Jens Förderer and his team conduct research to support managerial decision-making regarding information systems, particularly by providing economic evaluations. The focus is on two core topics.
- Digital Platforms: Designing, launching, and managing digital platforms and ecosystems, competition within and between ecosystems, network effects and incentives for participation.
- Data and Privacy: Data-driven business models and the consequences of privacy (or lack thereof) for firm and product outcomes.
We apply a wide spectrum of quantitative and econometric methods, especially for causal inference. Moreover, we use text analytics and prediction methods. To gain insight, we leverage large datasets (“big data”) which we obtain from novel data sources, such as from Google Android, Twitch.tv, or Stack Overflow.
Jens Förderer‘s research is published in the leading scientific journals, including Management Science, Information Systems Research, and Information Systems Journal. His research received various awards, including the INFORMS Information Systems Research Best Paper of the Year Award (2018), and was finalist for various awards, including the VHB Nachwuchspreis 2021.
He serves as a regular reviewer for Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and various further scientific journals. Jens Förderer’s research was supported by the DFG (German Research Foundation). He is an alumnus of various scholarships, including a doctoral full-time scholarship of the DFG as well as 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.
He frequently serves as expert, for instance for ZEIT Online, Handelsblatt or acatech.