Jens Foerderer


I am an Assistant Professor at the Business School, University of Mannheim. I hold a BSC (Information Systems), MSC (Information Systems), and PhD (Business Administration) from the Business School, University of Mannheim. I have been a visiting scholar at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Since 2015 I am a research associate with SAP.

Research focus:

a) Platform strategies

b) Online communities

c) Technology governance and open source

Method focus:

      • Causal inference
      • Machine learning, natural language processing

I am on the job market in 2017 and I will be available for interviews at:

      • CIST 2017, Houston
      • ICIS 2017, Seoul

Contact

University of Mannheim, Business School

L15, 1-6,

68159 Mannheim, Germany

Phone +49 (0) 621 181 1695

Email foerderer [ at ] uni-mannheim.de


Professional

  • Business School, University of Mannheim, Germany
    • Assistant Professor, since July 2017
    • Research and Teaching Assistant, September 2013 - July 2017


  • Robert H Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
    • Visiting scholar, January 2016 - May 2016


  • SAP SE
    • Research Associate, since February 2015


Research

a) PLATFORM STRATEGIES

1. Does Platform Owner's Entry Crowd Out Innovation? Evidence from Google Photos

      • Jens Foerderer, Thomas Kude, Sunil Mithas, Armin Heinzl
      • Presented at: University of Maryland (2016), Imperial College (2016), Warwick Business School (2016, 2017), Platform Strategy Symposium (2016), University of Mannheim (2016), University of Memphis (2016), Tsinghua-University (2016), International Conference on Information Systems (2016), University of British Columbia (2017)

2. Relational Third Party Governance: Evidence from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference

      • Jens Foerderer
      • Presented at: University of Mannheim (2016), Workshop on Causal Inference (2016), ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies (2017), Platform Strategy Symposium (2017)
      • Here are the slides

3. Knowledge Boundaries in Platform Ecosystems

      • Jens Foerderer, Thomas Kude, Armin Heinzl, Sebastian W. Schuetz
      • Presented at: European Workshop on Software Ecosystems (2014), International Conference on Information Systems (2014), Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2015), Koenig Research Colloquium (2015)

4. Curating Complementary Innovation: Evidence from the Google Play Awards

      • Nele Lueker, Jens Foerderer
      • more details soon


b) ONLINE COMMUNITIES

5. Do Volunteer Moderators Encourage Engagement In Online Communities? Evidence From A Regression Discontinuity Design

    • Jens Foerderer
    • Presented at: University of Mannheim (2017)


c) TECHNOLOGY GOVERNANCE

6. Product Updates: Attracting New Consumers Versus Alienating Existing Ones

      • Jens Foerderer, Armin Heinzl
      • Presented at: Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2016), University of Mannheim (2016)

7. Benevolent Dictators for Life: Does Open Innovation Require Strong Leaders?

      • more details soon
      • Presented at: University of Mannheim (2017)


Scholarships, grants, and research projects

  • Goal: Establishing a cloud computing platform for small and medium sized businesses in Germany
  • Funded by Ministerium für Wirtschaft BW
  • Consortium: Fraunhofer IAO, Fraunhofer IPA, Baden-Württemberg Connected (bwcon), Institute for Enterprise Systems, University of Mannheim
  • Further information here (in German)
  • Goals: Improving the sustainability of strategic SAP development initiatives through concurrent empirical research, e.g. on Agile Software Development, Design Thinking, and Business Model Innovation
  • Consortium: SAP SE, Institute for Enterprise Systems, University of Mannheim


Teaching

a) Master of Science

1. IT Management in the Digital Age

        • Business School, University of Mannheim, Germany
        • Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.

b) MBA

2. Global Information Management in the Digital Age

        • Mannheim Business School, Germany
        • Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.

3. Strategic and Transformational IT (with Prof. Sunil Mithas)

        • Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Beijing Campus
        • Fall 2016

c) Bachelor of Science

4. Digital Life, Digital Business

        • Fall 2014


Service


Talks and presentations


Talks Jens Foerderer.pdf