assumptions About IS Disciplinary Knowledge," in Dwivedi, Y., Henriksen H.K., Wastell, D., and De R (Eds), Proceedings of the IFIP WG8.6 Conference on Grand Successes and Failures in IT: Private and Public Sectors, Bangalore, India, June 27-29, 2013. New York: Springer, pp. 495-509.

Larsen, T.J. and Sannes, Ragnvald. "Publishing Academic Articles: The Diffusion of Intellectual Contribution from Small Local Events to the larger International Community," in Fallmyr, Terje (Ed.), Proceedings of the Eighteenth Norwegian Conference on Information Systems (NOKOBIT), Tromsø, Norway, November 21-23, 2011. Trondheim, Norway: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, pp. 131-144.

Graumann, Conny and Larsen, T.J. "Norwegian Conference on Information Systems (NCIS): The First 15 Years of Blood, Sweat, and Tears," in Moe, Carl Erik (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fifthteenth Norwegian Conference on Information Systems (NOKOBIT), Kristiansand, Norway, November 17-19, 2008. Trondheim, Norway: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, pp. 241-259..

Larsen, T. J. and Levine, Linda. "Citation Patterns in MIS: An Analysis of Exemplar Articles," in Leon, Gonzalo and DeGross, Janice (Eds.), Proceeedings of the IFIP WG8.6  Conference on Open IT-Based Innovation: Moving Towards Cooperative IT Transfer and Knowledge Diffusion, Madrid, Spain, October 22-24, 2008. New York: Springer, pp. 23-38.

Larsen, T..J. and Levine Linda "The Identity and Dynamics and Diffusion of MIS," in McMaster, Tom, Wastell, David, Ferneley, Elaine, DeGross, Janice I (Eds.), Proceedings of the IFIP WG8.6 Conference on Organisational Dynamics of Technology-Based Innovation: Diversifying the Research Agenda, Manchester, England, June 14-16, 2007. New York: Springer, pp. 163-177.

Larsen, T.J. and Levine, Linda "Panel on: The Indentity and Dynamics of MIS," with Frank Land, Michael Myers, and Robert W. Zmud in Avison, David, Elliot, Steve, Krogstie, John, and Pries-Heje, Jan (Eds.), Proceedings of the TC8 Track of 19th IFIP World Computer Congress on The Past and Future of Information Systems: 1976-2006 and Beyond, Santiago, Chile, August 20-25, 2006. New York: Springer, pp. 101-106.

Chan, Joyce, Limayem, Moez, Niederman, Fred, and Larsen, T. J. " IT Project Risk in Hong Kong," Proceedings of the Fourteenth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Göteborg, Sweden, June 12-14, 2006.

Deng, Xiaodong, Doll, William J., Al-Gahtani, Saids. S., Larsen, T. J., Pearson, John Michael, and Raghunathan, T.S. "A Cross-cultural Analysis of the End-user Computing Satisfaction Instrument: A Multi-group Invariance Analysis,"  Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Global Information Technology Management (GITM) World Conference, June 11-13, 2006, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Donnellan, Brian, Larsen, T.J., and Levine, Linda. Preface, in Donnellan Brian, Larsen, T.J., Levine, Linda, and DeGross, Janice I. (Eds.), "The Transfer and Diffusion of Information Technology for Organizational Resilience." Proceedings of the IFIP WG8.6 International Working Conference, Galway, Ireland, June 7-10, 2006. New York, Springer, pp. ix-xi.

Larsen, T. J., Niederman, Fred, Limayem, Moez, and Chan, Joyce. "UML- A Complex Technology Embedded in Complex Organizational Issues" Proceedings of the IFIP WG8.6 Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT for Organizational Resilience, Galway, Ireland, June 7-10, 2006. Springer, pp. 315-338..

Larsen, T. J., Sørebø, Øystein, Elstad, Ann-Kristin, and Gustavsen, Anita  "The Impact of Interpersonal Conflict Between Managers and Users on Information Systems Success During the Implementation of a New Information Systems," in Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2005 Information Resources Management Association International Conference on Managing Modern Organizations with Information Technology,  San Diego, CA, May  15-18, 2005. Hersey, PA: Idea Group Publishing, pp. 198-201.

Larsen, T. J. and Sørebø, Anne "The Role of Actual IS Utilization Level: Extending the Expectation-Confirmation Model of IS Continuance Intention," in Rolland, Knut H.R. (Ed.),  Proceedings of the 11th Norwegian Conference on Information Systems (NOKOBIT), Stavanger, Norway, November 29 - December 1, 2004, pp. 93-106.

Larsen, T. J. and Sørebø, Øystein "Keeping the Fingers Running: The Impact of IT Innovativeness on Job Relevant Uses of the Internet," Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2002 Information Resources Management Association International Conference on Issues and Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations, Seattle, WA, May 19-22, 2002. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing, pp. 402-406.

Larsen, T. J.  "The Phenomenon of Diffusion: Red Herrings and Future Promise," Proceedings of the IFIP WG8.6 Working Conference on Diffusing Software Product and Process Innovations, Banff, Canada, April 7-10, 2001.  Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 35-50.

Larsen, T. J. "Line Managers' Supervision of the Development and Use of  IS: Administration Through Planning and Control of IS Effects." Proceedings of the Conference on Managing Information Technology Resources in Organizations in the Next Millennium, Information Resources Management Association, Hershey, PA, 1999,  pp. 853-860.

Larsen, T. J. and Levine, Linda. Introduction -  Information Technology at the Turn of the Millennium: Past, Present, and Future Trends, in Larsen, Tor J., Lavine, Linda, and DeGross, Janice I. (Eds), "Information Systems: Current Issues and Future Changes." Proceedings of the joint IFIP WG8.2&WG8.6 Working Conference, Helsinki, December 10-13, 1998, pp. 1-10.

Larsen, T. J.  "Managers' Use of Computers: End-User Computing in Perspective." Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, Vol. III, 1991, pp. 145-152.

Books and chapters in books

Larsen, T. J. and Niederman, Fred. "Causal Mapping for the Investigation of the Adoption of UML in Information Technology Project Development," in Naraynan, V.K. and Armstrong, D.J. (Eds.), Causal Mapping for Research in Information Technology. Harrisburg, PA: Idea Group Publishing, 2005, pp. 233-262.

Larsen, T. J. "Information Systems Innovation: A Framework for Research and Practice," in Larsen, Tor J. and McGuire, Gene (Eds), Information Systems Innovation and Diffusion: Issues and Directions. Hersey, PA: Idea Group Publishing, 1998, pp. 411-434.

Larsen, T. J. "Globalization of Information Technology: Here to Stay or a Passing Fad?" in Loch, Karen (Ed), Global Information Technology Education: Issues and Trends, Harrisburg, PA: Idea Group Publishing, 1993, pp. 122-155.

Research reports and thesis

Larsen, T. J. "Managers' Use of Computers: Middle Managers'End-User Computing Levels and Support Requirements by Level of Innovativeness," unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, Minneapolis, MN,USA, 1989.

Miscellaneous

Niederman, Fred, Larsen, T. J., Limayem, Moez, and Chan, Joyce. Conceptual Mapping: A Key Methodology for 21st Century MIS Research, Gordon B. Davis Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, USA, May 13-14, 2005.

Larsen, T. J. ( in Norwegian.) Kompendium i Datamodellering for linjeledere. Oslo: BI Forlag, 2003.

A report on the business practices project with MetaGroup, Norway (in Norwegian). Fossmark, Per Martin, "I takt med parnere," Business Standard, #1, 2002, pp. 32-34.

Larsen, T. J. (published in Norwegian). "Datafagets utvikling fra Edb til E-allting: Datateknologiens innhold og rolle gjennom 32 år," i Revang, Øivind (Red), Med BI fra aftenskole til vitenskapelig høyskole: Festskrift til Gerson Komissars 80-årsdag. Bergen, Norge: Fagbokforlaget, 2000, s. 138-154.

Larsen, T. J. "Editoral Preface. Global IS/IT Research: Keeping the Pace in the Fast Lane," Journal of Global Information Technology Management, (2:4), 1999, pp.1-3.

Larsen, T. J. "The Expert's Opinion. Interview with Senior Advisor, Norsk Hydro ASA, Mr. Nils Höeg," Journal of Global Information Management, (5:4), Fall 1997, pp. 33-35.

Larsen, T. J. "Editorial Preface. Global Information Technology Utilization Trends: A Wide or Narrow Road Toward the Future?" Journal of Global Information Management, (4:2), Spring 1996, pp. 3-4.

Larsen, T. J. (published in Norwegian), "Planleggings- og kontrollverktøy for linjeledere," BI-Forum, (13:4), 1995, pp. 22-25.

Larsen, T. J. "Research Notes. MIS Research: A Norwegian Perspective," International Journal of Information Management, (14:1), February 1994, pp.69-72.

Larsen, T. J. "Editorial Preface. The Norwegian View: The Globalization Challenges of Medium Sized and Small Businesses in Small Nations," Journal of Global Information Management, (2:1), Winter 1994, pp. 3-4.

Larsen, T. J. "The Expert's Opinion. Interview with President of Administrative Systems, ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd, Mr. Lars-Göran Lemelius," Journal of Global Information Management, (2:1), Winter 1994, pp. 39-41.

Work in the review process

Larsen Tor J. and Olaisen, Johan, "Innovating Strategically in Organizational Information and Knowledge Management Systems: Organizational Behavior and its Theories to the Rescue?"

Larsen, T.J. and Levine, Linda. "Citation Patterns in MIS and Referencing Disciplines."

Work in the writing stage

Larsen, T.J., "Organizational Information and Knowledge Management Systems Innovation: Directions for Research."


DOCTORAL AND EVALUATION COMMITTEE WORK

2006-
2011 Faculty member of the Hamburg IS Doctoral Consortium (HISDoC 2011), Sylt, Germany, September 19-21, 2011.
2006 Faculty mentor for the Irish Chapter of  Association of Information Systems Workshop for Researchers, Galway, Ireland, June 7, 2006.
2006
Local chair of the EURAM 2006 Doctoral Colloquium, Oslo, Norway, May 16, 2006.
2005-
2011 Ph.D. candidate Christoffer Whales viva on "Demands, Designs and Decisions about Evaluation: On the Evaluation of Postgraduate Programmes for School Leadership Development in Norway and England," evaluation committee chair, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway, May 26.
2010 Ph.D. candidate Etty Ragnhild Nilsen viva on "Opportunities for Learning and Knowledge Creation in Practice," evaluation committee chair, BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway, February 12.
2007
Ph.D. candidate Tom McMaster viva on "The Illusion of Diffusion in Information Systems Research," external examinator, University of Salford, Manchester, England, November 1.
Doctoral student Hanne Karlsen preliminary thesis defence on "Dynamics of Organisational Identity and Change in the Field of Higher Education," member of evaluation committee, Oslo, September 6.
2006 Doctoral student Christopher Wales preliminary thesis defence on "Acting Less than Rationality? Investigating Decisions About the Evaluation of School Leadership Training Programmes in Norway and England," member of evaluation committee, Oslo, September 21.
2005 Doctoral student Etty Nilsen preliminary thesis defence on "Creating Cafés, not Libraries: How to Manage Knowledge when Knowledge cannot be Captured and Stored,". member of evaluation committee.
1999-
2011 Chair of Assessment Committee for the position of adjunct Full Professor or adjunct Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
2009 Member of Assessment Committee for the position of Full Professor at the Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH), Oslo, Norway.
2005 Invited evaluation for the position of Associate Professor at Department of Management Information Systems, Fogelman College of Business & Economics, University of Memphis, USA.
1999 Chair of Assessment Committee for the position of Associate Professor in Management Information Systems, Norwegian School of Management.
1997-2010
Norwegian School of Management, Doctoral Committee, associate dean for Ph.D. program in Leadership and Organizational Management, member.

JOURNAL AFFILIATIONS
 
2012-
Computers & Education, Reviewer.
2011-
Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Reviewer.
2010-
Computers in Industry, Reviewer.
2006-
European Journal of Information Systems, Reviewer.
2006-
Information Systems Journal, Reviewer.
2006-2007
Information & Management, Member of Editorial Board.
2003-2006
Journal of Organizational and End-user Computing, Reviewer.
2003-2010
Journal of Database Management,  Reviewer.
1999- Information Systems Research, Reviewer.
1997-2000 Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Associate Editor.
1997-2002 Computer Personnel, Member of Editoral Board.
1993- Journal of Management Information Systems, Reviewer.
1992-1997  The Journal of Global Information Management, Associate Editor.
1989-  Management Information Systems Quarterly
1996-1999 Associate Editor.
1989-         Reviewer.

CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
 
2005
EURAM (European Academy of Management Conference)
2000-2003 IRMA (Information Resources Management Association) International Conference, program committee member
  • 2000, Anchorage: with Davison, Robert, Dhillon, Gurpreet, Loch, Karen, and Kamel, Sherif. Panel discussion on Ethical issues in Cyber Teaching.
1998- ECIS (European Conference on Information Systems)
  • 2011, Helsinki, Finland: Track on Research Methods: Associate Editor.
  • 2000, Vienna:
    • with Finnegan, Pat, Galliers, Robert D., and Jarvenpaa, Sirkka L. Panel discussion on Integrating e-business, knowledge management and policy considerations within an Information Systems Strategy framework." Panel Chair.
    • Track on IS Strategy: Associate Editor.
  • 1999, Copenhagen:Associate Editor for case research track
1997 International Conference on the Dynamics of Strategy - keynote speaker on IS Strategy
1993- Norwegian Conference on Information Systems - NOKOBIT (a local event) 
  • Member of Steering Committee 1993-2007.
  • Discussant and reviewer
1992- International Conference on Information Systems - ICIS, reviewer. 
1992- International Federation of Information Processing - IFIP 
  • WG8.6 Transfer and Diffusion of Information Technology
    • 2007 - 2012 Vice Chair
    • 2006 Program co-chair with Brian Donnellan of the WG8.6 Working Conference, Galway, Ireland, June 7-10.
    • 1998 Program co-chair with Levine, Linda of the WG8.2&WG8.6 Working Conference, Helsinki
    • 1994 - Member, program committee member, discussant, and reviewer
  • WG8.2 The interaction of information systems and the organisation
    • 2005 Oasis Session chair, Washington D.C.
    • 2000 Session chair
    • 1992 - Member, discussant, and reviewer

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS MEMBERSHIP
 
 
1994- Association for Information Systems - AIS
1995-
1992-
Full member of IFIP WG8.6 on Transfer and Diffusion of IT.
Full member of IFIP WG8.2 on  Information Systems and Organizations.
1992-2002 Information Resources Management Association - IRMA 
  • World Representatitive
1989-2003 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences - TIMS

BOARD, COMMITTEES, ETC. MEMBERSHIP

The Norwegian School of Management



ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Full time employment
 
2007-
Norwegian Business School
Professor in Knowledge Management
2007-2010
Norwegian School of Management
Executive Vice President Research and Academic Resources
1989-2007 Norwegian School of Management Associate Professor 
1982-1984  Norwegian School of Management,  Assistant Professor 
1978-1982  Norwegian School of Management,  Senior Lecturer 
1975-1978  Norwegian School of Management,  General Manager
1972-1974  Norwegian School of Management,  Project Manager and Senior Systems Analyst 
1971-1972  Norwegian School of Management,  Programmer 

Part time and temporary engagements
 
2011 Lancaster University Management School, Department of Management Science, England: Honorary Research Fellow, August - December.
The University of Sydney Business School, Discipline of Business Information Systems: Visting Professor, June.
2004-2007
Norwegian School of Management: Head of Department of Leadership and Organizational Management.
2001-2002 St. Louis University, John Cook School of Business, Department of Decision Sciences and Information Technology Management, MO, USA: Visiting Professor
2000-2001 Norwegian School of Management. Area Head, Department of Technology Management.
1996-1998 University of Oslo, Department of Informatics, Systems Development Group: Adjunct Associate Professor.
1991-1994 Bodo Graduate School of Business :Adjunct Associate Professor.


AWARDS
 
2000: Information Resources Management Association (IRMA): Organizational Service Award for contributions as World Representative.
1999: With Ragnvald Sannes nominated by the NSM President's award committee to the 1999 "teacher's price" for innovative use of the web in curriculum development and course delivery.
1990: Elected "teacher of the year" by popular vote among students in the four year full time business administration program. 
1989: Awarded "Students' Rose" for innovative development of the basic two-semester course in Management Information Systems in the four year full time business administration program. 
1986-1988: Graduate School of the University of Minnesota, funded by "Torske Klubben" of Minnesota. Fellowship. 
1986-1988:  The Royal Norwegian Council for Industrial Research, Oslo, Norway. Fellowship. 


TEACHING

Program co-ordinator for the Master of Science Major in Information Technology Management.

Over the years I have taught various courses on almost every level, for example (for details about present portfolio, see the web.):


PRESENTATIONS, SEMINARS, AND TALKS

I give short presentations for special audiences, in-house seminars, practitioner seminars, etc - for example: