Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems


Welcome to the first issue of volume 28 of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. As is customary, there have been changes to the editorial board following the rotational principles of the journal: Helle Zinner Henriksen has replaced Jacob Nørbjerg as the Danish member of the editorial board, and Netta Iivari is now the editor-in-chief. We would like to thank Jacob for his services to the journal and to welcome Helle to the team. On the other hand, we are happy to still have Jacob as part of the team—continuing to serve as the journal’s production editor.

This issue of the journal features four research papers of which three are fast-tracked papers from the sixth Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems (SCIS 2015). SCIS 2015 highlighted the Scandinavian tradition for studying information systems, particularly the emphasis on users: design for users, with users, and by users. Five papers were invited to submit a revised and expanded version to the journal and three of them are published in this issue. All papers engage with the Scandinavian tradition in information systems, particularly they all examine some aspects of participation and design.

Suhas Govind Joshi and Tone Bratteteig examine participatory design with senior users. They describe how they enabled and facilitated user participation in the process and how users actually influenced the design result. They emphasize taking into account users’ capacities as well as recruiting, timing, continuity, representativity, and immediacy when facilitating participation of old users.

Roman Lukyanenko, Jeffrey Parsons, Yolanda Wiersma, Renee Sieber and Mahed Maddah examine participatory design in connection with user-generated content systems. They discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with participatory design in organization-directed user-generated content development, and identify interesting paths for future research, including research on participatory design.

Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou, Miria Grisot and Margunn Aanestad study the design of health related electronic services. They utilize the lens of service design in their examination and suggest that the design of services for patient-provider interactions requires reconsidering the relationships going beyond the digital solution part, flexibility allowing user-defined tailoring of digital solutions, support of continuity in user involvement and creative exploitation of the regulatory constraints.

In addition to the three fast-tracked articles from SCIS 2015, a paper by Sultana Lubna Alam and John Campbell is included in this issue. This article examines motivations of organizations for crowdsourcing, taking into account the temporal aspect. Their study shows the goals that motivated crowdsourcing were dynamic and changing throughout the implementation of the project. The motivations also ranged from a cost reduction to improving access, acquiring external expertise, and facilitating social engagement.

We hope that you find this issue interesting. We look forward to receiving your best papers with a view to publishing them in the Scandinavian IS community’s own journal—the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.

Netta Iivari, Bendik Bygstad, Magnus Bergquist and Helle Zinner Henriksen



Participatory Design for User-generated Content: Understanding the challenges and moving forward
Roman Lukyanenko, Jeffrey Parsons, Yolanda Wiersma, Renee Sieber, and Mahed Maddah