ITeG-Lec­tures 2017/18

The Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) at the University of Kassel is organizing a lecture series in the winter semester 2017/2018 in cooperation with the German Informatics Society (GI), which will focus on the dimensions of shaping a digitized society. The different lectures usually start on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm. The venue is the conference room of the ITeG (Room 0420, Pfannkuchstraße 1, 34121 Kassel). Topics and abstracts for the lectures can be found below.

Professor Robert O. Briggs, San Diego State University
„A Field Experiment to test the Yield Shift Theory of Satisfaction“
  Society can only realize the full potential of information systems (IS) when IS stakeholders feel satisfied. Three research findings support this point: a) The success and failure of multi-million dollar systems is associated with stakeholder satisfaction; b) The performance and retention of essential IS professionals has a negative relationship to work stress and burnout, which are on the rise as the workforce shrinks; and c) The $4 trillion global ecommerce marketplace depends on the loyalty and repurchase decisions of customers, which are in turn related to satisfaction. IS researchers examine satisfaction from several perspectives, e.g. assimilation, disconfirmation, general negativity, attribute models, and goal attainment, to name but a few. The various models produce conflicting, even mutually exclusive predictions, yet, there are decades of compelling evidence to support each one. Taken together, these models highlight the complexity of satisfaction effects. None, however, is sufficiently general to predict and explain all satisfaction responses across all conditions toward all objects-of-satisfaction. The Yield Shift Theory of Satisfaction YST is a general model to predict and explain the onset, direction, and magnitude of satisfaction responses toward any objects-of-satisfaction under any conditions. In this talk, I will lay out the logic of YST, and then present the first formal experiment to test its validity. The study tests the goal-replacement conjecture derived from YST’s fourth axiom. This is YST’s most counter-intuitive axiom, and so an interesting place to begin a quest to break the theory. courage attendees to join the quest by offering critiques of the theory’s logic and the experiment’s limitations. There is little we do that is more useful and more fun than to debate the logic of a new theory.
18.10.2017 Prof. Dr. Shizuo Fujiwara, Chuo-Universität Tokyo
„Das neue japanische Datenschutzrecht"
  The New Japanese Data Protection Law. The General Data Protection Regulation dominates the data protection debate in Germany and the European Union. In Japan, too, data protection law underwent a fundamental reform, which recently came into force. Similar to Europe, the goals were to modernise data protection law, but also to strengthen the competitiveness of the Japanese economy in the digital age. At the same time, the Japanese government is reacting to a series of data scandals with the reform. A further and very important goal is to align Japanese data protection law with European law in order to facilitate the transfer of data between Japan and the EU. The article explains the essential changes of the reform, gives background information on its development and shows the cultural context.
29.11.2017 Prof. Dr. Kerstin Jürgens, Inst. für Soziologie, Universität Kassel
"Arbeit in der digitalen Transformation - Herausforderungen und Gestaltungsoptionen"
  Work in the digital transformation - challenges and design options. Technological progress opens up many opportunities to redesign work. This ranges from work content to process flows and modes of cooperation to the formal embedding of employment. At the same time, however, new business and production models are emerging; upheavals in the labour market are foreseeable and in the concrete organisation of work, too, many questions about the handling of labour and the use of people are posing themselves in a new explosiveness. The lecture illuminates this tension between opportunities and risks and shows where the lines of debate are currently running in Germany. The speaker will give an insight into the work of expert commissions and show what challenges arise and how to respond to them.
20.12.2017 Prof. Dr. Dennis Kundisch, Universität Padeborn
"Platform Revolution - Wie digitale Plattformen den Wettbewerb grundlegend verändern"
  Platform Revolution - How digital platforms fundamentally change competition. Internet platforms such as Google, Amazon and Facebook are among the most successful and fastest growing companies in the world. The unique economic mechanisms that platforms exploit - especially network and scale effects - have allowed these companies to create monopoly-like positions for themselves. This lecture will highlight these mechanisms using selected examples and illustrate the implications of a platform strategy for specific company functions. It will also discuss how companies with traditional organisational structures can learn from successful platforms.
17.01.2018 Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner, TU Darmstadt/Frauenhofer SIT
„Security at Large“
  Digitalisation and its underlying information and communication technologies (ICT) are of central importance for society, the state and the economy. The media regularly report on cybercrime, identity theft, cyber espionage and invasions of privacy. All of this raises concerns that the development of cyber security and privacy protection is lagging behind digitalisation. Against this background, we are discussing the state of cybersecurity and the reasons for the vulnerability of IT-based systems. For research, the need is derived to focus more on empirical research into the security of large, real systems and their evolutionary improvement -- i.e. on "Security at Large". As an example, two projects of Fraunhofer SIT are presented, the Mechanical Pentester for analysing security on the Internet, and the Volksverschlüsselung (People's Encryption), which is intended to enable end-to-end encryption for e-mail and other services across the board and usable by everyone. Finally, we discuss what should happen to promote innovation in Germany and Europe and come a little closer to the idea of digital sovereignty.