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Mission. Our research is focused on Digital Health Management broadly defined as the design, development, use, and implementation of digital technology with the intent to improve in health care. This definition captures that digital technology may be used at different spots to improve health care; i.e., in hospitals, care homes, at an individual’s home or as part of leisurely activities. Capturing all of these is crucial due to the global spread of chronic conditions that render health care a data-driven practice.

Our research is organized into three foci: 

“Redesigning health care through digital innovation and smart services”is centered on the design, organization, and management of health care through embedding digital technologies such as wearable devices, predictive analytics, and increasingly autonomous technologies into social and organizational practices. In this area, we are currently working on exploring smart services that facilitate caring for persons with dementia at home as well as design of a device for posture management.


Our second focus is on the “digital transformation of health care organizations.” The widespread diffusion of chronic conditions such as cancer or diabetes implies key challenges for the organization of effective health care services. They are often carried out by different health care professionals, who operate in different health care institutions and within different specialized fields. Yet, such separation contradicts the needs of persons with (multiple) chronic conditions. As these conditions are inherently data-driven, effective care demands the digital transformation of health care organizations toward providers of patient-centered services. In this context, our work is centered on exploring innovation processes through which care practices carried out in different organizations such as hospitals, care homes, and doctor’s offices transform towards increasing patient-centeredness.


The third focus, “micro-level research and micro-foundations of institutional theory”, reflects a critical engagement with basic theories in organization science; particularly neo-institutionalism. Our intent is to advance it so that it helps us in exploring important questions that advance theory while contributing to solving societal problems such as care for chronic conditions. Thus, we seek linkages between institutional theory and practice theory, sense making, discourse analysis and others that we believe to be valuable for the scholarly community as well as society. In this context, we are working on the DFG project “Micro-foundations of Institutions” [LINK]and an edited volume in Research in the Sociology of Organizations[LINK].



Lauri Wessel visits Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge

In order to advance a research project together with professors Michael Barrett (Judge Business School), Eivor Oborn (Warwick Business School), and Martin Gersch (Freie Universität Berlin). The project explores the paradoxes involved with using digital technology to implement medical pathways.

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Prof. Wessel wins „Best Reviewer“ Award at International Conference on Information Systems!

Professor Lauri Wessel has received the “Best Reviewer” award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2018 in San Francisco! ICIS is the globally leading conference on the management of information systems and digital technology. ICIS’ proceedings are ranked “A”.

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Lauri Wessel appointed to the editorial board of Information and Organization

Lauri Wessel has been appointed editorial board member of Information & Organization! Ranked "B" in the recent Jourqual ranking.

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Lauri Wessel appointed Associate Editor for the Communications of the AIS (CAIS)

Lauri Wessel has been appointed Associate Editor for the Communications of the Association of Information Systems (CAIS)

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New Paper published in Psycho-Oncology!

We are proud to announce the publication of our truly interdisciplinary paper "Social Network, Autonomy, and Adherence Correlates of Future Time Perspective in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer" in Psycho-Oncology.

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