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Assistant Professor, Temple University

Aleksi Aaltonen is a management scholar and successful entrepreneur with thirty years of experience in digital innovation. He is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of the PhD Business Administration in MIS at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, where he studies data-based innovation and organizing. His research has been published in top academic journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Management Information Systems.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, Temple University
  • 2014–2018
    Assistant professor, University of Warwick
  • 2013–2014
    Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2011–2013
    Postdoc and Project Researcher, Hanken School of Economics


  • 2011 
    The London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of Helsinki, Master of Social Sciences


  • 2023
    Comparing Platform Owners' Early and Late Entry into Complementary Markets, MIS Quarterly
  • 2023
    The Performative Production of Trace Data in Knowledge Work, Information Systems Research
  • 2023
    What Is Missing from Research on Data in Information Systems? Insights from the Inaugural Workshop on Data Research, Communications of the Association for Information Systems
  • 2021
    The Making of Data Commodities: Data Analytics as an Embedded Process, Journal of Management Information Systems
  • 2015
    Building Governance Capability in Online Social Production: Insights from Wikipedia, Organization Studies
  • 2015
    Cumulative Growth in User-Generated Content Production: Evidence from Wikipedia, Management Science
  • 2014
    Everything Counts in Large Amounts: A Critical Realist Case Study on Data-based Production, Journal of Information Technology
  • 2013
    The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts, MIS Quarterly

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Information Systems