Awinder Kaur


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    Hi, I am Awinder, a lecturer in Information Systems working at Coventry University, UK since October 2015. I teach various modules such as Future Informatics, Innovation and Knowledge Management, IT Strategy, Decision Support Systems, Business Information Systems, Enterprise Systems (specifically SAP), and International Business and Information Management. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students. I consider myself as some sort of technology enthusiast who loves reading and learning about technology development, and sharing/implementing it in the classroom. I have been researching on Internet Protocol version (IPv6) for many years now – for my degree final year project, masters dissertation and PhD dissertation.

    Research Interests

    My research interests include the following categories:

    -Security issues in IPv6

    -IPv6 adoption and assimilation issues

    -The Internet of Things and IPv6

    -Digital Infrastructure adoption and assimilations



    • National IPv6 Technology Seminar, Park Royal Hotel, Penang, Malaysia – November 2006
    • Next Generation Networks Symposium, IOI Marriot, Putrajaya, Malaysia – March 2007
    • Malaysia’s Government Agencies IPv6 Talk – 22 August 2008
    • PAC IPv6 Forum Event, Cook Island – 6 September 2008
    • HOTM Workshop (US-Malaysia Collaboration), Penang, Malaysia – November 2008
    • Bangkok APv6TF Meeting and Thailand IPv6 Summit – February 2009
    • INET KL & APv6TF Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 2009
    • Cisco IPv6 Talk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 2008
    • New Zealand Information Systems Doctoral Consortium (NZISDC) 2011, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • New Zealand Information Systems Doctoral Consortium (NZISDC) 2012, University of Waikato, New Zealand
    • Australasian Conference of Information Systems (ACIS) Doctoral Consortium 2012, Deakins University, Geelong, Australia
    • New Zealand Information Systems Doctoral Consortium (NZISDC) 2013, University of Auckland, New Zealand


    Kaur, A., Idrus, R., Ramadass, S. “IPv6 Migration in Malaysia E-Government Agencies – Issues and Challenges”, 26th APAN Meeting, New Zealand. 4-8 August 2008

    Pahlevanzadeh, B., Kaur, A., Seno,  S. A. H., Idrus, R., Budiarto, R. “IPv6 and e-Government Integration – A Way towards Next-Generation Networks”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on “E-Commerce with focus on Developing Countries (ECDC 08)”, Isfahan, Iran, 22 -23 October 2008, pp. 43-49

    Kaur, A., Singh, H., Tan, F. B. “Why isn’t Digital Infrastructure Being Updated?: The Case of IPv6”, 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Australia, December 2013

    Kaur, A., Singh, H. “Impact of Network Externalities on Digital Infrastructure Adoption and Assimilation: The Case of IPv6”, 3rd Innovation in Information Infrastructure (III) Workshop, Oslo, Norway, October 2014



    • Graduate Assistantship Award – Auckland University of Technology (August 2012 – June 2015)
    • Doctoral Consortium – New Zealand Information Systems (NZISDC), University of Auckland (2013)
    • Doctoral Consortium – Australasian Conference of Information Systems (December 2012)
    • Doctoral Consortium – New Zealand Information Systems (NZISDC), University of Waikato (2012)
    • Doctoral Consortium – New Zealand Information Systems (NZISDC), Victoria University of Wellington (2011)

    INTERNET RESEARCH GRANT (April 2014 – April 2015)

    Given by:              Internet New Zealand (InternetNZ)

    Amount:               NZD$5000

    Project Title:        IPv6 Adoption and Assimilation in New Zealand Public Sector Organisations

    Summary:            Looking into whether New Zealand is picking up IPv6 and if not, why not. Internet Protocols are the communication rules that allow you to find your way around the Internet. In recent times the Internet was running short on IPv4 addresses so IPv6 was developed to accommodate this.


    Research Assistant (April 2013 – December 2013) and (May 2015 – September 2015)

    Project Title:        “Police Geeks”: Digital Literacy and Police Practice in New Zealand


    • Australasian Conference of Information Systems (ACIS)
    • Academy of Management (AoM)
    • International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS)
    • Association for Information Systems (AMCIS)
    • European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
    • Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HCISS)

    PhD Project

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - 2015

    Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand

    Field:                     Business Information Systems

    Title:                     How is Digital Infrastructure Adopted and Assimilated? The IPv6 Story

    Supervisors:         Dr Harminder Singh and Prof Felix B Tan


    The adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is vital for addressing the depletion of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses and the growth of the Internet. Despite the criticality of the shortage of IPv4 addresses, organisations around the world have been slow to adopt IPv6. While some researchers have examined organisational IPv6 adoption and assimilation, the literature is dominated by technical studies. In addition, there is little research on the broader issue of the adoption of digital infrastructure, including IPv6. The goal of this study is to better understand the organisational adoption and assimilation of digital infrastructure, by studying the IPv6 adoption experience.

    This study focused on identifying the determinants and barriers of organisational IPv6 adoption and assimilation, and on providing an in-depth understanding of the impact of organisational resources, institutional forces and network externalities across varying stages of organisational adoption and assimilation. To achieve these research aims, a thorough literature review and multiple case studies were used. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 informants from sixteen organisations in New Zealand. These organisations were from different industries, of different sizes and were at different stages of IPv6 adoption.

    The data collected during the interviews was used to develop through visual maps for each case, and to surface themes across cases. The within-case analysis identified twelve determinants and eleven barriers of organisational IPv6 adoption, which were then categorised into institutional, organisational and network-specific factors. The data was then used to develop a multi-level model of digital infrastructure adoption, and a stage model of digital infrastructure adoption and assimilation.

    This study contributes theoretically to our understanding of digital infrastructure adoption and assimilation by explaining how factors internal and external to organisations influence their adoption decisions. By consolidating the experiences of the sixteen organisations, the study also provides useful suggestions to practitioners on how they should managing their adoption of IPv6 and other types of digital infrastructure. Finally, this study concludes by describing its limitations and by providing suggestions for future research on this crucial topic. 

    Master's Project

    Masters in Computer Science (by Research)

    Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia (January 2010)

    Major:                   Information Systems

    Title:                     Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Migration Framework for Government Agencies in Malaysia

    Supervisors:         Rosnah Idrus, Prof Sureswaran Ramadass

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, Auckland University of Technology

    Award Date: 16 Dec 2015

    MSc, Universiti Sains Malaysia

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2010


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