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Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik

Universität St.Gallen (HSG)

Das Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik (IWI-HSG) ist mit seinen fünf Lehrstühlen eines der grössten Institute der Universität St.Gallen. Seit mehr als 30 Jahren forschen wir zu Geschäftsmodellen und der Anwendung digitaler Technologien.


Mit dem St Galler House of Digital Business verfolgt das IWI einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz zur Strukturierung der Digitalisierung in Unternehmen. Wir sind in Forschung und Praxis international bestens vernetzt. Als eines der führenden Institute der Wirtschaftsinformatik in Europa stehen wir für hoch relevante Themen, von der Grundlagenforschung über angewandte Forschung bis hin zu Transfer und Weiterbildung.


Neben der Forschung macht die Lehre einen wesentlichen Bestandteil unseres Engagements aus: Die Lehrveranstaltungen, die von unseren Dozierenden angeboten werden, sind für alle Studiengänge der School of Management von grosser Bedeutung. Der Erfolg unseres akademischen Nachwuchses steht für unsere Forschungs- und Lehrleistung.


Dem IWI-HSG angegliedert ist der Nachdiplomstudiengang Executive Master in Business Engineering (EMBE HSG), der CAS HSG Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Managers, CAS Digital Innovation & Business Transformation, sowie das Executive Diploma HSG IT Business Management.

Lehre & Master in Business Innovation (MBI)

Das IWI-HSG bietet verschiedene Kurse auf Bachelor-, Master- und Doktorats-Stufe an und betreut das Master-Programm in Business Innovation (MBI)


Research Talk Dr. Andreas Hein, Postdoc, Krcmar Lab, Technical University of Munich (TUM): “We Reap What We Sow: How CIOs Change the Outcome of Organizational Crisis”

1. December 2022

Standort: IWI-HSG, Müller-Friedbergstrasse 8, 9000 St.Gallen (Raum 52-7024) oder per Zoom

Datum: 01.12.2022, 14:15 bis 15:30

Abstract: Pandemics, global warming, and war, whether physical or digital, are grand challenges of our age. Based on a more and more globalized and interconnected world, those challenges’ severity and frequency are increasing (see Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum). Therefore, managing crises and making organizations resilient become vital capabilities of the top management team (TMT). As the TMT approaches those challenges, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) often emerges as the actor who holds the keys to making the firm more resilient. For example, CIOs triggered the virtualization of workspaces and the provision of hardware such as smartphones and laptops, which later became the essential factors helping the Chief Executive Officer transition the operational mode from physical to digital during COVID-19. However, despite the rising importance, we know little about how TMTs, in general, and the CIO, in particular, make firms more resilient in responding to the grand challenges of our age. Our study builds on the theory of crisis management and organizational resilience to explain how CIOs built proactive resilience before the crisis and utilized this during crisis management as reactive resilience to steer the outcome trajectory of the crisis. The process model illustrates how capacities, authority, and the mitigation of fragilities before a crisis impact the cognitive and behavioral response, which determines if firms suffer adverse effects, can retain the status quo, or even thrive in the advent of an emerging crisis.

Short CV: Andreas Hein is a postdoctoral researcher and head of the research group on digital platforms & e-government at the Krcmar Lab, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from TUM in Information Systems and has three years of experience as a Senior Strategy Consultant at IBM. His work has appeared in the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Electronic Markets, Business & Information Systems Engineering, and Information Systems Frontiers, as well as refereed conference proceedings such as the International Conference on Information Systems.


Research Talk Dr. Maximilian Schreieck, Ass. Prof. for Information Systems, University of Innsbruck, on “Digital Platform Strategies: The Role of The Digital Upper Echelons”

11. January 2023

Standort: IWI-HSG, Müller-Friedbergstrasse 8, 9000 St.Gallen (Raum 52-6120) oder per Zoom

Datum: 11.01.2023, 14:15 bis 15:30

Abstract: We examine how a company’s digital upper echelons—the members of the top management team with IT-related responsibilities as their primary role—impact the success of digital platform strategies. Focusing on the S&P1500 companies, we show that an initial negative effect of digital platform strategies on a company’s growth opportunities becomes positive after a lag of six years. We find that this positive effect only holds for companies that implement the digital platform organically (“build strategy”) and not for companies that acquire a digital platform (“buy strategy”). Second, we examine the moderating effect of the maturity of digital upper echelon positions. We analyze whether emergent digital upper echelon positions, such as chief digital officers (CDOs) or established digital upper echelon positions, such as chief information and chief technology officers (CIOs, CTOs), have a greater influence on a digital platform strategy’s success. While we do not find a clear positive moderating effect for either position, a post-hoc test reveals that the presence of a CDO has a positive moderating effect for the build strategy but a partially negative effect for the buy strategy. Our findings contribute to understanding why some companies are successful with digital platform strategies while others are not.

Short CV: Maximilian Schreieck is an Assistant Professor for Information Systems, in particular Digital Services and Platforms, at the Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management at the University of Innsbruck. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). From 2020 to 2021 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for Information Systems at TUM and from 2021 to 2022 he was visiting scholar and DFG Walter Benjamin Fellow at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Maximilian’s research interests include digital platform ecosystems, platform governance, digital transformation of established companies, and digital platforms for social causes. His research has been published in the Journal of the AISEuropean Journal of Information SystemsJournal of Information TechnologyBusiness & Information Systems EngineeringElectronic MarketsIEEE Transactions on Engineering ManagementInformation Technology for Development, and conference proceedings such as ICISAOMECISHICSSAMCIS, and PACIS.