Univ. Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff

Head of Insti­tute

  • Insti­tute for Manage­ment Infor­ma­tion Systems

  • Tel: +43-1-31336-5460

  • Office Hours: Wednesday, 16:00-18:00 on appoint­ment

Short Biography

Sarah chairs the Insti­tute for Manage­ment Infor­ma­tion Systems at Vienna Univer­sity of Econo­mics and Busi­ness (WU Vienna). She is author of the book “Ethical IT Inno­va­tion: A Valu­e-­based System Design Approach” and co-chair of IEEE's first ever stan­dard on ethics in IT design. In addi­tion to this work, she has published almost a hundred scien­tific arti­cles on the social and ethical impli­ca­tions of computer systems and given many presen­ta­tions and talks about her work around the world. Her main rese­arch inte­rest is elec­tronic privacy, disclo­sure beha­vior and ethical system design. Sarah has co-aut­hored US/EU privacy regu­la­tion for RFID tech­no­logy and regu­larly works as an expert and advisor to compa­nies and govern­mental insti­tu­tions, inclu­ding the EU Commis­sion and the OECD. She also main­tains a blog on “The Ethical Machine” at Austria’s leading daily news­paper Stan­dard.at and is on the board of the Austrian art and science thin­k-­tank GlobArt. Before being tenured in Vienna in 2009, Sarah was Assis­tant Professor at the Insti­tute of Infor­ma­tion Systems at Humboldt Univer­sity Berlin (Germany), where she headed the Berlin Rese­arch Centre on Internet Econo­mics (2003-2009), was Adjunct Visiting Rese­arch Professor with the Heinz College of Public Policy and Manage­ment at Carnegie Mellon Univer­sity (Pitts­burgh, USA) (2006-2009), founded and shut down the company Skillmap (visua­li­zing social networks) (2008-2011) and worked as a manage­ment consul­tant and marke­ting manager with A. T. Kearney and Open­wave Systems. Sarah was born in 1973 and grew up near Dues­sel­dorf in Germany.


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Am Tropf der digi­talen WeltDie Presse/Forum Alpbach08/2017
Technik soll uns dienen, nicht beherr­schenWiener Zeitung05/2017
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Gewis­sen­hafte TechnikSüddeut­sche Zeitung04/2017
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Werte, die uns schützenDie Zeit10/2015
Gute Leute finden im Wald nicht nur Bäume, sondern auch einen WegBRZ Direkt02/2015
Sind wir hier im wilden Westen ange­kommen?OCG Journal01/2013