Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1984
    Studied business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Diplom degree in business management (Dipl.-Kfm.)

  • 1984 – 1988
    Research associate under the chair for business administration, particularly in the area of information systems, Prof. P. Mertens, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • 1988 – 1989
    Employed by IBM in the U.S.A., Los Angeles, in the marketing department

  • 1991 – 1992
    Instructor at the Universität der Bundeswehr, München (university of the German armed forces), in Munich, Germany

  • 1994
    Professor (C3) at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; acting chair of information management, starting in October 1993

  • Since 1994
    Full professor of business administration with a specialisation in information systems at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and director of the Institute of Information Management. Head of the research area Learning Centre and of the Competence Network Business 2.0

  • 1999
    Visiting professor of information management at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business, University of Vienna, Austria

  • 2006
    Visiting professor at the City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems

  • 2012
    Visiting professor at the University of Navarra, Spain, School of Economics and Business Administration

Selected publications

  • Web 2.0 und Social Media in der Unternehmenspraxis: Grundlagen, Anwendungen und Methoden mit zahlreichen Fallstudien (with Norbert Gronau; Klaus Tochtermann (Eds.)), 3rd, completely revised edition, 2012, Munich: Oldenbourg

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Excerpt:

  • Member of the advisory board to the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

  • International advisory board, Master Online Advanced Oncology, Ulm University

  • Advisory board, Swiss eLearning Conference

  • Member of the expert body to the Marie Heim-Vögtlin Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), humanities and social sciences section

  • Advisor to the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg's funding programme "Master Online"

Additional qualifications

  • Accredited Adviser for the Margerison-McCann Team Management System, since 2007


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