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.

Prof. Ahlemann will be released from teaching duties during the summer of 2018 as he will be taking a research sabbatical. From 01.04.2018 to 30.09.2018, Prof. Ahlemann will not accept or supervise any new student projects, seminar papers, and bachelor or master theses. Theses started prior to this date may be completed under the chair’s supervision. The lectures “IT Project Management” (bachelor program) and “Strategic Planning of IS” (master program) will take place as planned.

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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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 Tue, 23. Jun. 2015

Prof. Ahlemann will help review papers for ICIS 2015

Prof. Ahlemann accepted an invitation to act as a reviewer for the IS Governance and Control track of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2015.

ICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for...

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 Tue, 16. Jun. 2015

Two guest lectures by CIOs on strategic IT management in June

We are proud to announce two guest lectures to be held by experienced CIOs in June:

June, 16, 2015 10 am (c. t.), in room R09 R04 H02 Stefan Soldat, CIO of Duisburger Verkehrs- und Versorgungsgesellschaft (DVV), will describe the...

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 Wed, 03. Jun. 2015

Summer schools in Wroclaw, Poland, and St. Petersburg, Russia

IS:link is proud to announce two wonderful opportunities for our students to experience a different culture in a summer school. This year, students are eligible to participate in the Summer School on Big Data in a Business...

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 Thu, 28. May. 2015

Prof. Ahlemann held a presentation at the GFFT annual meeting in Wesel

On May 11, 2015, Prof. Ahlemann held a presentation on the required capabilities for future IT organizations titled “Vorbereitet sein für die Zukunft: Welche Capabilities IT-Organisationen heute entwickeln müssen,” at the GFFT...

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 Mon, 18. May. 2015

Collaboration with International Design Science Senior Scholar Yields First Publication

We are proud to announce that the following paper was accepted as a research-in-progress paper for presentation and publication at the 10th Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technologies (DESRIST) 2015 conference:...

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 Tue, 12. May. 2015

SITM chair offers two master thesis topics on IT application standards

The SITM chair offers two master thesis topics on IT application standards. Owing to the growing complexity and rising costs of organizational information technology, standards are essential for companies to manage and maintain...

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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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