Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Neue Medien




Digitalization, Transformation and Management Summer Term 2019

Participant information can be found here: Digitalization, Transformation and Management in LSF


Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess (Lecture)
Philipp Barthel, M.Sc. (Tutorial)
Maren Gierlich, M.Sc. (Tutorial)
Hubertus Waltermann, M.Sc. (Tutorial)


Digital innovations are formed by the combination of an innovative digital solution and a complementary digital business concept. They are in the core of all concepts dealing with digital transformation in general or more specialized concepts like Industry 4.0 or “Anything as a Service”. The overall aim of the course is to provide an overview of the discussion in academia and in practice on digital innovations.
The course has three parts:

  • Digital Technologies as the driver for digital innovations: This part comprises fundamental technical concepts of information technologies and covers the technical concepts behind recent technological trends, such as Big Data, Blockchain, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things.
  • Types of Digital Innovations: In this part different types of digital innovation, such as products, services, processes and business models are covered. Inter alia it is discussed how platforms replace established business models and how companies can utilize data as a key resource to drive value.
  • Embedding Digital Innovation: This part deals with the question how companies can embed digital innovations and manage the digital transformation. It discusses how companies develop digital transformation strategies, how they govern transformation and how appropriate organizational forms enable digital change. Also, a focus will be set on the IT department’s future role.

In the lecture, the main concepts are presented and discussed. In the tutorial the focus is on working on selected papers from journals or conferences and on real-world-cases.
Two major competences will be trained in this course. On one side, students learn how practical problems can be solved in the context of the digital transformation of a company. On the other side, students learn how to read, analyze and understand scientific papers – in order to be able to find answers for new problems or to work on problems in an academic context. This includes also the competence to understand new technical concepts.


For questions about this lecture, please contact Philipp Barthel.

Master of Business Research (MBR) students have to attend the lecture as well as the tutorial sessions.
Their examination consists of two parts: the analysis of a paper and an oral exam about their findings on this paper and further aspects from the lecture content.
For further information, please contact: Philipp Barthel


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