Disputation: Magnus Li

Doctoral candidate Magnus Li at the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, is defending the thesis Enterprise Software as Design Infrastructure for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

Picture of the candidate

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The PhD defence will be partially digital, in Kristen Nygaards sal (5370), Ole-Johan Dahls hus and streamed directly using Zoom. The host of the session will moderate the technicalities while the chair of the defence will moderate the disputation.

Ex auditorio questions: the chair of the defence will invite the attending audience at Kristen Nygaards sal to ask ex auditorio questions. 

Trial lecture

Wednesday 22. June 2022, 11:15 am in Zoom

"Practice theories as underpinning for engaged scholarship?.”

Main research findings

Generic enterprise software (ES) solutions can be found at the center of many digitalization projects in organizations but tend to fall short in addressing their particular needs. The thesis examines how ES can be designed to accommodate the specific needs of a diverse set of user organizations, and how researchers can study ES design in collaboration with relevant practitioners.

Based on the findings of an engaged scholarship research project, the thesis develops a theoretical framework to understand ES design. The framework conceptualizes two types of design processes – generic-level and implementation-level design – and the set of generic software features and knowledge resources linking the two as a design infrastructure. The framework highlights how generic-level and implementation-level design work in tandem to accommodate the needs of various user organizations. The thesis proceeds to examine conditions for addressing individual user organizations’ needs during implementation-level design and how a platform strategy affects the dynamics of ES design.

The thesis also offers a methodological contribution by conceptualizing a design lab as an approach to studying ES design. The approach involves diagnostic, design, and intervention-oriented research on generic-level and implementation-level design processes, and the resources of the design infrastructure. Different forms of engaged scholarship guide these inquiries, and are selected based on the evolving understanding of the problem and potentials for collaboration with practitioners. With this, the thesis contributes to IS conversations concerning ES design in particular and engaged scholarship in general.

Adjudication committee:


  • Professor Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Professor Johan Magnusson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Associate Professor Jo Herstad, University of Oslo, Department of informatics Norway


  • Professor Petter Nielsen, Department of Informatics, UiO
  • Associate Professor Suhas Govind Joshi. Department of Informatics, UiO


Chair of defence:

Professor Ole Hanseth


Candidate contact information: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Magnus-Li

Contact information to Department: Mozhdeh Sheibani Harat

Published June 8, 2022 10:27 AM - Last modified June 20, 2022 2:33 PM