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User, Use & Utility Research : The digital user as new design perspective in Business & Information Systems Engineering
International Journal of Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) (2014)
  • Walter Brenner
  • Dimitris Karagiannis
  • Lutz Kolbe
  • Jens Krüger
  • Herman Josef Lamberti
  • Larry Leifer
  • Jan Marco Leimeister
  • Hubert Österle, University of St.Gallen
  • Charles Petrie
  • Hasso Plattner
  • Gerhard Schwabe
  • Falk Uebernickel
  • Robert Winter
  • Ruediger Zarnekow

Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) is at a turning point. Planning, designing, developing and operating IT used to be a management task of a few elites in public administrations and corporations. But the continuous digitization of nearly all areas of life changes the IT landscape fundamentally. Success in this new era requires to put the human perspective – the digital user – at the very heart of the new digitized service-led economy. BISE faces not just a temporary trend but a complex socio-technical phenomenon with far reaching implications. The challenges are manifold and have major consequences for all stakeholders, both in information systems and management research and in practice. Corporate processes have to be re-designed from the ground up, starting with the user’s perspective, thus putting usage experience and utility of the individual center stage. The digital service economy leads to highly personalized application systems while organizational functions are being fragmented.Entirely new ways of interacting with information systems, in particular beyond desktop IT, are being invented and established. These fundamental challenges require novel approaches to innovation and development methods as well as adequate concepts for enterprise or service system architectures. Gigantic amounts of data are being generated at an accelerating rate by an increasing number of devices – data that need to be managed. In order to tackle these extraordinary challenges we introduce ‘user, use & utility’ as a new field of BISE that focuses primarily on the digital user, his or her usage behavior and the utility associated with system usage in the digitized service-led economy. The research objectives encompass the development of theories, methods and tools for systematic requirement elicitation, systems design, and business development for successful Business & Information Systems Engineering in a digitized economy – information systems that digital users enjoy using. This challenge calls for leveraging insights from various scientific disciplines such as Design, Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology and Sociology. BISE can provide an integrating perspective, thereby assuming a pivotal role within the digitized service-led economy.

Publication Date
January 26, 2014
Citation Information
Walter Brenner, Dimitris Karagiannis, Lutz Kolbe, Jens Krüger, et al.. "User, Use & Utility Research : The digital user as new design perspective in Business & Information Systems Engineering" International Journal of Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) Iss. 1 (2014)
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