Alexander Kwiatkowski

Alexander Kwiatkowski
RWTH Aachen University · Forschungsinstitut für Rationalisierung e. V.

Bachelor of Science
Currently in recovery after serious health issues.

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Introduction
I am working at FIR at RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with the CIMS at NC State University on the topic of organizations' digital transformation. This includes dimensions such as Digital -Leadership, -Communication, -Culture, -Innovation, -Technologies, -Maturity, etc. The aim of our research is to map digital best practices and to reveal typological development paths to help lagging companies better understand and adapt to digital change.

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This article describes the results of a survey designed to assess how companies are implementing digital transformation, including the various strategies they employ and the actions they take to achieve large-scale transformations. While a few companies seem to reach front-runner status, the majority seem to lag behind. This phenomenon is a top con...
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Overview: Digital transformation is reshaping entire segments and industries: communications, retail, and, increasingly, health care, medicine, agriculture, and manufacturing. While a few companies reach front-runner status, most seem to lag. Digital transformation is a top concern of senior leaders worldwide and motivated the development of this s...
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Viele Branchen stehen am Anfang der digitalen Transformation bzw. werden bereits grundlegend von ihr verändert. Im Zeitalter der digitalen Transformation steht somit die Frage im Mittelpunkt, wie Unternehmen die notwendigen Veränderungen angehen und den Erfolg der Transformation gewährleisten können. Datenbasierte Dienstleistungen sind dabei ein ko...
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This article describes digital leadership-specifically character and competency-that differentiate digitally mature organizations from digitally developing organizations. We assess the differentiated actions of leaders of digitally mature organizations and discuss their results. The study is based on Patterns of Digitization survey with insights fr...
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Overview: The digital transformation of organizations continues at a frenetic pace. While some companies have achieved trailblazer status, others are finding it difficult to change and therefore are lagging. Digital leaders play a pivotal role in this transition because they can increase the confidence of their organizations behind these often risk...
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In this slide deck, presented at IC2021 International Conference on engineering, Technology, and Innovation held in Cardiff, UK June 23-26, 2021, we present the results of interviews with 13 digital leaders who have successfully carried out digital transformation of their companies. We also introduce 15 human dimensions of successful digital leader...
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The digital transformation of industry and society continues to advance. While some companies are achieving trailblazer status, others are finding it difficult to manage or even initiate the necessary changes. Top-level leaders play a central role in these transformational processes, as they have the opportunity to directly or indirectly influence...
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**This manuscript has been accepted as FULL PAPER to be presented at ICE2021 - International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, to be held in Cardiff, UK June 23 - 26, 2021. Author copy of the working/submitted manuscript is available here. Full accepted paper will be published...
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Managing your digital transformation ‘Digital maturity is achieved through commitment, investment, and leadership.’ https://taylorandfrancis.com/partnership/contenthub/authenticity-remote-access/
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This slide deck provides overview of "DIGITAL LEADERSHIP -Character and Competency Differentiates Digitally Mature Organizations" paper. Please refer to the published article for more information DOI: 10.1109/ICE/ITMC49519.2020.9198576. This article describes digital leadership-specifically character and competency-that differentiate digitally ma...

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Hello fellow Researchers,
I have a question regarding the understanding of the theory of theory, especially in the case of research categorizations according to empirical / theoretical. It is about a literature review, which summarizes empirical as well as theoretical papers.
Do I categorize this review as theory or empirical? Per se, no new data is collected from empirical studies, although the literature review could be considered an empirical study. Has anyone by chance ever had the same problem and found an answer? :-)
Thanks and best regards
Alex
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Dear Research Community,
I am asking for your participation and especially for your feedback on our Self-Assessment for Digital Transformation Leaders: https://t1p.de/mwod
The goal is to provide leaders a mirror to reflect on themselves and the skills as well as personal attributes required for digital transformation. In the end, participants receive an integrated presentation of their results (see appendix).
  1. Are all questions understandable?
  2. Which questions lack precision?
  3. In your opinion (as a digital leader), are essential aspects still missing? If so, which ones?
I am looking forward to any kind of suggestions.
Best regards
Alexander Kwiatkowski
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Hi there,
as I am working in applied research, I always come across the problem that knowledge is not applied in practice (theory-practice gap). Is there a particularly good paper / book to recommend about this? :-)
Best thanks and best regards
Alexander Kwiatkowski
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Hi there,
through my research, I am more and more coming to the conclusion that the contexts of corporate change turn out to be essential. For example, a transformation in agriculture is regulated quite differently than in the aerospace industry. In a recent presentation by Daimler's CEO, this aspect was emphasized in particular (ecosystems, increasing networking, etc.).
Beyond the ambiguous definitions of change, there are, as you surely know, various approaches to characterizing corporate change. One comprehensive approach is presented by Albach et al. 2014 (https://t1p.de/rk70), see appendix.
There are also characterizations for economic activities, the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, both as a broad and very detailed industry specification: https://t1p.de/7cth
Do you know if there is already research in this area? Which disciplines are addressing the question of how industry contexts (macro) influence corporate change (micro)?
Certainly, it is not possible to cover all industries, but is there, for example, research in the context of C - Manufacturing? How do the industry-specific characteristics of the manufacturing industry affect corporate change projects? Are there certain change characteristics (features, certain dynamics, etc.) that are always expressed in the same way on a broad or detailed industry classification?
How would you proceed methodically with the investigation? I thought first of all of an investigation of the rough structure, e.g. expert interviews and a subsequent survey? Feel free to "brainstorm" as an answer as well.
Thank you and best Greetings from Aachen, Germany
Alexander Kwiatkowski
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Hi there,
in SPSS I can perform a PCA with my dataset, which does not show a positive definite correlation matrix, since I have more variables (45) than cases (n = 31).
The results seem quite interesting, however, since my correlation matrix and therefore all criteria for appropriateness (Anti-Image, MSA etc.) are not available, am I allowed to perform such an analysis?
Or are the results of the PCA automatically nonsense? I can identify a common theme in each of the loaded factors and its items.
Thanks and best Greetings from Aachen, Germany
Alexander Kwiatkowski

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