Shegaw Anagaw Mengiste


Institutt for økonomi, historie og samfunnsvitenskap
Campus Vestfold (C3-112)
I am currently an Associate professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway. I also worked at Aalborg University and ITU (IT University of Copenhagen). My research focuses in the following IS domains: IS/IT innovation, Health Information Systems, digitization of public sector organizations, IT Governance and management, Internet of Things & smart cities. I have published in different journals and conferences in the IS field. My course work covers a wide range of topics including: Database systems, IT Management, Governance and leadership including:IS innovation and entrepreneurship, Enterprise systems and information management, Business intelligence and knowledge management, Internet based Resources, Management of Information Systems. Personally, I am committed to an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching.


  • Undervisning i informasjonssystemer
    • Managemnet Information Systems
    • Database Systems
    • Internet-based resources
    • Enterprise systems
  • Veiledning bachelor- og masteroppgaver
  • Forskning


   Object oriented Programming:  Visual BASIC, C++ , C#, .Net

¨       Database Management systems: Microsoft    SQL Server 2012, 2014; MYSQL, MS-Access

¨       Enterprise systems and information management (SAP, MS Dynamics, CRM)

¨       Business Intelligence (BI) & Big Data Analytics (Actian, Yellowfin, SAS, MS Data Warehousing)

¨       Object oriented analysis and design

¨        Data warehousing and data mining (Decision tree, Neural Networks)

¨       Web development using different tools such as HTML, XML, JSON, Jumla, Wordpress,  PHP

¨       Operating systems:  MS WINDOWS XP , Windows 7, Windows 8.1; Mac OS

¨       Enterprise architecture and enterprise design (TOGAF)


¨       Agile Methods (Scrum, Extreme programming)

¨       Work process Modeling (Work system Method, Workflow   modeling, BPR, BPML; LEAN)

¨       IT Service Management (ITIL)

¨       IT Management, strategy and Governance

¨      Project Management (PMBOK, PRINCE 2)

¨    Research Methods & Approaches (Interpretive case study, Critical research, Engaged scholarship)

Theoretical concepts (Organizational learning, Social worlds theory, Institutional theory, sense making theory, structuration theory, sense making theory



Feb. 2005 to Nov. 2009  PhD in Information Systems, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway.

Sept. 2000- June2002   M.Sc. in Information Science, Department of Information Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Sept. 1996-July 1998 B.Sc. in Information Science, Department of Information Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Work Experience: 

Aug 2015-  Associate Professor at University College of South-East Norway, Norway.

Feb. 2014- July 2015  Assistant profesor at IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), Copenhagen, Denmark

Dec. 2010- Jan. 2014 Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

Oct. 1998- Janu. 2004. Lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



Journal Articles

1. Ulrich, F.; Mengiste, Shegaw A.; Muller, S. (2015). Idea Multiplication and Technological Innovation during Evaluation: The Case of Two Danish Organizations. Communication of the Association of Information Systems (CAIS), 37(47):   949-974

2. Mengiste, Shegaw A. & Aanestad, M. (2013). Understanding the Dynamics of Learning across social worlds: A case study from introducing IS in the Ethiopian public health care system. Information and Organization, 23(4): 233-257

3. Nielsen, Jeppe A. & Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2014). Understanding the diffusion and adoption of mobile IT across social worlds: Experiences from Danish Elderly Home Care. Health Informatics Journal, 20(2): 87-103.

4. Mengiste, Shegaw A. ; Kræmmergaard, P.;  & Hansen, B. (2014). Intra and inter-organizational learning from benchmarking IS services: A case study from Danish Municipalities. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (3nd round of revision).

5. Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2014). Information Systems Development as Negotiated Order: A case study of implementing Computer-based Health Information system (HIS) in a developing country context. Submitted to: Electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI).

6. Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2010). Analyzing the Challenges of IS implementation in public health institutions of a developing country: the need for flexible strategies. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing countries, 4(1): 1-17.

7. Kimaro, Honest C., Mengiste, Shegaw A. & Aanestad, M. (2008). Redesigning Health Information Systems in Developing Countries: The Need for Local Flexibility and Distributed Control. Public administration and Development, 28: pp. 18-29.

Conference papers:

 1. Holmstedt, Viggo & Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2016). Effect of Code Maintenance on Confidence in introductory object oriented programming Courses. IRIS proceedings 2016

2. Ulrich, F. & Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2014). The challenges of creativity in Software Organizations. Proceedings of the  IFIP WG 8.6 Conference June 2-4, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

3. Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2013). Globalization and ICTs: potentials and Challenges to the public health care sector of developing countries. American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Chicago, Illinos, USA.

4. Mengiste, Shegaw A. & Gitte Tjørnehøj (2013). Applying Scandinavian ISD&I principles in an African Context: Opportunities and Challenges. IRIS conference, Oslo, Norway.

5. Hansen, L. K. & Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2012). IT project portfolio management: Modularity problems in a public organization. Accepted for: The 35th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 2012).

6.  Mengiste, Shegaw A.;  Kræmmergaard, P.;  & Hansen, B. (2011). Intra and inter-organizational learning from benchmarking IS services: A case study from Danish Municipalities. Pre-ICIS conference, Shanghai, China.

7.  Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2008). Analyzing the Role of Multi-level Learning in Implementing computerized HIS in Developing Countries: Case Study from Ethiopia. IRIS 31, Åre, Sweden.

8.  Shaw, V.; Mengiste, Shegaw A.; Braa, J. (2007). Scaling of Health Information Systems in Nigeria and Ethiopia- Considering the options. In….Proceedings of the IFIP W.G 9.4 on taking stock of e-development. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

9. Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2007). Transition Strategies in Implementing Computerized HIS in the Ethiopian Public Health Care system: Dealing with the Challenges. IRIS 30 Tampere, Finland.

10. Mengiste, Shegaw A. & Nielsen, P. (2006). Scaling Health Information Systems in Developing Countries: On the Essence of being Installed Base Friendly.  IRIS 29, Helsingør, Denmark

11. Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2005). Challenges and opportunities of Implementing District-based Health Information System in Ethiopia: A Case Study from Benishangul-Gumuz Region. In Bada, A. & Adelakun, O. (eds.). Proceedings of the IFIP W.G 9.4- Working conference on enhancing human resource development through ICT. Abuja, Nigeria.

Working Papers:

 1.  Holmsted, Viggo & Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2016).  The Importance of Program Design Patterns Training (targeted for  SANER 2017 confrence)

2.  Mengiste, Shegaw A. & Abrha , Sofia L. (2016). Negotiating Tensions to sustain computer-based Health Information system initiatives in less developed economies:  A case study from Addis Ababa Health Bureau. (Targeted for:   The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in developing Countries).

3.  Ulrich, F. & Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2016). Mapping the challenges of creativity management in IS and ISD organizations. (Targeted for: Creativity and Innovation Management Journal)


1. Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2010). Shaping Technology across Social Worlds: Understanding Learning Dynamics in Implementing computerized IS in the Ethiopian Public Health System.  University of Oslo, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. PhD Dissertation.

2.  Mengiste, Shegaw A. (2002). Application of Data mining Technology to Predict Child Mortality patterns: The case of BRHP (Butajira Rural Health Project). Addis Ababa University, Department of Information Science, Addis Ababa: Ethiopia. MSc Thesis

3.  Mengiste, Shegaw A. (1998). Computer-based Information services for the Dissemination of Medical Information in Central Medical Library of Addis Ababa             University.   Addis Ababa University, Department of Information Science, Addis Ababa: Ethiopia. Senior Essay.

 Reviewer & Associate editor:

1.  Associate Editor for IFIP 9.4 2015 conference

2.  Reviewer for Government Information Quarterly

3.  Reviewer for ICIS conference

4.  Reviewer for Journal of Health Informatics

5.  Reviewer for ECIS conference

6.  Reviewer for the Scandinavian conference on Information Systems (SCIS)

7. Reviewer for e-government Journal

8. Reviewer for African Journal of Information Systems (AJIS)

9. Reviewer for Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (JISDC)