Future Perspec­tives

We focus our rese­arch on the sustainable design of infor­ma­tion tech­no­logy.

As the use of computer systems increases in ever­yday life, the rese­arch and teaching areas of the busi­ness infor­ma­tics disci­pline expand accor­dingly. With "ubiqui­tous compu­ting", indi­vi­duals have a perma­nent and perva­sive connec­tion to the Internet. An intel­li­gent IT infra­struc­ture emerges, which enables new products, services and busi­ness models. For this new IT land­scape, it is necessary to define requi­re­ments that ensure more than just func­tio­ning opera­tional tran­sac­tions. IT must be desi­gned to inte­grate seam­lessly into social processes and support human beings. Against this back­ground, the rese­arch mission of the Insti­tute for MIS is to design and inves­ti­gate tech­no­lo­gies that are based on human values.

When we discuss the social compa­ti­bi­lity of IT systems, we refe­rence the ability of IT systems to support basic human values and rights. These values and rights include privacy, secu­rity, auto­nomy, system control and calm­ness. Figure 1 gives a detailed over­view of the values we are inte­rested in.

Toge­ther with industry part­ners and inter­na­tional poli­tical insti­tu­tions, we develop tech­nical poli­cies and proce­dures to ensure that desi­gners consider these rights and values when they develop systems. Our concep­tual and tech­nical work is informed and supported by the analysis of economic condi­tions, which are given in the form of inter­na­tional markets for personal data, a trend towards auto­ma­tion, deci­sion dele­ga­tion as well as Internet econo­mics. Further­more, we look at the social and psycho­lo­gical dimen­sions of IT usage and accep­tance. Taken toge­ther, we follow a three-­di­men­sional rese­arch approach, conside­ring and using tech­nical, economic and social methods of analysis in our work.

The Insti­tute of Manage­ment Infor­ma­tion Systems aspires to use a wide range of methods to cont­ri­bute to the deve­lop­ment of a "sustainable" tech­no­logy land­scape. We aim to be a think tank for busi­ness and society that focuses on the sustainable design of infor­ma­tion tech­no­logy. Scien­ti­fi­cally, we want to publish in inter­na­tio­nally pres­ti­gious jour­nals from the “Wirt­schafts­in­for­matik” (Top 6-basket), and in the areas of computer science (eg, Commu­ni­ca­tions of the ACM, IEEE / ACM Tran­sac­tions or IEEE Maga­zines), general manage­ment and marke­ting. In addi­tion, we present our work at rele­vant inter­na­tional confe­rences and work­shops in the “Wirt­schafts­in­for­matik” and in the area of ubiqui­tous compu­ting (espe­cially WI, ICIS, ECIS, Ubicom, CHI). As a think tank, it is important for us to cont­ri­bute our work to inter­na­tional poli­cy-­re­le­vant processes.

In terms of personnel, the Insti­tute adopts a highly inter­di­sci­pli­nary approach, with a good mix of IS rese­ar­chers, computer scien­tists, psycho­lo­gists and busi­ness econo­mists on the team. This diver­sity enables us to imple­ment various scien­tific methods at a high stan­dard.

Current Rese­arch Projects

Privacy Impact Assess­ments

The Insti­tute for Manage­ment Infor­ma­tion Systems has deve­l­oped a method for carrying out Privacy Impact Assess­ments, which iden­tify and control for the privacy risks of an IT system. The project was funded by the German “Bundesamt für Sicher­heit in der Infor­ma­ti­ons­technik“(BSI).

Privacy and Disclo­sure Beha­vior

The Insti­tute carries out expe­ri­ments and surveys dealing with various issues of user beha­vior, espe­cially the willing­ness to disclose personal infor­ma­tion and the percep­tion and valua­tion of personal data and privacy. In this context, for example, we examined how the entropy of an inter­face impacts online commu­ni­ca­tion beha­vior, how adver­ti­sing inter­rup­tions influ­ence online purchase beha­vior , how users inte­grate system design para­me­ters in their online diclo­sure beha­vior, how users assess the value of their personal Face­book data.

Infor­ma­tion Valua­tion in Personal Data Ecosys­tems

For inter­na­tional markets for personal data to be sustainable, indi­vi­duals must be able to exer­cise their privacy rights and be adequa­tely compen­sated for their data. We plan to study inter­na­tional data markets, iden­ti­fying systems that can protect the privacy and economic inte­rests of indi­vi­duals from a tech­nical stand­point, while also enab­ling an effi­cient market outcome. We plan to develop economic valua­tion approa­ches for anony­mized or personal infor­ma­tion traded in the ecosystem.