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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 Wed, 28. Mar. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Development of a digital master plan for the city of Duisburg

The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management (SITM), in cooperation with the city of Duisburg and the Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVV), made a major contribution to the development of a...

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 Tue, 27. Mar. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Job offer for student assistant position at the SITM chair

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

Join an industry collaboration to develop and manage Smart City research...

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 Wed, 21. Mar. 2018   Hoffmann, David

SITM makes Duisburg smarter

We are very proud to announce that the chair of Information Systems and strategic IT Management is part of the Duisburg smart city project. It is our goal to provide innovative ideas and guidance that help Duisburg become a role...

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 Tue, 20. Mar. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Successful presentation of the track “Strategisches IT-Management” at MKWI 2018

Last week, Prof. Frederik Ahlemann (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Nils Urbach (Universität Bayreuth), and Prof. Reinhard Schütte (Universität Duisburg-Essen) led the track "Strategisches IT-Management" (strategic IT...

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 Wed, 14. Mar. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Publication of a paper in the new anthology “Flexibles Lernen mit digitalen Medien ermöglichen”

We are proud to announce that the article “Mehr in besserer Qualität - Blended Learning im Kontext der IT-Projektmanagementausbildung” (More of better quality – bledded learning in the context of IT project management training)...

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 Wed, 17. Jan. 2018   Hoffmann, David

Tutor positions vacant at the SITM chair (soft skills, 3 credits)

The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management offers student tutor positions in the international exchange student mentorship program for the 2018 summer term. In general, the tutor mentor has to support incoming...

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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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