Information Systems Guest Speaker Series with Prof. Dr. Johann Kranz from LMU on May 22, 2017

In the context of our “Information Systems Guest Speaker Series”, Prof. Dr. Johann Kranz from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München will give a talk entitled “Collaborative Innovation in Information Technology Outsourcing” at the University of Bayreuth. The guest speech will take place on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 16:00 – 17:30 in room 3.03 in the office of the Fraunhofer Project Group Information Systems, Wittelsbacherring 10, Bayreuth. No prior registration is required.

Abstract: Collaborative innovation, in which client and vendor seek to jointly develop strategic innovation, is an emergent phenomenon in information technology outsourcing. As innovation processes and outcomes are dynamic, collaborative innovation relationships require a governance mode that not only promotes collaboration but also safeguards against the exchange hazards arising from task complexity, task interdependence, and environmental dynamism. This study builds upon relational contract theory and social embeddedness theory to examine how strategic innovation can be fostered in the context of information technology outsourcing. The proposed model is validated using survey data from 260 senior-level IT employees. Results indicate that relational factors are more central to relationship learning, whereas vendor’s contribution to strategic innovation depends chiefly on incentives and flexibility provided by relational contracts.

Biography: Johann Kranz is professor of Internet Business and Internet Services at the LMU Munich. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Leipzig and Master’s degree in Business Research from the LMU Munich. His dissertation on Smart Grids at the Munich School of Management, LMU Munich, was awarded with the dissertation award of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for Communications Research. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University (New York City, USA), Syracuse University (New York, USA), Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). His primary research interests include Green Information Systems, IT-service innovations, Strategic IT Management, and E-Commerce. His research has been published in major journals including Information Systems Journal, Journal of Service Research, Business & Information Systems Engineering, Energy Policy, and Electronic Markets.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach

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