IT Strategy, Management & Transformation

Track description

Under the heading of digitization, new and further developments of digital technologies lead to significant changes in the economy and society. A key feature of a digitized corporate world is that digital technologies are no longer used merely to support business processes, but are increasingly becoming an inherent component of products, services, and business models. While information technology has long been an important production factor for most companies, digital innovations are now leading to a radical transformation of entire industries. On the one hand, digital business model innovations offer companies the opportunity to conquer established and new markets with good ideas. On the other hand, many companies are increasingly at risk of becoming victims of the disruptive effects of digitization. Accordingly, many companies are currently undergoing digital transformation.

In this context, the development and implementation of IT strategies and the management of the IT function are more than ever before becoming critical tasks for the success of the entire company. While corporate IT has so far concentrated on translating the requirements of the specialist departments as effectively as possible into high-quality IT services and operating these services, it is now increasingly required to play an active role in shaping the entire company. To achieve this, IT must address the requirements of customers and partners of the company, evaluate and introduce IT innovations and adapt the IT landscape to the changed needs. In addition, the development and implementation of innovative services increasingly requires the integration of business and IT. In addition to involvement in innovation processes, traditional IT management tasks are also changing: developments such as cloud computing are simplifying 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 expertise and can realize economies of scale.

These developments bring about a gradual change in the roles and capabilities of today's IT functions, which is also reflected in changed structures, processes, methods and governance mechanisms. Accordingly, many new and interesting questions arise regarding the social, organizational, technical and economic aspects of strategic IT management and organizational change. Previous findings as well as established models and theories of business informatics must be questioned and further developed 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 and 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 value contribution of IT

● Orientation of IT to the benefit of the company's customers and other stakeholders

● IT innovation management and strategic impact of new technologies

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

● IT Governance, Risk, Compliance

● (Agile) Project, Project Portfolio Management and Change Management

● IT service and application management

● Strategic management and change of enterprise architectures

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

● IT management models, methods and tools

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

● Change in skills and competencies in IT

● Organizational structures of the IT organization 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 BigData, Blockchain, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

● Management of modern workplace technologies

● Resilience of IT and Business Continuity Management

Track Chairs

Nils Urbach

Nils Urbach is Professor of Business Informatics and Strategic IT Management at the University of Bayreuth and Deputy Scientific Director of the Core Competence Center FIM and the Fraunhofer Project Group Business Informatics. 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 the central international conferences.

Paul Drews

Paul Drews is Professor of Business Informatics 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 diffusion and appropriation of IT innovations in companies, he focuses on the transformation and management of enterprise and business ecosystem architectures, data-driven business models, digital platforms, and the transformation 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