Seminaras "Complex Systems Thinking and Systems of Systems Management in IS”

On May 5-6 VMU hosts a doctoral seminar „Complex Systems Thinking and Systems of Systems Management in IS”. This is the second time this seminar is hosted at VDU. Repeating the success of the last year’s seminar, this time VMU is welcoming PhD researchers from several European countries, including Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Latvia, and Finland.


The seminar is hosted by such world-class professors as Roman Beck from IT University in Copenhagen and John King from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, as well as the local organiser Vladislav V. Fomin from VMU Faculty of Informatics.


The aim of this doctoral seminar is organise an inter-disciplinary dialogue around the philosophical grounding of complex system thinking, looking into different aspects of Information Systems, Management, and “the systems of systems management” – the complicated, sometimes complex social-technical systems which form the basis of modernity, which surround us at every moment of private and professional life, and which, in one or another way, are part of the Global Information Infrastructure.


Designed as inter-disciplinary seminar, this event gathers doctoral students from different departments – from Applied Informatics to Economics and Management, to International Banking and Finances – reflecting on the profound role of Information Systems in the contemporary world, on the complexity of the managerial and organisational issues at stake.


The official website of the seminar is hosted by Goethe Frankfurt university:


Inquiries on the seminar can be sent to Prof. Vladislav V. Fomin, Faculty of Informatics, VDU:


Short biographies of the hosts of the seminar: 




Roman Beck


Before joining ITU in Copenhagen as full professor in February 2014, Roman has been assistant professor and the E-Finance and Services Science Chair at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. There, he was the principal investigator of the research project „Financial Business Grids”, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research between 2007 and 2010.  Within the E-Finance Lab, he heads research on services sourcing, services management, and services engineering since 2008. Also since 2008, he conducts research in the area of IT cooperations within public private partnerships together with the ISPRAT institute.  As PhD student, Roman coordinated the research project IT Standards and Network Effects, funded by the German National Science Foundation between 2000 and 2004. Since 2001 he was also responsible for the German part of the multi-national research project Globalization and E-commerce, coordinated by CRITO, University of California at Irvine. 


As a visiting scholar, he spent three months at CRITO, University of California at Irvine in 2003 and further two months at the School of Information, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2004. In 2008, he was visiting professor at the CIS Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University at Atlanta for three months and spent another two months at NYU Stern in 2010. During his research sabbatical in 2012, he was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra for three months.


His research focuses on the role of IT services sourcing, services management, and services engineering with a special focus on IS outsourcing, social media, and virtualization. He is interested in institutional logics of organizations, organizational mindfulness, and awareness. Roman serves as Senior Editor for the JITTA and as Associate Editor for BISE and has published over 25 journal and 80 peer-reviewed conference articles in outlets such as MISQ, JIT, CAIS, IT&P, BISE, ICIS, and others.


Until today, Roman has raised € 3.31 Mio research grants from the US and German National Science Foundation, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and private organisations.




John Leslie King


John Leslie King is W.W. Bishop Professor of Information and former Dean of the School of Information and former Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at Michigan in 2000 after twenty years on the faculties of computer science and management at the University of California at Irvine.  He has published more than 180 academic and professional books and research papers from his research on the relationship between changes in information technology and changes in organizations, institutions, and markets.  He has been Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, distinguished visiting professor at the National University of Singapore and at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Frankfurt.  From 1992-1998 he was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research, and has served as associate editor of many other journals. He has been a member of the Board of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and has served on the Council of the Computing Community Consortium, run by the CRA for the National Science Foundation.  He has been a member of the Advisory Committees for the National Science Foundation’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), as well as the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI). He holds a PhD in administration from the University of California, Irvine, and an honorary doctorate in economics from Copenhagen Business School. He is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Web site with research description and c.v. is




Vladislav V. Fomin


Vladislav V. Fomin is a professor at the department of Applied Informatics at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Vladislav joined VMU in 2008, after having held academic positions in such universities as University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Copenhagen Business School, Delft University of Technology, Rotterdam School of Management. Fomin holds undergraduate and Master degrees from the University of Latvia, Doctoral degree from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, and Habilitation Degree from the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.


Dr. Fomin has an extensive experience in international research and professional projects. Vladislav worked under projects funded Academy of Finland, U.S. National Science Foundation, the Danish and Korean Government’s sponsored research projects, European Framework Project, Lithuanian Science Council.


In 2010 Vladislav was elected a Steering Group member to the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) and a Management Committee member to the COST Action IC0905.


Vladislav V. Fomin is on the editorial board of the International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research (JITSR) and Baltic Journal of Modern Computing (BJMC), is serving as a reviewer for many recognized journals and is regularly invited to serve as a scientific committee member to recognized international conferences. Fomin is a member of European Academy of Standardization (EURAS) and The Association for Information Systems (AIS).


Vladislav has over 70 scientific publications in journals, conferences, and as book chapters, including Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research, Telecommunications Policy, Knowledge, Technology & Policy. Conference publications and presentations include The International Conference on Information Systems, European Conference on Information systems, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Academy of Management, and other.