Research Center Information Systems for Connected Work and Life


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Remus (Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management, Information Systems II)

Research Objectives

The interdisciplinary research center Information Systems for Connected Work and Life seeks at identifying, analyzing, and designing solutions for IT-related challenges on individual, group, organizational, societal and policy level.

Information Systems (IS) are playing an important role in supporting work on an organizational level, e.g. by designing systems that support managerial decision making, business processes, collaboration and knowledge work within the boundaries of a firm. Research in IS crosses the boundaries of organizations acknowledging the manifold opportunities and risks that networks pose in an increasingly inter-connected world. For example, nowadays IS research focuses on inter-organizational projects and processes, such as IS sourcing, cross-border supply chain management, and the management of knowledge networks.

At the same time, IS research increasingly concentrates on the connection between work and life. It extends the traditional organizational perspective including business impact of IS and IS project success towards considering the wider societal and economic impact of adopting IS, thus also broadening the scope to personal and societal challenges. Key driver for this development is the Internet and the associated advent of online social networks, Internet of things, and IS-enabled collaborative consumption of goods, which are increasingly pervading and connecting work and life.

As a result, IS research comprises negative aspects of IT usage such as related stress, addiction, misuse, information overload, and interruptions due to constant connectivity, as well as positive aspects of IT usage, where IS supports humanitarian efforts, enables better, more inclusive and more affordable access to information and knowledge, healthcare and education. To further evaluate and weigh the negative and positive aspects, IS research examines the economic impact of IT usage and Internet innovations on firms, technology providers, consumers, policy makers, and the society as a whole.

The research center ‘Information Systems for Connected Work and Life’ takes up IT-related challenges of our society, analyzes implications of potential innovations and designs solutions on various levels. We differentiate ourselves by not only focusing on analyzing the impact of IS on the organizational level, but also considering the implications on the design of IS at an individual, group, societal and economic level. This includes our ambition to contribute to the development of new methods and tools as well as an enhanced understanding in established fields such as economics and value of IS, business process management, operations management, decision support, IS project management, collaboration, IS for knowledge work as well as in emerging fields such as social media and analytics, personal and societal challenges of IS, and IS-enabled collaborative consumption of goods.

 Interview with Ulrich Remus (Video)

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