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Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan

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Arbetar vid Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap
Telefon 08-16 16 74
E-post gideon@dsv.su.se
Besöksadress Nodhuset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12
Postadress Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap 164 07 Kista

Om mig

Gideon is a PhD candidate and researcher at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University. His study is financed by DSV and the Swedish Research School of Management and Information Technology (MIT). In his doctoral research, Gideon investigates the influence of different forms of organisational structure on IT Alignment within the context of public organisations. He is also interested in exploring how IT Alignment contributes to the successful digital transformation undertaken by today's organisations.  

Publikationer

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  • 2019. Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan, King Solomon Hailemariam, Workshet Lamenew Debay. MCIS 2019

    Business-IT Alignment (BITA), one of the widely explored topics in the IS research domain, remains to be challenging. The extant literature provides a long list of factors that need to be managed appropriately to achieve and maintain BITA. Among other things, both the intra-organisational as well as external factors, are found to determine whether organisations succeed to achieve BITA or not. However, previous BITA studies have been criticised for focusing on investigating a few industries and contextual factors in developed countries. This case study is aimed at addressing the lack of BITA studies in developing countries. The data was collected at a bank in Ethiopia through interviews with business as well as IT leaders. The study employed thematic analysis, which revealed several barriers to BITA. Business and IT leaders may find the result of the study invaluable to plan activities that might over- come BITA barriers and improve BITA maturity.

  • 2019. Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan, Lazar Rusu. International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy 10 (1)

    The lack of adoption of eGovernment by citizens has been cited to be one of the reasons for failures of most eGovernment initiatives. A systematic literature review was conducted to shade light on the current status of the research in this area with a focus on the research goals, research design, research strategies,scientific theories used and research methods. Major databasesindexing reputable journals in information systems and e-government area were searched by using keywords to collect relevant articles for analysis. A total of 19 articles were identified which indicated that empirical studies with survey asresearch strategy and questionnaires as a data collection method dominatesthe publications list while the use of case studies as research strategy was found to be scarce. The review has also highlighted several limitations related to the choice of research methods and its implication on furthering the understanding of the research on this topic.

  • 2018. Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan, Lazar Rusu, Erik Perjons. International Journal of IT - Business Alignment and Governance 9 (2)

    Despite the long list of cumulative research, business-IT alignment remains to be evasive for practitioners and researchers. As organizations continue to spend a significant amount of their resources on IT to improve the variety and quality of services, achieving and maintaining business-IT alignment is a timely issue. Studies indicate that organizational structure, among other factors, plays an important role on whether organizations succeed in achieving business-IT alignment. A systematic literature review is conducted to provide an overview of previous studies as well as point out possible future research directions. A total of 31 articles were identified and included in the review. The findings indicate that there are few studies poised to address the lack of knowledge on how the formal/informal organizational structure's influence on business-IT alignment. The study presents a summary of previous findings on organizational structure's influence on business-IT alignment and identifies potential future research directions.

  • 2018. Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan (et al.). International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy 9 (1)

    Business-IT alignment (BITA) continues to attract the interest of researchers and practitioners. Literature review reveals that the focus of past studies was investigated BITA mostly at (1) strategic level, in (2) private and commercial organisations, and in (3) developed countries. Thus, making a generalisation from these findings is difficult. The current study is aimed at shading light on the barriers of BITA based on a case study in a public organisation like The Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria. The data was collected through semi-structured email interviews from business and IT managers as well as IT officers and also from internal organisational documents too. The data collected has been analysed using thematic analysis and has revealed six BITA barriers at tactical and operational levels like previous IT failures, lack of feedback mechanism, organisational structure, lack of standard infrastructure, insufficient time to acquire knowledge, and poor communication between the mangers.

  • 2018. Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan, Lazar Rusu. International Journal of IT - Business Alignment and Governance 9 (2)

    Despite being one of the widely researched topics, information technology governance (IT governance) in the context of public organizations is less explored. A systematic literature review is conducted to provide an overview of the current status of the research area and propose future research directions. Databases indexing the reputable journals and top conference proceedings in the information systems area were searched to collect articles for analysis. A total of 109 relevant articles were identified and included in the analysis of the literature review. The findings of the literature are presented according to the research questions, and potential research directions are proposed.

  • 2018. Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan. BIR Short Papers, Workshops and Doctoral Consortium, 375-386

    Despite the long list of cumulative research on business-IT alignment, researchers and practitioners argue that it remains to be evasive. On the other hand, business-IT alignment is found to be associated with improved overall organizational performance. As today’s organizations continue to spend a significant amount of their resources on IT to improve the variety and quality of services, achieving and maintaining business-IT alignment is a timely issue that needs to be addressed. Studies indicate that organizational structure, among other factors, plays an important role in whether organizations succeed in achieving business-IT alignment. A systematic literature is conducted to provide an overview of previous studies as well as point out possible future research directions. Databases indexing reputable journals and conference proceedings in the information systems research domain were searched. A total of 21 articles were identified and included in the review. The findings indicate that there are few studies poised to address the lack of knowledge on how the formal/informal organizational structures influence business-IT alignment. Empirical studies are needed to settle the debate on which types of organizational structures contribute to achieving business-IT alignment in today’s organizations. The study presents a summary of previous findings and proposes potential future research directions.

  • 2018. Workneh Yilma Ayele, Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan. BIR Short Papers, Workshops and Doctoral Consortium, 415-420

    Since the term was coined in the 1970s, debriefing has been associated with military campaigns, critical incidents and accidents. Debriefing has also been used in the health sector and educational settings particularly experience-based learning. However, the application of debriefing for knowledge management is a recent phenomenon which did not attract the attention of many researchers. As knowledge management is considered to be one of the important issues for today’s firms, our understanding of the available tools that could be used to improve the identification, creation and sharing of knowledge in an organization is necessary and timely. The use of debriefing as a simple, straightforward tool which requires the deployment of resources that are available within the boundaries of organization—knowledge, skill and expertise of employees—is acknowledged. However, there is still a lack of knowledge on how organizations can successfully design, plan and execute debriefing to manage knowledge. This paper is poised to provide an overview of studies on debriefing through the lens of knowledge management. The study contributes to the information systems discipline by revealing the significance of debriefing for effective knowledge management practice based on literature review of previous studies. The study also provides potential future research directions. 

  • 2018. Vincent Fremont, Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan. BIR Short Papers, Workshops and Doctoral Consortium, 399-404

    Since its inception about a decade ago, practitioners and researchers alike have been drawn to the blockchain technology vibe. Advocates of blockchain argue that the technology is taking us to truly ‘trust-free’ transactions. A long list of applications of blockchain has also been proposed in a relatively short period of time. However, a closer look into the literature reveals two shortcomings. To start with, the substantial proportion of the research on blockchain has focused on addressing the technical aspects of blockchain—design and features— as well as legal issues. However, there is a lack of knowledge on how blockchain technology can be used to solve practical problems faced by organizations in different sectors and industries—measurement and value, trust, management and organization. The state-of-the-art also shows that there is a dominance of conceptual and design-oriented research paradigms. To address this gap and respond to the calls for further research, this paper presents a research plan for a longitudinal case study to investigate whether blockchain technology can affect the way organizations conduct their business relationships.

  • 2017. Lazar Rusu, Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan. Information Technology Governance in Public Organizations, 27-57

    IT alignment is one of the widely researched topics in the information systems research area and continue to be a top management concern. However, IT alignment in the context of public organizations is still less explored. A systematic literature review is conducted to provide an overview of the current status of the research in this area and the possible future research directions. Major databases and top conference proceedings in information systems and e-government area were searched by using key words to collect articles for analysis. Finally, a total of 58 articles were identified and included in the literature review. The findings of this study indicate case study research as the most preferred research method. But due to the small numbers of public organizations explored in these studies the results are problematic for generalisation. Apart from these findings we have identified and discussed the research concepts addressed in IT alignment in public organizations studies that were categorized using the dimensions of Strategic Alignment Maturity model. The findings of this study have revealed some potential future research directions that have been less explored like organizational culture, organizational politics, social interaction, and informal organizational structure influence on IT alignment in public organizations.

  • 2018. Vasilis Koulolias (et al.).

    Today’s large flows of information create new challenges for government administrations. In the age of social media, it is not surprising, given the real-time nature of social media outlets that government agencies as well as non-governmental organisations use these means to ensure immediate awareness in cases of breaking events, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. However, along with valid information misinformation has been found to be transmitted in social media even during crisis and emergency situations. Misinformation is a common problem in all media, but is exacerbated in digital social media due to the speed and ease with which it can be spread. Furthermore, at this speed, providing countervailing corrective information in a timely manner is even more challenging. The social web enables people to spread information rapidly without confirmation of truth.

    Digital disruption through misinformation highlights the need for national governments to create an inclusive, transparent and accountable digital sphere to address this phenomenon.

    The main challenges and potential solutions for governments and citizens are examined in this report by ICA, eGovlab of Stockholm University, the Open University in UK and the OECD.

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