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Digitale Innovationen & Entrepreneurship


Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become an increasingly important driver of novel and often disruptive innovations. Digital innovations are changing products, services, and entire business models. This can have far-reaching consequences for companies or whole industries. These developments are not limited to IT-related industries anymore but by now affect traditional product- and service industries both within the business-to-business and the business-to-consumer sector. Digital platforms such as UBER and AirBnB are just the tip of the iceberg when investigating entrepreneurship and digital innovations. Other platform operators such as Apple (mobile apps), Steam (online gaming) or Mozilla (browser) deliberately open up their ecosystems and enable external, third-party entrepreneurs to add functionality (e.g., apps, games, add-ons or campaigns) to the core product of the platform, hereby offering entrepreneurs and innovative ideas unprecedented access to a global market.

Due to new and emerging ecosystems, traditional companies need to regularly question and possibly adapt their business models or build new businesses branches to survive. Corporate Entrepreneurship and the possibility to foster digital innovation within traditional companies receive growing attention. At the same time, digital innovations also offer the opportunity to develop new solutions as a foundation of new companies and to challenge existing companies and business norms.

This track will therefore examine the impact of digital innovations on the design and behaviour of existing and new businesses.

The following list of topics is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. We are open towards different research methodologies, as analytical, conceptual, constructivist, empirical and theoretical approaches are welcome.

  • New Businesses based on ICT
  • Management of business model innovations
  • Novel ways of funding innovations (e.g. crowdfunding)
  • Digital entrepreneurship in general
  • Organization of digital start-ups
  • Start-ups within organizations
  • Digital entrepreneurial culture, change in dynamics of start-ups based on digital business models
  • Responses of companies to emerging technologies
  • Behaviour of Start-Ups in newly created digital platform ecosystems
  • Behaviour of established firms in newly created digital platform ecosystems
  • Behaviour of consumers in newly created digital platform ecosystems
  • Influence of entrepreneurial and innovative activities on government policy or regulation


Track Chairs

Ferdinand Thies

Ferdinand Thies

Universität Liechtenstein

Ferdinand Thies is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His research interests include software platforms, crowdfunding, and entrepreneurship. His work has been published in international journals such as Journal of Small Business Management, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems and Decision Support Systems as well as conferences such as International Conference on Information Systems and European Conference on Information Systems.
Nikolaus Franke

Nikolaus Franke

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Professor Nikolaus Franke is Director and Founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He earned his doctoral and habilitation degrees at University of Munich and spent several semesters as Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research has been published in leading academic journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Information System Research, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Organization Science, and Research Policy. Since 2016 he serves as Field Editor of the world’s leading entrepreneurship journal Journal of Business Venturing.
Peter Buxmann

Peter Buxmann

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Peter Buxmann is head of the Software & Digital Business Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he is also the director of the Startup and Innovation Centre HIGHEST. Peter Buxmann is member of numerous management and supervisory committees. His research focuses on the digitalization of business and society, methods and applications of artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship and the development of innovative business models. He is the author of more than 300 publications which are published in international journals (e. g. Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology, European Journal on Information Systems, Information Systems Journal).
Liste der Associate Editors
  • Paul Alpar, Universität Marburg
  • Sabine Baumann, Jade Hochschule
  • Tilo Böhmann, Universität Hamburg
  • Paul Drews Leuphana, Universität Lüneburg
  • Johann Füller, Universität Innsbruck
  • Jin Gerlach, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Georg Herzwurm, Universität Stuttgart
  • Katja Hutter, Universität Salzburg
  • Johann Kranz, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Peter Loos, Universität des Saarlandes
  • Christian Matt, Universität Bern
  • Katrin Möslein, Erlangen
  • Dennis Steininger, Universität Augsburg
  • Alred Taudes, WU Wien
  • Frank Teuteberg Universität, Osnabrück
  • Frédéric Thiesse, Universität Würzburg
  • Thomas Widjaja, Universität Passau
  • Felix Wortmann, Universität St. Gallen, Schweiz