Jan Pries-Heje

Jan Pries-Heje

Honorary Professor

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Building: 3C14

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I am Full Professor in Information Systems at Roskilde University, Denmark. Furthermore I was appointed honorary professor ( ‘Adjungeret Professor’) in Information Systems at the IT University of Copenhagen in 2012. I have more than 20 years of experience working as Project and Research manager and doing research in IT and project management. I hold M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Copenhagen Business School. I am certified ISO 9000 auditor, certified in the Belbin team role model, and Bootstrap maturity assessor. Currently I am undertaking a project to study agile project management in several companies. I am also doing several design science research studies. I recently finished another project called SourceIT focusing on virtual and distributed projects. Prior to that I have studied and written on internet speed projects, estimation and risk management, enterprise architecture, IT strategy and maturity. Teaching languages: Danish/English.

Education and training


Ph.D. from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Title of dissertation: “Metoder og værktøjer til udvikling af edb-systemer” (“Methods and tools for developing software”)



M.Sc. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


Main employment



Full Professor in Information Systems, Roskilde University, Denmark. Head of the User Driven IT Innovation Research Group.



Associate Professor, The IT University of Copenhagen, Department of Design and Use of IT, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.


Other employments



“Adjungeret Full Professor”, The IT University of Copenhagen.



Full Professor in Software Engineering and Management, The IT University of Gothenburg. Responsible for research and teaching in Software Engineering and Management.



Associate Professor in applied Informatics, Department of Informatics, CopenhagenBusinessSchool. Denmark.



Consultant in Best Software Practice at DELTA Software Engineering.



Software developer in the company Courseware Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Research and teaching information

Studies abroad:


Visiting at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, from August 2006 to May 2007.



Visiting Professor at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, from June 2000 to July 2001.



Visiting Scholar at New York State University in Binghamton, New York.


Experience besides teaching and academic service:


Head of Studies, Master in Project Management and Process Improvement, Roskilde University.



Head of User Driven IT Innovation Research Group (”Forsknings-gruppeleder”), Dept. of Communication, Business & IT, Roskilde University.



Study Line leader (“Linieleder”) from September 2001, for the Software Engineering Study Line at the IT University of Copenhagen. This involved responsibility for approximately 8 external lecturers, 12 courses and 200 students. From 2003 also study program leader for the diploma education (“diplomuddannelsen”) at the IT University of Copenhagen.



Study program leader (“Studieleder”) from April 1998 to January 2000, for the Computer Science and Business Administration study program at CopenhagenBusinessSchool. This involved responsibility for a Secretariat with 2,5 employees, approximately 80 teachers, and 600 students.



Danish Project Leader for the SMILE Project. A project financed by the European Union under the ESSI-programme. In the SMILE-project we developed a multi media CD-ROM on software quality and process improvement. In Denmark in the project I had four people employed. The CD-ROM was distributed to 3000 people in Europe in November 1998.



Passed exam as Quality Lead Auditor in the ISO 9000-quality standard, October 1997.



Passed exam as Bootstrap Assessor, February 1996.



Study program leader (“Studienævnsformand”) from July 1995 to January 1996 for the Computer Science and Business Administration study program (“DØK”) at the CopenhagenBusinessSchool.



Responsible Project Manager for building up a Multimedia laboratory at the CopenhagenBusinessSchool.


Awards and academic service:


Key Note Speaker at the Accounting Information Systems Design Science Conference (DRAW 3), in Charleston, USA, January 2015.



Chair of the Information Systems Research in Scandinavia (IRIS) Conference. Sørup Herregaard, Ringsted, Denmark. August 2014.



Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair for the IFIP Working Group 8.6 Conference, Bangalore, India, June 2013.



Program Chair for the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.



Elected as Chair to IFIP (International Federation and Information processing) Technical Committee 8 on Information Systems.



Key Note Speaker at the 16th EuroSPI Conference, September 2009, Alcala de Henares, Spain



Doctoral Consortium Chair and Programme Committee member, The 4th International Conference on Design Science Research in IT (DESRIST), Philadelphia, USA, May 2009.



Elected as Vice Chair to IFIP (International Federation and Information processing) Technical Committee 8 on Information Systems.



Expert reviewer for the Swedish Strategic Research Council



President of the Scandinavian Chapter of AIS (Association of Information Systems)



Awarded the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) Silver Core Award



Best Paper Award in the area Information Systems Analysis for the paper: “DESIGNING AN APPROPRIATE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS”, International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), June 2007, Funchal, Madeira.



March 19, Honoured with the Tietgen Price, Gold Medal.




Research Manager (“Forskningsleder”) for the SourceIT project. A co-operation between the RoskildeUniversity, DELTA, and three Danish Companies (Danske Bank, PBS and CSC Scandihealth). The project budget was 16 mio. kroner (DKK).



Research and Project Manager for “Netværk om forskningsbaseret efter- og videreuddannelse i it-arkitektur” (Network for Research Based Further Education on IT Architecture).



Research Manager (“Forskningsleder”) for the Talent@IT Project. A co-operation between the IT University of Copenhagen, DELTA, and four Danish Companies (Danske Bank, ATP-huset, PBS and SimCorp). The purpose of the project was to develop a model for innovation and improvement in software organizations. The result of the project was the ImprovAbility model. The project budget was 30 mio. kroner (DKK).



Partner in the research project “Software Processes and Knowledge Management”. A co-operation between the IT University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University and the Copenhagen Business School on one hand and three Danish Companies (Systematic, Logimatic and Rovsing) on the other hand.


    Research areas

  • The changing nature of work – towards projects and agile, Process improvement, Digital infrastructure and its implementation (digital change)

Research outputs (23)

  1. Published

    Relationer skaber foramdring

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterBook chapter

  2. Published

    Choosing change strategy for ISO/IEC 33014

    Research output: Journal Article or Conference Article in JournalJournal article

  3. Published

    Fast or Smart? How the Use of Scrum Can Influence the Temporal Environment in a Project

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterBook chapter

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Research Activities (1)

  1. PhD Course - IT Design Science Research

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in workshop, seminar, course

Recent activities and conferences

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