Digital Life

The rapid development of new technologies is a key driver for the digitalization. Nowadays the digitalization is part of everyday life. Wearables, Smart Home, Connected Car and many other applications can be used by enterprises and private persons. This “digital” life implies manifold challenges, radical innovations and visionary projects. Hence, we are dedicated to research the topic Digital Life, the digitalization of human life in all areas of life.

A holistic approach is the only way to address the diverse issues that come along with the Digital Life. Therefore, we investigate different facets of Digital Life in interdisciplinary teams and combine methods from IS, economics, computer science and psychology. We concentrate on three major areas regarding research, application and education:

– How can information systems and information be designed to increase the benefits for individuals?

– How does the digitalization change the workplace of today and how should the tomorrow’s workplace look like?

– Which potentials come across with the digitalization of healthcare and how can they be used in a sustainable manner?

Therefore, we focus on three action fields: Individual Information Systems, Enterprise Information’s Systems, and E-Health. Responding to these research questions, we use design- and behavioural-oriented research methods (e. g. software prototyping, case studies, experiments and surveys).

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  • Hilti (since 2013):
    Conception and implementation of activities to gain acceptance for modern communication and collaboration technologies
  • Hilti (2012):
    Design and implementation of an IT-supported software development process for mobile services and professionalization of social collaboration services
  • Employee Portal Benchmark (2008 – 2009):
    Survey-based benchmarking study of the successful utilization of employee portals among 22 companies from different industries​​

Based on the results of the research projects, the Research center FIM regularly publishes in international journals and conferences. Selected publications are:

Die Digitalisierung der Wissensarbeit : Handlungsempfehlungen aus der Wirtschaftsinformatik-Forschung
in: HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 2016
Köffer, Sebastian
Urbach, Nils
Der Wissensarbeitsplatz der Zukunft : Trends, Herausforderungen und Implikationen für das strategische IT-Management
in: HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 2016
Urbach, Nils
Ahlemann, Frederik
Corporate Adoption of Social Computing : A Process-Based Analysis
in: Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, 2012
Räth, Philip
Urbach, Nils
Smolnik, Stefan
Butler, Brian S.
Evaluating Mobile Business Applications in Service and Maintenance Processes : Results of a Quantitative-empirical Study
presented at: 19th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Helsinki, Finnland, 2011
Legner, Christine
Nolte, Christoph
Urbach, Nils
An Empirical Investigation of Employee Portal Success
in: The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 2010
Urbach, Nils
Smolnik, Stefan
Riempp, Gerold
Enabling Usage Control through Reputation Objects : A Discussion on e-Commerce and the Internet of Services Environments
in: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, 2010
Alnemr, Rehab
König, Stefan
Eymann, Torsten
Meinel, Christoph
In addition to its activities in research and practice, FIM Research Center is engaged in multiple activities that aim to foster knowledge exchan​ge with scholars and practitioners. Selected activities are:
  • Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI), Paderborn, 2014: Track “Adoption, Usage and Success of Artifacts in IS“ 
  •  Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI), Paderborn, 2014: Track “CSCW and Social Computing““ 
  •  Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI), Paderborn, 2014: Track „Prescriptive Analytics in IS“ 
  •  12. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI), Oldenburg, 2015: Track “Services and Hybrid Value Creation“ 
  •  23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Münster, 2015: Track “Service Innovation, Engineering, and Management“
University of Augsburg

  • Customer Relationship Management (Bachelor)
  • Value-based Customer Relationship and Process Management (Master)

University of Bayreuth

  • Project Seminar Hilti Case Challenge (Bachelor)​

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