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Claire Ingram Bogusz awarded for her doctoral thesis

Dr Claire Ingram Bogusz, a post-doctoral researcher at the House of Innovation, was jointly awarded the 2018 Börje Langefors prize for her doctoral dissertation, “Crowds, Coins and Communities: Digital Entrepreneuring in Emerging Financial Infrastructures”. The prize is awarded annually by SISA: the Swedish Academy for Information Systems.

According to the awarding committee, Dr Ingram Bogusz’s dissertation “addresses themes of contemporary importance to the information systems field: digital platforms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and crowdfunding, with the help of very topical case studies (around Blockchain)… It demonstrates theoretical sophistication in a broad span of areas situated in economics and management without losing its information systems focus. The writing is lucid, concentrated and informative, always theoretically focussed and showed a number of clearly original contributions.”

About the prize

SISA decided in 2011 to present an annual Börje Langefors Prize for the best doctoral thesis in Informatics, Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent subject areas during the preceding year. The prize honours Börje Langefors, aims to encourage continued good research in Informatics/ Information Systems, and serves as a way for Swedish universities within SISA to unite around the common development and application of quality criteria for doctoral dissertations in the field.

Professor Emeritus Börje Langefors (1915-2009) was a pioneer of IT and creator of the subject Information Processing, particularly Administrative Data Processing (ADP), which later became Informatics. He was the first professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University, and also the founder of the department in 1966. He was the first professor of Information Systems in Sweden, and one of the first in the world.

Langefors helped to develop a new academic topic that integrated two areas: Infology and Computer Science, in which his contributions were many. He is also the father of the Swedish term for the computer, "dator".