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prof. dr. A. Boonstra

Professor of Information Management
prof. dr. A. Boonstra

Prof. dr. Albert Boonstra

11 september 1959.



Professor Albert Boonstra holds the Information Management chair of  the Faculty of Economics & Business at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 

He specializes in the implementation challenges of advanced information technologies and its transformative effects on organizations. He is particularly interested in social, political and organizational change implications of IT in healthcare. Health care organizations where he conducted research include Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC), University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Leeuwarden Medical Center (MCL), Red Cross Hospital Beverwijk (RKZ), and Home Care Groningen. Albert Boonstra also served as a researcher and consultant in IT enabled organizational change projects at various organizations including  ABN-Amro, Rabobank, Postbank, Royal Wagenborg, ING, Achmea Insurance, KPN, FBTO, Heineken Netherlands, NDC Publishers, Menzis, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a frequently invited speaker at international academic and practitioner oriented events.

He published his research in four text books and in various international journals, including Information Systems JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Business ResearchInformation Technology & PeopleCommunications of the ACM, International Journal of Project Management, International Journal of Information Management, Project Management Journal, New Technology, Work & Employment, Journal of Air Transport Management, Business Process Management Journal, International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, BMC Health Services Research, Journal of General Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management International Journal of Project Organisation and Management and International Journal of IT/Business Alignment and Governance.

This link  provides Google Scholar's overview of Albert Boonstra's publications and references to his work.

He also teaches courses in this field for students as well as for experienced managers. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Western Illinois, University of Glasgow, University of Aarhus, Universidade Catholica Portuguesa Lisbon, University College Dublin and Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia). He also contributes to the Business Administration Programs of Twente School of Management (TSM), Tilburg University (TIAS-Nimbas), and the Executive Master of Finance and Control and the Management and Economics of Healthcare course of the University of Groningen.

Albert Boonstra is also commited to the improvement of degree programs. In that role, he contributed to the development, evaluation and auditing of various undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs (see 'education')

Albert Boonstra earned his PhD from the University of Glasgow and holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the same university. He also holds degrees in Economics and Law.



Professor of Information Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen .
Fellow of the SOM Research Institute at the University of Groningen.
Research fellow of the Aletta School of Public Health.
Member of the research institute Innovation and Organization at the University of Groningen and the research group ICT and Organizational Change.


Doctor in Philosophy (1995), University of Glasgow, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Management Studies, Thesis title: 'Alternative Approaches to the Application of Information Systems in Professional Organisations'.

Master of Business Administration
(1991), University of Glasgow, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Management Studies.

Bachelor's degree
  (1983), Economics and Business Administration (teacher education), Groningen.        


Senior editor of Information Systems Journal.

Member of Board of Editors of Information & Management.

Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 

Senior editor of International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management.

Referee for  MIS QuarterlyEuropean Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, European Management Journal, , Information Systems Journal, Computers in IndustryInformation Technology & People Information & Management International Journal of Project Management, International Journal of Electronic Government ResearchInformation Resources Management Journal, European Conference of Information Systems, Applied Clinical Informatics, International Conference of Information Systems, Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), BMC Health Services Research. 

Team member of AACSB - accreditation process at Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, 2009-2011.

Albert Boonstra also reviews book manuscripts in his field for international publishers such as Oxford University Press, Sage, Routledge, Pearson, Palgrave and Thomson.

Supervisor of PhD projects of:
- Jim Yonazi, Adoption of eGovernment in Developing Countries, completed in June 2010; (w. Prof. Henk Sol)
- Karel de Bakker, Dialogue on Risk: Effects of Project Risk Management on IS Project Success, completed in 2011. (w. Prof. Hans Wortmann)
Karel de Bakker's thesis and other research can be downloaded from the following website:;
- Eveline Hage, How ICTs can promote quality of life in remote areas; see this link, completed in 2015 (w. dr. Marjolein van Offenbeek).
- Edin Smailhodzic, Effects of Online Health Communities on patient doctor interactions (w. dr. David Langley, TNO), to be completed in 2017;
- Franka van der Hende,
Internationalizing curricula in higher education (w. dr. Jan Riezebos);
- Magda Tasma,
Developing and implementing a decision support system for clinical practitioners of patients with psychotic disorders (w. Lentis);

Member of PhD committees of Larissa Sjarbaini, University of Groningen (2009), Ineke Delies, University of Groningen (2009), Akos Nagy University of Tilburg  (2009), Nural Indarti University of Groningen  (2010), Wouter van Diggelen, University of Groningen (2011), Annabella Habinka Basaza Ejiri, University of Groningen (2012), Victor Hermano Rebolledo, University of Valladolid (2014), Liz Teracino, University of Groningen (2017), Kenny Lienhard, University of Laussanne/IMD (2017), Nick Oostervink, Vrije Universiteit (2017), Arjan de Kok, University of Utrecht (2017), Arnold Commandeur, University of Groningen (2019), Jan-Jaap Moerman, University of Twente (2020).

Author of books in the field of ICT Management, published by Prentice Hall, including:
Managing Information Systems, an Organizational Perspective 
   (with David Boddy & Graham Kennedy). Editions in 2002, 2005 and 2009.
 - ''ICT, mensen en Organisaties" (ICT, people and organizations). Editions in 2002, 2005 and 2010.

Visiting professor of the International MBA programme of the University of Glasgow on an annual basis.

Lecturer of the Business Administration programmes of TiasNimbas business school, Twente School of Management (TSM) , Open University (OU). and the master programme of Management in Transfusion Management.

Contributor to European and Asian/Australian management summerschools.

Member of the recommendation committee of the National Congres Public Management, The City of the Future 2019.


January 2015 - January 2019: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Associate editor of the 'General IS Topics' track of the European Conference on Information Systems in Guimaraes (ECIS 2017).

Keynote speaker at the 10th IADIS International Conference on Information Systems, Budapest, 10-12 April 2017.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the AIS affiliated conference CENTERIS 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2015. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems – aligning technology, organizations and people.  

General Chair of ProjMan 2015, International Conference on Project Management.

Member of the scientific committee of the 5th edition of ProjMAN - International Conference  on Project Management, 8-10 Novembert 2017.

Member of the expert panel of the parliamentary inquiry ' ICT projects in the public sector' , May/June 2012.

2010:  Supervisor of International Business Research Vietnam. Research and consultancy for 10 Dutch companies in the Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi areas (Boskalis, Dockwise Shipping, Heinken, FMO, Royal Haskoning, Nedap-Agri, Vopak, Ooms, Septor and NedSpice).

1990-2007: Research for many profit and not-for-profit organisations on the management of information systems. These organizations include ABN-Amro, Rabo-bank, Postbank, Royal Wagenborg, ING, Achmea Insurance, FBTO, Heineken Netherlands, NDC Publishers, AMC-Hospital Amsterdam, MCL medical center Leeuwarden, University Medical Center Groningen, Menzis, KPN, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2007-2014: Programme-director of the MSc Business Administration Progam of the University of Groningen.

2004-2007:  Programme-director of the BSc Business Administration Program of the University of Groningen.

2003:  Visiting lecturer at Summerschool for Executive-MBA, held at the Griffith University (Australia, Brisbane).

2001:  Supervisor of the International Study Project India. Research and consultancy for 12 global companies in Mumbay, Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi.

1995-2000: Head of the Department of Finance and Deputy Director of the Institute of Economic and Businesss Studies at the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden.

1998- 2000: Lecturer at the doctoral programme of the Open University of the Netherlands in the following fields: Information Management, Managerial Decision Making, Diagnosing Organizations and Corporate Strategy.

1988-2000: Lecturer at the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden and project manager/consultant in different IT and organization development projects. Contributor to graduate courses (MBA) of the Leeuwarden Business School. Supervisor of undergraduate and graduate students who were working on dissertations.

1996-98: Member of the National Dutch Steering Committee (HOI) which advises Dutch Universities for higher vocational education about the teaching program in the field of IT management.

1995 and 1998: Visiting lecturer at the University of Western Illinois, USA.

1992-2005: Lecturer at the European Summer Schools for Advanced Management of 1992 (Dublin), 1993 (Lissabon), 1994 (Aarhus), Leeuwarden (1995), Glasgow (1996), Dublin (1997) en Aarhus (1999, 2000), organised by the Business Schools of the Universities of Aarhus, Glasgow, Loughborough, Lisbon and Marseille.

1996-2002: Lecturer at the Asian Summerschool for Advanced Management (AISAM) held in Penang (Malaysia) and organized by the University of Adelaide, Deakin University, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, University of Tasmania en The University of Western Australia.

1994/5: Chairman of the development group 'International Management' for the development of the Study Programme 'International Financial Studies and Law' in cooperation with representatives of: Sheffield Hallam University, Université d'Auvergne (Clermond Ferrand) and the Fachhochschule Franfurt.

1994/5: Dutch coordinator of the development of the study programma 'International Business and Management' in cooperation with the universities of Oslo (Norway), Wilhelmshafen (Germany), Valencia (Spain), Birmingham (City University), Växjo (Sweden) and Wismar (Germany). 

1983-88: Lecturer in Finance and Economics at a College in Sneek (Friesland, The Netherlands).

1982-83: Lecturer in Economics and Law at a High School (Nijenborgh) in Groningen.


Married to Aly Boven (in 1983) and father of Anke (1985), Saskia (1987) and Agnes (1989).

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