Research statement

The chair conducts intensive research on the design, introduction and management of IT-supported organizational forms and innovations. This is not only about the explanation and analysis of the of reality, but especially on the design of innovations. The aim of the research is to develop theories, methods, models and tools for the design of innovative information and communication systems and tools for the design of innovative information and business systems. The advancement of IT-based innovations, that they are socially acceptable, technically stable and economically sensible, is of central importance.

The current research activities focus in particular on the following areas:


  • User-centered innovations
  • Service systems
  • Future of digital work
  • Future of digital learning
  • Privacy and trust

The work is characterized by pluralism, both theoretically (behavioral science, decision and design theory, and analytical and analytical-conceptual foundations) as well as methodologically (empirically qualitative, empirically quantitative analytic-conceptual, design-oriented analytical-conceptual). Basic assumption is that the selection of the appropriate research methods has to follow the respective research question. Empirical work will be in the context of the mentioned topics explorative as well as confirmatory. The aim of these procedures is to identify correlations, describe and explain interrelationships, but also to create the basis for the development of solutions. Both, the comparison and reflection of theoretical correlations with the behaviors, observed in practice as well as the development of solutions in the form of conceptual, methodological and tool-based artifacts. The created artifacts will be systematically evaluated in industrial and/or experimental scenarios and are to be transferred to the operational practice. The long-term research strategy aims, in successful cooperation with practice, to develop the following from basic research through applied research to industry-oriented research, the entire research and knowledge transfer process is theoretically sound and practice-oriented.

Our mission is to develop excellent knowledge for the design of digital and socio-technical innovations, from basic research to applied research to transfer projects. The transfer in and with science, politics, economy and society should help to make this knowledge understandable and applicable for a broad public.

We strive to become a leading research institution in the German-speaking countries and internationally, working in interdisciplinary cooperation, with practice partners and other research institutions to generate knowledge for high quality innovations. We want to contribute to create, share and apply knowledge in order to support the progressive digitization and digital transformation for the benefit of society.