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Dr Maha Shaikh

Senior Lecturer of Digital Innovation


Tel +44 (0) 20 7848 1923


Office address Room 0.04, Chesham Building, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS







I hold a PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science. My primary area of research is open source software development. The theoretical issues driving my research include the dynamics of learning and organizing in open source collectives, material agency, and open innovation. Prior to joining King’s College London I was an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Warwick Business School. At the latter school I was course director of the main IS programme, MSc MISDI and organized research seminars where top IS scholars were invited to present and discuss their work.

My past affiliations include the LSE with a joint appointment with LERO Research Centre in Limerick, Ireland, as well as Imperial College Business School. I remain affiliated with the LSE as an Associate Researcher. I am a founding member of the AIS Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice. I serve as AE for different tracks for ICIS and ECIS conferences, and AE for the OCIS Division for the AOM conference. I am an elected international representative at large for the OCIS division for the Academy of Management (AoM).

Along with these roles I am also an Associate Editor for Information Systems Research (ISR), and an editorial board member of the Journal of Information Technology (a basket of 8 journal in IS). Warwick Business School awarded me for "Outstanding Contribution to Research" in 2016-2017, and “Outstanding Contribution to Teaching” in 2017-2018.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Distinct governance mechanisms related to open source and crowds
  • Questions related to company and open source community relationship management
  • The changing nature of open source communities
  • The role played by the open source community and its product within an ecosystem
  • Theoretical questions related to materiality, emergence, learning and organizing
Selected publications
  • Shaikh, M. and Henfridsson, O. (2017) "Governing open source software through coordination processes", Information and Organization, 27, 2, 116-135.
  • Maha Shaikh (2016) "Negotiating open source software adoption in the UK public sector", Government Information Quarterly, 1, 115-132.
  • Shaikh, M. and Vaast, E. (2016) "Folding and unfolding: balancing openness and transparency in open source communities", Information Systems Research, 27, 4, 813-833. (Runner-up best paper award from ISR 2016)
  • Cornford, T., Shaikh, M. and Ciborra, C. (2010) "Hierarchy, laboratory and collective: unveiling Linux as innovation, machination and constitution", Journal of the Association for Information System.
  • Curto-Millet, D. and Shaikh, M. (2017) "The emergence of openness in open source projects: the case of openEHR", Journal of Information Technology.
  • Fitzgerald, B., Kesan, J., Russo, B., Shaikh, M. and Succi, G. (2011) "Adopting open source software: challenges and opportunities ", MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 9780262516358

My teaching and research are tightly linked as I feel that is the best way to encourage theoretically strong ideas in students. I usually teach courses related to the digital economy, open innovation, and critically inclined materials on how new technologies like artificial intelligence and robots need to be designed so that their underlying  algorithms are visible, open, and morally/ethically thought through. 

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