Bachelor, University Jyväskylä, Finland, 1976. Master of Arts, University Jyväskylä, Finland, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, University Jyväskylä, Finland, 1986.
DHC, Umica University, Sweden, 2008.
Researcher University Stockholm, 1981-1982. Principal researcher Academy Finland, Jyväskylä, 1983-1985. Visiting researcher London School of Economics, 1986.
Professor University Jyväskylä, since 1987, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1993-1994. General Electric Smith visiting professor Georgia State University, 1997, dean, member faculty information technical, 1998-2000. Iris S. Wolstein professor Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, since 2001.
Served to 3d st. infantry Finnish Army, 1972-1973.
Member of International Federation Information Processing (technical committee 8, 2d chair 1991-1993, chair international conference on information system committee 1998-1999).
Married Pirjo-Riitta Taipale, September 6, 1974. Children: Joonas, Juho, Markus.