Dr Andreas Drechsler

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Senior Lecturer School of Information Management


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

IS/IT management, information security management, IT project management, agile project management, design science research


Andreas’ research focuses on understanding the current and enhancing the future IS/IT management, information security management, and IT project management practices in organisations - with a particular emphasis on small and medium-sized organisations. To achieve these objectives, he conducts theory-building as well as design science research. Through reflection upon his applied design science projects, he further strives to improve the conceptual and methodological design science research foundations. A special interest in this context are the challenges and paradoxes of designing and transforming social systems that occur when common engineering-oriented design science approaches encounter organizational and environmental phenomena such as dynamics and emergence.

Andreas is a Business Information Systems graduate from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) in Germany and holds a doctorate degree from the same university. Before joining Victoria, he has worked as a researcher at the UDE’s Institute of Computer Science and Business Information Systems and has also been a Visiting Scholar in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida in the United States. His previous industry experience consists of several years in software development and software project management.


Andreas Drechsler, Dipl-Wirt-Inf Dr rer pol Duisburg-Essen

Current Research

  • IS/IT strategy and management
  • Information security management
  • Agile and global project management methodologies
  • Project management certifications and skills
  • Design science research for organizational and social design
  • Design knowledge in design science research

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Stephan Mühe & Drechsler, Andreas (2017): “Towards a Framework to Improve IT Security and IT Risk Management in Small and Medium Enterprises”, International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS) 4 (2), 44-56.

Andreas Drechsler & Stephan Weissschaedel (2017): “An IT Strategy Development Framework for Small and Medium Enterprises”, Information Systems and e-Business Management, Online First.

Andrew McDowell & Andreas Drechsler (2017): “Tough choices for an agile open source international development project: the Libre LAS Case”, Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases, Online First.

Andreas Drechsler (2015): “Designing to Inform: Toward Conceptualizing Practitioner Audiences for Socio-technical Artifacts in Design Science Research in the Information Systems Discipline”, Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline, 18, pp. 31–45.

Andreas Drechsler (2013): “Design Science Research as Design of Social Systems – Implications for Information Systems Research”, Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA) 14 (4), pp. 5-26.

Conference papers and presentations

Andreas Drechsler & Alan R. Hevner (2018): "Utilizing, Producing, and Contributing Design Knowledge in DSR Projects". In: Chatterjee S., Dutta K., Sundarraj R. (Eds.): Designing for a Digital and Globalized World (LNCS 10844), DESRIST 2018, Chennai, India, Proceedings, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 82-97.

Andreas Drechsler (2017): “Designing for Change and Transformation: Exploring Artefact Generativity”, Proceedings of the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Hobart.

Oliver Degner & Andreas Drechsler (2016): “Towards a Model for Discourse Ethics-based Digital Business Strategy Development”, Proceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Wollongong.

Andreas Drechsler & Alan Hevner (2016): “A four-cycle model of IS design science research: capturing the dynamic nature of IS artifact design”. In: Parsons, J., Tuunanen, T., Venable, J. R., Helfert, M., Donnellan, B., & Kenneally, J. (Eds.): Breakthroughs and Emerging Insights from Ongoing Design Science Projects: Research-in-progress papers and poster presentations from the 11th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST) 2016. St. John, Canada, pp. 1-8.

Andreas Drechsler, Alan Hevner, and Grandon Gill (2016): “Beyond Rigor and Relevance: Exploring Artifact Resonance”, Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-49).

Andreas Drechsler and Frederik Ahlemann (2015): “Toward a General Theory of Agile Project Management – A Research Design”, Proceedings of the 23nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015, Münster, Germany.

Andreas Drechsler and Alan Hevner (2015): “Effectuation and Its Implications for Socio-Technical Design Science Research in Information Systems”. In: Brian Donnellan et al. (Eds.): At the Vanguard of Design Science: First Impressions and Early Findings from Ongoing Research. Research-in-Progress Papers and Poster Presentations from the 10th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems (DESRIST 2015), Dublin, Ireland, pp. 77-84.

Andreas Drechsler (2015): “A Postmodern Perspective on Socio-technical Design Science Research in Information Systems”. In: Brian Donnellan, Markus Helfert, Jim Kenneally, Debra VanderMeer, Marcus Rothenberger, Robert Winter (Eds.): New Horizons in Design Science: Broadening the Research Agenda (LNCS 9073), 10th International Conference, DESRIST 2015, Dublin, Ireland, Proceedings, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 152-167.

A full list of publications is available in my Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FvkEmVEAAAAJ


Teaching in 2019