Track Description

In the digital age, new developments in digital technologies lead to significant changes in the economy and society. A key feature of a digitized corporate world is that digital technologies are not only used to support business processes, but are increasingly becoming an inherent part of products, services and business models. While information technology has been an important production factor for most companies for a long time, digital innovations are now leading to a radical transformation of some industries. On the one hand, digital business model innovations offer companies the opportunity to conquer established and new markets with fresh ideas. On the other hand, many companies are increasingly exposed to the risk of falling victim to the disruptive effects of digitalization. Accordingly, many companies are currently undergoing a digital transformation.

In this context, the development and implementation of IT strategies and the management of the IT function are becoming more and more critical tasks for the company as a whole. Corporate IT has so far concentrated on translating the requirements of the business departments into high-quality IT services as effectively as possible and on managing operations. Today, the corporate IT function needs to engage in shaping the entire company. As part of this transformation, the IT function has to deal with the requirements of customers and partners of the company, evaluate and introduce IT innovations and adapt the IT landscape to the changing needs. The development and implementation of innovative services increasingly require the integration of business and IT. In addition to participating in innovation processes, traditional IT management tasks are also changing: Developments such as cloud computing simplify the outsourcing of elements of the IT value chain. The management of IT infrastructures and IT operations can be left to specialized providers who have the necessary skills and are able to realize economies of scale.

These developments cause a gradual change in the roles and skills of today’s IT functions, which is also reflected in changed structures, processes, methods and governance mechanisms. Accordingly, many new and interesting questions arise on the social, organizational, technical and economic aspects of strategic IT management and organizational change. Previous knowledge as well as established models and theories of information systems should be questioned and advanced against the background of these developments.

Possible Topics

● IT strategy and strategies for digital transformation

● Development and implementation of IT and digital strategies for corporations as well as for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

● Organizational development for digital transformation

● Business IT alignment and integration of business and IT (business managed IT)

● Strategic use and business value of IT

● Alignment of IT with the benefit for the company’s customers and other stakeholders

● IT innovation management and strategic effects of new technologies

● Ecosystem management: supplier management, IT outsourcing, cloud computing and make-or-buy decisions

● IT governance, risk, compliance

● (Agile) project, project portfolio and change management

 IT service and application management

● Strategic management and change in enterprise architecture

● Management of software development and deployment as well as new approaches for structuring the IT landscape (including through microservices)

● IT management models, methods and tools

● Changing role of the CIO and new roles (e.g. Chief Digital Officer, Chief Innovation Officer)

● Change of skills and competencies in IT

● Organizational structures of the IT function in change

● Establishment, expansion and evaluation of digital units and digital labs

● New organizational concepts such as bimodal IT, (Biz) DevOps or Scaling Agile

● Strategic anchoring and management of the use of big data, blockchain, data science and artificial intelligence

● Management of modern workplace technologies

● Resilience of IT and business continuity management

Track Chairs

Nils Urbach

University of Bayreuth & Fraunhofer FIT

Nils Urbach is a professor of information systems and strategic IT management at the University of Bayreuth as well as deputy director of the FIM Research Center and the Fraunhofer Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering. For several years he has been working in the research fields of strategic information management and collaborative information systems. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS), Journal of Information Technology (JIT), MIS Quarterly Executive (MISQE) and Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), as well as in the proceedings of key international conferences.

Paul Drews

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Paul Drews is a professor of information systems and spokesman of the interdisciplinary research center for digital transformation at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His research focus is the digital transformation of companies from the perspective of strategic IT management. In addition to the adoption and diffusion of IT innovations in companies, he deals with the change and management of enterprise and business ecosystem architectures, data-driven business models, digital platforms and the changing role of the IT function.


Associate Editors

• Prof. Dr. Stephan Aier, Universität St. Gallen

• Prof. Dr. Rainer Alt, Universität Leipzig

• Prof. Dr. Daniel Beimborn, Universität Bamberg

• Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann, Universität Hamburg

• Prof. Dr. Arne Buchwald, Vlerick Business School

• Dr. Andreas Drechsler, Victoria University of Wellington

• Dr. Katharina Ebner, FernUniversität in Hagen

• Prof. Dr. Daniel Fürstenau, Freie Universität Berlin

• Prof. Dr. Kazem Haki, Universität St. Gallen

• Dr. Robert Keller, Universität Augsburg

• Prof. Dr. Oliver Krancher, IT University of Copenhagen

• Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, TU München

• Prof. Dr. Thomas Kude, ESSEC Business School

• Prof. Dr. Christian Meske, Freie Universität Berlin

• Prof. Dr. Ulrich Remus, Universität Innsbruck

• Prof. Dr. Hannes Rothe, Freie Universität Berlin

• Prof. Dr. Stefan Sackmann, Universität Halle-Wittenberg

• Prof. Dr. Susanne Strahringer, TU Dresden

• Prof. Dr. Markus Westner, OTH Regensburg

• Prof. Dr. Martin Wiener, TU Dresden

• Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Zarnekow, TU Berlin

• Prof. Dr. Nico Wunderlich, IT University of Copenhagen