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Dr. Niels Bjørn-Andersen is Professor at the Department of Information Systems at Copenhagen Business School. He has been director of a range of research centers including ERP development Laboratory and Center for e-Commerce.
He teaches IT strategy and digitalization for innovation and has driven a number of large EU projects including Quality of life in Information Society, Facilitation of e-business, and Trade facilitation using IT. He was president of the global Association for Information Systems, and has received its LEO award for lifetime achievement as one of only a handful of Europeans. He has also received the price of Dedicated enthusiast by the Danish Association of IT managers, and has been knighted by the Queen of Denmark. He has been visiting professor in Australia, England, France, New Zealand, and the US. He actively collaborates with the IT industry and CIO’s in Denmark and abroad.
His first priority is digitalization of organizations for increased effectiveness and innovation. He believes that all organizations in the EU must embrace and utilize the potential of the digital technologies.
The facilitation of global trade through the deployment of a dedicated IT based eco-system for international sea traffic for increased effectiveness, security and sustainability (less CO2 emission) is the second priority of Dr. Bjørn-Andersen. According to the World Economic Forum, if the least efficient trade lanes could be improved to the level of the average trade lane, it would mean a 5 % increase in global GDP. EU has to lead the way towards the new standards, new services and more effective systems.
His third priority is e-learning especially on university level. He says, "Most still see university education as a craft or an art, where professors basically do their own programs. MOOCs and blended learning have only started to scratch the surface of industrialization, but old tricks die very hard in universities. IT provides exceptional opportunities for enhancing learning high above the traditional lectures.”