Dan Harnesk

Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Luleå University of Technology
Department: Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Division: Computer Science
Research Area: Information systems
Email: Dan.Harnesk@ltu.se
Phone: +46 (0)920 491041
Room: A3208 - show on map »
City: Luleå

Associate Professor in the subject Computer and Systems Science.

I mainly do  information security research  focusing on the context in which security is planned, managed, and enacted by computer users. This could be described as a socio-technical, or socio-organizational view that for some years now has influenced my research. I have particular interest for the interplay between security management and computer users security behavior. 


My research approach has always been based on qualitative methods to which ANT, Organzational routines, strategic management theory, organizational psychology are examples of informing elements. I take particular interest in exploring the ways that information security influence and shape work practices in organizations. Following that, I have recently begun to study information security practises with a perspective grounded in the sociomaterial view on IT artifacts. The fundamental assumption is here that information security is entangled and entwined with human activities performed in work processes within and between organizations. This is in many ways challenging to the traditional view of information security, which posit for example that information protection is the dominant mode in the organizational context. To me, it is therefore interesting to learn more about ways to safeguard information assets, while at the same time allowing organizational members to enact these safeguards in order to enhance interpersonal communication practises.


  1. Genre-based assessment of information and knowledge security risks

    Padyab, A. M. ,Päivärinta, T.&Harnesk, D.2014 In :Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences .p. 3442-345110 p. 6759030

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article in journal

  2. Rethinking the information security risk practices: a critical social theory perspective

    Thapa, D.&Harnesk, D.2014 In :Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences .p. 3207-32148 p. 6758999

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article in journal

  3. A framework for classifying design research methods

    Harnesk, D.&Thapa, D.2013Design Science at the Intersection of Physical and Virtual Design: 8th International Conference, Desrist 2013, Helsinki, Finland, June 11-12,2013, Proceedings.. vom Brocke, J., Hekkala, R., Ram, S. & Rossi, M. (eds.). New York:Springer ,p. 479-4855 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; No. 7939).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings


Published: 21 June 2011

Updated: 25 September 2013

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