Business & Information Systems Engineering

, Volume 59, Issue 4, pp 301–308 | Cite as

Digitalization: Opportunity and Challenge for the Business and Information Systems Engineering Community

  • Christine LegnerEmail author
  • Torsten Eymann
  • Thomas Hess
  • Christian Matt
  • Tilo Böhmann
  • Paul Drews
  • Alexander Mädche
  • Nils Urbach
  • Frederik Ahlemann


The convergence of the so-called SMAC technologies – social, mobile, analytics, and cloud computing – has led to an unprecedented wave of digitalization that is currently fueling innovation in business and society. As digitalization is embracing all aspects of our private and professional lives, it is becoming a priority for managers and policy-makers, and has made it into the headlines of newspapers, magazines, and practitioner conferences.

This wave of digitalization is creating opportunities for the BISE community to engage in innovative research activities and to increase the discipline’s visibility. However, since BISE researchers have investigated the increasing exploitation and integration of digital technologies over several decades, they also naturally react with ambivalence when others claim that going digital is a new phenomenon.

Clarifying the Basics: Digitalization Versus Digitization

Before entering the debate, it seems important to clarify the terminological...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Legner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Torsten Eymann
    • 2
  • Thomas Hess
    • 3
  • Christian Matt
    • 4
  • Tilo Böhmann
    • 5
  • Paul Drews
    • 6
  • Alexander Mädche
    • 7
  • Nils Urbach
    • 2
  • Frederik Ahlemann
    • 8
  1. 1.Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  3. 3.LMU MünchenMunichGermany
  4. 4.University of BernBernSwitzerland
  5. 5.University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  6. 6.Leuphana University of LüneburgLüneburgGermany
  7. 7.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany
  8. 8.University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany

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