LUISS “Guido Carli” (www.luiss.edu) is one of the most prestigious Italian independent universities, strongly cooperating with the main Italian research institutions, industries, and public administrations.The Research Center on Information Systems (CeRSI) is the unit of the LUISS in charge of both base and applied research in the areas of information systems (IS), enterprise software and knowledge platforms, organization studies, and information and communication technologies. CeRSI regularly runs scientific research and consultancy activities, and participate to national, European, and international R&D programs. CeRSI also promotes the development of research in cooperation with most prominent Italian and foreign scientific communities, and performs, upon request by public or private, national or international, organizations, scientific counselling and researches in the aforementioned thematic areas.
CeRSI is one amongst the most relevant research centers in the area of IS in Italy, not only for the quality of the research activities performed, but also for having contributed to the birth and to the growth of the itAIS, the Italian Chapter of the AIS, and for having promoted and coordinated the role of the Italian academic and scientific community, especially at an international level. In the international landscape, even though it cannot compete with institutions with a more large and solid experience, CeRSI is credited of a relevant position achieved mainly thanks to the participation to a high number of international research projects, the agreements on scientific cooperation, and the contributions to the organization of several international events.
Research at CeRSI is done in conjunction with project activities in which CeRSI members participate in the iterative phases of designing and evaluating IT artefacts. A multidisciplinary team of IS scholars with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, economics, management, cognitive and political sciences collaborate in both project and research activities by bringing together a multiplicity of methods for planning interventions and analyzing phenomena from different perspectives. This approach allows addressing relevant problems and engaging in national and international cooperation with other universities and research institutions.
Research at CeRSI focuses on three subject areas. The first is related to innovative forms of collaborative environments in which IT has the potential to influence the dynamics of complex adaptive systems. The second is related to organizational learning processes and capability development. The third refers to IT governance models, methods and tools in relationship with the evolution of new IT solutions. Information systems in these areas are viewed as networks of interacting agents surrounded by some existing information infrastructure. New models, methods and tools are needed for guiding the emergence of desired behaviours of individuals, communities, and organizations in each specific context. Among the more recent application domains for these concepts are social assistance, tourism, and industrial districts.