From eCommerce, over health to digital publishing – hardly any area of our society has not been significantly influenced by digital technologies. Digital and physical realities merge in more and more aspects of work and private life.

I seek to understand this digital transformation through studying the intersection between three domains of information systems and management research. Digitinal transformation is enabled by and leads to the formation of digital infrastructures and ecosystems. While this has been of core interest for information systems, extant research has only started to study the core aspect of digital technology, that is data. For this reason, I view organizing data and knowledge to be of utmost importance. Finally, the agents who enable and who are being enabled by digital technologies are future-oriented digital entrepreneurs. They integrate, design, and apply digital technologies.

My Studies have been published in leading journals of information systems (JAIS, ISJ) and strategic management research (SMJ), and many more. Further publications in leading journals are currently under revision or close to be submitted. My research was regularly presented at leading conferences of the information systems discipline where I also host multiple mini tracks, e.g., on platforms and ecosystems (HICSS), AI applications (AMCIS), health innovation (WI) and more. Multiple conference papers have been nominated for prizes such as the renowned Claudio Ciborra Award for most innovative paper in 2019.

My research builds on strong international research networks within the information systems, management, and entrepreneurship communities. My positions as an assistant professor in information systems at FU Berlin, founder of the “Digital Entrepreneurship Hub”, coordinator of entrepreneurship education at FU Berlin, and co-initiator of the European Postdocs-to-Innovators Network.

Track Chair and Review positions

  • Dynamics on Platforms and Ecosystems, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences since 2020
  • Diversity and Digitalization, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences since 2020
  • Creating value through digital innovation in health care, International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2021
  • AI Applications in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIG DITE) at AMCIS 2021
  • multiple AE and PC roles at conferences, including International Conference on Information Systems (e.g., Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and New Business Models), European Conference on Information Systems (Design Science Research), International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (e.g., Service systems and hybrid value creation, IT Strategy, Management & Transformation), IEEE CBI (PC Member Information Management)
  • Reviewer at DFG, DAAD, Stifterverband
  • Selection of Ad-hoc Reviews in journals:
    MIS Quarterly [A+], Journal of Strategic Information Systems [A], Business & Information Systems Engineering [B], Electronic Markets [B], ACM SIGMIS Database [B], Communications of the AIS [C], Systems, Signs & Actions
  • Selection of Ad-hoc Reviews at conferences:
    International Conferences such as ICIS [A], ECIS [B], WI [B], HICSS [C], AMCIS [D] etc.


Journal Publications

  1. Taeuscher, K, Rothe, H. (2021) Optimal distinctiveness in platform markets: Leveraging complementors as legitimacy buffers. Strat Mgmt J. (SMJ); 42: 435– 461. [FT50, A]
  2. Rothe, H., Wessel, L. & Barquet, A. (2020), Accumulating Design Knowledge: A Mechanisms-based Approach, Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS): Vol. 21 : Iss. 3, Article 1. [A]
  3. Fürstenau, D., Rothe, H. & Sandner, M. (2020) Leaving the Shadow: A Configurational Approach to Explain Post-identification Outcomes of Shadow IT Systems. Bus Inf Syst Eng (BISE). [B]
  4. Von Briel, F.; Recker, J.; Selander, L.; Hukal, P.; Jarvenpaa, S.; Yoo, Y.; Lehmann, J.; Chan, Y.; Rothe, H.; Alpar, P.; Fürstenau, D.; Wurm, B.; Qian, Z. (2020). The Future of Digital Entrepreneurship Research: Current Issues and Suggestions for Future Directions. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) [C].
  5. Wessel, L., Davidson, E., Barquet, A., Rothe, H., Peters, O. & Megges, H. (2019) Configuration in smart service systems: A practice-based inquiry. Information Systems Journal (ISJ), SI: Smart Service Systems. [A]
  6. Schweighofer P., Weitlaner, D., Ebner, M., Rothe, H. (2019), Influential factors for technology-enhanced learning: professionals’ views, Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning (JRITL).
  7. Kopper, A., Fürstenau, D., Zimmermann, S., Klotz, S., Rentrop, C., Rothe, H., Strahringer, S. & Westner, M. (2018). Shadow IT and Business-Managed IT: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Illustration. International Journal of IT/Business Alignment and Governance (IJITBAG), 9(2), 53-71. [1]
  8. Barquet, A., Wessel, L. & Rothe, H. (2017) Knowledge accumulation in design-oriented research developing and communicating knowledge contributions. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST), published in Lectures Notes of Computer Science (LNCS), 10243.
  9. Fürstenau, D., Rothe, H. & Sandner, M. (2017) Shadow Systems, Risk, and Shifting Power Relations in Organizations. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), 41(1). [C]
  10. Weber, P., Rothe, H. (2016). Social Networking Services in E-Learning. International Journal on E-Learning (IJEL) – Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, 15(2), pp. 259-279.
  11. Rothe H., Sundermeier J,. Gersch M. (2014). Analyzing Interactivity in Asynchronous Video Discussions. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing and Developing Novel Learning Experiences (LNCS). Springer International Publishing, pp 226–237.

Publications in Conference Proceedings

  1. Fürstenau, D., Rothe, H., Baiyere, A., Schulte-Althoff, M., Masak, D., Schewina, K. & Anisimova, D. (2019), Growth, Complexity, and Generativity of Digital Platforms: The Case of, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). [A]
  2. Fluher, A., Hofman, R., Rothe, H. & Smith-Litiere, K. (2019) Navigating on the Edge: Entrepreneurial Strategies of Postdocs,. RENT Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  3. Lauer, K., Jarvenpaa, S., Penninger, A.A., Rothe, H. (2019), Business models in open bio-data ecosystems, ELIXIR-EXCELERATE 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.
  4. Rothe, H., Jarvenpaa, S., Penninger, A.A. (2019), How do entrepreneurial firms appropriate value in bio data infrastructures: an exploratory qualitative study. In Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) (Claudio Ciborra Award). Link [B]
  5. Fürstenau, D., Anisimova, D., Masak, D., Rothe, H. & Schulte-Althoff, M. (2019), The Digital Platform A Case Study of Growth, Complexity, and Generativity, 14th international Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI), Siegen, Germany. [B]
  6. Rothe, H., Täuscher, K. & Basole R.C. (2018) Competition between platform ecosystems: a longitudinal study of MOOC platforms. Proceedings of the 26th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) [B]
  7. Kopper, A., Fürstenau, D., Zimmermann, S., Rentrop, C., Rothe, H., Strahringer, S. & Westner, M. (2018) Business-managed IT: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Illustration. Proceedings of the 26th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) [B]
  8. Rothe, H. & Wicke, S. (2018) Content-Influencer-Fit: Improving Reach and Impact of Content for Influencers in eWOM. Proceedings of Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI). [D]
  9. Rothe, H. & Steier, F. (2017) Shaping the Boundaries of a Service Ecosystem: The Case of Udacity. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). [C]
  10. Thiede, M., Stegemann, L., Fürstenau, D., Gersch, M. & Rothe, H. (2017) Simulation of a Service Station in a Public Transportation System. Operations Research Proceedings (OR). [D]
  11. Schön, S., Ebner, M., Horndasch, S., Rothe, H. (2017) Booksprints im Hochschulkontext: Drei erfolgreiche Beispiele für das gemeinsame Schreiben in kurzen Zeiträumen. 24. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft, GMW 2016.
  12. Fürstenau, D., Rothe, H., Sandner, M., Anapliotis, D. (2016). Shadow IT, Risk, and Shifting Power Relations in Organizations. American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), San Diego, USA (nominated for best paper award). [D]
  13. Rothe H., Gersch M., Tolksdorf R. (2016). Mass Customization im Lernservice Engineering: Realisierung durch einen webbasierten Baukasten für die Gründungslehre, Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI), Ilmenau. [D]
  14. Fürstenau, D., Rothe, H. (2014). Shadow IT Systems: Discerning the Good and the Evil. Proceedings of the 22nd European Conference on Information Science (ECIS), Tel Aviv (Israel) (nominated for the Claudio Ciborra Award) [B]
  15. Horn, A.-M., Rothe, H., Gersch, M. (2014). Which factors drive e-learning usage? International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED). Valencia (Spain), pp. 7571-7580.
  16. Ebner, M., Schön, S., Stocker, A., Rothe, H., Tsang, P. (2013). Discussing Public Voting in the Web as a Measure to Democratize Award Decisions. In: Tsang,P., Eustace K. Tsoi, R, & Tse, S.(eds) Proceedings of Social Media 2013, S. 51-59, City University press, Hong Kong (China).
  17. Weber, P., & Rothe, H. (2012). Social Networking Services in E-Learning. Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education (ELEARN). Montreal, Canada (Outstanding Paper Award).

Monography & Book chapters

  1. Rothe, H. (2016). Educational Service Improvement Cycle: Ein Vorgehen zur Analyse von Nutzungsdaten für die kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung webbasierter Lernservices. Dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin.
  2. Rothe, H. & Noffke, M. (2014). Die (Selbst-) Organisation einer Online-Community beim offenen Buchsprint L3T 2.0, In: Ebner, M., Frey, J., Hübner, A., Noffke, M., Rothe, H., Schön, S. (2014) Wie man ein offenes Lehrbuch in sieben Tagen mit mehr als 200 Mitmacher/innen neu auflegt, Salzburg Research, Norderstedt, S. 55 – 62.
  3. Fink, C., Gabriel, R., Gersch, M., Lehr, C., Rothe, H. & Weber, P. (2013). Lern-Service-Engineering – Eine ökonomische Perspektive auf technologiegestütztes Lernen. In M. Ebner & S. Schön (Eds.), L3T Lehrbuch für Lernen & Lehren mit Technologien – 2. Auflage.
  4. Schön, S. & Rothe, H. (2013). Anreize für die Unterstützung bei einer öffentlichen Abstimmung im Web – Impressionen vom Wettbewerb MOOC Production Fellowship. In: Schön, S. & Rothe, H., Volume 6, pp. 55-66. Salzburg Research.
  5. Schön, S., Ebner, M., Rothe, H., Steinmann, R. & Wenger, F., (2013). Macht mit im Web! Anreizsysteme zur Unterstützung von Aktivitäten bei Community- & Content-Plattformen. In: Güntner, G. & Schaffert,S.Band 6 der Reihe „Social Media“, Salzburg: Salzburg Research.