The goal of our research is to investigate practice-relevant questions on business information systems in a theory-based, methodologically sound manner and in close cooperation with partners in practice in order to develop internationally visible research results. The following three main areas of research are focused on:
Management of IT complexity and the appropriate design of IT landscapes are fundamental challenges of IT architects and CIOs. In this field of research, we analyze a) how IT complexity can be conceptualized and measured, b) how IT complexity affects key business outcomes, and c) which design principles support IT architects and CIOs in monitoring IT complexity.
In close collaboration with various industry partners we develop strategies for suppliers of Business Information Systems. Currently, we focus on B2B adoption of digital service innovations, IT security management in the context of Software as a Service, and the design of software ecosystems.
The use of free internet-based services (e.g. Google or Facebook) is widespread. But the utilization of many of these services appears "free" only at first sight – users pay with private data, which then is monetized. Providers have to find a balance between additional revenue due to the (more intensive) use of data and the potential deterrent effects of such monetizing strategies on (potential) users. We are aiming at the development of profitable and at the same time private-sphere-friendly data-based business models.