Research in the Field of Information Systems

The University of Bamberg is one of Germany’s leading research institutions in the field of Information Systems. Research domains include the design, management, and use of information technologies (IT) as well on implications on cooperate strategy, business models, and human behavior. Results are frequently published in leading scientific journals, and close cooperation with industry ensures an effective transfer of new insights in both directions.

AI Engineering in Companies

Our chair focuses its research on AI-based systems in organizations. Special emphasis is placed on Human-AI-Collaboration and Ethics & AI, where the interaction between humans and machines is researched. Central questions in our research are:

  • Impact of new technologies: Investigating the effects that new technologies – especially artificial intelligence – have on individuals, society, and organizations.
  • Socio-technical systems: Analyzing the interactions between existing and new socio-technical systems, with a focus on meaningful design of transformation processes, taking into account the impact of such systems.
  • Digital technologies and the future of work: Research into the impact of digital technologies on the future of work and the development of new business and working models. Current research topics include the digital nomadism work model and the area of the digital workplace and the metaverse.
  • Social media analytics in crisis management: Use of information systems, especially social media, for sensemaking and crisis management.
  • Online fake news and hate speech: Analysis of the evolution and effects of social media on the dissemination of online fake news and hate speech, and development of countermeasures.

Research Projects

Digital Work

Our research focuses on the digitalisation of the world of work. We are currently focussing in particular on digital knowledge work, the organisation of (all-)remote models, crowdwork platforms, as well as AI-driven changes to the work of doctors and open source developers. In these areas new technologies, such as generative AI, can help to ensure that access to data, knowledge and research results to become more open and more democratic, breaking down information barriers and empowering many people to contribute to and benefit from the current state of knowledge. In terms of methodology, we therefore rely on various approaches of literature reviews, as well as process and design science research. The aim is to understand changes, assess them in terms of their opportunities and risks and to actively shape them.

Research Projects

Energy Efficient Systems

The chair of Information Systems and Energy Efficient Systems focuses on digitalization at the intersection between companies and consumers. Research domains include data analytics in particular for behavioral data, consumption data, and decision support systems for everyday-activities, as well as the development of related digital services and data-driven business models. 

Research Projects

Health and Society in the Digital Age

Our research centers around people's use of digital technologies, with the aim of establishing healthy patterns of use. Current research areas include

  1. the positive and negative effects of digital technologies on individual well-being, e.g., job burnout, technostress, and eustress;
  2. the understanding of shock-induced behavioral changes, e.g., following data breaches;
  3. the transformation of the world of work, e.g., with the rise of hybrid working; and
  4. the implications of digital transformation, including technology acceptance.

We investigate these subjects in diverse settings, encompassing Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI), Blockchain, and digital entertainment and social media platforms.

Research Projects

Industrial Information Systems

The chair of Industrial Information Systems is primarily concerned with the analysis and design of information and application systems – particularly in an industrial context. The primary research focus is placed on these systems’ architectures and functions, as well as on modeling and classification methods pertaining thereto. As both people and application systems are information systems actors, learning and consulting systems aimed at providing people with relevant qualifications are also examined.

Research Projects (german)

Information Systems and Services

The research focus is placed on the theories and methods pertaining to the management of information. Projects are centered mainly on the following areas: IT business alignment and the business value of the information technology; (social) networks and IT; and IT adoption and outsourcing.

Research Projects

Information Systems Management

The research activities of the Chair of Information Systems Management target open questions in the fields of digital transformation, IT outsourcing, process management, and architecture management. In those fields, we focus on how effective collaboration between business and IT can be achieved and how organizations derive digital innovation from this collaboration. Current projects do, e.g., investigate the effectiveness of digital innovation labs or explore the drivers of employee-driven process innovation.

Research Projects

Platform Economy

We study the development and design of digital platforms from the perspective of various actors. Our interest primarily lies in the question of how platform companies such as Apple, Microsoft, or SAP can successfully design and manage digital platforms. Additionally, we explore the role of start-ups and SMEs in this context as well as the impact of increasing “platformization" on traditional sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, or education. Our research provides important insights into the governance and evolution of digital platforms and ecosystems, as well as their appropriate regulation, with the goal of integrating digital innovations into society sustainably and responsibly.

Research Projects

Social Networks

The Chair of Information Systems and Social Networks dedicates its efforts in research, teaching, and business partnerships to further our understanding of networks comprising humans, organizations, technology, and their complex relationships. In pursuit of this goal, we focus our work on questions that address the emergence, dynamics, characteristics, and outcomes of networked systems as well as their effects on individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Together with our interdisciplinary partners, we engage in a variety of exciting and challenging projects that address issues in network theory, network analysis, crisis management, politics, knowledge management, innovation management, as well as novel forms of organization, cooperation, and interaction in the digital age. 

Research projects (german)