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Information systems research at the University of Gothenburg best in Sweden

The University of Gothenburg ranks fifth in an international ranking for information systems in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Among the Swedish universities, the University of Gothenburg is by far the best, being the only one to make it to the top 50.

"This makes us the strongest force in information systems in Sweden and second best in the Nordic countries," says Johan Magnusson, professor of informatics at the University of Gothenburg.

The ranking, conducted by AIS (Association for Information Systems), is based on publications over the past three years in the eight most prominent journals dealing with information systems issues. The fact that the University of Gothenburg is placed in an impressive fifth place in the international ranking and at the absolute top in Sweden and the Nordic region is evidence of the high quality of research, but also of a conscious working model that has proven successful.

Johan Magnusson describes the path to success.

"Most other universities that rank high on the list have strict control, what is called 'publish or perish.' Our environment is unique in that regard."

He explains that great emphasis is placed on recruiting the right people and creating conditions for them to fully devote themselves to their research. Through a high degree of trust and low micro-management, an environment has been formed that stands out for its low sick leave rates and a high level of publication in top channels.

Tomas Lindroth, head of the Division of Informatics at the Department of Applied IT, adds:

"This is incredibly exciting and a result of a collegial approach that has been developed over many years to create an environment in which one can grow and feel at home. We believe that we will rank even higher next year, not because it is important in itself or as a result of increased investment, but as a result of fantastic colleagues and our way of working."


Text: Agnes Ekstrand

AIS (Association for Information Systems)

AIS is the international organisation that organises researchers in information systems. The organisation has hundreds of member countries around the world.

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