Dr. Nikolaus Obwegeser  

Digital Innovation and Transformation
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Nikolaus Obwegeser is Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation at IMD. His teaching, research, and consulting focuses on digital transformation and innovation.

Nikolaus studied and worked in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. After receiving a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business he worked as a scientific project manager at the Institute for Supply Chain Management at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Prior to joining IMD, he worked for 5 years at Aarhus University, Denmark where he received his tenure as Associate Professor for Information Systems.  Throughout his academic career, he has been awarded various research and teaching commendations as well as grants to support his work.


Nikolaus has published works on a variety of topics in the areas of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Decision Making, IS development and IT management, as well as Educational Technology.


(Digital) Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Raff, S., Wentzel, D., & Obwegeser, N. (2020). Smart Products: Conceptual Review, Synthesis, and Research Directions. Journal of Product Innovation Management. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jpim.12544 

Obwegeser, N., Yokoi, T., Wade, M., & Voskes, T. (2020). How to govern digital initiatives for maximum impact. MIT Sloan Management Review, 61 (3), p.1-9. https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/7-key-principles-to-govern-digital-initiatives/

Shan, J., Obwegeser, N., Teracino, E., & Wade, M. (2020). A double-edged sword named agility: a critical perspective on organizational responses to environmental disruption. Proceedings of the 28th European Conference on Information Systems. https://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2020_rip/64/

Müller, S. D., Obwegeser, N., Vang Glud, J., & Johildarson, G. (2019). Digital Innovation and Organizational Culture. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 31 (2), 3- 34. https://aisel.aisnet.org/sjis/vol31/iss2/1

Wade, M., Obwegeser, N. (2019). How to choose the right digital leader for your company. MIT Sloan Management Review, 60 (4). https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-to-choose-the-right-digital-leader-for-your-company/ 

Obwegeser, N., & Müller, S. D. (2018). Innovation and Public Procurement: Terminology, Concepts, and Applications. Technovation, 74-75, 1- 17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2018.02.015

Obwegeser, N., & Finstad, M. T. (2018). The role of absorptive capacity as a catalyst for the scale-up of social entrepreneurs. AOM Specialized Conference: From Start-up to Scale-up, Tel Aviv, Israel. https://journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/amgblproc.telaviv.2018.0287.abs

Obwegeser, N., & Bauer, S. (2016). Digital innovation and the becoming of an organizational identity. In HCI in Business, Government, and Organizations: eCommerce and Innovation (Vol. 9751, pp. 556-564). Springer. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 9751 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39396-4_51

Bauer, S., Obwegeser, N., & Avdagic, Z. (2016). Corporate Accelerators: Transferring Technology Innovation to Incumbent Companies. MCIS 2016 Proceedings [57] AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). https://aisel.aisnet.org/mcis2016/57/


Bernroider, E., Obwegeser, N., & Stix, V. (2014). Dissemination and Impact of Multi-criteria Decision Support Methods for IT Project Evaluation. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. https://www.computer.org/csdl/proceedings/hicss/2014/2504/00/2504b103.pdf

Maida, M., Maier, K., Obwegeser, N., & Stix, V. (2013). Success of Multi Criteria Decision Support Systems: The Relevance of Trust. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. https://www.computer.org/csdl/proceedings/hicss/2013/4892/00/4892b203.pdf

Bernroider, E., Obwegeser, N., & Stix, V. (2011). Analysis of Heuristic Validity, Efficiency and Applicability of the Profile Distance Method for Implementation in Decision Support Systems. Computers and Operations Research, 38(5), 816-823. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cor.2010.09.017

IS development and IT management

Obwegeser N., Arenfeldt, K., Corty Dam, A., Fenger, K. H., Silkjaer, J. (2020). Aligning drivers, contractual governance, and relationship management of IT-outsourcing initiatives. Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, 22 (1). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15228053.2020.1786265?journalCode=utca20

Obwegeser, N., Tranberg Nielsen, D., & Munklinde Spandet, N. (2019). Continual Process Improvement for ITIL Service Operations: A Lean Perspective. Information Systems Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/10580530.2019.1587576

Hron, M., & Obwegeser, N. (2018). Scrum in practice: an overview of Scrum adaptations. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 5445 – 5454. [681]. https://doi.org/10125/50568

Obwegeser, N. (2016). Operational Business-IT Misalignment As Stress Factor For Organizations. Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems, [61]. https://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2016_rip/61/

Educational Technology

Papadopoulos, P. M., Natsis, A., Obwegeser, N., & Weinberger, A. (2018). Enriching Feedback in Audience Response Systems: Analysis and Implications of Objective and Subjective Metrics on Students’ Performance and Attitudes. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12332

Natsis, A., Papadopoulos, P. M., & Obwegeser, N. (2018). Research Integration in Information Systems Education: Students’ Perceptions on Learning Strategies, Skill Development, and Performance. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 17, 345-363. http://www.jite.org/documents/Vol17/JITEv17ResearchP345-363Natsis4902.pdf

Obwegeser, N., & Papadopoulos, P. M. (2017). Integrating Research and Teaching in the IS classroom: Benefits for Teachers and Students. Journal of Information Systems Education, 27(4), 249-258. http://jise.org/Volume27/n4/JISEv27n4p249.html


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