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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 Thu, 05. Jul. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Interview with Prof. Ahlemann on the Smart City activities in Duisburg published on the businessHEUTE homepage.

In this interview, Prof. Ahlemann discusses the new requirements that are critical for developing smart city initiatives. Every city faces new challenges, which require innovative and digital solutions, in order to become a...

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 Fri, 29. Jun. 2018   Hoffmann, David

New research topic: Use of Augmented Reality (AR) for the Management of Enterprise Architectures (EA)

The complexity of today’s organizational IT landscapes has increased significantly, especially due to the ongoing digital transformation, which is the result of the introduction of new IT systems, as well as the modification of...

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 Fri, 22. Jun. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Job offer for student assistant position at the SITM chair

The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management has a student assistant position vacant. The position includes the following activities:


Help prepare contents for the modules IT Management and Business & IT...

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 Mon, 18. Jun. 2018   Hoffmann, David

The 2017 annual report of the Department of Information Systems has been published

The 2017 annual report of the Department of Information Systems at the University of Duisburg-Essen summarizes its relevant activities across a broad range of fields. This mutual report provides an overview of the department’s...

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 Mon, 18. Jun. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Track proposal ”Rethinking IS Strategy and Governance in the Digital Age” has been accepted for ECIS 2019

The track proposal “Rethinking IS Strategy and Governance in the Digital Age” has been accepted for the European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS) 2019. The track has recently been accepted “as is,” which is a very...

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 Fri, 08. Jun. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Prof. Ahlemann appointed member of the FedCSIS 2018 program committee

Prof. Ahlemann accepted an invitation to act as a member of the program committee for the Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS) in 2018. In this capacity, Prof. Ahlemann will help decide the...

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