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Amir Haj-Bolouri

Universitetslektor

Universitetslektor, biträdande

Filosofie Doktor i Informatik med inriktning mot AiL

Staff member at Division of Informatics.


Research

Amir's research is mainly within the field of Information Systems with a focus on questions and phenomena cocnerning design, immersive technologies (e.g., Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality), philosophy, and learning. His Ph.D. thesis was published 2018 with the title 'Designing for Adaptable Learning' and focused how to design supportive technologies for integration work in the realms of civic orientation for newly arrived immigrants in Sweden. Outcomes of the thesis have been reported in a variety of scientific publications along with the creation of an online platform for civic orientation. In addition to the thesis, Amir's research has contributed to the domains of Design Science Research, Action Design Research, E-Learning, theory and theorizing in Information Systems, philosophy in Information Systems, and knowledge development.

Currently, his research focuses questions and phenomena concerning Virtual Reality and meaningful learning. More specifically, he is involved in a joint project together with SJ and Tenstar Simulations, where they together co-produce knowledge on Virtual Reality technologies that support meaningful learning in the context of safety training at work. In order to understand phenomena such as 'meaningfulness' and 'meaningful learning', Amir employs phenomenological perspectives of technology essence, together with the affordance theory, to conceptualize if, how, when, and why learning experiences in Virtual Reality become meaningful for practitioners' daily work and life-long learning. The project is currently financed by PRIMUS at University West. Additionally, Amir has been a guest speaker at other universities such as National University of Ireland Galway, Aalto University in Finland, and Cologne University in Germany.   

Education

Amir's teachings repertoar and merits consist of a varity of topics on bachelors and masters level at University West, as well as doctoral level at Jyväskylä University. At bachelors level, the topics have varied from courses in programming, database design and development, web development, software development processes, design, immersive media, advanced object oriented programming, to scientific writing, research methods and theory, implications of IT for society, and supervision of bachelor thesis. At masters level, his teachings have varied from topics such as theoretical perspectives within Information Systems research, work integrated e-learning, to research methods and supervision of master thesis. At doctoral level, Amir teaches philosophy of science for doctoral students within Information Systems at Jyväskylä University. In addition, Amir has been a guest teacher at Technische Houcschule Nurnberg Georg Simon Ohm.

Proliferation

Amir is an active member of Association for Information Systems (AIS), the Special Interest Group for Pragmatist Information Systems Research (SIGPRAG), the Special Interest Group for Philosophy (SIGPHIL), IEEE, and LINA.

Publications

Haj-Bolouri, A., Flensburg, P., Bernhardsson, L., Winman, T., Svensson, L.: Designing a web-based education platform for swedish civic orientation. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education (2014)

Haj-Bolouri, A., Svensson, L.: Designing for heterogeneous groups of end-users: towards a nascent design theory. In: Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education (2014)

Conceptualizing the Essence of Presence in Distance Education through Digital DaseinA Haj-Bolouri, P Flensburg, L SvenssonProceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 746-754, 201

Haj-Bolouri, A., Bernhardsson, L., Bernhardsson, P.: CollaborGeneous: a framework of collaborative IT-tools for heterogeneous groups of learners. In: Donnellan, B., Helfert, M., Kenneally, J., VanderMeer, D., Rothenberger, M., Winter, R. (eds.). LNCS, vol. 9073, pp. 376–380. Springer, Heidelberg (2015).

Haj-Bolouri, A. (2015). The Notion of Users in Design Science Research. Proceedings of the 38th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 38), Oulu, Finland, 9-12 August 2015.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Bernhardsson, L., & Rossi, M. (2015). Introducing PADRE: Participatory Action Design Research. In AIS SIGPRAG Pre-ICIS Workshop: Practice-based Design and Innovation of Digital Artifacts, December 12, 2015, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (pp. 1-16). SIGPrag.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Bernhardsson, L., Bernhardsson, P., Svensson, L.: An information systems design theory for adaptable e-learning. In: 49th Proceedings on Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2016)

Haj-Bolouri, A., Bernhardsson, L., & Rossi, M. (2016, May). PADRE: A Method for Participatory Action Design Research. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Tackling Society's Grand Challenges with Design Science-Volume 9661(pp. 19-36). Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.

Babaheidari, S. M., Haj-Bolouri, A., Högberg, K., Ljundahl-Eriksson, M., Lundh Snis, U., Norström, L., ... & Willermark, S. (2016). Work integrated learning in a Doctoral course in informatics. In IRIS39-The 39th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia, Ljungskile, Sweden, 7-10 August 2016.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Flensburg, A., and Thapa, D. (2016). Imparting social values through eLearning platform: A social learning approach. In IRIS39-The 39th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia, Ljungskile, Sweden, 7-10 August 2016.

Sjöström, J., Chandra Kruse, L., and Haj-Bolouri, A. (2016). A Design Theory for Built-in Evaluation Support. In IRIS39-The 39th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia, Ljungskile, Sweden, 7-10 August 2016.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Kruse Chandra, L., Iivari, J., and Flensburg, P. How Habermas' philosophy can inspire the design of information systems: the case of designing an open learning platform for social integration. (2016). Issue Nr 7 (2016). 2.

Chandra Kruse, L., Sjöström, J., Haj-Bolouri, A., and Flensburg, P. (2016). Software Embedded Evaluation Support in Design Science Research. AIS SIGPRAG Pre-ICIS Workshop on Practice-based Design and Innovation of Digital Artifacts.

Haj-Bolouri, A., and Flensburg, A. (2017). Conceptualizing the Essence of Presence in Distance Education through Digital Dasein. International Journal on E-Learning 16 (2), 149-173, 2017

Haj-Bolouri, A., Purao, S., Rossi, Matti., and Bernhardsson, L. (2017). Action Design Research as a Method-in-Use: Problems and Opportunities. 12th International Conference of Design Science Research in Information Technology and Systems. 

Iivari, J., Hansen, M. R. P., & Haj-Bolouri, A. (2018). A framework for light reusability evaluation of design principles in design science research. In Proceedings of international conference on design science research in information systems and technology (DESRIST 2018).

Haj-Bolouri, A. (2018). Kernel Philosophy: A Way of Inspiring and Mak-ing Sense of Design in Information Systems Re-search?. In AIS SIGPRAG pre-ICIS workshop on” Practice-based Design and Innovation of Digital Artifacts”, 2018-12-12, San Francisco, CA, USA (pp. 1-19). American Information Society.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Purao, S., Rossi, M., & Bernhardsson, L. (2018). Action design research in practice: lessons and concerns.

Haj-Bolouri, A. (2019, June). Design principles for E-learning that support integration work: a case of action design research. In International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (pp. 300-316). Springer, Cham.

Iivari, J., Rotvit Perlt Hansen, M., & Haj-Bolouri, A. (2020). A proposal for minimum reusability evaluation of design principles. European Journal of Information Systems, 1-18.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Winman, T., & Svensson, L. (2020, December). Meta-requirements for Immersive Collaborative Spaces in Industrial Workplace Learning: Towards a Design Theory. In International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (pp. 339-346). Springer, Cham.

Hansen, M. R. P., & Haj-Bolouri, A. (2020, December). Design Principles Exposition: A Framework for Problematizing Knowledge and Practice in DSR. In International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (pp. 171-182). Springer, Cham.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Östlund, C. M., Rossi, M., & Svensson, L. (2019, June). Work-Integrated Learning as an Outcome of Using Action Design Research in Practice. In International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (pp. 92-107). Springer, Cham.

Herwix, A., & Haj-Bolouri, A. (2020, December). Having a Positive Impact with Design Science Research–Learning from Effective Altruism. In International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (pp. 235-246). Springer, Cham.

Haj-Bolouri, A. (2020). Revitalizing thoughts on Theory, Theorizing, and Philosophizing in Information Systems. In IS Seminar Series–Revitalizing thoughts on Theory, Theorizing, and Philosophizing in Information Systems. Palgrave Macmillan.

Haj-Bolouri, A., Master Östlund, C., Rossi, M., and Svensson, L. (2021) Action Design Research as a Means for Organizing Workplace Learning: Case Studies of E-Learning Platforms. Journal of Workplace Learning.