Hi, I'm Claire. I'm a South African-born researcher and tinkerer, as well as PhD Candidate at the Stockholm School of Economics (in Stockholm, Sweden), from where I conduct (most of) my research.
I am intrigued by how information technology (IT) affects individuals, businesses and institutions. Its ubiquity as a communication device is taken for granted today and its role in automation is also much-discussed; from the redundancy of machine operators to the automation of text and numeric analysis. The subtext, which doesn't always make the headlines (although that is changing), is the effect that technology has on the way we talk about ourselves, the narratives that shape our behaviour, decisions and identities.
In particular, I'm interested in how businesses, institutions and societies respond to technology - beyond just commercialising and profiting from it it.
In academic terms, I'm interested in real and virtual communities of practice, institutional entrepreneurship/work, entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property law and public policy.
My (ongoing) PhD thesis looks at peer-to-peer innovations and the effect that they are having on the finance industry. In particular, I'm looking at the role that the underlying peer-to-peer technologies in crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies are appropriated by entrepreneurs and used to build businesses.
I have presented work at the International Conference on Information Systems, the Hawaii International Conference on System Science and the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in the past 2 years. I have also reviewed for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application and the European Conference on Information Systems.
You can find me on Twitter (@Claire_EBI) or Academia.edu.