Article on networking capabilities and resources of SMEs appears in JAIS

An article on the role of information systems (IS) in innovation networks of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has appeared in the August issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS). The article is co-authored by Dr. Rehm of BIS chair, Professor Lakshmi Goel from Univ. of North Florida, and Professor Iris Junglas from Florida State University. The described research highlights how SMEs can develop networking capabilities (i.e., they have to understand who they are partnering with, what each partner can contribute, and how exactly each partner can cooperate with others across the network). A novel concept is introduced, IS-embedded network resources, which helps understanding how IS help SMEs reaching competitive advantages in innovation networks.

Find the article here

Book on 'Cybernetics and Transformation' published

The proceedings of the annual conference 2015 of the Society for Managerial and Social Cybernetics (German: Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik GWS e.V.) have now been published by Duncker & Humblot, Berlin. Professor Thomas Fischer, who has co-chaired the conference in 2015 and sadly passed away in 2016 is named editor, together with Sven-V. Rehm of BIS chair.

The conference volume comprises 12 articles that report on the current state of management and social cybernetics research. For the context of Digital Transformation, research results and applications are presented from various perspectives. The contributions provide a variety of interdisciplinary insights into how today's forms and technologies of communication influence organizations and how systems can be systematically described and modeled in their entire diversity.

Find more information on the book at the publisher's website

Dr. Rehm appointed to Editorial Board of AIJM

Dr. Rehm has been appointed as an Editorial Board member of AIMS International Journal of Management, which is the flagship journal of the Association of Indian Management Scholars (AIMS)The journal provides an international forum for discussion of advancements in business and management with a focus on developments in India and the emerging nations, as well as nontraditional and innovative areas.

Research partner of BIS chair receives prestigious technology entrepreneurship award

Picture: Qbit Technologies, Inc. / Qbit Augmented Reality Marketing

Qbit Technologies Inc. is one of the TiE50 Award winners of the 2017 Top Startup competition. Qbit offers virtual reality (VR) & augmented reality (AR) simulations. Its founder and CEO, Mr. M. Crespi is a long-term partner of BIS chair and co-author of a recent article on the Metaverse and the Digital Transformation of society and business together with Dr. Rehm. TiE Silicon Valley is a global, not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals. Their TiE50 awards program attracts thousands of technology startups each year. (Link to Qbit press release)

Using information systems to achieve complementarity in SME innovation networks

A research article on how Information Systems (IS) can be used to achieve fit between partners of innovation networks has appeared in the Information & Management journal. The article was written by Dr. Rehm and co-author Associate Professor Lakshmi Goel, PhD, from University of North Florida. It presents results of BIS chair's European research project SmartNets.
From the abstract: Within dynamic innovation networks of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), complementarity between innovation partners is central to extend firm-level resources and capabilities and create synergies at the network level. We offer a conceptual model of how complementarity in SME innovation networks can be supported with the help of interorganizational systems. Link to article (free until June 25th, 2017)

Schneider Foundation welcomes new scholarship students

On behalf of the Irmgard and Erich Schneider Foundation, Dr. Rehm has welcomed the incoming scholarship awardees at BIS chair this afternoon. Eight students from WHU Bachelor of Science classes of 2018 and 2019 receive the foundation's individual scholarship. The Schneider Foundation's aim is to support studies, research and practical projects in the domain of applying media, information systems and technologies in organizations and society, including a focus on social and regional relevance. On the photo (from left to right; click to enlarge): C. Janz, R. Lahrkamp, F. Bergfelder, J. Heikaus, J. Rauber, M. Peppel*, M. Wierzbitzki*, Dr. Rehm (*outgoing scholarship holders). On the photo are missing D. Davydov, H. Holst, and J. Tapken, who are currently in their studies abroad.

Guest lecture of Ms Angela De Giacomo on Work & Life in India

Ms Angela De Giacomo, Manager Bissell Family Office and Founder of Wundernova, today held a guest lecture in scope of the WHU B.Sc. 2019 program's Management Abroad Course India. Living and working herself in India for many years, she is today an expert on linking Indian and German businesses. Her talk was about cultural, political and work life differences between the two countries, and how to cope with them, giving the students an insight into the diversity and fascination of India. She followed an invitation of Assistant Professor M. Prause and Dr. Rehm. Management Abroad Courses offer WHU students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and work environments of emerging markets in a two weeks excursion.

Guest Lecture by Dr. A. Emunds of T-Systems

Dr. Axel Emunds, T-Systems International GmbH, today gave a guest lecture on Service Management as part of the Business Information Systems concentration module (B.Sc. program of WHU). Dr. Emunds introduced the students to the concept of ICT-enabled services, highlighting the fact that most of the services around us require production factors unseen by the customer, at the same time being the core asset of service providers. His lecture, being an integral part of the BIS module for several years, also gave an overview of current management instruments in the domain of IT Service Management.

Guest Lecture by Mr. U. Johnen of T-Systems

Mr. Uwe Johnen, T-Systems International GmbH today held a guest talk as part of the Business Information Systems lecture (B.Sc. program of WHU). He provided insights into managing Digital Transformation solutions in the automotive sector. His topics included customer experience management, predictive maintenance and current challenges in implementing 'agile' work methods to large organizations.

Prestigious award certifications for software of BIS chair alumni

The WWM Lab
myWWM ERM software

BIS chair alumni Dr. Christian Coppeneur-Gülz and his team have received two prestigious award certifications at the competition INNOVATIONSPREIS-IT 2017 of Initiative Mittelstand, an initiative focusing on information technology to extend the innovation potential of small and medium-sized businesses. The myWWM system, an Event Resource Management solution to digitally transform management of Live Communications, received the certificate "BEST OF 2017" and was nominated finalist in the category "On Demand". Congratulations! Dr. Coppeneur-Gülz has started developing the myWWM system during his time as doctoral student at the BIS chair at WHU; its development is now continued in the WWM Lab. Read the press release here (external link, in German).

On April 11th, Dr. Coppeneur-Gülz as in recent years gave a guest lecture as part of the Business Information Systems module (WHU B.Sc. program) on Software-as-a-Service, also talking about his journey to digitally transform a traditional family business into a 'digital company'.

BIS chair featured in AIS Global IS Education Report 2017

The BIS chair is featured in the current version of the AIS Global IS Education Report 2017 available on the eduglopedia.org platform. This report created by an initiative of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and University of Liechtenstein provides "an integrated view of Information Systems (IS) educational offerings around the world".

Link to Report
Link to BIS profile

BIS chair supports student travels to Cebit 2017

As in recent years, also in March 2017 the BIS chair has provided free tickets for WHU's Bachelor students to visit CeBIT, the world's largest and most internationally represented computer expo, taking place in Hanover, Germany. 22 students took the offered tickets to learn about current information technologies and topics such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, and others.

Practice-oriented article of Dr. Rehm highlights the role of BPM for digitalization

The current issue of WHU's Controlling & Management Review journal features an article co-authored by Dr. Rehm on how firms can prepare for new legal provisions in Germany using procedural documentations. Procedural documentations extend business process management (BPM) and can become a vital tool for digitalization. Professional expertise was provided by co-authors Mr. H. Heimfarth and Mr. T. Martin as certified accountants. The article is the result of a cooperation started in scope of the Forum Mittelstand initiative of WHU and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Koblenz. WHU's Controlling & Management Review  is edited by WHU Professors U. Schäffer and J. Weber, and published by Springer.
Reference: Heimfarth, Helmut; Martin, Thomas; Rehm, Sven-Volker (2017): Mit Verfahrensdokumentationen fit für die digitale Zukunft. In: Controlling & Management Review 61 (1), S. 56–61. DOI: 10.1007/s12176-016-0106-8.

 

Guest Lecture by Mr. Rob Copeland of TRW/ZF

Mr. Rob Copeland, ZF TRW Global SAP Manager today gave insights into his lessons learned while building an SAP Competence Center at TRW. His project management approach that won him global recognition by SAP was illustrated for the participants of the Business Information Systems lecture (B.Sc. program of WHU). Common strategies and pitfalls in managing large IT organizations and projects were discussed.

Stiftung Industrieforschung supports Master Thesis at BIS chair

The foundation “Stiftung Industrieforschung” supports young researchers who pursue research questions concerning medium-sized industrial enterprises. In spring term 2017, Mr. Till von Buttlar has received a scholarship for preparing his Master Thesis on "Digital Transformation: a foresight framework for small and medium-sized enterprises". In February 2017, Mr. von Buttlar has submitted his thesis and thus completed his studies with great success. Congratulations! 

From the abstract: Many small and medium-sized firms find themselves at the beginning of the digital transformation process. As the vast technological development has already opened doors to disrupt markets in manifold ways, this study tries to support these firms’ efforts by proposing a systematic way to engage the topic.
In this context, a foresight framework has been developed on basis of the design science methodology to ensure its practical relevance. This framework, in a first stage, presents narratives on the economic value drivers of digital transformation as scenarios for potential future development. Subsequently, a competence assessment with regard to dynamic firm capabilities and technological trends enables firms to derive different change pressures and illustrates concrete options on how the firm and its value creation processes can develop under digital transformation. This foresight exercise serves as input for selecting the most promising scenario upon which, in a final stage, firms are required to redesign their business models and evaluate their digital business strategy.

Guest Lecture by Mr. Mattia Crespi of Qbit Technologies

Today's virtual guest talk in the lecture Business Information Systems, (B.Sc. program of WHU) was given by Mr. Mattia Crespi of Qbit Technologies Inc., headquartered in Mestre (IT) and Palo Alto (USA). Mr. Crespi who is CEO of the innovation lab Qbit and an expert in virtual simulations and foresight methods gave a talk on the impact of future information technologies with a focus on virtual reality, online virtual worlds, 3D training simulations and 3D ecommerce. One focus of the discussion was on how to prepare business and strategies for the increased speed of changes on the technology side.

Guest Lecture by Mr. Milan Vukas of Quintly

In his today's guest talk, which was part of the lecture Business Information Systems, a module in WHU'S B.Sc. program, Mr. Milan Vukas of Quintly GmbH, headquartered in Cologne and San Francisco, provided the students with insights and experiences to the issue of Professional Social Media Analytics, an approach to track, benchmark and adapt a firm's social media performance and strategy, and to gain deeper customer insights. The current state of the art as well as strengths and open issues on this topic were discussed with the audience.

Dr. Sven Gross receives doctorate honors

We are happy to announce that Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Ing. Sven Gross has successfully finalized his dissertation thesis with the disputation on December 16th, 2016. Congratulations! His supervisors were Professor Dr. Peter-J. Jost, Chair of Organization Theory at WHU, and PD Dr. Sven-V. Rehm of BIS chair. Title of his dissertation is: Value creation with help of collaboration – Criteria of networking capability for innovation (Wertschöpfung über Kollaboration – Kriterien für Netzwerkfähigkeit zur Innovation). Dr. Gross had started his dissertation project as doctoral assistant of Professor Thomas Fischer who sadly passed away in May 2016.
About the dissertation project: Sven Gross investigates service-oriented structures for the collaboration of stakeholders in a dynamic environment analyzing the development of innovation networks in three dimensions: Knowledge Management, Organizational Structure and ICT Support. He develops a method that supports the introduction of service-oriented structures in corporate networks as well as the dynamic adjustment of enterprise architectures to dynamically changing requirements. The investigation is carried out methodically following the Design Science approach. The EU research project SmartNets allowed him a practical application and the validation of the developed concepts.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BIS chair

In December 2016, the chair team had the pleasure to host WHU alumni, Dr. Christian Coppeneur-Gülz, CEO of WWM GmbH & Co. KG as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the new chair location in the IP-C building. Dr. Coppeneur-Gülz is a WHU diploma graduate and has also received his doctorate from WHU. Building on his exceptional experience as entrepreneur who has successfully transformed his family company into a digital business in the area of Live Communication and Event Resource Management, he was available to share his insights in digital business and start-ups with students.

Dr. Tobias Sebastian Witte receives doctorate honors

We are happy to announce that Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Kfm. (FH) Tobias Sebastian Witte has successfully finalized his dissertation thesis with the disputation on December 16th, 2016. Congratulations! His supervisors were Professor Dr. Peter-J. Jost, Chair of Organization Theory at WHU, and Professor Dr. Frauke Freifrau Marschall von Bieberstein, Director of the Institute of Organization and HRM (IOP), University of Bern, Switzerland. Title of his dissertation is: Process-oriented organizational reference model for self-service business intelligence (Ein prozessorientiertes Organisations-Referenzmodell für Self-Service Business Intelligence). Dr. Witte had started his dissertation project as external doctoral assistant of Professor Thomas Fischer who sadly passed away in May 2016.
About the dissertation project: The thesis deals with the research area "organization of business intelligence", by creating a design science based approach for a process-oriented business intelligence specific organization model. One input for this model is a worldwide study in cooperation with the Business Application Research Center (BARC) in Würzburg which investigates the impact of a special organizational unit and important factors for an enterprise-wide integration of business intelligence. This model is designed to deliver advice for companies to change the today's often very technical IT-driven implementation of business intelligence towards a solution focusing more on business requirements.

BIS chair moves to new offices

The BIS chair has now moved to the new InPraxi Learning Center on WHU's Vallendar campus. Its location on 3rd floor will be home to the BIS chair open office space, the Schneider Lab and further offices. The Schneider Lab is designed as a rendezvous location for students, researchers and professionals. It is equipped with a smartboard for collaboration in virtual teams and recording of interactive computer-supported work settings. The lab is intended to serve as a project workroom for concurrent engineering of complex business information management solutions, enterprise modelling and other topics. Funding is provided by the Irmgard and Erich Schneider Foundation, a longtime sponsor of WHU and particularly the BIS chair.

Dr. Rehm invited to European project panel on ‘entrepreneurship across borders’

In late September 2016, Dr. Rehm was invited to a panel of the international workshop on “Developing a really international enterprising mind in and around universities” kick-starting the Entrepreneurship beyond borders project at University of Strasbourg. The 8-partner project is co-funded by the French state and aims at both promoting a culture for cross-border entrepreneurship in universities and creating an interdisciplinary, intercultural and cross-border network of entrepreneurs. The project is situated within the Franco-German-Swiss geographical area of the Upper Rhine. Invited as an expert in international cooperation and digital transformation of industrial firms, Dr. Rehm has in the past coordinated research projects that created more than ten international innovation networks, resulting in several new businesses and spin-offs.