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Published: 02 Jun, 2008

IT innovator and tourism expert named honorary doctors by faculty of social sciences

NEWS World leading researchers, Professor Kalle Lyytinen and Professor C. Michael Hall, have been appointed as this year's honorary doctors by the faculty of social sciences at Umeå University. The recipients will receive the high honour at the annual commencement ceremony on 18 October.

Professor Kalle Lyytinen is a leading international researcher of informatics with a focus on the organisational and societal consequences of information technology. Among his works that have received attention are the study of how IT use within the field of architecture leads to innovative design solutions, and how new IT may lead to radical innovation processes in traditional base industries. He has published many works that have significantly influenced social science research within the IT branch.

Professor Lyytinen is an international evaluator in the project ProcessIT Innovations, and is also working on a sub-project in cooperation with LKAB and ABB. His managerial expertise has been significant to the strong results that ProcessIT has shown the past year, and he also contributes to improving Applied Information Technology, an area of special development at Umeå University.

Kalle Lyytinen is currently working at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

Professor C. Michael Hall has in a short time established himself as one of the world's leading researchers in tourism, and has among other things, published more than 50 books in the field. Professor Hall has previously been coordinator of the International Geographical Union's study group on tourism, leisure and globalisation.

In addition to many books, he has published a large number of scientific papers in international journals, and is also editor of Current Issues in Tourism and a member of several scientific advisory boards for tourism journals.

C. Michael Hall is firmly committed to further developing contacts between Umeå University and New Zealand. His contributions in tourism research and his regular visits in Northern Sweden have been very important for the development of education and research in the field of tourism at Umeå University.

C. Michael Hall is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Oulu, Finland, and is normally based at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Contact person for Kalle Lyytinen is: Jonny Holmström, Department of Informatics, Umeå University, Phone: +46 (0)90-786 97 66

Contact person for C. Michael Hall is: Dieter Müller, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Umeå University, Phone: +46 (0)90-786 63 66, Mobile: +46 (0)70-216 43 27

Editor: Camilla Nilsson