As an Electro-Mechanics Engineer he added studies on General Management at Vlerick School, followed by a few years of working with auditing firm Andersen Consulting (Systems Dept) where he was introduced in the basics of using IT/EDP in an organizational context. In 1968 he joined at Vlerick School of Management (Ghent University) a research-team on "Innovation with IT and Organization Structure". His studies at Harvard Business School (W.McFarlan , R.Nolan, J.McKenney) led to finishing his PhD-work on "Methodologies for Evaluation of Enterprise Information Systems". In 1980, he took assignment of being a professor in the domain of "Management of the ICT-Function" at Vlerick School of Management and at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration both at the Ghent University. After teaching and researching on e-Business he finished the last part of his career by focussing on research nad teaching in the the domain of Business Process Management. He has been teaching in the 80's for several longer assignments in Asian countries such as China (China-European MBA) ,
Thailand (Asian Institute of Technology) and Indonesia (Bandung Mgmt School).
He is Board Member of Belgian Professional ICT-Association SAI. Also Chairman FBVI-FAIB where he represents Belgian Professional ICT-Associations towards IFIP and towards CEPIS including towards European Computer Drivers' License in Belgium.
Head of Research and Development at the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Apart from the on-going research and development commitments, as they relate to the IT-CMF, Stephen is focused on developing the IVI/ CC’s reputation as a leading centre for open-innovation research. This is dependent in no small way on the formation and coordination of a research community made up of academics and industry-embedded IT professionals. The ability to coordinate multiple research initiative across such a wide network will represent a significant capability rivalled by few longer established research organizations. As an academic Stephen’s research interests centre on understanding how organizations can develop effective performance-related knowledge transfer mechanisms. From a more pragmatic, action-orientated perspective Stephen has also lead research for IBM in the areas of identifying knowledge and innovation barriers within complex organizations, and developing frameworks for assessing service innovation capability. Stephen has published on the subjects of information management, knowledge transfer, service science, and service innovation in numerous academic and professional journals, such as the Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Business Strategy, the International Journal of Knowledge Management, and the European Management Journal to name a few.
Prior to joining IVI Stephen was the Deputy Director of the University of Glasgow’s Complex Service Innovation Research Network (CSIRN). In this role he was responsible for engaging with industry research partners in order to develop research initiatives around service innovation, and performance related knowledge transfer.
Prior to working with in academia, Stephen has spent over 20 years working in management positions in both the public and private sectors. His last role in Industry was with IBM, where he was responsible for the optimisation of their core fulfilment and supply chain processes across EMEA
Policy and Research Officer CEPIS
Dimitris Theodorakis holds an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and an MSc in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in the United Kingdom. Dimitris Theodorakis was a Policy Officer in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission and subsequently worked at the European Parliament as a Parliamentary Assistant. Dimitris Theodorakis joined CEPIS in 2011 in a Policy and Research Officer role. He has contributed to several European projects undertaken by CEPIS such as the EURO-INF Spread Project on the exploitation of Europe-wide Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria in European informatics higher education, and the e-Skills and ICT Professionalism Project, ultimately aimed at fostering the competences of ICT practitioners and their mobility. He will address the need to enhance the adoption of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) by the ICT sector in order to foster ICT professionalism, present the practical application tool developed by CEPIS on e-competences assessment, and the recently finished project on e-Skills and ICT Professionalism.
Economic advisor Agoria ICT
Patrick Slaets is Master of Arts in Economics from the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands). He worked for 2 years as a research assistant at the K.U.Leuven in the field of Industrial Organization on the topic "the economic dynamics of globalization".
In june 1992, he joined the economic study department of Agoria, the federation of the technological industry. He covered the business cycle analysis, the financial analysis of the annual reports, the investment and innovation effort and the structural evolution of the Belgian technological industry. He also wrote reports on the effects of the Internet on the management of technological enterprises.
In november 1999, this lead to a a new step in his career. He became economic advisor for the ICT-sector within Agoria. He worked on several topics such as innovation, e-government, education, human resources management and last but not least the ICT labor market. In 2007 and 2008, he lead the Experia-project: a campaign to help children between 10 and 14 years to experience and practice some experiments in the field of science, technology and ICT.
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The CONFENIS 2012 Conference is a joint effort of the Economic Council for East Flanders, the Ghent University and the IFIP TC8 Working Group 8.9 on Enterprise Information Systems.
The sixth International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems, CONFENIS 2012, will be held in Ghent, Belgium, September 19-21, 2012. CONFENIS, The Enterprise Information Systems International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of EIS, is a primary international event of the IFIP TC8 Working Group 8.9. This event provides an opportunity for academicians and practitioners throughout the world to gather, exchange ideas, and present original research in the field of enterprise information systems. Scientists and professionals are invited to address the current research topics in the area or the research frontier at this unique international forum.
Accepted papers will be published as full or short papers in a Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) volume by Springer. Chairman of the conference is prof. dr. Geert Poels, Professor in the rank of Senior lecturer, Department of Management Information and Operations Management, Ghent University.