Fields of Research
In the area of E-Learning we analyze goals, benefits and risks of an electronically supported teaching and learning. We develop learning environments for problem-based learning as well as necessary tools. These learning environments are applied in our own academic courses at Osnabrück University and as Blended Learning solutions in other remote institutions, bridging gaps between space and time. Actually, we are engaging in educational networks to study what they might deliver for academic teaching, and we do so primarily from an organizational perspective.
Business Process Management
The Business Process Management research area focuses on theories, methods and tools which support in the stages strategic planning, draft, implementation and controlling throughout the organization. Our special concern is with the IT support for processes and related management methods like Knowledge or Quality Management.
This area of research focusses on methods, tools and the related IT-support which help to plan, accomplish, measure and evaluate projects. New developments are taken into account as well as fundamentals of project management.
Organization and Management
The profound change of the competitive situation as well as the innovation potentials of the information and communication technology (ICT) and the changing values in the working environment and society requires a change in organizational structures. The field of research of the organizational design deals with five generic problems:
- structuring of tasks
- organizational change & transformation
- organization & environment
- integration from individuals and organization.
The current focus lies thereby on behavior-oriented approaches of the organizational theory. Besides typical approaches of the organizational design the department deals with modern organizational characteristics like networked organizations, hybrid organizations and virtual organizations.