Dr. M. Sirajul Islam

Associate Professor, Department of Operations & Project Management (OPM)


A brief about Dr M Sirajul Islam (PhD, MSc, MBA, BBA)

Dr. M. Sirajul Islam (Siraj) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Operations & Project Management (OPM), Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia. He transitioned to AU's College of Business (CoB) in 2022 from the Informatics Department of Örebro University School of Business in Sweden.  Dr. Siraj specializes in teaching and research in the areas of digital transformation, Information Security Management, Fintech, eGovernment, Management Information Systems, ICTs for rural development (ICT4D), Design Science, and Qualitative methods in IS research. These specialties are evident in his more than 40 publications published in reputed international journals, conference proceedings, doctoral theses, and reports. He has over 20 years of experience as a faculty member and researcher in Sweden, Saudi Arabia, France (Erasmus+), the Czech Republic (Erasmus+), UK (Online), Bangladesh, and Rwanda. He teaches and supervises students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. In 2011, he received the Börje Langefors Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Sweden by the Swedish Academy of IS. Dr. Siraj served as the Director of the Master's Programme in Information Systems (Information Security Management) during the period 2019-2022 and led a research team called ‘ICT for Crisis Management (ICT4CM)’ within the Centre for Empirical Research on Information Systems (CERIS) at Örebro University, Sweden.  During the period 2007-2012, he served as a coordinator for the ‘Inter International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) funded by the Swedish Programme for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER-SIDA). Dr. Siraj is well-experienced in handling projects funded by external agencies, such as the Research School of Management and IT (MIT Uppsala), Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Swedish Programme for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), and Strengthening ICTD Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore). Formerly, he was a Coordinator of an international master's program in Information Systems (eGovernment specialization) designed for the University of Rwanda (based on a blended-teaching approach), which was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the project called "University of Rwanda (UR) -Sweden Programme for Research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement" (2013-2018). He was involved as a Deputy Team Leader of the 'eGovernment sub-program in this project.  Currently, he has been actively involved as an Editor of some reputed journals related to information systems, namely the Electronic Journal of Information Systems (EJISDC), Information Technology for Development (ITD), and Journal of Global Information Technology Management (JGITM).


Recent activities: 


Funded research: Cyber security and the digitalization of payment systems (Fintech) in the KSA  (AU Funded)


Track Co-Chair: Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Era of Emerging Technologies, The 15th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) and The 6th MENA Conference on Information Systems (MENACIS) 2023. https://www.ie.edu/mcis-menacis-2023/submissions/track-descriptions/


Journal Editorships 

  • Editorial Board member, Information Technology for Development (ITD), Taylor & Francis, https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=titd20 , Since April, 2020
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Taylor & Francis, https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=ugit20 , Since June, 2015
  • Editorial Board member, Electronic Journal of Information Systems (EJISDC), John Wiley & Sons, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/16814835 , Since March, 2018
  • Editor, Proceedings of the 14th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 22-24, 2017, Volume: 504




 Peer-reviewed articles 

  1. Riahi, E., & Islam, M.S. (2024). Employees’ information security awareness (ISA) in public organizations: Insights from Cross-Cultural Studies in Sweden, France, and Tunisia. Behaviour & Information Technology, DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2024.2311734 
  2. Issaoui, A., Örtensjö, J. & Islam, M.S. (2023). Exploring the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance in cloud services: insights from Swedish public organizations on privacy compliance. Future Business Journal, 9, 107. https://doi.org/10.1186/s43093-023-00285-2
  3. Islam, M. S. , Wistrand, K. & Gao, S. (2023). Learners and their learning environment in Swedish higher education: Challenges in computer-mediated learning during COVID-19. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 18(1), 35–47. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18261/njdl.18.1.4
  4. Kamil, Y. , Lund, S. & Islam, M. S. (2023). Information security objectives and the output legitimacy of ISO/IEC 27001: Stakeholders’ perspective on expectations in private organizations in Sweden. Information Systems and E-Business Management, 1-24. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10257-023-00646-y
  5. Chang, W. , Islam, M. S. , Wu, S. & Tsai, H. (2022). Factors influencing the Return on Investment of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): Exploration of ICO companies. NMIMS Management Review, 30(5), https://management-review.nmims.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Article_4.pdf
  6. Khando, K. , Islam, M. S. & Gao, S. (2022). The Emerging Technologies of Digital Payments and Associated Challenges: A Systematic Literature Review. Future Internet, 15 (1), 1-21. https://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/15/1/21
  7. Islam, M.S., Karlsson, F. (2022) Exploring the use and security challenges in the public sector cloud service procurement management in Sweden: Exploratory research. Accepted for publication in International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA), IGI-Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/ijpada.302906  (SJR Q3)
  8. Khando, K. , Gao, S. , Islam, M. S. & Salman, A. (2021). Enhancing employees information security awareness in private and public organisations: A systematic literature review. Computers & security (Print), 106. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167404821000912 (SJR Q1)
  9. Pelikan, E., Korlat, S. , & Reite, J. [and 25 others alphabetically ordered, including Islam, M. S.] (2021). Distance Learning in Higher Education During COVID-19: The Role of Basic Psychological Needs and Intrinsic Motivation for Perseverance and Procrastination. PLoS ONE (an open access scientific journal, USA), 16(10): e0257346. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0257346 (SJR Q1)
  10. Akter, S. & Islam, M. S. (2020). Factors influencing the attitude of women towards purchasing green products: An explorative case study of organic cosmetics in Sweden. Journal of Consumer Sciences, 48, 38-64. https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jfecs/article/view/201679 (SJR Q1)
  11. Mukamurenzi, S., Grönlund, Å, Islam, M.S. (2019) Challenges in implementing citizen-centric e-government services in Rwanda. Electronic Government (an International Journal), 15(3), 283-302. https://doi.org/10.1504/EG.2019.10016243 (SJR Q3)
  12. Mukamurenzi, S., Grönlund, Å, Islam, M.S. (2019) Improving qualities of e-government services in Rwanda: A service provider perspective. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. https://doi.org/10.1002/isd2.12089 (SJR Q2)
  13. Bakunzibake, P. , Klein, G. O. & Islam, M. S. (2019). E-government Implementation and Monitoring: The Case of Rwanda ‘One-Stop’ E-government. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. https://doi.org/10.1002/isd2.12086 (SJR Q2)
  14. Bakunzibake, P., Klein, G.O., Islam, S.M., (2019), E-Government Implementation Process in Rwanda: Exploring Changes in a Socio-technical Perspective, Business Systems Research, 10(1), 53-73. https://doi.org/10.2478/bsrj-2019-0005  (SJR Q3)
  15. Thangavel, G., Rostami , E., Islam, M. S. (2017) Factors influencing the non-natives parents to use educational e-services: Case study of Preschools in a Swedish municipality. International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications (IJESMA), Information Resources Management Association, IGI-Global, USA, 9(4). https://doi.org/10.4018/IJESMA.2017100103 (SJR Q4)
  16. Islam, MS, Grönlund, Å. (2016), An international literature review of 1:1 computing in schools, Journal of Educational Change, Springer, 17(2), 191-222. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10833-016-9271-y  (SJR Q1)
  17. Sahlin, J.S., Tsertsidis, A., Islam, MS (2016) Integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in elementary classrooms: Case study of Swedish municipality schools, (Journal of) Interactive Learning Environments,  Rutledge, Taylor & Francis group, UK Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2016.1170045 (SJR Q1)
  18. Islam, MS, Andersson, A (2016) Investigating choices of appropriate devices for one-to-one computing initiatives in schools worldwide, International Journal of Information and Education Technology (IJIET), 6(10), 817825. Available at http://www.ijiet.org/vol6/799-JR166.pdf (SJR Q4)
  19. Nkohkwo, Q. N., Islam, M. S. (2013) Challenges to the successful implementation of eGovernment initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Literature Review. Electronic Journal of e-Government (EJEG), 11 (1), 253-267 Available at http://www.ejeg.com/volume11/issue1/p252 (SJR Q2)
  20. Watson, R., Kunene, N., Islam, M. S. (2012). Frugal Information Systems. Information Technology for Development, Rutledge, Taylor & Francis group, UK Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02681102.2012.714349  (AJG 2, SJR Q1)
  21. Islam, M. S. (2011). Evaluation of an m-service for farmers in a developing region: A case study from rural Bangladesh. Media Asia Journal, 38 (1), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Available at https://doi.org/10.1080/01296612.2011.11726890  (SJR 0)
  22. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2011). Bangladesh Calling: Farmers’ technology use practices as a driver for development. Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD), 17 (2), Routledge, Taylor & Francis group, UK Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02681102.2010.526093 (AJG 2, SJR Q1)
  23. Islam, M. S., Scupola, A. (2011). E-service research trend in the domain of e-Government: A contemporary study. International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications (IJESMA), 3(1), 38-55, Information Resources Management Association, IGI-Global, USA Available at http://www.igi-global.com/article/internationaljournal-servicesmobile-applications/51566 (SJR Q4)
  24. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2010). An agricultural market information service (AMIS) in Bangladesh: Evaluating a mobile phone based e-service in a rural context. Information Development (IDV) journal, 26 (4) Available at http://idv.sagepub.com/content/26/4/289.abstract (SJR Q2)
  25. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2010). Factors influencing the adoption of mobile phones among the farmers in Bangladesh: Theories and practices. International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer), 04 (01), 3–13 Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/icter.v4i1.4670   
  26. Islam, M. S. (2008). Towards a sustainable E-participation implementation model. European Journal of ePractice. 5 (October 2008), European Union, ISSN : 1998-625X Available at http://www.divaportal.org/smash/get/diva2:796551/FULLTEXT01.pdf  
  27. Islam, M. S., Raihan, K., M. (2007). Natural Gas Management: A Bangladesh perspective. Journal of State University of Bangladesh (SUB), 1(2007) Available at http://www.sub.edu.bd/downloads/journal/June07/2.%20Islam_2007.pdf  
  28. Chowdhury, H. A., Islam, M.S (2007), Interest rate sensitivity of deposits and loans & advances: A comparative study between Nationalized Commercial Banks (NCBs) and Specialized Banks (SBs) , ASA University Review, 1(1), 117-129 Available at http://www.asaub.edu.bd/asaub_review.php
  29. Islam, M.S. (2006). Comparative and situational analysis of Indian and Bangladesh ICT policies. SEU Journal of Business Studies, Southeast University, Bangladesh, II(1),189-204 
  30. Islam, M. S., Ahsan, A. (2004). Integration of ICTs into the education system of Bangladesh. Journal of Business Studies, Dhaka University, XXV(2), 97-113

 Peer-reviewed conference contributions 

  1. Khando, K. , Islam, M. S. & Gao, S. (2022). Factors Shaping the Cashless Payment Ecosystem: Understanding the Role of Participating Actors, 35th Bled eConference – Digital Restructuring and Human (Re)action, June 2629, 2022 (ss. 161-186). Maribor, Slovenia: University of Maribor University Press. DOI: 10.18690/um.fov.4.2022.10  
  2. Khando, K. , Islam, M. S. & Gao, S. (2022). The Use of Structuration Theory in Empirical Information Systems Research: A Systematic Literature Review. Proceedings. Paper presented at 21st IFIP WG 6.11 Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society (I3E 2022), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, September 13–14, 2022. (pp. 327-339). Springer.
  3. Mukamurenzi, S. , Grönlund, Å. & Islam, M. S. (2021). An Information Systems Artifact Approach to Evaluate eGovernment Services in Rwanda, 14th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2021), Athens, Greece, October 6-8, 2021 (ss. 316-323). New York: ACM Press. URL: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3494193.3494304  
  4. Mukamurenzi, S., Grönlund, Å., Islam, M. S. Evaluating eGovernment Evaluation: Trend and Issues (2016). 15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2016, Guimarães, Portugal, IOS Press, 23, 123-134. URL: https://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/45096  
  1. Islam M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2013). Extending development: ICT for 'Sustainable Freedom' (ICT4SF). Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, May 2013. URL: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:630739/FULLTEXT01.pdf
  2. Islam M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2012). Investigating the relationships between accountability and governments’ transformation to eGovernment. 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012), Albany, New York, USA, Oct 22-25, 2012. ACM press. URL: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/2463728.2463785  
  3. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2012). Applying Design Science Approach in ICT4D Research: Mobile Phone based Agriculture Market Information Service (AMIS) in Bangladesh. In proceedings of European Design Science Symposium 2011 (EDSS 2011), Dublin, Ireland , Springer Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series 286, 132-143. Available at http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-336812_11  
  4. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2011). Digital Bangladesh – a change we can believe in? 2nd International Conference EGOV and the IS Perspective 2011, Toulouse, France, August 31-September 1, 2010, In proceeding. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer. Available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/5157276632889525/  
  5. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2010). The Bangladesh National Biometric Database: A Transferable Success? In Andersen et al. (2010) (Eds). First International Conference EGOV and the IS Perspective 2010, Bilbao, Spain, August 31-September 1, 2010, Proceedings. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science #6267 Available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/kw6xkm5277277x53/
  6. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2010). Agriculture Market Information Services (AMIS) in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Nature, Scopes, and Challenges. In M. A. Wimmer et al. (2010) (Eds.). IFIP e-government conference 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 30-September 2, 2010, Proceedings. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science #6228, 109-120 Available at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14799-9_10    
  7. Islam M. S., Avdic , A. (2010). Knowledge Management practices in e-Government: A developing country perspective. 4th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2010), Beijing, China, Oct 25-28, 2010 Available at http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1930321.1930338  
  8. Islam, M. S., Al-Awadhi, S. (2008). Sustainable Rural IS implementation process for developing countries : Agriculture market Information Services (AMIS) in Bangladesh. In Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development (M4D), Karlstad University Study Series, Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden, 11-12 December. Sweden Available at http://su.divaportal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:201723
  9. Islam, M. S., Grönlund, Å. (2007). Agriculture market information e-service in Bangladesh: A stakeholderoriented case analysis. In Wimmer, M., Scholl, H.J., Grönlund, Å. (2007) (Eds), 6th International Conference (EGOV 07), Regensburg, Germany, September 3-6, 2007, Proceedings. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science #4656 Available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/uq5n5377562531w1/   

 Peer-reviewed conference contributions 

  • Choudrie, J. (ed.) , Islam, M. S. (ed.) , Wahid, F. (ed.) , Bass, J. M. (ed.) & Priyatma, J. E. (ed.) (2017). Information and Communication Technologies for Development.. Springer (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 504). https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7


  • Hellberg, A-S., Islam, M.S., Karlsson, F.(2018). Säkerhet vid molnlösningar (Report in Swedish: Cloud Service Securities in the Public sector in Sweden). Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB), (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency - A Government Agency), Karlstad, Sweden. https://www.msb.se/RibData/Filer/pdf/28496.pdf  

 Doctoral Thesis 

  • Islam, M. Sirajul (2011)  “Creating opportunity by connecting the unconnected: mobile phone-based agriculture market information service for farmers in Bangladesh”. Örebro Studies in Informatics 4 (Doctoral thesis). Retrieved from http://oru.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:440147
  • (Received the Börje Langefors (second) Best doctoral dissertation award in Sweden by the Swedish Academy of IS in 2011 http://sisa-org.se/borje-langeforspriset/pristagare-2011/)



Doctoral thesis supervision 


Bakunzibake, Pierre. A Model for Process Improvement in the Implementation of e-Government Services: Plan-Do-Evaluate-Resolve (PDER).Örebro University School of Business, Sweden (PASSED, 2019)


Mukamurenzi, Solange. Designing eGovernment Service Evaluation in Rwanda. Örebro University School of Business, Sweden (PASSED, 2019)


Wairagala Wakabi (Uganda), eParticipation in authoritarian countries, Örebro University School of Business (PASSED, 2016) 


Khando, Khando. Trends and challenges in the use and management of ‘Cashless payment ecosystem’ in a connected society. Örebro University School of Business, Sweden 





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