Hello and welcome. My name is Hannes Rothe. First and foremost, I am a dad of two fabulous daughters. In addition, I hold a position as professor at the Chair of Information Systems and Sustainable Supply Chain Management at University of Duisburg-Essen and lead the Place Beyond Bytes. Before, I have held an associate professor for Digital Transformation and Information Systems at ICN Business School and an assistant professor position for Educational Service Engineering and IT Entrepreneurship at the department of information systems, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin (FUB). Between 2013 and 2021, I was responsible for coordinating university-wide entrepreneurship education. In 2018, two colleagues and myself co-founded the Digital Entrepreneurship Hub. As part of it, I was among the initiators of the K.I. Entrepreneurship Zentrum (K.I.E.Z.). In recent years, I have been a visiting researcher at University of Cambridge (UK) and TU Graz (Austria). Throughout my research I seek to understand the role of technology in the transformation of our society, i.e., digital transformation and socio-ecological transformation. In order to do so effectively, my studies are on the intersections between (1) digital innovation and entrepreneurship, (2) organizing data and knowledge, and (3) digital ecosystems.

My research has been published in leading journals such as Information Systems Research, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Strategic Management Journal, Information Systems Journal, Business Information and Systems Engineering, Communications of the Association for Information Systems as well as in proceedings of leading information systems conferences. I was runner-up and winner of multiple paper awards, including the Claudio Ciborra Award for the most innovative paper in 2019. I am deeply embedded in the information systems and management research community and chair conference tracks on leading conferences of the information systems domain, e.g., on platforms and ecosystems, digital technology and diversity, or digital innovation in healthcare.

(International) networks are essential for my work. For that reason, I am an active member of various networks in Berlin (e.g., Researchers Entrepreneurs, Science & Startups) across Europe (e.g., Postdocs-to-Innovators Network) and worldwide (Innovation Ecosystem network and Towards Health Futures) that either support or study innovation and entrepreneurship in deep science and deep technology venture.

My teaching consists of a wide array of courses in recent years, where I work with master students to develop competences on technology entrepreneurship, data analysis, systems and service engineering. Most importantly, I provide multiple courses for doctoral students and postdocs from across disciplines on entrepreneurship and venture creation.

Today, accumulating knowledge in research and publishing it in high-ranking journals does not suffice. As scholars, we have to disseminate our learnings. For that reason, I am deeply involved in mentoring ventures and supporting industry to handle digital transformation. In order to provide a professional environment that helps science and tech ventures as well as industry navigate digital transformation, I founded the innovate 255.