Nikolaus Obwegeser

Nikolaus Obwegeser
Bern University of Applied Sciences | BFH · Business School

PhD
Looking for research partners in - digital innovation & transformation - agile methods and projects - smart products

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Additional affiliations
January 2019 - present
IMD
Position
  • Research Associate
August 2013 - December 2018
Aarhus University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2012 - August 2013
EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
Position
  • Project Manager
Education
February 2008 - May 2011
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Field of study
  • Information Business

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Publications (50)
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IT service management (ITSM) practitioners recognize the need for continuous improvement of IT services. Using a design science research approach, we develop a five-step process improvement framework for ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) service operations, based on the use of the Lean toolset. The proposed framework offers a str...
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The concept of super-users as a means to facilitate Enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation projects has recently taken a foothold in practice but remains largely unexplored from an academic perspective. In particular, little is known about the selection and training processes required to successfully develop skilled super-users in practi...
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Smart products have received increasing attention from researchers and practitioners alike. One limitation of the existing literature, however, is that the term is often used as a blanket term and that there is no consensus on what a smart product actually is. Because different studies rely on differing conceptualizations, the current body of knowl...
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Research and survey data provide insights for how leaders can govern digital initiatives for maximum impact.
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Product companies are increasingly turning to smart and connected versions of their physical products. Yet, many product companies miss out on the potential of smart and connected products. They cling to their traditional product-focused "build and sell" mentality and try to squeeze profitability out of one-off transactions. To get out of this trap...
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Background The feedback offered to students in audience response systems may enhance conformity bias, while asking closed‐type questions alone does not allow students to externalize and elaborate on their knowledge. Objectives The study explores how writing short justifications and accessing peer justifications as collective feedback could affect...
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Crowdsourcing has attracted increasing attention as an open innovation tool that enables firms to access the ideas and solutions of external crowds of participants. Among various crowdsourcing formats, hackathons have emerged as a form of collaborative crowdsourcing that emphasizes team-based collaboration among participants to co-create solutions...
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Over-the-air (OTA) updates are gaining traction across various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and automotive. However, there is currently no consistent conceptualization of OTA updates in place. Also, we know little about what organizational capabilities are needed to turn OTA updates into customer value and thus infuse digital busin...
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Scrum, recognized today as the most popular agile development methodology, has been used in a wide range of settings and for varying purposes, in-and outside of the traditional software development context. The use of Scrum in non-traditional settings and for different needs led to a considerable corpus of academic literature that investigates, pre...
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The COVID-19 crisis brought about an unprecedented wave of interest into rapid ideation and innovation. Among others, the pandemic triggered a series of collaborative innovation events—so-called hackathons—to leverage the power of the crowd for crisis response. In contrast to earlier hackathons, these events are different in their speed of mobiliza...
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Asking questions in classrooms can produce metacognitive judgements in students about their confidence in being able to answer correctly. In audience response systems (ARSs), these judgements can be elicited and used as additional feedback metrics. This study (n = 79) explores how online concurrent item-by-item judgments (OCJ) and retrospective com...
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The literature on digital innovation often relies on examples of radical, even paradigm-changing novelties. In order to develop such radical innovations, organizational separation of innovation efforts has been advocated by many as an effective strategy. We have conducted a longitudinal case study of a radical innovation project at a born-digital c...
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For 4 weeks, a total of 91 sophomore students started their classes with a short multiple-choice quiz. The students had to answer the quiz individually, view feedback on class activity, revise their initial answers, and discuss the correct answers with the teacher. The percentage of students that selected each question choice and their self-reporte...
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This study examines the potential of a peer review approach in the time-restricted setting of a class session. In the free selection setting we explored, students had access to all peer work and they were allowed to select which work they want to read and review. The study was conducted during the 8th week of the course, right after students' first...
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The study examines the potential of short justifications in clicker activities. A total of 138 students answered individually eight multiple-choice questions in a clicker tool and provided short justifications for their responses, denoting also their confidence that their responses were correct. Next, students received classroom feedback and revise...
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Scrum, recognized today as the most popular agile development methodology, has been used in a wide range of settings and for varying purposes, in-and outside of the traditional software development context. The use of Scrum in non-traditional settings and for different needs led to a considerable corpus of academic literature that investigates, pre...
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Research has investigated information technology (IT) outsour-cing from various angles and established a sound knowledge base regarding drivers, management, and success factors of IT-outsourcing initiatives. In this study, we focus on the alignment between outsourcing drivers and goals, on the one hand, and contractual and managerial aspects on the...
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In today's business environment characterized by accelerated and continuous market change, most academic and practitioner literature pushes organizations to strive for increased organizational agility. Only recently, critical voices have appeared that challenge this uncritical view and point out the costs and difficulties involved in achieving orga...
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The aim of the present study (n = 113) was to examine how (objective and subjective) information on peers' preparation, confidence, and past performance can support students in answering correctly in audience response systems (aka clickers). The result analysis shows that in the “challenging” questions, in which answers diverged, students who recei...
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In this study, we investigate the relationship between organizational culture and digital innovation, with a particular focus on understanding firms' abilities to achieve a balance between stability and flexibility. On the background of an in-depth case study of the development of a digital news service in one of the largest media companies in Denm...
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Following the increased interest in students becoming partners in teaching and learning in higher education settings, this study explores students’ perceptions on a collaborative content generation activity, in which students assume also the role of peer-tutors. Students in an Information Systems course collaborated on domain topics, assigned to th...
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This paper examines ways to enrich the feedback information students receive in closed-type quiz activities that include a revision phase (i.e., students are allowed to change their initial answers after they receive information from their peers, teacher, or system). Typically, in such activities, the information students receive is based on the pe...
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The breadth of the platform concept has allowed its widespread adoption and development in different disciplines, yet it also led to a fuzzy terminology and hindered a cumulative research agenda. Based on a review of existing ontological representations in the academic literature, we uncover the prevalence of three complementary, yet distinct platf...
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The growing awareness of public procurement as an innovation policy tool has recently sparked the interest of both policy makers and researchers. While an increasing number of studies is being published every year, an overview of the field is missing. Researchers, practitioners, and policy makers are often using ambiguous wording and have not yet r...
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Agile software development practices have gained widespread acceptance and application across all industries. Scrum, as one of the most widely used agile methods, has been adopted in countless organizations. However, while there is an understanding that practitioners rarely apply Scrum “by the book”, only little research addresses the actual adapta...
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Aim/Purpose: This study aimed to explore whether students’ self-reported use of various learning strategies affected their perceptions on different course activities as well as their perceived performance in terms of both cognitive learning outcomes and general skills. Background: In a highly active learning environment that incorporates research i...
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The study explores the potential of the research-teaching nexus in a peer-tutoring setting. During the Fall semester of 2016, students in an Information Systems course worked collaboratively on domain topics, assigned to them by the teacher and created educational material for their fellow students. Students’ tutoring role was concluding with a cla...
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The study analyzes the potential of different feedback metrics that could improve learning in quiz-based activities. For five consecutive weeks, a group of 91 sophomore students started their classes on Information Systems with a short multiple-choice quiz. The quiz activity was organized into three phases: (a) provide initial response to the quest...
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The recent phenomenon of corporate accelerators is an excellent opportunity for incumbent companies to participate in promising innovations from startups all over the globe. Incumbent companies introduce structured accelerator programs for cohorts of startups, which in turn benefit from resources, mentoring and networks. The underlying research ana...
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Creating a link between research and teaching activities in higher education is a common and recurring challenge for many academics. Especially in practice-driven areas like Information Systems (IS), educators as well as students can benefit substantially from well-designed course curricula that facilitate research-driven learning processes. With t...
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Today, companies often face rapid and substantial change of their business environment. To stay competitive, firms are forced to engage in continuous innovation of their products and services. Moreover, the digitization of society and organizations has led to an increase in radical and disruptive innovations across all industries and trades. As a r...
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Creating a link between research and teaching activities in higher education is a common and recurring challenge for many academics. Especially in practice-driven areas like Information Systems (IS), educators as well as students can benefit substantially from well-designed course curricula that facilitate research-driven learning processes. In thi...
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Much research has been devoted to the study of methods that help managing ISD projects. So far, this resulted in a large amount of literature on a variety of often normative ISD methods, generally categorized into plan-based and agile approaches. ISD method research has been driven by the common understanding that a high level of complexity calls f...
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Information systems development has seen many trends and hypes on the way from unstructured, unplanned scripting-like software development, via early methods like the waterfall model, heavy plan-based methods like the RUP to finally arrive at today’s state-of-the-art agile methods like SCRUM. This paper looks at what seems to be a recent trend in (...
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In this article we look at the current situation of information systems development in research and mirror our findings with insights from practice. Many firms and decision makers underestimate the influence that IS development projects have on their success and competitiveness. In addition, the process of efficient development of high quality and...
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The aim of this paper is to demonstrate whether knowing or applying selected multi-criteria decision support (MCDS) methods make decisions more effective or efficient in the context of IT project proposals. Results from a nationwide empirical survey conducted in Austria (N = 114) show a method diffusion - infusion gap. In other words, many organiza...
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In recent years the concept of trust has found its way into Information Systems research, especially in the field of technology acceptance. Trust is considered an important driver for the success of technologies. In this context, trust is particularly relevant for Multi Criteria Decision Support Systems (MCDSS), due to the inherent complexity of th...
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Recommender systems have become a valuable tool for successful e-commerce. The quality of their recommendations depends heavily on how precisely consumers are able to state their preferences. However, empirical evidence has shown that the preference construction process is highly affected by uncertainties. This has a negative impact on the robustne...
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As e-commerce providers increasingly utilize recommender systems (RS) to support their customers, trust is emerging as a key factor for the design of such technologies. Although a considerable number of researchers addressed the issue of trust towards RS, there is still no common understanding of how trust relates to the acceptance of RS and what f...
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This article seeks to enhance acceptance of the profile distance method (PDM) in decision support systems. The PDMis amultiple attributive-based decision making as well as a multiple method approach to support complex decision making and uses a heuristic to avoid computationally complex global optimization.We elaborate on the usability of themethod...
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The number of newly developed Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) methods grew considerably in the last decades. Although their theoretical foundations are solid, there is still a lack of acceptance and application in the practical field. The objective of this research is the development of a conceptual model of factors that influence MCDM accept...
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This paper seeks to improve usability and semantics of complex decision support based on multiple criteria and data envelopment analysis using the profile distance method. We recognize the need of decision making practice for more intuitive and understandable decision support in complex and comprehensive settings by proposing three areas for improv...
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In this paper we demonstrate how the profile distance method was transformed into a software environment enabling the decision maker to utilize a complex decision making tool without any advanced knowledge of the underlying mathematical and technical features. We present theoretical and technical aspects as well as contextual and usage related info...

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Understand how different a agile development methodologies, particularly scrum, are being tailored to varying contexts or adjusted to achieve different goals.
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Cloud-based technologies hold a great number of potential benefits but also risks in comparison to on-premise solutions. To better understand these factors and to guide research and practice on the adoption and implementation of cloud-based technologies in organisations, current research has created a substantial body of knowledge. However, while numerous studies have addressed individual aspects of cloud implementation projects, the field lacks an overall structure and a cumulative research tradition. We aim to address the need for review and synthesis of this fast growing research area, and provide clear directions for a more structured approach to future research and practice.