Karin Väyrynen



Karin Väyrynen is a university lecturer in the INTERACT research unit, and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu. She has a background in Information Systems (IS) research, with a focus on communication and collaboration in a variety of contexts. In her Ph.D. thesis, she studied software business in industrial organizations, and later on has investigated global virtual team management.  Her current research focus is on digital transformation on an industry-level, and more specifically on the digitalization of the Finnish taxi industry and the effect of public policy making on digital transformation. Väyrynen has co-supervized several Ph.D. thesis in the area of connected health. She has mainly employed in-depth qualitative research methods and has broad experience in interpretive qualitative research and analysis. She has participated in several EU-funded projects. Her research has been published in leading IS conferences and journals.

Research interests

  • digital transformation
  • regulation
  • policy
  • information systems


Research groups

  • University Lecturer, INTERACT

Selected publications

  • Lanamäki, Arto; Väyrynen, Karin; Kinnula, Marianne; Laari-Salmela Sari (2020) Examining relational digital transformation through the unfolding of local practices of the Finnish taxi industry. - Journal of strategic information systems 29 (3), 101622 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Väyrynen, Karin; Kinnula, Marianne (2012) Differences between success factors of IS quasi-outsourcing and conventional outsourcing: a case study of two Finnish companies. - Electronic Markets 22 (1), 49-61 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Väyrynen, Karin; Hekkala, Riitta; Liias, Tuula (2013) Knowledge protection challenges of social media encountered by organizations. - Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce 23 (1-2), 34-55 [Self-archived]
  • Grundstrom, Casandra; Korhonen, Olli; Väyrynen, Karin; Isomursu, Minna (2020) Insurance Customers' Expectations for Sharing Health Data: Qualitative Survey Study. - JMIR medical informatics 8 (3), e16102 . [Original]
  • Korhonen, Olli; Väyrynen, Karin; Krautwald, Tino; Bilby, Glenn; Broers, Hedwig Anna Theresia; Giunti, Guido; Isomursu, Minna (2020) Data-Driven Personalization of a Physiotherapy Care Pathway: Case Study of Posture Scanning. - JMIR rehabilitation and assistive technologies 7 (2), e18508 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Grundstrom, Casandra; Väyrynen, Karin; Iivari, Netta; Isomursu, Minna (2019) Making Sense of the General Data Protection Regulation - Four Categories of Personal Data Access Challenges. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 8-11 2019, Grand Wailea, Maui. Ei sarjaa/No series. 5039-5048. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Väyrynen, Karin; Lanamäki, Arto (2020) Policy Ambiguity and Regulative Legitimacy of Technology: Legal indeterminacy as result of an ambiguous taximeter regulation. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - Proceedings of the ICIS 2020 – Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Globalm, December 13-16, 2020. Virtual conference. Ei sarjaa/No series, 1567. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Väyrynen, Karin; Iivari, Juhani (2015) The competitive potential of IT applications : an analytical-argumentative evaluation. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - ICIS 2015 : Proceedings the Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems. Fort Worth, Texas from December 13-16, 2015. International Conference on Information Systems, 5
  • Lanamäki, Arto; Väyrynen, Karin; Iivari, Netta; Kinnula, Marianne; Ventä-Olkkonen, Leena; Laari-Salmela, Sari (2019) Is a taximeter a guarantee of honesty or a barrier to entry? Exploring technology discourses as consequences of policy ambiguity. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-14, 2019. Ei sarjaa/No series, 55. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Väyrynen, Karin; Lanamäki, Arto; Lindman, Juho (2018) Mobile applications as carriers of institutional pressures: A case of the finnish taxi industry. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - Nordic Contributions in IS Research. 9th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2018, Odder, Denmark, August 5–8, 2018, Proceedings. Nielsen J.A.; Müller S.D.. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing 326. Cham. 55-68. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Lanamäki, Arto; Väyrynen, Karin (2016) Six Issues in Which IS and CSCW Research Communities Differ. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - COOP 2016 : Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, 23-27 May 2016, Trento, Italy. De Angeli, Antonella; Bannon, Liam; Marti, Patrizia; Bordin, Silvia. Ei sarjaa/No series. New York, NY. 3-19. [Original]
  • Väyrynen Karin Elisabeth, Hekkala Riitta (2015) The concept of maintaining face in global virtual teams. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - 2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Ei sarjaa/No series. 432-441
  • Hekkala Riitta; Väyrynen Karin; Wiander Timo (2012) Information Security Challenges of Social Media for Companies. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - ECIS 2012 Proceedings. European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). 20th European Conference on Information Systems. 1-10, 56