Rui Dinis Sousa

Department of Information Systems | School of Engineering | University of Minho

Rui Dinis de Sousa holds a PhD in Management Information Systems from University of Georgia, USA, a Master of Science in Informatics (specialization in Information Systems) and a five-year degree in Informatics and Systems Engineering from University of Minho, Portugal.

He works in the Department of Information Systems, at the Engineering School of University of Minho, where he coordinates and teaches courses related to Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Systems for master degrees in Information Systems.

Researcher at the ALGORITMI Centre, he is a member of the Information Systems and Technologies for the Transformation of Organizations and Society group at the Information Systems and Technologies research line. His current research includes enterprise engineering taking advantage of business process management and enterprise architecture approaches, and technologies such as enterprise systems and business process management suites, areas where he has supervised several master and doctoral dissertations.

Co-editor of a book released by IGI Global on Information Systems and Technology for Organizational Agility, Intelligence, and Resilience, he is also a co-author a chapter on how to educate future IST professionals for organization design and engineering in a book by Palgrave Macmillan.

He has been involved in the committees of many international conferences, namely in the ones that are conferences of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), as associate editor of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), as local organizer of the European Conference on Information Systems and Mediterranean Conference of Information Systems (MCIS) and as program committee member of affiliated AIS conferences such as CENTERIS and Conf-IRM.

Co-founder and vice-president of the Portuguese Institute of BPM (IPBPM), he co-organized the first Portuguese BPM conference in 2008, and he been serving since then either as conference or program chair of a national annual event that brings together academics and practitioners, formerly known as BPM Lisbon conference and now Innovative Conference for Organizational and Process Innovation. He was also a co-founder of the Portuguese Chapter of the Association of Business Process Management, where he served as vice-president.

He is a board member of the Portuguese Association of Information Systems, where he serves as a Treasurer. He has been the faculty advisor for the Student Chapter of AIS at University of Minho and he was also the co-founder the Faculty Portuguese Chapter of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), where he serves now as president.

He has been involved in national projects co-funded by the European Union for the private sector, namely in the software industry sector regarding the implementation of integrated systems, and national projects for the public sector, namely, for the Ministry of Health on opportunities to improve health information systems and for Ministry of Agriculture on improvement of business processes. At the international level, he was involved in the World IT project as the lead researcher for Portugal in a project designed to examine important issues for the IT workforce in more than 40 countries.

He was the Director of a 5-year degree in Business Informatics, a 3-year degree in Information Systems and Technologies, and a master degree in Information Systems. He was appointed as Deputy Director of the Information Systems Department at University of Minho where he served for two 2-years terms. Recently, he has been nominated the coordinator of the SAP Next-Gen Lab at UMinho to explore SAP's latest technologies for digital innovation and transformation of organizations and society.