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.