Towards X Futures

Information Systems and Sustainable Supply Chain Management

We are dedicated to exploring the potential for sustainable futures through digital innovation (x futures).

Digital technology plays a crucial role in shaping a more sustainable society. We still have much to learn about the interplay between digital technology and sustainable transformation.

With a focus on the socio-economic aspects of digital ecosystems, we gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between digital innovators and entrepreneurs, data, and knowledge as drivers of change. We guide individuals and organizations in positioning themselves for  "x futures".

Join us on our journey Towards X Futures.


Our teaching program includes courses for Bachelor, Master, and PhD students on sustainability with and through digital innovation & entrepreneurship. You will also find core IS courses, for instance on Machine Learning in our portfolio.

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Place Beyond Bytes

The Co-Creation Lab: Place Beyond Bytes offers all members of UDE a 24/7 working environment and the digital infrastructure to build data-based products and services with impact.

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We engage in research on the intersection between digital innovation and entrepeneurship, digital ecosystems, and organizing data and knowledge. Throughout our work, the team employs quantitative, qualitative, and design-oriented methods, oftentimes taking a longitudinal or multi-layered perspective.

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Information Systems and Sustainable Supply Chain Management

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 Tue, 27. Feb. 2024   Luckson Chandrakumar

Exclusive event for the start-up stakeholders of the University of Duisburg-Essen

Dear start-up parties of the University of Duisburg-Essen, start-up teams in our incubators and start-up ecosystem stakeholders of Rhein-Ruhr, we invite you to lay the foundations together to further develop and enhance our work...
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 Tue, 20. Feb. 2024   Rothe, Hannes

EHDS4all: Collaborative Value Creation with Health Data

We are happy to lead the a BMBF consortium, funded with 2.5m EUR, that jointly supports SMEs and start-ups in creating uses cases for European Health Data Spaces.
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 Thu, 15. Feb. 2024   Rothe, Hannes

Step into the spotlight at Emerging Technologies in Medicine (ETIM) 2024

Together with Techstars, UK Essen and Place Beyond Bytes, we are calling on innovative startups and scale-ups to pitch their ideas to a live audience of investors, clinicians, and tech enthusiasts.
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 Wed, 13. Dec. 2023   Luckson Chandrakumar

New AI Entrepreneurship Study Unveiled: Bridging the Cognitive Chasm in Product Innovation

In a harmonious convergence of academic rigor and entrepreneurial discovery, the forthcoming #icis2024 study by the quartet : Jonathan Zebhauser, Prof. Dr. Janina Sundermeier, Samuel Koranteng, and Prof. Dr. Hannes Rothe shedes...
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 Tue, 21. Mar. 2023   Rothe, Hannes

Extended Generativity Theory on Digital Platforms

New publication in Information Systems Research
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We are interested in responding to your concerns quickly and with great competence. This small guide will give you a quick overview of our services and relevant persons of contact:

 You would like to write a bachelor or master thesis?

Please have a look at our offers under the point Theses and get in touch with the respective contact person. Please also note the application and registration deadlines. You can find them for bachelor theses under this link and for master theses under this link.

 You have questions about our course offering?

Please have a look at the course page or contact the respective person.

 You would like to create a product or service yourself? 

Reach out to place2b (at) or schedule a meeting.

 You want to visit us and wonder about our office hours?

On our team pages you will find the office hours for each staff member. You can find us in Essen or Duisburg.