Emmanuelle Vaast

Professor of Information Systems, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada

Emmanuelle Vaast is Professor of Information Systems at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris.
Her research examines how social practices emerge and change with the implementation and use of new technologies and how these new practices are associated with organizational and change dynamics. She has in particular investigated the learning and knowledge dynamics taking place at different levels (communities and networks of practice, for instance) and the boundary spanning involved in these dynamics when new systems get implemented and used.
Emmanuelle Vaast has been fascinated by the new practices and  societal transformation associated with social media. Some of the themes she has especially been interested in deal with the emergence of new organizational forms and with new dynamics associated with organizational and occupational identification, as well as the future of work. 
She is Past-Division Chair of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Division of the Academy of Management, as well as current Senior Editor at Information Systems Research.

The title of keynote speech: "From boundaries to an inclusive consideration of the sharing economy"


Michael Björn

Head of Research and Ericsson ConsumerLabs, Sweden


Michael Björn is Head of Research Agenda and Quality at Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab. In his role he is studying global ICT market trends, as well as the process of assimilation of ICT in society. Professionally, he is most well-known as the author of the Ericsson ConsumerLab 10 Hot Consumer Trends report that has been published annually for eight years and has gained much international media coverage, including appearances at BBC World News and CNN, and as a TEDx speaker.
He joined Ericsson in 1997 as an analyst, after having completed his PhD in data modeling at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, and was responsible for mobile internet applications at Ericsson in Japan between 2000 and 2002. Michael is also adjunct professor at the Lund University School of Economics and Management, a music journalist and a novelist with two published books.