During the last ten years I have had a few different research interests:

  • The mobile phone has during the last twenty years reformed the IT-industry and the user experience of digital technology. Since 1999 I have research mobile technology: PDA:s, mobile phones and laptops. At the moment, the mobile phone is disrupting the Internet and the online experience as the phone and tablets are taking over. Now, mobile payments, m-commerce adds another layer to the complexity of the mobile user experience. As the networked publics like Facebook and Twitter goes mobile the user experience and the consumption patterns will be affected in a way that we only just started to understand. This is my primary area of research for the moment.
  • Learning and IT in Higher Education. For many years now I have studied students use of IT and been part of several projects with such an interest. We have focused on one-to-one, organizational effects, effects on the personal learning situation etc.
  • Since 2004 I have developed what I call a Hybrid Perspective. It is a analytical framework based on Actor-Network Theory and Sociomateriality that treats the laptoper as a hybrid, thus a combination between a human and a specific technology, in this case a laptop. This perspective was developed as a critique regarding the oversimplistic notion of user and as a way to acknowledge not only the social, but also the materiality of a laptoping practice.
  • Laptoping as practice means that it is not the technology per se that is of interest but how the technology is integrated, affect and co-create a new type of situation and practice. Thus, it is not a Lecture + Laptop that I have studied, but a whole new situation not comparable to the non-laptop diluted situation.
  • The laptop and social interaction. I have used Goffman and his Interaction Order and framework of Involvement to analys the social interaction around the laptoper. Here I developed notions such as Screensaver Fear, Online Tics, Breadcrumbs of Interaction, Screen Peeking, Alt+Tab culture in combination with Goffmans notions of substitute companion, mutual monitoring, minimal main involvemnt, Alibi.
  • Knowledge Management and Knowledge Management Systems.