Institute of Economic Research

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Markus Lahtinen


Markus Lahtinen is involved in the Lusax project as a Doctoral Student on a track internally labelled ‘Customer Relevance’. With the introduction and diffusion of digital security components and the Internet Protocol (IP) as carrier of security data , there is an increased demand to understand the assimilation process happening at the end user-side of the security industry. Not only does security digitization potentially deliver more cost-efficient and purposeful security systems, but also enabling for system integration and inter-operability beyond mere security systems

Another way of describing this shift is to describe it as a move from a ‘rigid’ and industrial technology to a more ‘flexible’ and even intellectual technology where the possibilities of configuration are more or less endless, and only limited to human cognitive constraints. This will inevitably have profound consequences on the security industry landscape and on how customers purchase and work with security. The going concern for this track is to function as an active and embedded ‘proxy’ between the end users and the security industry, with the purpose of increasing communication between the two and have an action-oriented research role as regards to strategic business development both on the demand and supply side of the security industry. From an academic point of view his main focus is on understanding the assimilation of IP (both as an outcome and as a process). The unique qualities of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) calls for urgent reconceptualisations for this type technology compared to past closed technologies. Consequences of ICT being a flexible material ought to direct the focus to the organisational and intellectual ‘texture’ of technology. Organisational patterns associated with industrial technolgies becomes obsolete, in favour of organisational patterns from creative industries, e.g. media and film industry.

Effcient and effective design of ICT obviously requires flexible development methodologies, but most of all an understanding of the human and organisational constraints and possibilities associated with technology development, implementation and use.

Markus is a member of ASIS since 2006.

Markus Lahtinen (b. 1975) holds a Master’s degree in Informatics (2001) and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Economics (2006). Besides frequently being involved in short-term industry-driven research projects for numerous public firms in Sweden and abroad and publishing articles in security trade press, the past nine years he has been active as lecturer at the Department of Informatics at the School of Economics and Management, teaching Interaction Design, Decision Support Systems, IT and organisation, Requirement Specification, Quality Assurance and Risk Management, UML-modelling, supervising theses work for students at Bachelor and Master level. In 2005 he supervised the thesis that was awarded the prize of best thesis in Information Systems in Sweden. Through teacher’s exchanges he has also offered classes at Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao in Spain in 2005-2006. Between 2005-2007 he also acted as International Coordinator at the Department. Prior to that he has been living in Argentina, South America, worked as both IT-consultant and with event marketing on a large consumer-portal in Sweden and done some freelance interaction design/coding jobs.

Markus is also a member of the ACM (1999).

LUSAX Memo Serie: Customer Relevance

  • Lahtinen, M. (2007): Inhibiting and driving forces for the digitalization of security systems: security officers’ view on the issue
  • Lahtinen, M. (2007): Adding value beyond traditional security – lessons learnt from the software industry
  • Lahtinen, M. (2008): End-user challenges to security digitalisation and integration: a retail perspective
  • Lahtinen, M. (2008): End user survey: top tier security directors


  • Kalling, T., Lahtinen, M. and Weaver, B. (2011): Vilja att minska svinn och stölder bakom videoövervakning i handeln, Aktuell Säkerhet

Lahtinen, M. (2011): Intelligent security components pave the second wave of convergence,

  • Weaver, B. and Lahtinen, M. (2011): Technological change and users: An actor-network perspective on the digitalization of video surveillance, Academic Conference, The 27th EGOS Colloquium
  • Lahtinen, M. and Kalling, T. (2010): Låssmeder villiga pröva ny teknik, Aktuell Säkerhet

Lahtinen, M. (2010): End-user challenges to digitalisation and security systems integration: a retail perspective, Lahtinen, M. (2010): Security management with the convergence of IP & physical security,

  • Andersson, B., Lahtinen, M. and Pierce, P. (2009): File-Sharing – A Threat to Intellectual Property Rights, or is the Music Industry Just Taking Us for a Spin?, ECIS2009 - The 17th European Conference on Information Systems
  • Lahtinen, M. (2007): Towards and understanding of the adopotion mechanisms of ethnography in New Product Development, Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS), 2007
  • Baunsgaard, Christiansson, Lahtinen (2004): Effects of the implementation of performance measures in the Swedish Prosecutor organization, Bachelor thesis, Department of Business Administration (In Swedish),Full text - abstract available in English
  • Lahtinen (2001): Usefulness, utility and usability applied on three on-line shops on the Internet, Master thesis, Department of Informatics (In Swedish)
  • Lahtinen, Stolpe (1998): Ethics for system developers, Bachelor thesis, Department of Informatics (In Swedish)


Other activities

  • Hosted local ASIS Sweden seminar on the history of CCTV and the digitization of the security industry, 27/10/2011 at the Institute of Economic Research, Lund University. Co-hosted by LUSAX-member Benjamin Weaver.
Markus Lahtinen


Markus Lahtinen
lecturer , doctoral student

Phone: +46462229159
Room: EC2-285