I recently submitted my PhD thesis, completed at the Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan i Stockholm), entitled "Crowds, coins and communities: Digital entrepreneuring in emerging financial infrastructures". It looks into the role of FinTech entrepreneurs in changing financial infrastructures, piece by piece, specifically through crowdfunding and using the Blockchain. I completed my PhD under the supervision of Dr Robin Teigland at the Centre for Strategy and Competitiveness (SSE) at Dr Emmanuelle Vaast at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.
I will defend my thesis on January 25, 2018; please let me know if you would like to attend.
Over the course of my PhD period, I not only looked into FinTech and financial infrastructures, I also dove into digital media and online platforms, and their relationships to institutions, entrepreneurship, online communities and innovation. I was a co-author of several reports on Crowdfunding (2013), FinTech in Sweden (2015, 2016), and the Sharing Economy (2015). I also developed courses on Data-driven decision making (2016, 2017), taught data responsibility and GDPR (2016, 2017), and supervised students in areas ranging from crowdfunding, to automated financial advice, to Blockchain strategy.
Beyond my PhD, my research interest is in the double-edged sword that is digital entrepreneurship: network and lock-in effects are commonplace among digital firms, but these firms have also been seen to be vital for innovation and economic development. I am also interested in the protection of individuals' integrity, whether through data protection (e.g. GDPR), minority rights or otherwise. More broadly, I am interested in the politics of entrepreneurship and the the creation of value outside of traditional shareholder paradigms.
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 few 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), Academia.edu or at ClaireBogusz.com