Münster, Germany

Chair for IS and Interorganizational Systems

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Our research explores the impact of information and communication infrastructures in an organizational context. We are interested in the development of the digital organization: how do organizations and leaders respond to the challenges and opportunities of an informated society and economy. In particular we study new modes of organizing, coordination and collaboration from the micro level of work practices, to the meso level of group practices and the macro level of infrastructure development.


We aim to understand the dynamics of transformation in a historical, societal, regulatory, and economic context. Our work is theoretically and empirically grounded, we employ multiple methods and research approaches with an emphasis on qualitative, interpretative approaches.


It is our research philosophy that the implications of innovative ICT become visible and understandable in the context of (communities of ) practices. In order to study practices in situ, we advocate approaches which facilitate research and experimentation in complex real world settings addressing business or societal innovation. Typically multiple stakeholders and researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds are involved.

Chair for IS and Interorganizational Systems is ERCIS member since 2004.

Research Topics

Information and Communications Infrastructures; Strategic Alignment; IT Value; Organization Theory of IS; Transformation of Work; Appropriation of Communication Infrastructures; Communities of Practice; Collective Action and Standardization; Living Lab Research Approach

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