Bo-Christer Björk

Hanken School of Economics

Bo-Christer Björk (b. 1952) is Professor of Information Systems Science at the Swedish school of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki, Finland. He holds degrees from three universities. He is the Founder of the Journal of Information Technology in Construction (http://www.itcon.org/), one of the earliest refereed scientific journals published on the World Wide Web.

Teaching

I currently teach courses in Fundamentals of Information Systems, MIS  Systems and Project Management.

Research Interest

My research falls into two distinct areas.  From 1982 to 2000 I was doing research concerning the use of IT in construction, in particular the development of methods for digital data transfer between the different participants in the construction process such as designers, contractors and facility managers. From 2000 onwards I have also been conducting research on how the Internet affects scientific communication, by enabling new business models such as “Open Access” that make it possible to publish full text freely on the web.

Selected publications

All the publications below are available in full text versions by clicking on the links. The first link is always to the official published version, but requires in many cases a subscription from your institution (marked “PA” for paid access). In some cases the article is published in an Open Access (“OA”) journal. The second link is always to an open access version of the manuscript stored in my university’s institutional repository, which you can use if you don’t have access to the official version. A complete list of publications since 2006 can be found in the Hanken Research Information System.

  
PUBLICATIONS ABOUT SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING AND THE INTERNET
 

Björk, Bo-Christer, 2013. Open Access Subject Repositories – an Overview, Submitted to Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, May, 2013.

OA: http://www.openaccesspublishing.org/repositories/Subject_Repositories.pdf

 

Björk, Bo-Christer, Laakso, Mikael, Welling, Patrik, Paetau, Patrik, 2013. Anatomy of Green Open Access, accepted for publishing, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Februrary 2013.

OA: http://www.openaccesspublishing.org/apc8/Personal%20VersionGreenOa.pdf

 

Björk, Bo-Christer, 2013. Open Access –Are the Barriers to Change Receding? special issue “Open Access – A Review after Ten Years”, Publications , Vol 1, No 1, 5-15.

OA:          doi: 10.3390/publications1010005

 

Laakso, Mikael, Björk, Bo-Christer (2012), Delayed open access – an overlooked high-impact type of openly available scientific literature, accepted for publishing, Oct 2012, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

PA:  doi: 10.1002/asi.22856

OA: http://hanken.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/publications/delayed-open-access(a2eb7a79-1078-4657-9d57-4f9f5a1ff228).html

 

Laakso, Mikael, Björk, Bo-Christer (2012), Anatomy of open access publishing - a study of longitudinal development and internal structure, BMC Medicine, 10:124

OA:         doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-10-124

Björk, Bo-Christer, Solomon, David (2012), Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact, BMC Medicine, 10:73

OA:         doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-10-73

 

Solomon, David, Björk, Bo-Christer (2012), A study of open access journals using article processing charges.

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 63, Issue 8, pages 1485–1495

PA:         doi: 10.1002/asi. 22673

OA:         http://www.openaccesspublishing.org/apc2

 

Björk, Bo-Christer (2012), The hybrid model for open access publication of scholarly articles – a failed experiment? Journal of the American Society of Information Sciences and Technology, Volume 63, Issue 8, pages 1496–1504,

PA:         doi: 10.1002/asi.22709

OA:        http://www.openaccesspublishing.org/hybrid/index.php

 

Björk, Bo-Christer (2011), Innovations in Scholarly Publishing – A multiple Case Study of Open Access Journals, Journal of Medical Internet Research,13(4):e115

OA:         doi: 10.2196/jmir.1802

Björk, Bo-Christer; Welling, Patrik; Laakso, Mikael; Majlender, Peter; Hedlund, Turid; Gudnasson, Gudni (2010), Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009, PloS One, 23.6.2010
OA:                 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0011273
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Öörni, Anssi, (2009), A Method for Comparing Scholarly Journals as Service Providers to Authors, Serials Review, Vol. 35. No. 2, pp. 62-69.
PA:                  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.serrev.2009.03.001
OA:                  http://hdl.handle.net/10227/549
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Hedlund, Turid (2009), Two Scenarios for How Scholarly Publishers Could Change Their Business Model to Open Access, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Vol 12, No 1.
OA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0012.102
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Roos, Annikki; Lauri, Mari (2009), Scientific journal publishing – yearly volume and open access availability, Information Research, Vol 14, No 1, paper 391.
OA:                   http://InformationR.net/ir/14-1/paper391.html
                
Björk, Bo-Christer; Roos, Annikki; Lauri, Mari (2008), Global annual volume of peer reviewed scholarly articles and the share available via different Open Access options, Proceedings of the Elpub 2008 conference, Toronto.
OA:                  http://elpub.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?178_elpub2008                
 
Bröchner, Jan; Björk, Bo-Christer (2008), Where to submit? Journal choice by construction management authors, Construction Management and Economics, Vol 26, No. 7, pp. 739-749.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190802017698
OA:                  http://hdl.handle.net/10227/612
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (2007), A model of scientific communication as a global distributed information system,  Information Research, Vol 12, No 2, paper 307.
OA:                  http://InformationR.net/ir/12-2/paper307.html                
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Turk, Žiga (2006), The Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon): an open access journal using an un-paid, volunteer-based organization.  Information Research, Vol 11, No 3, paper 255.
OA:                  http://InformationR.net/ir/11-3/paper255.html              
                
Björk, Bo-Christer; Turk, Žiga; Holmström, Jonas (2006), Benchmarking scientific journals from the submitting author’s viewpoint, Learned Publishing, Vol 19, No. 2, pp. 147-155
OA:                  http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/095315106776387002                
 
Hedlund, Turid; Gustafson, Tomas; Björk, Bo-Christer (2004), The Open Access Scientific Journal: An Empirical Study, Learned Publishing, Vol 17, No 3, pp. 199-209.
OA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/095315104323159621
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (2004), Open Access to scientific publications – an analysis of the barriers to change?, Information Research, Vol 9, No 2, paper 170.
OA:                   http://InformationR.net/ir/9-2/paper170.html
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Turk, Žiga (2000), How Scientists Retrieve Publications: An Empirical Study of How the Internet Is Overtaking Paper Media, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Michigan University Press, Vol. 6, No 2.
OA:                   http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/06-02/bjork.html
 
PUBLICATIONS ABOUT IT USE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Laakso, Mikael  (2010), CAD standardization in construction – a process view, Special issue on BIM standardization, Automation in Construction, Vol 19, No 4, pp. 398-406.
PA:                  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2009.11.010
OA:                  http://hdl.handle.net/10227/550

Björk, Bo-Christer (2009), RATAS, a longitudinal case study of an early construction IT roadmap project, Special issue on Next Generation Construction IT: Technology Foresight, Future Studies, Roadmapping, and Scenario Planning, Journal of Information Technology in Construction, Vol. 14, pp. 385-399.
OA:                   http://www.itcon.org/2009/25
 
Howard, Rob; Björk, Bo-Christer.  (2008), Building Information Modelling – Experts´ Views on Standardisation and Industry Deployment, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Vol 22, No. 2, pp. 271-280.
PA:                  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2007.03.001
OA:                  http://hdl.handle.net/10227/646
 
Hjelt, Mathias; Björk, Bo-Christer (2007), End-User attitudes towards EDM Use in Construction Project Work: a Case Study, ASCE Journal of  Computing in Civil Engineering, Vol 21, No 4, pp. 289-300.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(2007)21:4(289)
OA:                  http://hdl.handle.net/10227/614                                  
 
Howard, Rob; Björk, Bo-Christer (2007), Use of standards for CAD layers in building, Automation in Construction, Vol 16, pp. 290-297.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2006.06.001
OA:                  http://hdl.handle.net/10227/611
 
Lundgren, Berndt; Björk, Bo-Christer (2004), A model integrating the facilities management process with the building end user’s business process (ProFacil), Nordic Journal of Surveying and Real Estate Research, Vol 1/2, pp. 190-204.
OA:                   http://ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/njs/article/viewFile/1688/1534
 
Bäckblom, Magnus; Ruohtula, Anssi; Björk, Bo-Christer (2003), Use of Document Management Systems - a case study of the Finnish Construction Industry, Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, Special issue on eWork and eBusiness, Vol 8, 2003, pp. 367-380.
OA:                   http://www.itcon.org/2003/26
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (2003), Electronic Document Management in Construction – Research Issue and Results, Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, ITcon, Vol. 8, 2003, pp. 101-113.
OA:                   http://www.itcon.org/2003/9
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (2002), A formalised model of the information and materials handling activities in the construction process, Construction Innovation, Arnold Journals, Volume 2 No 3, pp. 133-149.
PA:                   http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14714170210814739
OA:                   http://hdl.handle.net/10227/657
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (1999), Information Technology in Construction – domain definition and research issues, International Journal for Computer Integrated Design and Construction, Vol 1, No 1, 1999, pp. 3-16.
PA:                   Not available electronically
OA:                   http://hdl.handle.net/10227/617
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Löwnertz; Kurt, Kiviniemi; Arto (1997), ISO 13567 - The Proposed International Standard for Structuring Layers in Computer Aided Building Design, Electronic journal of Information Technology in Construction, ITcon, Vol 2, pp. 32-55.
OA:                   http://itcon.org/1997/2/
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (1995), Requirements and information structures for building product data models, (Doctoral thesis) VTT publications 245, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo.
OA:                   http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/199X/isbn9513860302/
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (1992), A Unified Approach for Modelling Construction Information, Building and Environment, Vol 27, No.2, pp. 173-194.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0360-1323(92)90021-G
OA:                   http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/199X/isbn9513860302/article5.pdf
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (1992), A conceptual model of spaces, space boundaries and enclosing structures, Automation in Construction  Vol 1, No 3, pp. 193-214.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0926-5805(92)90013-A
OA:                   http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/199X/isbn9513860302/article4.pdf

Björk, Bo-Christer; Penttilä, Hannu (1991), Building Product Data Modelling using relational databases, hypermedia software and CAD  systems, Microcomputers in Civil Engineering Vol 6, No 4, pp. 267-279.
PA:                   http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120150436/abstract
OA:                   http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/199X/isbn9513860302/article3.pdf
 
Björk, Bo-Christer; Penttilä Hannu (1989), A Scenario for the Development and Implementation of a Building Product Model Standard, Advances in Engineering Software, Vol 11, No 4, pp. 176-187.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0141-1195(89)90049-1
OA:                   http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/199X/isbn9513860302/article2.pdf
 
Björk, Bo-Christer (1989), Basic Structure of a Proposed Building Product Model, Computer-aided Design, Vol 21/No 2, pp. 71-78.
PA:                   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0010-4485(89)90141-3
OA:                   http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/199X/isbn9513860302/article1.pdf

Name
Bo-Christer Björk
Department
Management and Organisation
Degree
Dr. Tech.
Position
Professor
Mail address
P. B. 479 00101 Helsinki, Finland
E-mail
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Bo-Christer Björk