Research Projects

The Chair of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management collaborates with leading enterprises to create and test innovative management solutions to the challenges of today’s IT management. We have been partnering leading organizations from the automotive, consulting, engineering, banking, consumer, and other industries for more than 10 years, conducting high impact research with measurable and sustainable practical value.

While we adapt our research topics to current developments in practice, the core of what we do is rather stable over time. 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)
  • 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.

The spectrum of joint research ranges from single research studies lasting several months to long-term research programs involving several PhD students. We are able to combine innovative research with advisory skills, thus allowing for a fast and value-creating transfer of new knowledge. Our work often includes on-site activities to make science tangible and bridge the gap with practice.


Artificial Intelligence in a Strategic View

Investigation of AI’s impacts on organizations’ strategy, managerial activities, and the required capabilities

AI-Supported Organizational Decision-Making

Study of AI for organizational decision support to understand the related processes, structures, and routines

Augmented Reality-enabled Enterprise Architecture Management (AR EAM)

Study the influence of augmented reality-enabled EAM on EA decision making

Benefits Management Reference Design (BeMaReD)

Study on exploiting IS/IT projects' potential towards a reference model and effective implementations.

Demand Management Impact

Development of a design theory that serves as the foundation for the implementation of demand management in organizations.

Digital Transformation and IS/IT Innovation Management

Investigation of the internal (intra-organizational) as well as external (inter-organizational) strategic issues related to digital tranformation.

Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM)

Study on determinants of successful Enterprise Architecture Management.

Implementation and Enforcement of Corporate IT Standards

Study on understanding the problems and the influential factors of the implementation and enforcement of IT standards.

IT Project and Project Portfolio Management

Explaination of how organizations develop sustainable IT PM/PPM capabilities over time and, futhermore, how to achieve project success in the future.

Strategic IT Benchmarking

Investigation of successful and unsucessful strategic IT benchmark initiatives.

Theoretical Foundation of Design Science Research

Enhancement of the body of knowledge with regard to design science research in the IS community.