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How to find us prof. dr. E.W. (Egon) Berghout

prof. dr. E.W. Berghout

prof. dr. E.W. Berghout
+31 50 36 34111 (Secretary)

Egon Berghout is Part-time Professor of Business & ICT (2001). His research interests cover the entire field of Information Management, Information Systems and philosophy in general. His specialisations concern the economic aspects of information technology and its management & control. How organisations create and sustain superior (competitive) performance through information technology, such as Big Data and other innovations? A list of recent publications can be found on this website.

The field of IT Economics is a fascinating research area, because ICT challenges our existing industrial organization and the fundamental laws of economics. Researchers in the field of IT Economics try to identify successful strategies for ICT employment, often through the investigation of eminent business successes or failures. Our theoretical contribution concerns validation of economic theories and methodology development for successful application of ICT. 

Current research projects concern:

- Evaluation of legacy systems (Arnold Commandeur).

- IT Security Behaviour - Measures and Effects.

Information systems are just starting to emerge and will continue to radically change our life. They will dramatically improve our productivity, our healthcare, our mobility and our educational systems. ICT will help people destroying totalistic regimes. ICT will, however, not emerge without backsides. One of my biggest concerns is that ICT might, strangely enough, decrease our social skills. People will still feel similarly lonely or popular independent of their number of Facebook contacts, however, due to the sheer number of these contacts, friendships might seem interchangeable and this is against the core notion of friendship, which should be irrevocable by nature.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Groningen, Egon Berghout held the rank of Assistant and Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, where he initiated the Centre for IT Economics Research in 1992. His fascination for IT Economics initiated when he was confronted with several substantial IT investments at Philips International, where he served as Corporate IT Management Consultant. He has been working as Part-time Executive Consultant for M&I/Partners (1997-2012) and the Information Management Institute (since 2012). 

Professor Berghout obtained a MSc in Economics/Information Management from Tilburg University and in IT Auditing and Advisory from Erasmus University. He received a PhD in Technical Sciences (Informatics) from Delft University of Technology. He was Research Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). He is is associated to TIAS Business School and Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance and Associate Fellow of SOM.

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