Esko Penttinen

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
E704 Dept. Information and Service Management

Professor of Practice Esko Penttinen specializes in automation tools and use of structured data in financial value chain processes. His research interests lie in improving our understanding how automation and human work should be integrated so that the risks of potential detrimental effects (such as deskilling) can be mitigated. Esko is also interested in governance issues (such as outsourcing and enablement of virtual work processes) related to the implementation of automation tools and cloud computing. Esko conducts empirical research (both qualitative and quantitative) around electronic financial systems, cloud-based accounting information systems, government reporting, and electronic invoicing.

Besides research and teaching, Esko leads the Real-Time Economy Competence Center at Aalto University and is chairman of XBRL Finland.

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Real-time economy, Electronic commerce, Electronic invoicing, Xbrl, Information systems, Information economy


Deciding on the robotic process automation operating model: A checklist for RPA managers

Aleksandre Asatiani, Olli Copeland, Esko Penttinen 2023 Business Horizons

Security by envelopment: a novel approach to data-security-oriented configuration of lightweight-automation systems

Aleksandre Asatiani, Tuuli Hakkarainen, Kimmo Paaso, Esko Penttinen 2023 European Journal of Information Systems

Paradoxical tensions in exploiting data to implement circular economy in the textile industry

Päivi Luoma, Esko Penttinen, Petri Tapio, Anne Toppinen 2023 Ambio

The value of data for environmental sustainability as perceived by the customers of a tissue-paper supplier

Päivi Luoma, Romana Rauter, Esko Penttinen, Anne Toppinen 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management

A Domino Effect: Interdependencies among Different Types of Technical Debt

Netta Mäki, Esko Penttinen, Tapani Rinta-Kahila 2023 Proceedings of the 56th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

Organizational resilience and digital resources: Evidence from responding to exogenous shock by going virtual

Jeppe Agger Nielsen, Lars Mathiassen, Olivia Benfeldt, Sabine Madsen, Christian Haslam, Esko Penttinen 2023 International Journal of Information Management

Private firms’ tax aggressiveness and lightweight pre-tax-audit interventions by the tax administration


The Vicious Circles of Skill Erosion: A Case Study of Cognitive Automation

Tapani Rinta-Kahila, Esko Penttinen, Antti Salovaara, Wael Soliman, Joona Ruissalo 2023 Journal of the Association for Information Systems

Robotic Process Automation from the Design-Capital Perspective: Effects on Technical Debt and Digital Options

Lauri Ruha, Tapani Rinta-Kahila, Esko Penttinen 2023 Proceedings of the 56th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences