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 as we are hiring.


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

Latest news

 Wed, 22. Nov. 2023   Rothe, Hannes

"How LinkedIn ruined my comfort zone"

In a new Episode of the "Pivoting Life" Podcast, we talk with Natalia Jiménez Lozano's about her inspiring transition from academia to becoming Global Life Science Lead at CGG
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 Mon, 23. Oct. 2023   Tomasz Waliczko

Women Innopreneurship Month 2023 at UDE

Throughout this month-long event, we aim to recognize and empower women in various business sectors, showcasing their remarkable journeys, insights, and successes therewith presenting various role models encouraging and inspiring...
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 Wed, 20. Sep. 2023   Rothe, Hannes

Entrepreneurial framing: How category dynamics shape the effectiveness of linguistic frames

We share insights from our recent article on the Power of Words in Social Impact Ventures Success (with Karl Täuscher) in the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ)...
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 Mon, 18. Sep. 2023   Rothe, Hannes

Digital entrepreneurship from cellular data: How omics afford the emergence of a new wave of digital ventures in health

We share insights from our recent article on the Role of Omics Data in Digital Entrepreneurship (with Katharina Lauer, Callum Talbot-Cooper, and Daniel Conde) in Electronic Markets - The International Journal on Networked...
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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.