Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer

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Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer

Jens Förderer and his team conduct research in the domain of information systems, thereby especially focusing on the question how firms can build and manage digital platforms and ecosystems. Method-wise, the focus is to combine econometric methods for causal inference with machine learning classifiers.

Jens Förderer‘s research is accepted or published in premier scientific journals, including Management Science, Information Systems Research, and Information Systems Journal. His research has received the Best Paper of the Year Award of the journal Information Systems Research.

He serves as a regular reviewer for Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and various further scientific journals. Jens Förderer has held scholarships of the German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and is an alumnus of the Bronnbacher Scholarship of the Federation of German Industries (BDI e.V.).

Jens Förderer has been working closely with the software company SAP SE on measuring the effectiveness of innovation programs. Also, Jens Förderer has cooperated with the strategy consultancy The Boston Consulting Group on the Digital Acceleration Index. The reported results are published in German and available here.

Curriculum Vitae
Since August 2019
  • Professorship for Innovation & Digitalization, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (W2ttW3), TUM School of Management, TUM Campus Heilbronn Technical University of Munich
  • Academic Program Director, Bachelor in Management and Technology, Heilbronn
November 2017 – August 2019Habilitand and Akademischer Rat, Chair of General Management and Information Systems, Business School, University of Mannheim
June 2017Dr. rer. pol. (summa cum laude), Business School, University of Mannheim
February 2015 - November 2017
  • Research Assistant at the Chair of General Management and Information Systems, Business School, University of Mannheim
  • Research Associate (part-time), SAP SE, Business Model Design and Innovation
September 2013 - February 2015Full-time graduate studies and scholarship at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Center for Doctoral Studies in Business, University of Mannheim
2013M. Sc. Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik), Business School, University of Mannheim, Germany
2011B. Sc. Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik), Business School, University of Mannheim, Germany


  • 2019: Best Paper of the Year Award, Information Systems Research (awarded for the best paper published in the journal Information Systems Research in a year)
  • 2020 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Research Areas

Digital Platforms and Ecosystems

The increasing digitalization enables firms a new strategy for value-creation: digital platforms and ecosystems. In a platform strategy, a firm provides a software platform as the infrastructure on which other companies can provide and commercialize complementary products and services.

Many of the world’s most valuable firms derive their success from platform strategies, including Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Platforms are becoming a dominant strategy also outside the IT industry, especially in industrial manufacturing and pharmaceutics.

For firms, they give rise to many new questions that we study in our research group: How can companies win third-parties for their platform? Through which mechanisms can they encourage third-parties to innovate, improve quality or lower prices? How can third-parties protect themselves from appropriation by the platform firm?

Selected publications

Foerderer, J., Kude, T., Mithas, S., Heinzl, A. (2018): Does Platform Owner’s Entry Crowd Out Innovation? Evidence from Google Photos. Information Systems Research, 29(2).

–  Winner of the Information Systems Research Best Published Paper of the Year Award 2018

Foerderer, J., Kude, T., Mithas, S., Schuetz, S.W., Heinzl, A. (2019): Knowledge Boundaries in Enterprise Software Platform Development: Antecedents and Consequences for Platform Governance. Information Systems Journal, 29(1).

Foerderer, J. (forthcoming) Interfirm Exchange and Innovation in Platform Ecosystems: Evidence from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Management Science.

Areas of interest

  • Platform Ecosystems
  • Economics of IS
  • Empirical research (econometrics, causal inference)


Jens Förderer teaches courses related to digital platforms, empirical research methods, and analytics. The overall goals are:

  • Students know the fundamental decision problems that arise in building and managing platforms, and are capable of designing and implementing strategies to avoid platform failures.
  • Students can design and execute empirical research following scientific standards as well as apply them to inform decision-making in firms.
  • Students are equipped with experience in R and Python regarding data collection and analysis, such that they can transform data into information that supports their decision-making