Aleksandre Asatiani

Aleksandre Asatiani
University of Gothenburg | GU · Department of Applied Information Technology

D.Sc. Information Systems Science

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August 2019 - present
University of Gothenburg
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
July 2017 - August 2019
Aston University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2013 - June 2017
Aalto University
Position
  • Project Manager
Education
January 2018 - November 2018
Aston University
Field of study
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
September 2012 - May 2016
Aalto University
Field of study
  • Information Systems Science
September 2010 - May 2012
Aalto University
Field of study
  • Information and Service Management

Publications

Publications (30)
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In this paper, we study how continuities are constructed in virtual work environments by comparing two firms with differing degrees of virtuality. Using Organizational Discontinuity Theory and drawing on a qualitative study of two accounting firms operating in Finland, we observe virtual work discontinuities in the two firms and identify constructe...
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Prior literature has identified several outsourcing motivations, such as cost reduction and access to expertise, and deciphered the influence of these variables on outsourcing decisions. In another stream of outsourcing studies, researchers have gauged the degree of outsourcing, unearthing how companies may choose to outsource a set or processes in...
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While remote work allows organisations to offer their employees flexibility and harness global talent and markets for business growth, inability to rely on physical interactions between employees imposes challenges specific to operations in highly virtual work environments. Among these characteristic issues are challenges associated with organisati...
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The paper presents an approach for implementing inscrutable (i.e., nonexplainable) artificial intelligence (AI) such as neural networks in an accountable and safe manner in organizational settings. Drawing on an exploratory case study and the recently proposed concept of envelopment, it describes a case of an organization successfully "enveloping"...
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Competition in the Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry is increasingly moving from being motivated by cost savings towards strategic benefits that service providers can offer to their clients. Innovation is one such benefit that is expected nowadays in outsourcing engagements. The rising importan...
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Competition in the Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry is increasingly moving from being motivated by cost savings towards strategic benefits that service providers can offer to their clients. Innovation is one such benefit that is expected nowadays in outsourcing engagements. The rising importan...
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Robotic process automation (RPA) has emerged as a technology promising various quick wins: fast deployment, immediate efficiency gains, and low investment requirements. These promises have resulted in large-scale deployment of RPA in diverse industries. However, the choice of operation model remains tricky. The paper identifies three key decisions...
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The paper applies a flow-oriented perspective to examine how temporal conditioning of the flows of people and digital technologies dynamically shape socio-technical formation and the transformation process of an AI (artificial intelligence) system. Drawing on an in-depth case study of a financial accounting services company that was developing and...
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The COVID-19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on our lives and living. In higher education, it led to a swift shift from on-campus to online education resulting in practices of emergency remote teaching through virtual classrooms. In this project, we seek to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that this abrupt, enforced ch...
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Huge increases in computing capacity and data volumes have spurred the development of applications that use artificial intelligence (AI), a technology that is being implemented for increasingly complex tasks, from playing Go to screening for cancer. Private and public businesses and organizations are deploying AI applications to process vast quanti...
Chapter
In this paper, we investigate the initial reactions and perceptions of knowledge workers to a planned implementation of robotic process automation (RPA). Using purposive sampling, we conduct a case study in an industry in which workers’ jobs are notoriously vulnerable to automation: we study an accounting firm that is planning to introduce RPA into...
Conference Paper
This study is motivated by the apparent shortage of research on information systems (IS) outsourcing engagements that are leveraged for innovation on the client firm's behalf. Building on existing insights related to this managerial problem, we explore factors located within and outside the boundaries of an outsourcing engagement that shape the dyn...
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The difficulty of extracting innovation from information technology (IT) outsourcing engagements poses an important managerial problem as client firms, more often than not, fail to harness the innovative capacity of their IT service providers. This study aims to contribute to a better understanding of how such engagements can be managed more effect...
Book
This book constitutes the proceedings of the Blockchain and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Forum which was held as part of the 18th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2020. The conference was planned to take place in Seville, Spain, in September 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the conference took place virtually. The...
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Knowledge work organizations are increasingly leveraging automation to enhance and transform their business processes. Many types of automation tools are being deployed in a large variety of information processing tasks, requiring effective management of human-automation cooperation. Yet, conceptual understanding of human-automation hybrid work rem...
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Prior literature informs us that a company's decision to outsource a business process depends on process characteristics such as how frequently the process is performed or how specific the assets required by the process are. In this article, we compare the effects of accounting process characteristics on outsourcing decisions across users of tradit...
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Innovation is increasingly expected in today's ongoing outsourcing relationships. While prior studies made considerable strides to examine innovation through outsourcing, the research landscape remains highly fragmented. In this review, we bring together and analyse prior research examining this emerging phenomenon in the contexts of IT outsourcing...
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Outsourcing service providers are progressively being seen not just as efficient partners to handle peripheral tasks, but also as potential sources of impactful innovations. However, as clients reset the bar from cost efficiencies to mutual strategic value creation, the outcomes far too often fail to live up to such ambitious goals. This increasing...
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Recent literature has identified two main types of IT-enabled innovation and labelled them as lightweight IT and heavyweight IT. In this study, we look into robotic process automation (RPA) as lightweight IT and traditional back-end system automation as heavyweight IT and study how a case company Telco makes the choice between these two alternative...
Thesis
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Cloud computing is a model for providing on-demand access to a shared pool of computational resources in a cost-efficient and convenient manner, involving minimal interaction with the cloud provider. Within the last eight years cloud computing has evolved from a promising, emerging technology to a credible alternative for fulfilling organizations’...
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In addition to large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) increasingly engage in business process outsourcing (BPO) of professional services as they delegate routine processes such as accounting, recruitment and law to outsourcing service providers. In this study, we explore the outsourcing profiles of SMEs and use those profiles...
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OpusCapita Group is a Finnish company offering financial processes and outsourcing services to medium-sized companies and large corporations. OpusCapita particularly focuses on comprehensive Purchase-to-Pay and Order-to-Cash processes. In hopes to stay ahead of the curve in financial process automation, OpusCapita is betting on Robotic Process Auto...
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Cloud computing remains an increasingly popular topic among practitioners as well as researchers. The literature spans across multiple disciplines, and the knowledge is fragmented and not systematized. To address this issue we apply topic models to conduct a meta-review on cloud computing. We identify twenty research topics across multiple discipli...
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Adoption of cloud computing in organizations is increasing at a rapid pace. It is expected that the majority of the organizations in industrialized nations will be using cloud services to some extent in the near future. In this review I categorize adoption factors utilized in the literature and identify determinants playing a key role in organizati...
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The accounting industry is being disrupted by the introduction of cloud-based accounting information systems (AIS) that allow for a more efficient allocation of work between the accountant and the client company. In cloud-based AIS, the accountant and the client company as well as third parties such as auditors can simultaneously work on the data i...
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In our everyday life, we are surrounded by events and phenomena that are difficult to explain or comprehend. Despite significant advances in many scientific fields and abundant availability of data on many aspects of our life, it is still a challenge to communicate slow and complex global processes to the average citizen. In this chapter, we study...
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This teaching case considers Kluuvin Apteekki, a small pharmacy business whose CEO faces critical decisions whether or not (1) to outsource its accounting processes and (2) to start using cloud-based accounting information systems. The main learning outcome of the case is related to the development of the skills and competencies in creating a stron...
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In this paper, we examine outsourcing of disaggregated information-intensive services. Drawing on the theoretical streams of Global Information-Intensive Service Disaggregation and Transaction-Cost Economics, we formulate our research model to understand the phenomenon of disaggregation in the context of cloud computing. The model encompasses frequ...

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To improve our understanding on how sourcing decisions are made and how RPA is deployed