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Dr. Karl Werder


Office hours: by appointment
Room: 6.13
Phone: +49 (0) 221 470-5383
Mail: werder[at]

Research Interests:

  • Digital Innovation
  • Digital Technology
  • Design and Development




Karl Werder is a research fellow in the research group of Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne. Previously, he was a senior researcher and pilot leader at paluno, the Ruhr Institute for software technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany and worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Enterprise Systems of the University of Mannheim. Karl received his doctorate degree in Information Systems from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He graduated with a master's degree in Business Informatics from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, is a certified IT-Specialist and has professional experiences from working at Procter and Gamble.

His research interests focus on digital innovation, system development and design, and software-intensive business. Karl serves as an Associated Editor at the Communications of the AIS. He was a visiting scholar at Georgia State University in 2019, served as an Associated Editor at ECIS 2021 and ICIS 2019, and helped organize the Dagstuhl Seminar on Software Business, Platforms, and Ecosystems: Fundamentals of Software Production Research in 2018. His work has been published or is forthcoming in leading journals, such as Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, California Management Review, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Business & Information Systems Engineering, PLOS ONE, Information Technology & People, Information & Software Technology, Journal of Information Technology and Theory Application, and IEEE's IT Professional. He served as an adhoc reviewer for many leading journals including MISQ, TSE, CMR, EJIS, JSIS, and ISJ, as well as independent research-supporting agencies such as NSF and Rannís. His teaching experiences include courses on Systems Analysis & Design, Fundamentals of Database Management Systems,  and Software Development & Programming.


Advanced Seminar "Information Systems and Digital Technology"
Bachelor Seminar "Information Systems and Digital Technology"
Systems Analysis and Design


You'll also find a list of my recent publications in my Google Scholar  and ResearchGate profiles