Espen Andersen is an Associate Professor with the Department of Strategy and Logistics at the Norwegian Business School (www.bi.no), where he leads the Technology Strategy Research Center. Based in Oslo, Norway, he has done research on topics such as technology disruption, information access technologies, technology strategy, mobile business, electronic commerce, knowledge management, learning technologies, digital business strategy and CIO-CEO interaction. He has worked as a Research Affiliate with Computer Sciences Corporation Research Services and as the European Research Director for The Concours Group (later nGenera Corporation.)
Andersen holds a degree of Doctor of Business Administration in management information systems from Harvard Business School. He has consulted on technology and strategy issues for a wide range of large organisations in the United States, Europe, and Australia, and is a frequent speaker on technology and strategic management topics. He has published academic and practitioner-oriented articles and is a frequent contributor to ongoing debates about technology and society. He has been a visiting scholar at Bentley University and MIT Center for Information System Research and given guest lectures and courses at many universities.
Espen writes two blogs; Applied Abstractions (appliedabstractions.com, in English) and Tversover (tversover.com, in Norwegian). He welcomes visits to his virtual office at www.espen.com. In his spare time, he spends time with his family, reads, enjoys wine and avoids physical activity.
Since November 2008 Prof. Dr. Nils Balke works as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck. Here her focuses on Controlling, Investment Theory and Finance. He was elected as vice dean of the department of mechanical engineering and business administration in 2012.
Before, Dr. Balke worked in the E.ON Group: In the department of Corporate Controlling of the E.ON AG he was responsible for the valuation of corporations in major acquisition projects and for the development of planning and controlling systems applied in the whole E.ON Group. After that he became head of planning and reporting of E.ON Ruhrgas E&P GmbH, a subsidiary of E.ON AG.
Prior his industrial career Dr. Balke studied in a Ph.D. program with the major controlling at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, where he also worked as a teaching and research assistant. Dr. Balke achieved his first academic degrees from the University of Karlsruhe (Master in Management and Engineering Sciences) and from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (M. Sc. in Industrial Engineering).
Degree studies in Jurisprudence at the universities of Hamburg and Munich.
Admitted to the bar since 1995, initially in the law firm of Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partners, Düsseldorf, since 1997 at Eisenführ Speiser, Hamburg, Partner.
Rainer Böhm’s main fields of activity are trademark law and the law of marks and signs, IT law, Internet/multimedia law, outsourcing, patent law/know-how law, advertising law and competition law. He has special expertise in the field of licensing law, including anti-trust law. His activities in the patent law field mainly pertain to international litigation, especially in the USA and India.
Johan Botes specialises in matters relating to the negotiation of ship sales, shipbuilding contracts, and charter parties. He also has experience in dealing with shipping disputes, in particular disputes relating to shipbuilding contracts and charter parties.
Johan Botes studied law (B.A. LL.B.) at the Universiteit van Stellenbosch (South Africa) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He also holds an LL.M. degree from the Shipping Law Unit of the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He wrote his doctoral thesis on marine insurance law at the University of Hamburg.
During this period he worked at a Hamburg shipping law firm and thereafter returned to Cape Town to qualify and practice as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa at a renowned shipping law firm. Johan Botes joined Ehlermann Rindfleisch Gadow in March 2009. He is admitted as an Attorney in South Africa and as a solicitor in England and Wales. He is a member of the Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer, the German South African Lawyers Association and the Maritime Lawyers Association of South Africa.
Jana Costas is Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics , Europa-Universität Viadrina. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has been awarded a European Marie Curie fellowship. Her research focuses on culture, identity, control and leadership. She is currently working on her ethnographic study, "Cleaning Work: Life in the Corporate Underworld of Berlin." Her book "Secrecy at Work: The Hidden Architecture of Organizational Life" (with Chris Grey) will be published by Stanford University Press in 2016.
Prof. Dr. Barbara Dinter is Chair of Information Systems - business process and information management at Chemnitz University of Technology. For many years she has focused in research and teaching on topics of business intelligence and analytics. In the past she has also worked as a principal consultant in many projects. Her current research area includes in particular big data management.