Research Team

Jakob E. Bardram

Jakob E. Bardram is Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and runs the Pervasive Interaction Technology Laboratory (pIT Lab). His research interests are Pervasive/Ubiquitous Computer Systems, Object Oriented Software Architecture, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). One application area of this research is globally distributed software development.

Dr. Bardram does research in tight collaboration with industry, and he has co-founded the company Cetrea A/S, which specializes in the development of pervasive computing technology for hospitals and helped found CLC Bio A/S which develops bioinformatics software. He has previously held positions as project manager and IT architect at IBM Denmark, where he architected and managed several e-business projects. He has also been an industrial research fellow at CSC Scandihealth, where he worked with software architectures for cooperative systems in hospitals.

Muhammad Ali Babar

Muhammad Ali Babar is Associate Professor in the Software Development Group (SDG) at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. From March 2007 to November 2009, he was a senior researcher with Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland, where he led a team of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students who were working on two projects in the area of software product lines.

Before moving to Ireland, Dr. Ali Babar had worked on several R&D projects in organizations like National ICT Australia (NICTA) and JRCASE, a joint research centre of CSIRO and Macqurie University, in Australia. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer and an IT consultant for several years in Australia. Dr. Ali Babar obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the school of computer science and engineering of Univeristy of New South Wales. He hold a M.Sc. degree in Computing Sciences from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Further details about his work are available on his personal blog (

Pernille Bjørn

Pernille_loresPernille Bjørn is Professor in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) at the Computer Science Department at University of Copenhagen, and is PI on the NexGSD research project. Pernille’s main interest is to investigate how people collaborate within complex work arrangement aiming at developing concepts useful for the design of collaborative technologies. She has conducted ethnographic studies of collaborative work practices in different domains of healthcare as well as in large global organizations: Global Engineering, Global Software Development, and Global Transportation.

In her currently work she is particular interested in how we can understand culture as part of collaborative practice – and how we can think about enabling closely coupled collaboration across geography, time, language, and culture. Pernille’s research is in the cross-roads between CSCW, STS, and IS research. Her research has been published in several conference proceedings (e.g. CSCW, ECSCW, SCIS, ECIS) as well as in the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Information System Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, Action Research Journal, and IEEE Transaction on Professional Communication. Contact: pernille.bjorn at di dot ku dot dk

Anne-Marie Søderberg

Anne-Marie Søderberg is Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School. With a research focus on cultures, identity constructions, sensegiving and sensemaking, communication and learning processes, she has created a bridge between her educational background in the humanities and her present position as an international business scholar.

She has been involved in longitudinal case studies of international mergers and acquisitions and written extensively on how managers and employees make sense of and give sense to complex organizational changes. She was the director of the interdisciplinary research project ’Cultural Intelligence as a Strategic Resource’ (2008-2011) where the research team conducted comprehensive field studies in Danish multinational companies and their Asian subsidiaries. Based on these qualitative studies she co-authored with M.C. Gertsen and M. Zølner the book ‘Global Collaboration. Intercultural Experiences and Learning’ to be published by PalgraveMacmillan in spring 2012.

Anne-Marie Søderberg is project manager of ethnographic studies of global development teams in the ongoing project NeXGSD.

S. Krishna

Dr. S. Krishna is Professor and the Chairperson of the Software Enterprise Management Program at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). This program is the outcome of close interaction between the Indian software industry and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. At IIMB, Dr. Krishna holds the Surendra Paul Chair in the Information Systems Area. His areas of interest include Global work arrangements in the software and information systems areas, Software engineering and management, Information system design and development, Business Process Reengineering, Strategic Information Systems, Object-Oriented Systems Development and related technology.

Lars Rune Christensen

Lars Rune Christensen is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Technologies in Practice Research Group. His research is focused on the intersection between anthropology, ethnography and information technology. More specifically, his current research is on globally distributed cooperative work practices. His research has also focused on the organization and coordination of the building process – from architectural offices to building sites. Lars Rune Christensen is the author of the book The Coordination of the BuildingProcess: An Ethnographic Perspective that is forthcoming in the autumn of 2012 on Springer publishers. In addition, previous research also includes work on welfare technologies in the context of providing senior citizens the opportunity to stay longer in their own homes.

PaoloPaolo Tell

Paolo Tell is a post-doctoral researcher in the Pervasive Interaction Technology Lab (PIT Lab) at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU).  His research interests include software engineering and computer-supported cooperative work.
Fascinated by activity theory, his focus during his PhD has been on leveraging activity-based computing for supporting cooperation in global software engineering (GSE).  More specifically, his PhD work revolved around understanding and experimenting with activity theory to build technological support for GSE teams. Currently involved in the NexGSD project, he sees this challenge as a stimulating opportunity to continue researching in both GSE and applications of activity theory by building on his previous research.

Prior to being involved in the NexGSD project, Paolo Tell received a MSc in Software Development and Technology from the ITU, a MSc in Information Technologies, and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Udine, Italy. Before joining ITU, he also worked for various companies in the area of Udine and Gorizia as a programmer. Among the projects followed, he participated in the Eurofighter Full Mission System simulator project: a cooperative endeavor involving Italy, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Rasmus E Jensen

Rasmus Eskild Jensen

Rasmus Eskild Jensen is a Ph.D. fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen. His research interests include Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Work Practices in Global Software Development, Cultural differences and similarities, Domain Specific Knowledge and Relation Technologies. In this project Rasmus will focus on work place studies of global software development teams delivering the empirical background for the design process.

Before being employed as a Ph.D. fellow in the NexGSD project, Rasmus worked as a research assistant on the project and has also held several positions as teaching assistant within the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Rasmus holds a B.Sc. in Political Science and a M.Sc. in Information Technologies

Morten EsbensenMorten Esbensen - web

Morten Esbensen is a Ph.D. fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen. His research interests include Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Mobile and Distributed Systems, Pervasive Computing and Human-Computer Interaction. In this project, Morten will focus on creating novel technologies supporting Global Software Development.

Before being employed in the NexGSD project, Morten worked as a student programmer on two research projects at ITU; SPOPOS and MiniGrid.

Morten holds a B.Sc. in Software Development and is pursuing M.Sc. in Software Development while doing his Ph.D.

Muhhammad-nyMuhammad Aufeef Chauhan

Muhammad Aufeef Chauhan is a Ph.D. fellow at IT University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on architecture of software systems for cloud computing environments, evolution of traditional software system into software as a service (SaaS) model and how cloud computing paradigm can help in addressing challenges related to Global Software Development (GSD). In this project he is working on infrastructure development that can host next generation of GSD tools.

He holds a bachelor (B.Sc.) and master (M.Sc.) degrees in Computer Science. Before starting his PhD, he has been involved in software development activities in globally distributed environments. He has more than 5 years of industrial experience working on financial applications; targeting solutions for prepaid debit cards and banking sector using JavaEE technologies.

Thomas Tøth


Thomas Tøth is a Ph.D. fellow at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Thomas Tøth’s research focusses on how efficient team work and team spirit can be established in teams that are geographically dispersed and culturally diverse with specific focus on cooperation between Indian vendors and subsidiaries and counterparts in Northern Europe.

Specifically Thomas Tøth is currently researching how trust is created and sustained in geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams and how factors such as processes; organizational design; cultural intelligence; control mechanisms; and maturity in virtual communication using collaboration software affects the ability to work efficiently in such teams.

Before joining CBS Thomas has gained substantial practice experience with global software delivery holding first being expatriated to Bangalore, India as a Liaison Officer in a 500+ offshore development center for a major financial institution in Denmark, where he among other tasks had management responsibilities for a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) team. Furthermore Thomas Tøth has experience managing offshore IT-development teams as well as business-IT consulting among other things.

Thomas Tøth holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Philosophy from Copenhagen Business School

Mansooreh Zahedi

Mansooreh Zahedi is a Ph.D. student at IT University of Copenhagen. Her research interests include Global Software Development (GSD), qualitative research methods, evidenced-based software engineering and human-centric factors in SE. Her focus is on software engineering processes, practices and tools for globally distributed development teams. She empirically studies cross-organizational collaboration of GSD team members, associated challenges and potential solutions.

She holds European double master degree in software engineering and has around 4 years of industrial experiences working as a software developer on financial software systems.

MajumdarArchisman Majumdar

Archisman Majumdar is a Doctoral Candidate in the area of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His research interests include social computing, virtual teams, technology adoption, knowledge management and the implications of the entry of the digital natives into organizations. Archisman’s thesis focuses on the implications of social computing on virtual teams, specifically investigating the role of frequent usage of such tools in personal life on the actual usage of such tools in work settings.

He holds a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He was working as a software engineer in the IT industry, in Bangalore, prior to joining his PhD program.

Stina-nyStina Matthiesen

Stina Matthiesen is a Ph.D. student at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research interest include Work Practices in Global Software Development, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Pervasive Computing and Human-Computer Interaction. Her expertise is to interlink global collaborative work processes with her technical knowledge, and to understand the complexities of global collaborative arrangements and how these enable or constrain the global organization. In this project Stina will focus on ethnographic studies of collaborative work practices in global software development teams delivering the empirical background for the design process.

Stina holds a B.Sc. in Software Development and a M.Sc. Software Development and Technologies. Before being employed as a Ph.D. student in the NexGSD project, Stina worked as a student assistant in the Global Interaction Research Initiative at ITU (GIRI2.0).

Steven JeurisSteven Jeuris

Steven Jeuris is a Ph.D. Student at the Pervasive Interaction Technology Lab (PIT Lab)” working on Next Generation Technologies for Global Software Development (NeXGSD) where he applies Activity-Based Computing (ABC) principles throughout the lifecycle of software development to improve tool integration and improve knowledge transfer between coworkers.

As part of his master’s degree in Game and Media Technology at the University of Utrecht he did a thesis on how to manage activities in an ABC system to which end he created Laevo. His interests lie in software development, human-computer interaction and multimedia including game development. Previously he got a BSc in Applied Informatics at the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, after which he worked for several years as a software deve loper at AIM Productions on interactive hometrainer software as well as other multimedia applications.