Odd Steen

Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Information Systems, Social aspects

Research

My primary research interests are Business Rules Approach and Business Decision Management. During 2014 to 2017 I am working in the EU-FP7 project S-HELP. My main task in this project is currently conceptual modelling of terms and facts, business processes and decisions.

Teaching

I am course director for the Business Decision Management master course and for the Bachelor and Masters theses courses. In theses courses I teach on business models, business rules approach, theses writing, and quant and qual research methods. I also teach on conceptual OO modeling, enterprise architecture, and enterprise engineering in other courses.

 

1. Teaching/Course responsibility:

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Course Director, lecturer, supervisor, examiner

- Course name: Informatik: Examensarbete (uppsats) för kandidatexamen

- Course code: SYSK16

- Number of clock hours: 122

 

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Course Director

- Course name: Informationssystem: Lärandeportfölj

- Course code: SYSG06

- Number of clock hours: 2

 

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Course Director, lecturer, supervisor, examiner

- Course name: Informatik: Magisteruppsats

- Course code: INFM10

- Number of clock hours: 216

 

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Lecturer

- Course name: Informatik: Introduktion till informationssystem

- Course code: SYSA21

- Number of clock hours: 240

 

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Lecturer

- Course name: Informationssystem: IS- och verksamhetsutveckling

- Course code: SYSB13

- Number of clock hours: 185

 

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Lecturer

- Course name: Informatik: Business Decision Management

- Course code: INFN50

- Number of clock hours: 165

 

 

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2. Supervision of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): 1

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 8

 

3. Examiner of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): 4

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 7

 

 

4. Briefly describe development work in education – renewal of curriculum and/or pedagogical development:

Good contact with James Taylor, a guru in BDM. Last year he made a much appreciated video lecture developed directly for our course. This year, we hope he has the opportunity to come here, but we will in any case have his participation in the course.

 

I have also engaged Lucas van Biert as guest lecturer at INFN50. He is a former student from the course and has worked with BDM at Goldman Sachs in London and now at Business & Decision in Utrecht. He has extensive practical experience of BDM, decision modeling and development work on standards, etc. His guest lecture was much appreciated last year and we are glad he will be here this year as well.

 

Otherwise, I have continued to build more BDM in the INFN50 course. So far, there is a lack of literature to support this. Taylor & Purchase released a book about this last year. I have expertly reviewed it before publishing and now introduced it as a course literature. I have ordered and read a whole new book by Bruce Silver about decision-making and DMN. I have also looked at the tools for DMN in addition to DFM and told the students about it. INFN50 is still a course where Business Rules (BR) are central, but the anchoring of BR as decision logic within BDM is clarified.

 

Since the course is elective and competing with significantly simpler parallel courses with high grades, I reduced the work load for the students last year. There was a little less literature and the formal exam was removed. Hopefully, it is not as comparatively dissuasive as before. In relation to HT16, we had twice as many students on the course last year.

 

This year the mandatory and quite demanding course INFN01 was moved to autumn semester second period. Hence, two of the department’s most demanding courses are given in parallel. As was expected to happen, much fewer students began the BDM course this year. To cope with the high workload, I have given the students the option to not implement anything in IBM ODM. If they chose this option they will not be able to get grades A and B.

 

 

5. Involvement of guest teachers:

- Course name: Business Decision Management

- Course code: INFN50

- Name of guest teacher and company/organization: James Taylor, CEO Decision Management Solutions

 

- Course name: Business Decision Management

- Course code: INFN50

- Name of guest teacher and company/organization: Lucas van Biert, BPM/BDM Analyst Business&Decision

 

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6. Programme responsibility (name of programme)

 

 

7. Additional work in education (e.g. planning, implementation, and pedagogical leadership)

 

 

 

8. Briefly describe your work with IT-supported teaching and learning 

Group division and booking of meetings in L@L, hand out and hand in of take-home exams, assignment and case-delivery in L@L, all material for courses is available in L@L, much communication with students through L@L. Uses Websphere Application Server 8.5 on the INFN50 course with local components and remote components for IBM ODM 8.6. We have accounts for DecisionsFirst Modeler (DFM) for students for web-based decision modeling according to OMG DMN 1.2. In addition, we use various other modeling tools such as Visual Paradigm and Eclipse for Java. I have begun to use Inspera for test and assignments.

 

9. Production of cases, publications on teaching and learning, teaching materials and textbooks

 

Recent research outputs

Rauner, M. S., Niessner, H., Steen Odd, Pope, A., Neville, K., O’Riordan, S., Sasse, L. & Tomic, K., 2018 Jun, In : Central European Journal of Operations Research. 26, 2, p. 485-530

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Odd Steen, Pope, A., Rauner, M., Nicklas Holmberg, Woodworth, S., O'Riordan, S., Niesser, H. & Neville, K., 2017, Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction. Springer, p. 183-197 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 501).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Rauner, M., Niessner, H., Neville, K., Pope, A., Woodworth, S., Odd Steen & Nicklas Holmberg, 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

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