The research stream “Future of Work” at Wi1 focusses on the influence and impact of digital technologies on workplaces, work processes, and the institutional organization of work. We typically explore the resulting organizational innovation and transformation in large-scale field experiments and try to answer questions such as:

  • How will digital technologies change work places and organizational settings as we know them?
  • How can organizations lead the digital transformation of their organizations?
  • Which concepts, methods and tools help us to design the future of work and the future of entrepreneurial organizational settings?

We, thus, contribute to a better understanding of the current digital transformation in organizations and markets.

Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy: call for submissions to CADE 2019 in Venice

In the course of the past years, the CADE conference has assembled service researchers in Venice to discuss the digital economy, including leading scholars such as Steve Vargo, Bob Lusch, Chris Voss, Ola Henfridsson, Haluk Demirkan and many others. #CADE2019 will continue the tradition this year from May 20 to May 22. Special focal areas will be smart service systems, personal data and cyber-security. Submission of extended abstracts is open until February 9th.

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Does talking about the digital transformation matter? – Paper online

The latest journal paper by Alexander Bohnert, Albrecht Fritzsche and Shirley Gregor is now available online at It deals with the question how references to the digital transformation in strategic statements relate to the actual business performance of a company. The study is focussed on insurance companies in Europe. It finds that there is a positive relationship between the expression of digital agendas in companies and their ...


Working Together on The Future of Engineering

Albrecht Fritzsche and Sascha Julian Oks met with regional officials of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) to hand over their compilation on the Future of Engineering, published in the renowned Springer Series on Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (POET). The book presents twenty different views on contemporary challenges for engineering in theory and practice, which will shape the future of the discipline and its interaction with other stakeholders in technology and innovation ...


Celebrating the 2018 Shin Awards

FAU’s Alexander Bohnert and Albrecht Fritzsche (wi1) have been honoured at this year’s Global Insurance Forum in Berlin. They received the Shin Research Excellence Award of the International Insurance Society and the Geneva Association together with co-author Shirley Gregor for their paper on digital agendas in the insurance industry. The award was handed out to them by Shin Chang-Jae, son of the founder of Kyobo Life Insurance, and Mike Morrissey, president and CEO of the International ...


The Future of Engineering: Philosophical Foundations, Ethical Problems and Application Cases


Das Projekt "Cooperatives in the Digital Age" (CoDi) untersucht die Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten der zunehmenden Digitalisierung von Arbeitswelt und Gesellschaft aus der Perspektive von Genossenschaftsbanken. Die fortlaufende Digitalisierung ermöglicht es etablierten Firmen ebenso wie Start-ups, neue Produkte, Dienstleistungen und Geschäftsmodelle zu schaffen.



Das Projekt CoCo beschäftigt sich mit sozialen Medien in Genossenschaften und ihrer Rolle bei der Vernetzung von Menschen und der Entstehung wertvoller Netzwerke. Eine Genossenschaft ist ein freiwilliger Zusammenschluss einzelner Akteure, die sich von einer Kooperation erwarten, durch sie Ziele gemeinsam besser erreichen zu können als alleine. Somit ist das Netzwerk die wesentliche Stärke einer Genossenschaft.



With the project "Measures and recommendations for the healthy work of tomorrow" (MEgA) launched in November 2015, holistic concepts and methods for modern HR and health management are developed in a digitized and dynamic work environment. In doing so, the effects of mental stress as well as a healthy balance between work and leisure time and health-promoting leadership are taken into account.



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