Researcher

My Expertise

  • Digital Resilience in crises, emergencies, digital shocks, and exclusion
  • Industry-engaged experiential learning 

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Information systems, Information systems organisation and management

Biography

Dr. Yenni Tim works on challenges at the intersection of digital capacity, resilience, and societal progress, currently as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Systems and Technology Management, UNSW Business School.

Her research program develops understanding on the effective design, deployment, and use of digital technologies to anticipate, absorb, and adapt to major technological, organisational, and societal shocks, as well as to...view more

Dr. Yenni Tim works on challenges at the intersection of digital capacity, resilience, and societal progress, currently as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Systems and Technology Management, UNSW Business School.

Her research program develops understanding on the effective design, deployment, and use of digital technologies to anticipate, absorb, and adapt to major technological, organisational, and societal shocks, as well as to advance resilient and sustainable development. The in-depth field work and action design research projects Yenni has completed to date address challenges related to the effective leveraging of digital technologies for pandemic and disaster response, digital disadvantages, environmental sustainability, digital shocks, and social exclusions.

Yenni is a recipient of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Early Career Award, the Association's highest distinction for young scholars. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Information Systems Journal (2020 - present) and the European Journal of Information Systems (incoming, 2023), as well as a Managing Editor for the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (2019 - present). Yenni also regularly contributes reviews to journals (e.g., ISR, JSIS, EJIS, ISJ, I&O, I&M) for research relevant to digital (including cyber) resilience, digital social innovation, technology affordances, and/or use qualitative or design research methodologies. 

As an extension of her focus on practice-driven research, Yenni developed a tripartite ‘Sandbox’ engagement framework in 2018 and founded the UNSW Sandbox Program (unsw.to/sandbox) in November 2019 to empower three-way partnerships among industry practitioners, academics, and university students. Within 3 years, the Sandbox Program has grown into a platform that affords tripartite collaboration at scale and generates outcomes across education, research, and social impact. 

In terms of educational outcomes, the Sandbox Program has provided over 6,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students across the Information Systems, Actuarial Studies, Commerce, and Marketing programs at UNSW the opportunity to be exposed to contemporary industry challenges and know-how. Students work directly with academic experts and over 140 industry practitioners from 22 organisations, such as WWF Australia, Ernst & Young, the Australian Red Cross, KPMG, Microsoft, and Roche Australia, to co-create solutions for over 60 business and societal challenges. The impact of the Sandbox Program has been recognised by three national awards and two university innovation awards in the 3 years since its inception.

 


My Qualifications

PhD Information Systems, UNSW Sydney | Master of Science, National University of Singapore


My Awards

  • AIS Early Career Award - by Association for Information Systems (AIS) (2021)
  • Dean's Emerging Leadership Award - by UNSW Business School (2021)
  • Value in Action Award - by UNSW Business School (2021)
  • The Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation by UNSW (2020)
  • Dean’s Research Fellow – by UNSW Business School (2020 to 2022)
  • National Award of ICT Educator of the Year – by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) (2019)
  • Best Poster Award at 2019 Learning and Teaching Forum – by UNSW Office of the PVC Education (2019)
  • John Prescott Award for Outstanding Teaching Innovation – by UNSW Business School (2019)
  • Staff Excellence Award for Research Achievement – by the UNSW Business School (2018)
  • The Professor M Weinstock Memorial Prize Most Innovative Completed PhD – by UNSW Business School (2018)
  • Best Practice-oriented Paper Award – by the International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS) (2017)

My Research Activities

  • Co-Lead for Sustainability and Resilience Research, at the Digital Sustainability Knowledge Hub (DS Hub), UNSW Business School - 2021 to present
  • Associate Editor for the Information Systems Journal (ISJ) (ABDC A* Journal) – 2020 to present
  • Managing Editor for the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS) (ABDC A* Journal) – 2019 to present
  • Core Member of the Digital Enablement Research Network (DERN), UNSW Business School – 2016 to present

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

  • Digital Resilience and Sustainability
  • Industry-engaged Research
  • Design Research

Currently supervising

  • Digital Sustainability 
  • Resilient Strategy for the Future of Work (completed)

My Engagement


My Teaching

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Location

2085, Level 2, Quadrangle Building E15

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Videos

(AUSCert) Using data analytics to cultivate cyber resilience
UNSW Sandbox Program - Project Showcase
(UNSW Business School) How the Sandbox Education Program partners with industry
(UNSW Business School) Why is cyber security so important during a pandemic?
(UNSW Business School) How important is digital transformation?
(BITSA) Podcast on the value of Information Systems