In research and teaching, Nils Urbach mainly addresses questions in the areas of strategic IT management as well as communication and IT-based collaboration. In this context, he focusses on the purposeful planning, controlling, organization and management of IT functions of medium and large companies as well as the beneficial utilization of information systems in enterprises. In recent research projects he is engaged in topic such as IT governance, IT outsourcing and project portfolio management, among others. His work has been published in several international journals such as the Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application, Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, Business Process Management Journal, and Business & Information Systems Engineering as well as in the proceedings of key international conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems, the European Conference on Information Systems, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and the Americas Conference on Information Systems.
Between 2000 and 2004, Nils Urbach studied at University of Paderborn from which he received a diploma in business information systems in 2004. From 2004 to 2006, he worked as consultant with Accenture in Frankfurt, focused on clients in the financial service sector. After moving to EBS Business School in Wiesbaden, he started working as a research assistant at the Institute of Research on Information Systems where he received his doctorate in January 2010 graded “summa cum laude” (first supervisor Prof. Dr. Gerold Riempp, second supervisor Prof. Dr. Christine Legner). Subsequently, he held the position of an Assistant Professor where he was head of the Strategic IT Management Competence Center. Complementary to his academic work, he was Managing Consultant with Horváth & Partners in Frankfurt for the CIO & Project Advisory Competence Center. Nils Urbach gathered international experience during his research stays at the University of Pittsburgh (Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business) in 2008 and at Université de Lausanne (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) in 2012.