Sven-Volker Rehm

Lehrstuhlvertreter / Interim Chairholder

Room: IP-C 306


Dr. Sven-V. Rehm is Interim Chair of the Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management at WHU since October 2016.


  • Communication, Technology, and Organizing
  • Digitization of innovation and entrepreneurship through digital technologies, platforms and infrastructures
    - Information management for digital transformation
    - Information systems, knowledge and innovation management for networked enterprises and in inter-organizational teams
    - Platforms and business ecosystems
  • Design Science
  • Qualitative Research
  • Managerial Cybernetics


  • Business Information Systems I & II (B.Sc. Program)
  • Literature seminar on Concepts, Methods and Technologies for cooperative work in teams and networks (B.Sc. Program)
  • Management Abroad Course Emerging Markets / India (B.Sc. Program)
  • Research Methods in Information Systems Research (PhD Seminar)
  • Information Systems and Organizations (PhD Seminar)
  • Qualitative Research in Information Systems & Organizational Communication (PhD Seminar)
  • Systems Thinking in Research on Information Systems and Organizations (PhD Seminar)
  • Case Study Seminar SAP ERP (B.Sc. Program)


Dr. Sven-Volker Rehm is Interim Chair of the Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management since October, 2016. He held an Assistant Professor position at WHU since 2007. Sven's research is in the area of Communication, Technology, and Organizing, focusing particularly on digitization of innovation and entrepreneurship through digital technologies, platforms and infrastructures. His research has been published in journals such as Information & Management, Information and Organization, Journal of the AIS, MIS Quarterly Executive, International Journal of Information Management, and others.

Sven holds a diploma in cybernetic engineering and a doctorate in engineering in the area of management cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Habilitation degree in Business Administration from WHU in November, 2014. At WHU he teaches in BSc and PhD programs. Further teaching assignments exist at University of Strasbourg, France, and at University of Stuttgart, Germany. Sven acted as reviewer and associate editor for several journals and conferences, among them European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Journal of Information Technology (JIT), Academy of Management OCIS Division, ECIS, and the Int. Conf. on Wirtschaftsinformatik. He assisted the European Commission as independent expert in the field of integration of technologies for industrial applications (NMP theme). He is a board member of the Society for Cybernetics in Economy & Society, and a member of AOM, INFORMS and the German Informatics Society.

Sven's activities target at achieving business impact through transfer of research findings to managerial practice. In this respect, he has been involved in European Community research projects for more than 15 years. A key result of these initiatives is the creation of several enterprise innovation networks. The companies learned to enhance their value creation through new forms of cooperation, and by adoption of new materials, processes, and technologies. They transformed their organizational processes towards improving their R&D management and networking capabilities for cooperative innovation. Information Systems in this context enable the knowledge exchange between involved actors, and allow to create and manage complementary relationships between firms.


Selected recent publications

Rehm, S.-V., Goel, L., & Junglas, I. (2017). Using Information Systems in Innovation Networks: Uncovering Network Resources, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 18(8), 577-604. Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol18/iss8/2.

Rehm, S.-V., & Goel, L. (2017). Using information systems to achieve complementarity in SME innovation networks. Information & Management, 54 (2017), 438–451. DOI: 10.1016/j.im.2016.10.003.

Rehm, S.-V., Goel, L., & Junglas, I. (2016). Information management for innovation networks – an empirical study on the “who, what and how” in networked innovation. International Journal of Information Management, 36(3), 348-359. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2015.11.004.

Rehm, S.-V., & Goel, L. (2015). The emergence of boundary clusters in inter-organizational innovation. Information and Organization, 25(1), 27-51.

Rehm, S.-V., & Goel, L., & Junglas, I. (2015). Role of information systems in empowering innovation networks. MIS Quarterly Executive, 14(3), 87-103.

Rehm, S.-V., Goel, L., & Crespi, M. (2015). The Metaverse as Mediator between Technology, Trends, and the Digital Transformation of Society and Business. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 8(2), 1-6.