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 issues 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. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Prof. Ahlemann will be the session chair of "Digitizing Mobility" at the 11th Science Forum Mobility

The Faculty of Engineering will host the 11th scientific forum on Mobility on May 23, 2019. The forum will be attended by more than 200 participants from science, industry, and politics in Duisburg. The theme of the 11th...

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 Fri, 20. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Good evaluation of “Strategic Planning of IS” and “IT Projektmanagement”

The course evaluation results have been published of “Strategic Planning of IS” and “IT Projektmanagement.” In general, both lectures were positively rated.

Overall, the “Strategic Planning of IS” course was very well received....

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 Tue, 17. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Duisburg City Council ratifies the "Masterplan Digitales Duisburg" concept, which the SITM chair developed

The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management (SITM) has made a major contribution to the development of the “Masterplan Digital Duisburg” concept, which the Duisburg city council has ratified.

The masterplan...

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 Tue, 17. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

SITM represents Smart City at CeBIT 2018 in Hannover

The SITM chair, together with the city-owned multi-service company Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVV), represented Smart City Duisburg at CeBIT 2018.

In cooperation with the technology partner Huawei and...

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 Mon, 16. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Launch of website for Smart City Duisburg initiative

Together with the city of Duisburg, the Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management has developed a website for the Smart City Duisburg initiative. The ongoing cooperation with Duisburg aims to transform the city into...

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 Thu, 05. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Successful book “IT Management in the Digital Age” translated and published in English

Springer  will offer the very successful book “IT Management in the Digital Age,” previously only available in German, in English in the autumn, which will make it more accessible to a broader international audience. The book is...

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Recent publication

Dieses Buch thematisiert den drastischen Wandel, den die Geschäftswelt derzeit unter dem Stichwort Digitalisierung erlebt. Technologische Innovationen üben einen signifikanten Einfluss auf Prozesse, Produkte, Dienstleistungen und Geschäftsmodelle aus.

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Hochmotivierte Studenten haben bei der studentischen Unternehmensberatung act die Chance, ihr theoretisches Wissen und ihre kreativen Ideen in die Praxis umzusetzen. In Projektgruppen entwickeln die Berater maßge­schneiderte Lösungsansätze.

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