Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems


Welcome to the first issue of volume 30 of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. First of all, we would like to thank all the authors, reviewers and readers of our journal. We also want to thank Bendik Bygstad for his work as editor during four years and welcome our new editor from Norway, Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou from University of Agder. For volume 30, Magnus Bergquist takes the editor-in-chief role. Jacob Nørbjerg has done a fantastic job as production editor. This issue premieres the new, more web adapted template for the journal.

This issue of the journal features two research papers. The papers represent two important aspects of the Scandinavian research tradition: understanding how practices unfold as a new technology enters a professional field; and challenges related to user involvement in the design of new information technologies.

Kathrine Stampe Vinther and Sune Dueholm Müller studied the uptake of Google Glass in four Danish agricultural organizations from a socio-materiality perspective. They show the role of temporality in technology work-practice co-evolution using the perspective of imbrication. They conclude that an in-depth understanding of the relationship between users’ experiences of prior technologies, current use, and future expectations, has implications for the evaluation of a design.

Susanne Lindberg presents a study of wicked design problems in a challenging context: the design of e-health technology for people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Using a grounded theory approach the research identifies four wicked problems in the design of e-health technologies that create struggles and counteractions as well as contradictions. The author concludes that wicked problems in sensitive design contexts are interrelated, generating high complexity. It is this complexity as a whole that makes up the wickedness of the sensitive design situation, which poses particular challenges for how to involve vulnerable users in design.

We hope that you will find the contributions in this issue interesting. We look forward to receiving your best, most challenging and interesting papers with a view to publishing them in the Scandinavian IS research community’s own journal – the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.

Magnus Bergquist, Helle Zinner Henriksen, Arto Ojala and Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou