Prof. Dr. Jan Recker
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Jan Recker joined the University of Hamburg in 2021 as a Nucleus Professor and holder of the chair for Information Systems and Digital Innovation at the Hamburg Business School. Previously, he held various positions in the academic field. In 2018, he was appointed as a Professor for Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne. He joined the School of Management at the QUT Business School in Brisbane, Australia as a Full Professor in 2016, which was followed by an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in 2017. From 2012 to 2015, he was Inaugural Holder of the Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation, following his promotion to Full Professor of Information Systems in 2012 as one of Australia’s youngest professors in history. Since 2012, he is an Honorary Guest Professor at the International School of Software at Wuhan University, China. Jan Recker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information systems from the University of Münster and a PhD in Information Systems from the Queensland University of Technology. Besides his professorships, he held teaching appointments at multiple institutions in Australia, Europe and Asia.
Jan Recker is a Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation as well as of the Liechtenstein Chapter of the Association for Information Systems. He is holder of multiple editorial appointments for the leading journals in the field of information systems: Jan Recker is Editor-in-Chief for Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Associate Editor at MIS Quarterly and Senior Editor for Management Information Systems Quarterly.
Jan Recker received various awards and honors throughout his academic career:
- Recipient of Outstanding Associate Editor Award by MIS Quarterly in 2019.
- Recipient of an AIS Fellow Award in 2018.
- Recipient of a 2014 Best Paper Award by the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application for the paper “Suggestions for the Next Wave of BPM Research: Strengthening the Theoretical Core and Exploring the Protective Belt”.
- Recipient of a 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, for exceptional sustained contributions to the university in Innovative and Creative Practices.
- Recipient of a 2014 Highly Commended Paper Award by the Business Process Process Management Journal for the paper “Which cultural values matter to business process management? Results from a global Delphi study”.
- Recipient of a 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Performance Team Award, for outstanding contributions to the university in Productive and Sustainable Partnerships (together with T. Kohlborn).
- Recipient of a 2013 Outstanding HDR Supervision Practice Award.
- Appointed as Guest Professor at the International School of Software, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.
- Nominated for a 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, for exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in Leadership and Research.
- Nominated for a 2011 Outstanding HDR Supervision Practice Award.
- Recipient of a 2010 Vice Chancellor’s Performance Team Award, for outstanding contributions to the university in consulting and service engagement (together with M. La Rosa, W. Bandara, T. Kohlborn).
- Recipient of a 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award, for outstanding contributions to the university in research.
- Nominated for a 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, for exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in Learning and Teaching, Partnerships and Engagement, Client Focus and Leadership (together with M. Rosemann).
- Recipient of a 2009 LEX Performance Improvement Award for the Most Improved Unit by Student Evaluation.
- Recipient of the QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award 2008.
- Recipient of the 2008 LEX Performance Teaching Award for Best Teaching by Student Evaluation.
- Runner-Up to the ICIS 2008 ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award.
- Recipient of the ACPHIS Information Systems Doctoral Thesis Award 2008.
- Recipient of a QUT Write Up Scholarship 2008.
- Participant at the 2007 AMCIS Doctoral Consortium in Keystone, Colorado.
- Participant at the 2006 ICIS Doctoral Consortium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Recipient of a Grant-In Aid travel award for overseas field studies in the United States.
- Recipient of an ARC Discovery Scholarship.
- Recipient of a Business Process Management Group PhD Scholarship.
- Recipient of a QUT Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship.
- Recipient of a Research Capacity Building Award.
- Recipient of the BearingPoint-Award 2005 for the best European graduate thesis in the field of conceptual modelling.
- Recipient of the Mercer-AlumniUM-Master-Award 2004 for one of three best Master graduations of the academic year in the Faculty of Business at the University of Muenster, Germany (out of 567 graduants).
In his research, Jan Recker focuses on the intersection of technology, people, and work, often with a focus on design and the use of representations. He explores digital innovation as an enabler for innovative venture creation and the role of technology design in the creation and analysis of new digital technologies. Another emphasis lies on the individual and intraorganizational implementation of digital solutions and its potential in fostering sustainable development. As a field researcher, he has cooperated with particularly large organizations (e.g., Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, Lufthansa, Ubisoft, federal and state governments) and with particularly small organizations, such as different start‐ups. Jan Recker employs quantitative, qualitative, and mixed field methods in his research and is competent in design research and related methodology.
His current research interests include:
- technology analysis and design practices in the digital age
- digital entrepreneurship
- digital innovation and transformation in large organizations
- digitalization of products, services, and processes
- digital solutions for sustainable development
Jan Recker’s research has appeared in leading journals for information systems, management science, software engineering, project management, computer science, and sociology. He has published in journals of the associations ACM, IEEE, AIS and AOM. He has also written popular textbooks on scientific research and data analysis, which are in use in over 500 institutions in over 60 countries. He ranks as one of the most published information systems academics of all time. In 2019, he was named #1 Business Researcher under 40 years of age by the German publication Wirtschaftswoche. Jan Recker is one of the University of Cologne’s most cited scholars and one of QUT’s most read authors.