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Dr Elham Shafiei Gol
Lecturer in Information Systems

Eastern Gateway 103a


Elham is an Assistant Professor (lecturer) of Information Systems in the division of sustainability and innovation at Brunel Business School. For a number of years, she worked in the Banking industry as a business analyst and a usability researcher before undertaking her doctoral studies in the Department of Digitalization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Elham’s research interests include digital transformation and the future of work, digital labour platforms, creative crowdworking, digital innovation and responsible innovation. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on how creative crowdwork, a sociotechnical work system constituted through a set of relationships that connect organizations, individuals, technologies, and work activities through online platforms, is governed and organized to create value for job providers in the form of co-creation, inbound open innovation, and absorptive capacity. 

She has published her research outcomes in one of the top journals in IS field ( ABS 4) and with highly competitive conferences in the information system era, including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems and the ICIS and ECIS conferences. She also serves as a reviewer for different journals such as the Journal of Strategic Information Systems and Information &  Management Journal. Elham is a member of the Association of Information research (AIS), Special Interest Group E-Business, AIS Women’s Network, and Platform Economy Interest Group (PEIG) at the University of Oxford.


  • PhD in IS, from Copenhagen Busines School (CBS), Department of Digitalization 
  • MSc in Information Technology, from Amirkabir University of Technology

Newest selected publications

Shafiei Gol, E. (2021) 'Creative Crowdwork Arrangements'. PhD Thesis.

Thesis dissertation

Shafiei Gol, E. (2020) 'Organizing Work on Creative Crowdwork Platforms: A Practice Perspective'.JMS Conference 2020: The Future of Work- University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Storbritannien. Birmingham, UK. 2 - 3 April.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Shafiei Gol, E., Avital, M. and Stein, M-K. (2019) 'Crowdwork platforms: juxtaposing centralized and decentralized governance'.27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden. 15 - 14 June. Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS).Open Access Link

Conference paper

Shafiei Gol, E., Stein, M-K. and Avital, M. (2019) 'Crowdwork platform governance toward organizational value creation'. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 28 (2). pp. 175 - 195. ISSN: 0963-8687 Open Access Link

Journal article

Shafiei Gol, E., Stein, M-K. and Avital, M. (2018) 'Why take the risk? Motivations of highly skilled workers to participate in crowdworking platforms'.Thirty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems. San Francisco, CA, USA. 30 - 16 December. Proceedings of the Thirty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2018. pp. 1 - 9.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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