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Prof. Dr. Jan Recker, Ph.D.

Phone: +49 (0) 221-470-5368 (Birgit Suhrenbrock)
Twitter: @janrecker

Visiting hours: by appointment via email request

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Brief Bio

Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He previously held positions as inaugural Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation, Leader, Digital Innovation Research Group, and Visiting Professor, Wuhan School of Software. When he was first promoted to Full Professor in 2012, he was one of Australia’s youngest professors in its history. in 2018, he was named an AIS Fellow, making him the youngest ever IS academic to receive this award.

Jan Recker holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Information Systems from the University of Münster and a PhD in Information Systems from Queensland University of Technology. His theses received multiple national and international awards.

Jan is one of the University of Cologne’s most cited scholars and one of QUT’s most read authors. He has written over 200 journal articles, conference papers and books, and has been speaking at universities and events all over the globe. Being primarily a field researcher, he has worked both with several of the largest organizations, including Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, federal and state governments, and also with several particularly small ("start-up") organizations.

Jan's research explores the intersection of technology, people and work processes, often with a focus on design and the use of representations. He has worked with particularly large organizations (such as Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, Lufthansa, Ubisoft, federal and state governments) and with particularly small organizations ("start-up"). Amongst others, he studies how the work systems of large organizations can be redesigned through digital innovations, or how tech startups design their ventures to bring digital products to the market. He also studies how work processes need to be redesigned when technology, culture, or both, change. Jan uses quantitative, qualitative and mixed field methods in his work. He is also competent in design research and associated methods.

Jan's current interests include:

  • changes to systems design practices in the digital age
  • digital entrepreneurship and digital venture design
  • digital innovation and change in especially large organizations
  • digitalization of products, routines and processes
  • digital solutions for a sustainable future

Jan's research has appeared in leading information systems, management science, software engineering, project management, computer science, and sociology journals. He has published in journals of the associations ACM, IEEE, AIS and AOM. He has also written popular textbooks on scientific research and data analysis, which are in use in over 500 institutions in over 60 countries. He ranks as one of the most published information systems academics of all time. In 2019, he was named #1 Business Researcher under 40 years of age by the German publication Wirtschaftswoche.

Jan is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems, one of two flagship journals of the global information systems association, and an Associate Editor for the MIS Quarterly, the leading journal of the field. He is also co-editing two special issues at present, one on BPM and Digital Innovation, and one on Managing Artificial Intelligence.

For more information about his academic and professional background please visit You can follow Jan on Twitter, and many of his public talks are available on SlideShare.