Call for Cases | Springer Book “Digitalization Cases”



This Springer book intends to present a rich compilation of real-world cases on digitalization. With all economic and societal sectors being challenged by disruptive digital technologies, this book illustrates how organizations leverage their capabilities to create disruptive innovation, to develop digital business models, and to digitally transform themselves. This book reports on best practices and lessons learned from organizations that succeeded in tackling the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the digital world. The cases provide insightful examples for practitioners and interesting cases for researchers, teachers, and students. All case descriptions follow a unified schema, making them easily accessible for readers.


The book intends to bring together the experience of organizations unfolding the potential of digital technologies, rethinking their business models for the digital age, and transforming themselves. The book’s focus is neither on academic case studies nor on offerings from consulting companies. Its intention is to share first-hand experience organizations have made with digitalization. That said, both academic institutions and consulting companies may well be involved in case reports, but cases must be developed from the perspective of the organization in focus.

We invite industry cases from a wide range of topics. We welcome contributions related to any industry as well as related to business-to-consumer and business-to-business domains. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Digital Disruption

- Insightful cases that demonstrate how emerging digital technologies (e.g. blockchain, smart devices, cloud computing, virtual/augmented reality, 3D/4D printing) challenge existing businesses
- Application of innovative methods and approaches for the identification and selection of digital technologies against organizational context factors
- Technology assessments that evaluate the disruptive potential of new digital technologies
- Approaches for demonstrating the value of disruptive technologies for particular business scenarios (e.g., prototyping, minimum viable products, smart services)
- Roadmapping for the adoption of disruptive technologies in organizations
- Evaluation of the user acceptance of disruptive technologies and development of training programs

Digital Business

- Successful examples of digital business models (e.g. platform business, sharing economy, social media, smart products and services) that disrupt traditional business models
- Identification of benefits and challenges of digitalization for organizations and their potential for new business models
- Combination of physical products and digital services in ecosystems and offering of product-service hybrids
- Methods for the development and evaluation of digital business models
- Collaboration with start-ups and engagement in digital value networks to realize digital business models

Digital Transformation

- Demonstration of how organizations successfully transformed to a digital enterprise
- Development of strategies and transformation paths for structured and targeted digital change
- Development and implementation of novel organizational setups (e.g. bi- or multi-modal IT) and processes (e.g. agile business process management, agile project management)
- Definition and implementation of new roles (e.g. Chief Digital officer) for the digital age
- New paradigms and approaches for management, leadership, and performance management in the digital age
- Change management and workforce transformation addressing the challenges of digitalization
- Description of obstacles that had to be overcome when initiating digital transformation and to keep it running


June 1, 2017: Opening the call for cases
July 1, 2017: Declaration of interest to contribute a case (via e-mail to the editors)
September 15, 2017: Submission of cases due (via easychair)
November 1, 2017: Feedback to the authors
December 1, 2017: Re-Submission of cases due
February 1, 2018: Editing completed and manuscript to publisher
June, 2018: Estimated publication date


Frederik Ahlemann, University of Duisburg-Essen
Rainer Alt, University of Leipzig
Alexander Benlian, TU Darmstadt
Daniel Beverungen, University of Paderborn
Paul Drews, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Henner Gimpel, University of Augsburg
Thomas Hess, LMU Munich
Karlheinz Kautz, RMIT University
Marek Kowalkiewicz, Queensland University of Technology
Johann Kranz, LMU Munich
Christine Legner, HEC Lausanne
Alexander Mädche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Attila Marton, Copenhagen Business School
Christian Matt, University of Bern
Oliver Mueller, IT University of Copenhagen
Joseph Nehme, HEC Paris
Michael Rosemann, Queensland University of Technology
Sandra Sieber, IESE Business School
Stefan Smolnik, University of Hagen
Stijn Viaene, Vlerick Business School, KU Leuven
Martin Wallin, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
Martin Wiener, Bentley University
Till Winkler, Copenhagen Business School
Xiao Xiao, Copenhagen Business School


Nils Urbach, University of Bayreuth & Fraunhofer FIT,
Maximilian Röglinger, University of Bayreuth & Fraunhofer FIT,


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