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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 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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 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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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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