Peter André Busch

Peter André Busch
Universitetet i Agder | UIA · Department of Information Systems

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I’m a social scientist exploring how technology impacts our daily lives on the societal, organizational, and individual levels. Whereas researchers often focus on the positive sides of technology (which is good), I’m also interested in exploring problematic technology use. Right now, I’m looking into how smartphone use becomes problematic and consequences of such use. I’m also researching e-government, philosophy of technology, and epistemological questions. I have applied both qualitative and quantitative research methods (PLS-SEM) in my work. My PhD within information systems was conducted at the University of Agder on how digital tools may impact the discretionary practices of public service workers (digital discretion).
Education
August 2014 - October 2018
Universitetet i Agder
Field of study
  • Information Systems
August 2012 - June 2014
Universitetet i Agder
Field of study
  • Information Systems
August 2011 - June 2014
Universitetet i Agder
Field of study
  • IT and Information Systems

Publications

Publications (22)
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IS research often seeks to deliver practical impact, in addition to the traditional requirement for theoretical contribution. While an admirable goal, it is nevertheless a challenging prospect, as key questions remain around how to best facilitate a relationship between IS academic and practitioner communities. To explore this question, our paper i...
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Often, the police experience scenarios with much uncertainty. These scenarios can be characterized by high time pressure, huge amounts of information, and potentially severe consequences. In this paper, we study whether artificial intelligence (AI) can be a fit for the information processing needs of the police helping them achieve situational awar...
Book
Funksjonelle websider med PHP er en innføringsbok i webprogrammering skrevet for studenter ved høgskoler og universiteter og elever i den videregående skolen. PHP er et av verdens mest utbredte webprogrammeringsspråk og er svært anvendelig. Det er velegnet for nybegynnere og har stor overføringsverdi til andre språk. Boken bygger på de siste utvik...
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Problematic smartphone usage, associated with impaired daily functioning, has gained increased attention among researchers. However, extant research is focusing on adolescents and younger adults. This paper investigates smartphone usage among older adults, of which less is known. To do so, we conducted a cross-sectional survey of 154 smartphone use...
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This article provides a systematic review of existing research on problematic smartphone use (PSU) to guide other researchers in search of relevant studies, and to propose areas for future research. In total, 293 studies were analyzed leading to the development of an overview model in the field of PSU, presenting findings on demographic factors, ex...
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Smartphones provide users with a variety of features such as the ability to interact with friends, play games, and update social networking sites. While smartphones can provide their users with considerable enjoyment, they can also result in distractions and unnecessary use impairing daily life. This paper investigates how problematic smartphone us...
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Policy implementation is characterized by professional public service workers who make decisions about clients using knowledge and skill-sets acquired through years of training and experience. Their unique position separates them from other workers, provides them with autonomy, and enables them to challenge managerial directives. Information and co...
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Research context – Street-level bureaucracies are public organizations responsible for turning policy intentions into actions experienced by clients. They occupy street-level bureaucrats such as judges, social workers, and teachers who have extensive ability to exercise discretion. Whereas clients ideally should experience public policy implementat...
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Public service workers have traditionally enjoyed a wide freedom to make decisions about clients. With the increased use of ICT in public service provision, discretionary practices are influenced or replaced by computerized routines, known as digital discretion. Based on the assumption that public service workers are motivated by helping individual...
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During the past decade, information systems (IS) scholars have increasingly benefited from the concept of institutional logics. Whereas much of this literature looks at how actors are influenced by and seek to influence institutional logics, less research has focused on the direct link between technology and institutional logics. By neglecting this...
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Public service workers exercise discretionary power during policy implementation. Due to an immense diffusion of information and communications technology (ICT) in public service provision, they are increasingly exposed to reforms aiming at more efficient and fair decision-making. Whereas extant literature has found that ICT can both enable and con...
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Public service provision is increasingly exposed to digital discretion which is the use of computerized routines and analyses to influence or replace the discretionary practices of public service workers. In this study, we interview parliamentary members and analyze e-government strategy documents to identify under which conditions policy makers ac...
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Presentation of paper at PACIS 2018
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This study reviews 44 peer-reviewed articles on digital discretion published in the period from 1998 to January 2017. Street-level bureaucrats have traditionally had a wide ability to exercise discretion stirring debate since they can add their personal footprint on public policies. Digital discretion is suggested to reduce this footprint by influe...
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Resilience is a topic of steadily increasing interest. It particularly gains importance when discussing how communities (e.g. municipalities) can prepare themselves for potential future disruptions. A resilient community will overcome immediate shocks, such as an earthquake, as well as stresses, such as the successive outbreak of a pandemic. Due to...
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Public service workers in the frontline have traditionally enjoyed a wide freedom to make decisions during policy implementation. Research shows that technology has both constraining and enabling effects on public service workers affecting their ability to exercise discretion. What remains unclear is under which circumstances discretion is influenc...
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Scientific cumulation is regarded as the goal of the information systems field but is challenged by complex and unaligned incentives operating differently at both institutional and individual level. Few studies have explored how incentives create barriers to scientific cumulation and how these can be addressed to achieve improved scientific progres...
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E-government is the appointed solution for modernizing the public sector using information and communication technology (ICT). While e-government is premised on the use of ICT, the ‘e’ in e-government research is mostly missing or vaguely discussed and operationalized. The characteristics of various use of ICT are considered to be unproblematic and...
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The phenomenon of Smart cities has gained a lot of attention among researchers and practitioners. A review of academic articles does suggest that the literature mainly is based on visions and future thoughts on what smart cities are and will be rather than on empirical studies of their actual potential. This could leave an impression that the notio...
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Kontekst: Personlighetstypetesting har i varierende grad blitt benyttet innen rekruttering og bemanningsbyråer. Slike tester er også innen forskning betraktet som instrumenter for å forutse individuell ytelse og teamytelse innenfor en rekke fagområder. Forskning har vist at også andre faktorer som motivasjon, arbeidsmiljø og aktiv bruk av målsettin...

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Elizabeth Goodrick and Trish Reay (2011) wrote an interesting article where they investigated historical documents about the work of US pharmacists with the purpose of showing "how professional work can reflect multiple institutional logics" (p. 372). They used four logics as references: Professional, corporate, market, and state logics.
They measured the strength of each logic "by evaluating the extent to which the pharmacists’ practices as indicated in historical accounts were consistent with the practices implied by the ideal type of the logic." (p. 387). This means that the closeness of the actual work practices of the pharmacists in each historical era to the ideal type of each logic reflects the strength of each logic. To numerically evaluate this, they used a "standard scale of 1 to 5, where 1 indicates very low consistency (or similarity) and 5 indicates very high consistency (or similarity)" (p. 387).
Any other ideas on how to do this? Or are you aware of any other nice studies that have done this?
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I'm wondering if anyone is aware of (well developed) measurement instruments on constructs that are derived from institutional theory. E.g., institution & legitimacy.
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These philosophical view points are opposing views. Are there any mid positions and what are they termed?
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I'm looking for central theories that describe and explain decision-making processes in the public sector. 
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Seems like 'term', 'notion', and 'concept' are used differently in different papers. Are there any distinct guidelines on how to use these? I have consulted the dictionary but some thoughts from others would be nice :)

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Projects (3)
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Investigations of why smartphone use becomes problematic and the consequences of such use.
Archived project
The Learning Society is a pilot project under the Nordplus Horizontal program running from 2016 to 2018. The aim of the project is to establish a cross-sectorial and cross regional cooperation between partners in Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Estonia. The project experiments with developing new and more flexible and adjustable formats for learning that fit the conditions of the future society, where lifelong learning is needed even more than it is today. More information about the project can be found on the project website: https://learningsocietyproject.wordpress.com/
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The actual outcome of policies experienced by citizens comes down to public service workers who actually implement them (Lipsky, 2010). While the discretionary power of public service workers is well established in literature, little research is conducted on the relationship between ICT and the exercised discretion.