Interorganisational Systems Group (IOS)
We pursue this agenda in three, interrelated fields of research:
- communication and collaboration management,
- information management and leadership,
- interorganizational systems and infrastructures.
It is our research philosophy that the implications of integratinginnovative ICT into existing practices and communities need to be studied in situ. We therefore advocate a Living Laboratory approach emphasizes research and experimentation in complex real world settings addressing business or societal innovation. Typically multi stakeholders and researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds are involved.
The research group studies ICT enabled networked modes of organizations and organizing.
Empirically this covers a diverse range of meso level phenomena such as EDI networks, virtual organizations, electronic markets or Living Labs. We have studied pharmaceutical distribution and the tourism industry extensively.
We take a particular interest in the development and transformation of interorganizational infrastructures. Specifically we study
- how to facilitate collective action in heterogeneous actor constellations,
- how standards are developed,
- how the proliferation of ICT transforms industry structures and markets.
Communication and Collaboration
We have a long tradition in researching and investigate communication and collaboration phenomena in the Information Systems and Management domains. Specifically we look into research questions on different levels of analysis:
- On the inter-organisational or network level we are dealing with the impact of (new) ICTs on organisational forms (e.g. the proliferation of virtual organisations) and the practices of network and cooperation management.
- On the business process level we are investigating the potentials and application of novel systems such as real-time collaboration (RTC) systems or Social Software.
- On the team or group level we are looking into the adoption and appropriation of communication and collaboration infrastructure.
- On the individual level we are interested in questions of systems acceptance and perception.
Competence Center Smarter Work
Strategic Information Management
The Research Group on Strategic Information Management (RG SIM) is part of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS). It comprises a team of researchers particularly interested in how management can make effective use of information and communication technology in order to build the information age organisation.
The research questions that attract our interest us are for example:
- How does the company’s capability to process information and to communicate contribute to business performance?
- What is the connection between business strategy and information strategy? How to take care of these relations in business and information planning?
- How to evaluate the benefits of investments in information and communication technology and its application in information and communication systems?
- How to plan, control and coordinate complex, risky and interdependent IT projects?
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