Prof. Dr. Thomas Fischer

Dear partners and friends of the chair,
after a long and admirable struggle against his illness, Professor Thomas Fischer has passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Stuttgart. We all experienced and appreciated him as an open, profound and wise conversationalist, as honest and caring personality, and as compassionate and strong  associate.
As its founder, from 1984 to 2011, he was in charge of the Center for Management Research at the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) in Denkendorf near Stuttgart. He held the Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management for more than 20 years. Until summer 2011, he was also responsible for research and teaching in the field of management cybernetics at the Faculty of Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering, University of Stuttgart.
In his academic career of more than 35 years, he guided more than 30 young scientists towards their doctorates, and a countless number of students to graduation. Each year he invited former students and colleagues to the Kesseldorffest at his Alsatian country house extending and maintaining his close personal relationships with co-workers throughout the years.
He was a researcher with heart and soul, and the personal relationships to his partners throughout Europe provided him momentum for his work.
His death fills us with deep sorrow, and our sympathy is directed to his family and all the people close to him. We have lost a sincere and special person in Thomas Fischer. We shall honor his memory in the gratitude of having known and worked with him.
In silent mourning, the Chair of Business Information Science at WHU.



Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management

Welcome to the Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management. The Chair conducts teaching in Business and Management Information Systems within the WHU educational programs. In research, the chair is dealing with current issues of information management and business information systems engineering. Research activities concentrate on design and management of information technology for cross-sectoral value-added networks. Particular focus is on knowledge and innovation management.

Assistant Professor Dr. Sven-V. Rehm is concerned with issues arising in the design and interaction of information systems and the networked organization.

A high practical relevance is established through close cooperation with the Center for Management Research of the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF Denkendorf, one of the largest institutions of joint industrial research in Germany). Professor Dr. Thomas Fischer and his staff are coordinating and involved in research projects on European and national levels.

The Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management is supported by the Irmgard and Erich Schneider Foundation. The photo of Mrs. and Mr. Schneider† is showing the married couple in the year 2001. Mrs. and Mr. Schneider's work and commitment had been always been socially motivated. Their heritage is now continued by their son Peter Schneider who has become a member of the Foundation’s Board in 2012.

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