Esko Penttinen

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
E704 Dept. Information and Service Management

Esko Penttinen is Associate Professor (tenured) in Information Systems at Aalto University School of Business. Penttinen holds a D.Sc. in Information Systems Science and a M.Sc. in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics. Penttinen's research helps organizations understand the intricacies related to the implementation of various forms of artificial intelligence, harnessing its benefits and avoiding the pitfalls. Penttinen is an avid student of the interplay between humans and machines, curious to generate insights on how to coordinate work tasks efficiently between the two. Penttinen's research has also addressed the more traditional information systems topics such as organizational governance issues related to outsourcing and virtual work. Penttinen's main practical expertise lies in the assimilation and economic implications of inter-organizational information systems, focusing on application areas such as electronic financial systems, government reporting, and electronic invoicing. Penttinen's research has appeared in leading IS outlets such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Electronic Markets.

Besides teaching and research activities, Penttinen leads the Real-Time Economy Competence Center and he is the co-founder and chairman of XBRL Finland ( Both these initiatives aim to design and develop systems and infrastructures to facilitate the move to electronic financial administration processes. In 2019-2023, Penttinen acted as the Finnish board representative in the IRIS association, which is the Scandinavian information systems community responsible for organizing the yearly IRIS/SCIS conference and overseeing the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.

D.Sc. (Econ), Helsinki School of Economics, 2007

M.Sc. (Econ), Helsinki School of Economics, 2001

Tenured at Aalto University School of Business: 2021

Full researcher profile


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


Foreword: Reflecting on the Nordic Approach to IS Research

Esko Penttinen, Sampsa Suvivuo, Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen, Matti Rossi, Hadi Ghanbari 2023 Proceedings of the 14th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems SCIS 2023

Selected Papers of the 46th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS)

Esko Penttinen, Sampsa Suvivuo, Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen, Matti Rossi, Hadi Ghanbari 2023 Selected papers of the IRIS

Getting Trapped in Technical Debt : Sociotechnical Analysis of a Legacy System's Replacement

Tapani Rinta-Kahila, Esko Penttinen, Kalle Lyytinen 2023 MIS Quarterly