Prof. Alexander Richter

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MBusAn Programme Director School of Information Management


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Enterprise social networks, Innovation management, Knowledge work practices, Digital work design, Sociotechnical solutions, Virtual leadership, Information systems evaluation


Alexander Richter is Professor in Information Systems and Programme Director of the Master of Professional Business Analysis. Before joining the School of Information Management he was Associate Professor for “Workplace Studies” at the IT University of Copenhagen (2016-2018) as well as head of the research unit "Digital Work Design" at the University of Zurich (2013-2018). He was leading the requirements analysis in the major European project “FACTS4WORKERS” building future industrial workplaces from 2014 to 2018. Over the last ten years Alex has worked in more than 30 projects with leading companies and research institutes which aimed to contribute to the design of future workplaces.

Alex is Deputy Chairman of the Special Interest Group "CSCW & Social Computing" in the German computer society (Chairman 2014-2018), guest editor of a special issue on "Storytelling and Information Systems" in the Information Systems Journal (2016-2018), Panel-Chair at ECIS 2019, Co-Chair of Social Media tracks at ECIS (2015-2019), and has co-chaired similar tracks at ICIS, ACIS, HICSS and other conferences. He is a regular reviewer for journals like JMIS, EJIS, BISE, JIT, JAIS and others.

Selected publications

Ciriello, R. F.; Richter, A.; Schwabe, G. (2018). The paradoxical effects of digital artefacts on innovation practices. European Journal of Information Systems.

Leyer, M.; Richter, A.; Steinhüser, M. (2018): Empowering shop floor workers with ICT – The role of participative designs. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

Richter, A.; Heinrich, P; Stocker, A..; Schwabe, G. (2018): Digital Work Design - The interplay of human and computer in digital work as an interdisciplinary (grand) challenge. Business & Information Systems Engineering.

Hannola, L.; Richter, A.; Richter, S.; Stocker, A. (2018): Empowering workers with digitally facilitated knowledge processes in industrial production environments. [Open Access] International Journal of Production Research.

Cetto, A.; Klier, M.; Richter, A.; Zolitschka, J. (2018): Thanks for Sharing" - Identifying Users' Roles Based on Knowledge Contribution in Enterprise Social Networks. Computer Networks.


Teaching in 2019