Information Systems and Strategic IT Management

The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management (SITM) conducts research on the strategic IT/IS management domain. Currently, our focus is on:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a strategic and managerial view
  • AI-Supported Organizational Decision-Making
  • Augmented Reality for Enterprise Architecture Management (AR EAM)
  • Benefits Management and Value of IT (BM)
  • Digital Strategy & Digital Transformation Management (DT)
  • Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM)
  • Green IT and Green IS
  • IT Demand Management (ITDM)
  • IT/Digital Innovation Management (ITIM)
  • Project Management (PM) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM)
  • Smart City (SC)

In our research, we approach these domains from two directions: Following the design science paradigm, we develop and evaluate artifacts (e.g., process models, methods, tools) for strategic IT/IS management. In parallel, we conduct behavioral research to gain an understanding of the conditions under which these (and other) artifacts are accepted, adopted, and proven successful. We ensure that our research results have a practical and sustainable benefit by cooperating with leading enterprises and institutions.

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Our teaching program grounds students in the areas of information systems for career preparation across a broad spectrum of industries.

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We are engaging in information systems research on today’s business issues. We address a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics at the intersection of technology, social sciences, and business.

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We enable organizations to boost digital leadership capacity, build digital resources, and improve transformational performance through a range of organizational development programs, evidence-based coaching, and executive education services.

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 Fri, 20. May. 2016   Clees, Kevin

Joint research colloquium with the University of Hagen

On April 07, 2016 a joint research colloquium took place between the BAS chair (Hagen) and the SITM chair (Essen). The chairs discussed several research manuscripts and planned dissertation projects in a productive atmosphere. The...

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 Thu, 19. May. 2016   Clees, Kevin

Prof. Ahlemann appointed member of the editorial board of the journal Junior Management Science

Junior Management Science is a journal dedicated to publishing outstanding bachelor and master theses from the field of business administration (BWL). It follows the open access policy and will be published in Q2/Q3 2016.


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 Thu, 19. May. 2016   Clees, Kevin

Paper written by students accepted for 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)

We are proud to announce that the following paper was accepted for presentation and publication at the 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS): “How do online bookstores influence the sales of traditional...

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 Tue, 17. May. 2016   Clees, Kevin

Research paper accepted for the International Journal for Project Organization and Management

We are proud to announce that the manuscript "Realising value from projects: A performance-based analysis of determinants of successful realisation of project benefits," authored by Kunal Mohan, Frederik Ahlemann, and Jessica...

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 Fri, 13. May. 2016   Clees, Kevin

"Information Systems Research" and "Academic Writing and Reviewing" evaluated highly

The evaluation of the lecture “Information Systems Research,” which Prof. Frederik Ahlemann presents, as well as the tutorial class “Academic Writing and Reviewing,” which Kevin Clees presented, has been released.

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 Wed, 11. May. 2016   Clees, Kevin

Research paper accepted for the journal "Controlling"

We are proud to announce that the manuscript "Wert schaffen durch IT-Projekte," authored by Florian Hesselmann and Frederik Ahlemann, has been accepted for publication in “Controlling.” This paper proposes practical design...

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Recent publication

This book examines the massive changes currently taking place in the business world and commonly known as “digitalization”. In addition, it describes the significant impacts of technological innovations on processes, products, services, and business models. Further, the book offers IT leaders and managers responsible for corporate IT, as well as practice-oriented researchers, valuable inspiration and guidance, the central mission of which is to encourage and enable IT to take a more proactive role in the digital transformation processes.

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Highly motivated students have the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge and creative ideas into practice at the student consulting firm act eV. In project teamthe consultants develop customized solutions for clients.

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