Center for Digital Transformation

Managing Digital
Transformation

How companies are changing
the way they operate

Digitalization is transforming vast areas of our live and new technologies are fundamentally changing the way companies work. From processes to business models and management styles – everything must be put to the test. The Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) researches issues related to digitalization, its challenges, and opportunities. Our goal is to develop solutions through practice-oriented research and thus generate direct benefits for the economy and society. New findings flow directly into teaching to prepare our students for the tasks of the future.

research topics

Data-driven Decision Making

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How can companies and organizations make decisions based on actual data rather than intuition? We apply big data analytics, machine learning and optimization to support decision making in health care, finance, marketing, and supply chain management. We refine the methods for specific applications and develop new algorithms and methods which can deal with the uncertainty usually present in data.

Digital Platforms

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How can businesses benefit from digital platforms? We study digital business models where competition as well as other determinants are taken into account. We develop methods and incentive schemes that help a platform to gain traction among users, suppliers as well as consumers, and investigate the necessary steps that need to be taken to establish successful platforms in the market.

Impact of Digital Technologies on Business

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What impact do digital technologies have on business? We investigate the improvement of processes, business models and business ecosystems through the combination of various digital technologies in order to ensure the competitiveness of a company. We also explore the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in industry and investigate the impact of digitization on the financial markets.

News

18th May 2022
Prof. Dongyuan Zhan presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On 18 May 2022, Prof. Dongyuan Zhan, Assistant Professor at UCL School of Management, visited our Center in person. He presented his research on Whether and When Grocery Stores Should Adopt Time-Based Pricing: Competition and Negative Congestion Externality as part of the CDT Seminar Series, followed by fruitful discussions and several one-on-one meetings with our guest.

27 April 2022
Presentation of Prof. Förderer at “SciDay” of the Heilbronn Science Museum “Experimenta

At this year’s SciDay of the Heilbronn Science Museum “Experimenta” on 27 April, Prof. Förderer gave a presentation on “How to become a successful content creator”. In a multi-year study, he and his team have scientifically investigated one of the most interesting career paths of our time, that of content creators. Which effect has a superstar on content production? For their research, the scientists chose Twitch and the superstar ‘Ninja’, who is the most successful streamer on the platform. Whenever a superstar is present and covers a topic, the attention for other content creators is reduced. As a consequence the supply of new content decreases, as the financial incentives diminish. ‘Ninja’ switched platforms from Twitch to Mixer – later on Mixer stopped operating – such a wrong choice can be severe for content creators. Moreover, superstars are strong competitors that crowd out other content creators. Thus, niche content offers more opportunities. Three outstanding findings can be derived from this: It has to be the right platform. Choose your content strategically. Be aware: You will probably get nothing at all.

29 March 2022
Annual Report on Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany considers the platform economy highly relevant

Recently, the Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (EFI – Expert Commission for Research and Innovation) published its Annual Report on Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany for 2022. The Commission considers the platform economy to be one of the four key areas for future research and innovation strategy in Germany.

The Commission notes that Germany has significant weaknesses in the area of digital technologies, which applies in particular to innovations in the platform economy. Germany has a high value creation potential for B2B and data-driven platforms in the industrial sector, so further research and innovation is needed to expand this area. Prof. Förderer exchanged with the EFI on the topics of the platform economy.

28 March 2022
Social Bots as a Crisis Instrument – Michaela Lindenmayr in an Interview with the Newspaper Heilbronner Stimme

The imitation of human behavior through social bots and the information dissemination at an unprecedented scale brings new challenges on social media, particularly during crisis situation. When people are susceptible to fake news, social bots are able to distort the public opinion and spread misleading content. In an interview with the newspaper Heilbronner Stimme, Michaela Lindenmayr, doctoral student of Prof. Förderer shared insights on her research on social bots and their use during crisis events. Further, she provides readers with some key recommendations about the identification of social bots and the critical questioning of social media content. The full article can be found here.

1 March 2022
Study by Prof. Kiesmüller on “Evaluation of Unreliable Flow Lines with Limited Buffer Capacities and Spare Part Provisioning”

As manufacturing systems are highly technical with many connected robots and machines, there is unfortunately always a risk that one of the machines will fail, resulting in a production stop of the machine, the subsystem, or even the entire system. Prof. Kiesmüller and her doctoral researcher Florian Sachs, together with Prof. Stefan Helber (Leibniz University Hannover), have developed a new evaluation procedure to compute the throughput of a failure-prone flow line in which both buffers and spares cushion the impact of failures. This approach also helps identify machines where high spare parts availabilities are beneficial. The study, published in the European Journal of Operational Research, can be found here and downloaded free of charge until March 25, 2022.

 

7th September 2021
REGISTRATION FOR CDT SEminar SERIES

At CDT we host talks by leading experts as part of the CDT Seminar Series.
The talks take place 3-4 times per semester on a Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 PM German time.
Participation in our online seminars is now open to everyone – if you are interested, please register below.

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News Archive

18 February 2022
Social Bots on Twitter – Michaela Lindenmayr presents at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik

Social Bots are increasingly used on social media imitating human behavior and influencing social media users. To understand their impact, Michaela Lindenmayr, research assistant of Prof. Jens Förderer, studies how social bots manipulate social media users and how this affects business metrics. This project was presented at the International Conference on Information Systems (WI22) as part of the highly competitive doctoral consortium.

14 February 2022
Insights from virtual reality-enhanced teaching at TUM Campus Heilbronn

In a white paper, Prof. Wuttke explains experiences, findings and recommendations when using Virtual Reality (VR) in teaching: “We want to share a modern way of online teaching. We want to publish our lessons learned and hope that the insights on technical effort, didactic approaches, and organizational aspects are valuable for others.” The report is targeted to all those who are excited about VR — be it faculty, students, or teaching support staff. The white paper is available for download here.

27 January 2022
Study by Prof. Wuttke “Seeing the Bigger Picture? Ramping Up Production with the Use of Augmented Reality”

A study by Prof. Wuttke, Ankit Upadhyay (TUM), Enno Siemsen (University of Wisconsin) and Alexandra Wuttke-Linnemann (Landeskrankenhaus Mainz) was published in “Manufacturing and Service Operations Management” under the title “Seeing the Bigger Picture? Ramping Up Production with the Use of Augmented Reality”.

15th December  2021
Prof. Förderer presents at International Conference on Information Systems in Texas

A recent research project of Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer and his doctoral student Tobias Kircher was presented at the 42nd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Austin, Texas, in December 2021. The project, titled “Does EU-Consumer Privacy Harm Financing of US-App-Startups? Within-US Evidence of Cross-EU-Effects” investigates an important question faced by policymakers: should they tighten up privacy?

6Th December  2021
Interview of Prof. Müller in Heilbronn Magazine “Hanix”

The Heilbronn magazine Hanix interviewed Prof. Müller about the importance of the financial market, the relation to the real economy and about the predictability of developments on the financial market. Read the full interview here (in German) and the summary in English here.

17ST NOVEMBER  2021
Prof. Wuttke and his TEam at the Decision Sciences (DSI) conference

At the Decision Sciences (DSI) conference, Prof. Wuttke participates in an invited panel on Teaching Industry 4.0. His doctoral student Begimai Marlenova presents a study on “Supply Chain Finance and Supply Chain Resilience” together with Prof. Wuttke and Prof. Eve Rosenzweig (Emory). Additionally, doctoral student Sairam Sriraman presents on “Supply Chain Resilience through Supply Chain Finance”.

30th October 2021
Prof. Förderer sheds light on the opportunities and dangers of a “metaverse”

Following the renaming of Facebook to “Meta”, Prof. Förderer sheds light on the opportunities and dangers of a “Metaverse”. The metaverse allows people to interact as avatars and work, shop, learn and play in virtual reality without being physically together. Read the full article here (in German).

30th October  2021
Statements of Prof. Müller in Article of Stuttgarter zeitung

In its article “Depot-Eröffnung – Die ersten Schritte zu mehr Rendite”, the Stuttgarter Zeitung interviewed Prof. Müller, e.g. about actively managed investment funds. Read the full article here (in German).

27ST October 2021
Prof. Wuttke presents study on “Supply Chain Finance during Corona: Increased Togetherness or Commercial Truth?”

At the INFORMS conference Prof. Wuttke,  together with Begimai Marlenova and Eve Rosenzweig (Emory) presents a study by “Supply Chain Finance during Corona: Increased Togetherness or Commercial Truth?”

29th September 2021
Prof. Förderer defines 5 tips on how CIOs avoid dependencies

In his article in the CIO Magazine, Prof. Jens Förderer summarizes 5 tips for CIOs on how not to become dependent on cloud providers, as well as the benefits of a thorough analysis and exit strategy. Read the full article here (in German).

21st JuLY 2021
Research on esg risks and banking regulation

A research project by Prof. Sebastian Müller (CDT) and Prof. Gunther Friedl (Dean of the TUM School of Management, Munich) on ESG risks and banking regulation was funded by the Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation (FIRM e.V.). The results were presented at the FIRM research conference in June 2021 and recently discussed in this article in the Börsenzeitung.

21st June 2021
Prof. Förderer comments in HANDELSBLATT on the antitrust investigations of Apple by the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office)

Prof. Jens Förderer comments on the investigations of the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office) on Apple’s market power, particularly the AppStore. Read the full article in the newspaper HANDELSBLATT here.

9th April 2021
Prof. Kiesmüller has joined Lund University as a guest Professor

Prof. Kiesmüller has joined Lund University (Sweden) as a guest professor where she collaborates with Prof. Marklund from the Division of Production Management. Their common research interests have resulted in joint research projects  about the coordination of inventory and transportation management.

04th February 2021
Review of Current Literature on Platforms

A recent literature review on platform management tactics has appeared as part of the Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems. The research project has been co-authored by Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer.

The review brings together work that has so far been dispersed over different academic disciplines and distills different types of management tactics that platform companies can use to manage their partners and ecosystems. Find more Information here.

27th January 2021
Research Grant on Competition in Platform Markets

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has recently announced to fund a research project on the platform economy headed by Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer.

The project, titled “Competition with the Platform Owner: An Empirical-quantitative Investigation of Mobile App Platforms”, seeks to study the competition between platform companies and their partners. Platform firms such as Amazon and Apple have been criticized for being too powerful, and part of this criticism has been related to the observation that platform companies enter the markets of their partners with own rival products. Such entries can represent an existential threat for many firms that currently build their business on platforms. However, so far, it remains little understood when complementors face competition with platform companies. The research project will, amongst other questions, investigate the causes of competition between platform companies and their complementors.

20th January 2021
Research project on platforms and privacy presented at wise 2020

A recent research project of Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer and Tobias Kircher was presented at the 31st Workshop on Information Systems and Economics, held from December 16-19 2020.

The project, titled “Does Consumer Privacy Harm Innovation? Evidence from Google’s Enforcement of COPPA in Android’s Market for Kids-Games” investigates an important question faced by platform companies: should they encourage privacy on their platforms? While privacy fosters user adoption, it potentially harms complementary innovation. So far, little is known about the actual consequences of privacy on innovation. The paper is currently being finalized and will shortly appear as a working paper on this website.

WISE is the primary academic forum for the discussion of cutting-edge information systems research questions related to business and economic outcomes.

13th January 2022
Data Science Challenge for STudents at TUM Campus Heilbronn

To prepare the students of the Master in Management program at TUM Campus Heilbronn for their future roles in the industry, Professor Dr. Jens Förderer and doctoral student Tobias Kircher have initiated the Data Science Challenge, staged together with the department for AI of a large company headquartered in the region of Heilbronn. On 13 January 2022, fourteen teams of students pitched their results. The students provided detailed insights, made various recommendations to personalize prices and coupons, and presented their ideas enthusiastically. The winning team received a prize – congratulations!

15TH December  2021
Vivek Modi has received an award

Vivek Modi has received the best master thesis award for his outstanding master thesis by the Supply Chain Finance Community! Vivek’s thesis “How do supply chains manage to stay liquid during the COVID-19 crisis?” was mentored by Prof. Dr. David Wuttke and Sairam Sriraman.

6th July  2021
Prof. Wuttke receives outstanding Reviewer Award

Prof. Wuttke has been selected for IJOPM’s 2020 Best Reviewer Award for his excellent reviews in 2020 for the International Journal of Operations & Production Management. The award acknowledges an outstanding set of reviewers who provided reviews not only consistently on time, but who also stood out in terms of the level of constructive and developmental feedback, the value added to the authors and the comprehensiveness and dedication of their reviews.

10th June 2021
Prof. Wuttke receives outstanding Reviewer Award

Prof. Wuttke receives the Outstanding Reviewer Award of the International Journal of Production Economics for his excellent reviews in 2020.

29th March 2021
Prof. Kiesmüller receives Outstanding Reviewer Award

Prof. Kiesmüller received the Outstanding Reviewer Award of the journal “OR Spectrum – Quantitative Approaches in Management” for her excellent reviews in 2020.

10th February 2021
Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer nominated for the VHB-Nachwuchspreis

Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer’s recent research paper “Interfirm Exchange and Innovation in Platform Ecosystems: Evidence from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference” has been nominated for the VHB-Nachwuchspreis. The VHB-Nachwuchspreis honors outstanding research papers by junior faculty members and is awarded by the German Academic Association of Business Research (VHB). Find more information here.

18-19 NOVEMBER  2021
Prof. Müller hosts natural Language Processing Workshop

On November 18/19, 2021, an inspiring workshop on Textual Analysis and Natural Language Processing (NLP) was held at TUM Campus Heilbronn. Leading researchers and doctoral students from the fields of management, finance, and computer science accepted the invitation of Prof. Sebastian Müller. Read the summary here.

2 November 2021
SUPPY CHAIN FINANCE HUB from 26-28 October 2021

The 3rd Supply Chain Finance Hub addressed the opportunities and challenges of supporting supply chain finance with blockchain technology. Participants gained new insights from the knowledge and experience of our top speakers coming from leading firms and universities as well as heard about the latest research on the topic, introduced by the host Prof. David Wuttke. More information at www.wi.tum.de/hub.

19ST NOVEMBER  2021
Prof. Wuttke at the Wiesbadener Compliance Day

Prof. Wuttke presents a supply chain management perspective on the new supply chain diligence act at the Wiesbadener Compliance Day

2ND NOVEMBER  2021
PROF. Wuttke at the University Future Festival 

Prof. Wuttke presents at the University Future Festival on key take-aways from teaching in virtual reality

26th October 2021
Participation of Prof. Kiesmüller in discussion panel of the Max Syrbe Symposium on 3 November 2021

Prof. Kiesmüller took part in the Max Syrbe Symposium of the Ferdinand Steinbeis Institute and the Steinbeis Foundation on 3 November 2021 at 3:30 PM. The topic of the discussion event was “Was bringt’s?! Vom Nutzwert der Wissenschaft” (“What’s the use?! On the Usefulness of Science”) and focused on the benefits that science brings to the economy and society and how these can be measured. Participants included representatives from research institutions as well as from companies and society. More information can be found on www.max-syrbe-symposium.de.

23rd/24th June 2021
Workshop on Digital Technologies in Operations Management

How do new technologies affect operations management? Will blockchain lead to better supply chain financing? Will augmented reality systematically improve the commissioning of new manufacturing processes? These were some of the questions discussed by researchers from around the world at the first Workshop on Digital Technologies in Operations Management, organized by Prof. Wuttke and Prof. Kiesmüller and held online due to the pandemic.

Virtual reality was also used for two interactive research-industry roundtables, where the 30 workshop participants met online with their VR headsets, represented by their avatars. The first roundtable focused on autonomous driving, while the second looked at virtual and augmented reality in research and education. The next Workshop on Digital Technologies in Operations Management will be held on site if possible.

15th June 2021
Supply Chain Finance Hub taken up in logistik heute

The journal LOGISTIK HEUTE takes up the important topic of sustainable supply chain finance and reports, among other things, on our Supply Chain Finance Hub on 19 May 2021, organized by Prof. David Wuttke. Read the full article here.

14th April 2021
Prof. Wuttke HOSTS the supply chain finance hub on 19-21 may 2021

Prof. Wuttke is organizing the Supply Chain Finance Hub on Increasing Sustainability Performance with Supply Chain Finance on 19 May 2021. Participants will learn from the knowledge and experience of top speakers from leading industries as well as hear about the latest research on the topic and interact in networking sessions and the two accompanying workshops on 20 and 21 May.
More information at www.wi.tum.de/hub.

22ND April 2021
Prof. KIESMÜLLER and prof. Wuttke took part in girls day at tum campus heilbronn on 22 April 2021

On Girls’ Day, colleagues at TUM Campus Heilbronn encouraged schoolgirls to take up professions that are not typical for their gender. The girls particularly enjoyed the many personal reports on the experiences of female students and professors like Prof. Gudrun Kiesmüller who also gave helpful advice to the girls. A highlight was the virtual reality lecture by Prof. David Wuttke who presented how school lessons might look like in the future. Read more in the newspaper article of Heilbronner Stimme (in German).

1St March 2021
Virtual Research day at the Center for Digital Transformation

On 26th February 2021, twelve young researchers of the Center for Digital Transformation presented their ongoing and planned research projects. The presentations on the impact of digital technologies on operations as well as the effect of digitalization on financial markets were followed by lively and constructive discussions. New opportunities for firms with digital platforms were the subject of debate, too, as they provide the infrastructure for example for supply chain finance. Further topics with a reference to the current situation included research on intensive care unit management decisions. The young scientists demonstrated their deep methodological knowledge in the fields of econometrics, game theory, robust optimization, Markov decision processes, and machine learning. The great success of the day was also achieved through the valuable feedback of the senior researchers from the Center for Digital Transformation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26th January 2022
Prof. Heikki Peura presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On 26 January 2022, Prof. Heikki Peura, Assistant Professor of Operations and Analytics at Imperial College Business School presented his research on Capacity Expansion in Service Platforms: Financing vs. Employment during the CDT Seminar Series. Thank you for joining us!

20th October 2021
Prof. Christos Makridis presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On 20 October 2021, Prof. Christos Makridis presented his recent work on The Rise of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchanges: Evaluating the Role of Airdrops and Governance Tokens during the CDT Seminar Series. Christos serves as the Senior Adviser on the National AI Institute at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Research Professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business in Arizona State University, a Digital Fellow at the Digital Economy Lab in Stanford University and a Non-resident Fellow at the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University. Thank you for the insightful presentation!

9th June 2021
Prof. Dr. Florian Weigert presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On 9 June 2021, Prof. Dr. Florian Weigert, Professor of Financial Risk Management at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland presented his recent work on Hedge Funds and the Positive Idiosyncratic Volatility Effect during the CDT Seminar Series. Thank you for your insightful talk and the Q&A session!

5th May 2021
Dr. Gar Goei Loke presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On 5 May 2021, Dr. Gar Goei Loke, Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Analytics & Operations at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, presented his recent work on Inventory-Responsive Donor Management Policy – A Tandem Network Model during the CDT Seminar Series. Thank you for joining us for this interesting talk!

28th April 2021
Dr. Dominik Gutt presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On 28 April 2021, Dr. Dominik Gutt, Assistant Professor of Technology & Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, presented his recent work on The Rise of Robo-Reviews – The Effects of Chatbot-Mediated Review Elicitation on Online Reviews during the CDT Seminar Series. Thank you for the insightful presentation!

 

 

 

 

 

Professors

Find out more by clicking on the Professors’ Profiles!

Prof. Dr. Gudrun P. Kiesmüller
Director Center for Digital Transformation (CDT)
Professor of Operations Management

Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer
Professor of Innovation and Digitalization

Prof. Dr. Martin Meißner
Professor of Digital Marketing

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Müller, CFA
Professor of Finance

Prof. Dr. David Wuttke
Professor of Supply Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Jingui Xie
Professor of Business Analytics

Affiliate Members

Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar
Professor of Information Systems & Delegate Officer of the President – TUM Campus Heilbronn

Scientific Staff

Research Interests

  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Asset Management
  • Textual Analysis in Finance

 

Career

  • Since 07/2020 Research and teaching assistant at the Center of Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich
  • 08/2019 – 07/2020 Quantitative Consultant at d-fine GmbH
  • 03/2018 – 09/2018 Internship at Funding Circle (P2P Lender)
  • 02-2017 – 05/2017 Internship at KFW Bankengruppe

 

Education

  • 10/2016 – 06/2019 M.Sc. Economics, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • 10/2013 – 03/2016 B.Sc. in Economics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 822
Email: christian.breitung@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Analysis of textual / visual / auditory information in social media marketing
  • Drivers of attention in digital marketing environments

 

Academic Experience

  • Since 01/2022 Research associate at Professorship of Digital Marketing, Center for Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management
  • 02/2021 – 12/2021 Research associate and lecturer at Chair of Marketing, Zeppelin University
  • 09/2017– 12/2020 Tutor in ’Empirical Research Methods’, ’Statistics’, ’Business Mathematics’, and ’Econometrics’ for undergraduate students at Method Center for Economic & Social Sciences and Chair of Empirical Finance & Econometrics, Zeppelin University
  • 05/2020 – 09/2020 Research intern at Chair of Marketing, Zeppelin University
  • 04/2018 – 11/2018 Research assistant at Chair of Strategic & HR Management, Zeppelin University

 

Corporate Experience

  • 06/2019 – 08/2019 Price controlling intern at Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Company, Beijing
  • 06/2018 – 09/2018 Digital finance consulting intern at KPMG, Stuttgart
  • 07/2017 – 08/2017 Portfolio management intern at Amundi Asset Management, Munich

 

Education

  • 09/2021 – 05/2022 M.Sc. in Corporate Management & Economics at Zeppelin University
  • 01/2021 – 12/2021 Doctoral candidate at Zeppelin University (‘Fast Track’: direct access after undergraduate studies)
  • 01/2017 – 12/2020 B.A. in Corporate Management & Economics at Zeppelin University with exchange semesters at Peking University, Guanghua School of Management (spring 2019) and UC San Diego, Rady School of Management (fall 2019)

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 841
Email: jasper.bruens@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning in Finance
  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • International Stock Markets

 

Career

  • Since 10/2020 Research and teaching assistant at the Center for Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich
  • Since  07/2020 Research Assistent Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • 10/2019 – 03/2020 Internship at HSBC  Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG
  • 04/2019 – 09/2019 Internship at KPMG AG
  • 09/2018 – 04/2019 Internship at SAP SE
  • 02/2016 – 03/2016 Internship at China Construction Bank
  • 07/2014 – 08/2014 Internship at BOSCH

 

Education

  • 09/2017 – 07/2020 M.Sc. Business Research (Finance), University of Mannheim
  • 09/2014 – 08/2017 B.A. in Business Administration, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • 09/2012 – 06/2014 B.A. in Business Administration, Hunan University

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 809
Email: zihan.gong@tum.de

Research Interests

  • IT economics
  • The economic consequences of privacy
  • Platform governance

 

Teaching

  • Empirical Research in Economics and Management (Bachelor)
  • Empirical Research in Economics and Management (Master)

 

Professional experience

  • 2012-2019: working student jobs, internships and trainee program – e. g. with Munich Re, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, Bosch, Merck and Zeiss

 

International experience

  • 2018 Semester abroad at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, China
  • 2016 Internship with Bosch in Charleston, SC, USA
  • 2014/15 Semester abroad at the Fudan University in Shanghai, China
  • Languages: German, English, French, Chinese

 

Academic career and education

  • Since October 2019 Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the professorship for Innovation & Digitalization, Center for Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich
  • 2016 – 2018 Master of Science in Management, University of Mannheim
  • 2012 – 2015 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 811
Email: tobias.kircher@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Platform Economies & Digital Business Models
  • Hate Speech on Social Platforms

 

Teaching

  • Economics and Management of Digital Platforms

 

Professional Career

  • Since 05/2021: Research Assistant at the Center for Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management
  • 03/2021 – 05/2021: Consulting Intern at Oliver Wyman, Munich (Management Consulting)
  • 09/2019 – 03/2021: Working Student at Atos IT Solutions & Services GmbH, Vienna (IT Consulting & Project Management)
  • 02/2020 – 02/2021: Student Assistant at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
  • 07/2020 – 09/2021: Consulting Intern at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Munich (ERP Consulting)
  • 06/2019 – 07/2019: Intern at KUKA AG, Augsburg (Core Business Consulting)
  • 10/2016 – 06/2018: Working Student at MAN Energy Solutions, Augsburg (Quality Management)

 

International experience

  • 2019 Semester Abroad at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2018 Semester Abroad at Örebro Universitet (Örebro, Sweden)
  • Languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian

 

Education

  • Since 05/2021 Doctoral Candidate at the Center for Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management
  • 10/2019 – 04/2021 Master of Science in Information Systems, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • 10/2016 – 09/2019 Bachelor of Science in Global Business Management, Augsburg University

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 827
Email: michaela.lindenmayr@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Robust Optimization and Joint Stochastic Estimation

 

Career

  • Sept. 2020 – present: Research Assistant at Center of Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management.
  • Aug. 2019 – May 2020: Teaching Assistant at University of Southern California

 

Education

  • 2018 – 2020: Master of Science in Financial Engineering, University of Southern California
  • 2014 – 2018: Bachelor of Science in Statistics, University of Science and Technology of China

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 818
Email: zhiyuan.lou@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Econometric Analysis in Supply Chain Management

 

Professional Experience

  • 12/2020 – present Research Associate at Technical University of Munich
  • 05/2019 – 11/2019 Research Intern at European Research Center for Information Systems
  • 01/2018 – 03/2018 Intern at Deloitte
  • 09/2016 – 05/2018 Tutor at Writing and Academic Resource Center

 

Education

  • 12/2020 – present Doctoral Candidate in Supply Chain Management, Technical University of Munich
  • 09/2018 – 09/2020 M.Sc. in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance, KU Leuven
  • 07/2018 Hansen Leadership Institute, University of San Diego
  • 08/2014 – 06/2018 B.A. in Business Administration, American University of Central Asia

 

Conference Presentations

Marlenova, B. (2020, October). A data model for semantic interoperability between government agencies delivering tax services. Research presented at SEMIC Conference 2020 organized by European Commission

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 824
Email: begimai.marlenova@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Mathematical optimization in practice

 

Career

  • 10/2021 – present: Research Associate and Ph.D. Candidate at the Center for Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management.
  • 04/2021 – 09/2021: Master Thesis Student at Infineon Technologies AG, Munich
  • 10/2020 – 03/2021: Advanced Analytics and Reporting for Demand management – Strategic Planning Internship at Infineon Technologies AG, Munich
  • 03/2020 – 08/2020: Data Analytics Internship at Robert Bosch GmbH
  • 10/2019 – 01/2020: Tutor for Project Seminar Quantitative Methods for Business at the Dozentur Production and Logistics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2029 – 12/2019: Tutor for scientific writing and presenting at the Chair of Management Science at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

 

Education

  • 03/2018 – 09/2021: M.sc. in Operations Research and Business Analytics at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2020 – 07/2014: B.A. in International Business, Foreign Trade University, Vietnam

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 829
Email: ung-thi.mitsakos@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications in supply chains
  • Empirical research methods

 

Career

  • November 2021 – present: Research Assistant at the Center of Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management, Heilbronn
  • November 2020 – May 2021: Thesis student at Schaeffler Technologies, Schweinfurt
  • May 2020 – October 2020: Intern in Product Management at Schaeffler Technologies, Schweinfurt
  • January 2020 – April 2020: Student Assistant at Welding and Joining Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen
  • May 2017 – August 2018: Project Trainee at Spacewood Office Solutions, Nagpur

 

Education

  • October 2018 – September 2021: MSc in Management and Engineering in Production Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • August 2014 – June 2018: BE in Mechanical Engineering, RTMNU, Nagpur

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 831
Email: mrunal.mohadikar@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Applied Operations Research
  • Metaheuristics in Transportation Optimization
  • Urban Mobility Planning

 

Career

  • July 2020 – present: Research Fellow at Center of Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management.
  • August 2019 – June 2020: Intern in Mathematical Optimization at FlixBus.
  • October 2018 – July 2019: Student Assistant at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

 

Education

  • October 2017 – June 2020: MSc in Operations Research and Business Analytics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.
  • September 2009 – September 2013: BSc in Business Administration, FPT University in Vietnam.

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 821
Email: dai-trong.pham@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • International Stock Markets

 

Teaching Experience

  • Advanced Seminar in Finance & Accounting
  • Empirical Research Project

 

Working Papers

  • International Factor Models. Available online here.

 

Career

  • Since 04/20 Research and teaching assistant at the Center of Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich
  • Since 08/19 Quantitative Consultant, EY Eschborn/Frankfurt
  • 09/2018-03/2019 Working Student, Business Intelligence & Risk Model Solutions, MEAG, Munich
  • 09/2017-02/2018 Internship, Data Scientist, AUDI AG, Neckarsulm
  • 01/2016-03/2017 Consultant, MHP – A Porsche Company, Ludwigsburg

 

Education

  • 04/2017 – 04/2019: MSc in Mathematics in Operations Research, Technical University of Munich
  • 10/2012  – 01/2016: BSc in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 810
Email: fabian.preissler@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Multi-echelon inventory management
  • Advance demand information

 

Working Paper

  • Ralfs, J., Kiesmüller, G. P. “Inventory Management with Advance Demand Information and Flexible Shipment Consolidation”
  • Ralfs, J., Kiesmüller, G. P. „Optimal Outbound Shipment Quantities for an Inventory System with Advance Demand Information

 

Professional experience

  • 04/2018 – 06/2018 Tutor for “Produktion, Logisitk und Operations Research” at the Chair of Operations Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 07/2017 – 09/2018 Student assistant at the Chair of Operations Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 04/2017 – 06/2017 Tutor for “Produktion, Logisitk und Operations Research” at the Chair of Operations Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 11/2015 – 09/2016 Internship, Daimler AG, Hamburg

 

Academic career and education

  • since 04/2020 Research and teaching assistant at the professorship for Operations Management, Center for Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich
  • 10/2018 – 03/2020 Research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Operations Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2016 – 09/2018 Master-Study in Engineering Economics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2012 – 09/2016 Bachelor-Study in Engineering Economics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 816
Email: jana.ralfs@tum.de

Publications

  • Fochmann, M., Sachs, F., Sadrieh, A., & Weimann, J. (2018). The two sides of public debt: Intergenerational altruism and burden shifting. PloS one, 13(8), e0202963
  • Christens, S., Dannenberg, A., & Sachs, F. (2019). Identification of individuals and groups in a public goods experiment. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Kiesmüller, G.P., Sachs, F.E. (2019). Spare Parts or Buffer? How to Design a Transfer Line with Unreliable Machines. European Journal of Operational Research

 

Presentations

  • System Design of Unreliable Flow Lines with Critical Machine Components. 07/2020, GPOM
  • Spare Parts or Buffer? How to Design a Transfer Line with Unreliable Machines. 05/2018,
    POMS 2018, Houston
  • Evaluation of Unreliable Flow Lines with Spare Parts Provisioning.06/2019, EURO 2019, Dublin

 

Career

  • Since 03/2020 Research associate and doctoral candidate at the professorship for Operations Management, Center of Digital Transformation, Technical University of Munich
  • 06/2016 – 02/2020 Laborator Manager at the Magdeburg Experimental Laboratory of Economic Research, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2015 – 12/2015 Internship, German Research Center for Artficial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern
  • 01/2015 – 05/2016 Student assistant at the Magdeburg Experimental Laboratory of Economic Research, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 07/2013 – 06/2015 Student assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 07/2011 – 12/2014 Student assistant at the Chair in E-Business, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

 

Education

  • 10/2017 – 02/2020 Research aassociate and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Operations Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 07/2015 – 07/2017 Master-Study in Business Mathematics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2010 – 06/2015 Bachelor-Study in Business Mathematics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 815
Email: florian.sachs@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Supply chain risk management
  • Supply chain finance
  • Application of game theory in supply chain

 

Career

  • August 2020 – Present: Research Associate at Center of Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management.
  • April 2018 – July 2020: Logistics specialist at Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • January 2018 – March 2018: Supply Planner at Tempo Team Personaldienstleistungen GmbH.
  • August 2016 – December 2016: Intern at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG.
  • July 2012 – July 2014: Design Engineer at Tata Technologies Ltd., Chennai (India)

 

Education

  • October 2014 – September 2017: MSc in Global Production Engineering, Technical University of Berlin
  • August 2008 – May 2012: BE in Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai (India)

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 814
Email: sairam.sriraman@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Platform Economics and Innovation
  • Empirical Methods

 

Teaching

  • Accompanying Seminar for Bachelor and Master Theses (Prof. Förderer)
  • Advanced Seminars in Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Digital Innovation

 

Professional experience

  • Since 06/2021: Research Assistant at the Center for Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management
  • 01/2021 – 03/2021 Student Assistant, Chair of Economic History, LMU-Munich
  • 01/2020 – 06/2020 Student Assistant, Chair of Internet Businesses and Services (IBIS), LMU-Munich
  • 02/2018 – 07/2018 Student Assistant, Department of Health Care Management, University of Hamburg
  • 08/2017 – 10/2017 Internship, CEG Europe, Düsseldorf
  • 06/2015 – 09/2015 Internship, Jet Tankstellen Deutschland GmbH, Hamburg

 

Academic career and education

  • Since 06/2021 Doctoral Candidate at the Center for Digital Transformation, TUM School of Management
  • 10/2018 – 03/2021 Master of Economics, Ludwig-Maximillian-University of Munich
  • 10/2015 – 09/2018 Bachelor of Economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre), University of Hamburg

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 828
Email: alexander.stolte@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Robust Optimization and Joint Stochastic Estimation
  • Machine Learning and its applications in healthcare

 

Career

  • 09/2019-12/2020: Research Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • 02/2018-05/2018: Computer Vision Algorithm Engineer Intern at SmartEye, Shenzhen, China

 

Education

  • 01/2021-Present: Ph.D. Candidate at the Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 08/2019-12/2020: Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • 09/2015-05/2019: Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 825
Email: maotong.sun@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Modern information technology and human experiences
  • Social media, influencers and credibility
  • Social psychology

 

Career

  • Since 01/2022: Research associate at Technical University of Munich (topic: influencer credibility)
  • 09/2020 – 12/2021: Research associate at Zeppelin University (topic: influencer credibility)
  • 09/2019 – 08/2020: Early Career Researcher at University College Cork (topic: social acceptance of renewable energy technology)

 

Education

  • 09/2017 – 08/2019: M. Sc. in Psychology (Health and Clinical), Leiden University
  • 10/2013 – 08/2017: B. Sc. in Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich

 

Peer-reviewed journal publications

  • Dingemans, A. E., Volkmer, S. A., Mulkens, S., Vuijk, R., & van Rood, Y. R. (2021). The obsessive-compulsive spectrum: A network analysis. Psychiatry Research, 114351.
  • O’Leary, D., & Volkmer, S. A. (2021). Are the Negative Effects of Social Networking a Privilege of the Rich? Social Network Usage and Life Satisfaction Across European Countries. Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 3, 100078.
  • Volkmer, S. A., & Lermer, E. (2019). Unhappy and addicted to your phone?–Higher mobile phone use is associated with lower well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 93, 210-218.

 

Reviewed reports

  • Volkmer, S. A., Chóliz, M., & Lermer, E. (2021). Deutsche Version des Test of Mobile Phone Dependence Brief (TMD Brief-G). Zusammenstellung sozialwissenschaftlicher Items und Skalen. https://doi.org/10.6102/zis302
  • Ellis, G., Chateau, Z., Johnston, N., Luga, D., Pons-Seres de Brauwer, C., Volkmer, S. A., & Wade, R. (2020). Feature: Public Support for Renewables. In REN21, Renewables 2020: Global Status Report, 196-203.

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 842
Email: alida.volkmer@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Robust Optimization and Joint Stochastic Estimation

 

Career

  • 01/2021-08/2021: Master Thesis Student at BMW Group, Munich
  • 01/2020-07/2020: Data Mining Intern at BMW Group, Munich
  • 10/2019-12/2019: Machine Learning Intern at Retorio GmbH, Munich

 

Education

  • 12/2021-Present: Ph.D. Candidate at Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 10/2018-09/2021: Master of Mathematics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 09/2014-06/2018: Bachelor of Statistics, University of Science and Technology of China, China

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 817
Email: n.yang@tum.de

Research Interests

  • Heterogeneous treatment effect estimation and causal inference
  • Scheduling under uncertainty

 

Career

  • 02/2021-07/2021: Research Assistant at Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • 02/2018-06/2018: Data Analysis Intern at Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

 

Education

  • 10/2021-Present: Ph.D. Candidate at the Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 09/2018-06/2021: Master of Management Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, China
  • 09/2014-06/2018: Bachelor of Information Management and Information System, Central China Normal University, China

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 819
Email: han.zhou@tum.de

Center Management

Dr. Franziska Schmidt

Center Manager
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 865
E-Mail: franziska.schmidt.hn@tum.de

Interested in more Information and/or Collaboration?

  • With our strong expertise in Data-driven Decision-making, Digital Platforms and our research on the Impact of Digital Technologies on Business, we are striving to collaborate with academic and corporate partners.
  • If you are interested in more information about the Center for Digital Transformation and/or in collaborating with us, please get in contact with Dr. Franziska Schmidt.

Center Administration

Ayse Sandalci

Team Assistant
Center Administration
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 802
Room: L.2.30
E-Mail: ayse.sandalci@tum.de

Julia Zahn

Team Assistant
Finance & Controlling
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 803
Room: L.2.30
E-Mail: julia.zahn@tum.de

Charlotte Koch

Team Assistant
Human Resources
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 801
Room: L.2.30
E-Mail: charlotte.koch@tum.de

Katharina Scheible

Team Assistant
Center Administration
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 813
Room: L.4.30
E-Mail: katharina.scheible@tum.de

 

Post address:
Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn

Office hours:
Monday 1 pm – 3 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 3 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 3 pm
Thursday 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 3 pm
Friday 9 am – 12 pm

Jobs

There are currently no open positions at the Center for Digital Transformation.

Teaching

Master or Bachelor Thesis at the CDT
Students being interested in writing their Master or Bachelor thesis in winter term 2022 at the Center for Digital Transformation are asked to apply not later than 15 March 2022. Further information can be found here.
General information
The team of the CDT contributes to the study programs offered by the TUM School of Management at the TUM Campus Heilbronn. More information about the Bachelor in Management & Technology can be found here. and about the Master in Management here.

Contact

  • Center Administration
  • Phone Phone +49 7131 264 18 802
  • Room L230
  • E-Mail office.cdt@wi.tum.de
  • Postadresse:

    Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn