Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer

Prof. Dr. Jens Foerderer
Professur für Innovation & Digitalisierung
Technische Universität München
TUM School of Management
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74706 Heilbronn

Email: jens.foerderer [at]

Bio: I am a Tenure-Track-Professor (W2ttW3) at the Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management. There, I am in charge of the Professorship for Innovation and Digitalization. Moreover, I am the Deputy Department Head of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department. I hold a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Dr. rer. pol. from the University of Mannheim, Business School.

Research: My research field is information systems. The goal of my work is to support managerial decision-making on platform and data-driven value creation by providing economic evaluations. I focus on two core topics:

  • 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.

Methods: My research works are based on a wide spectrum of quantitative and econometric methods, especially for causal inference. Moreover, I apply text analytics and prediction methods. Large and novel datasets play an important role in my work, which are obtained, for instance, from Google Android,, or Stack Overflow.

Publications: My work has been published in leading scientific journals, including Management Science, Information Systems Research, and Information Systems Journal.

Awards, Media, Rankings: My papers have received several awards, including the INFORMS Information Systems Research Best Paper of the Year Award (2018). Several papers have been runners-up, including for the VHB Nachwuchspreis 2021. I regularly serve as expert for various news and media outlets, including Handelsblatt and ZEIT. I am currently ranked ninth among all BWL researchers in Germany under 40 by A+ publications in the Wirtschaftswoche/Forschungsmonitoring-Ranking 2019.

Service: Beginning in 2022, I will be serving as an associate editor for BISE. As a reviewer, I regularly contribute to leading scientific journals (e.g., Management Science, Information Systems Research, and MIS Quarterly) and institutions (e.g., DFG). At TUM, I have served in various committees. From 2019 to 2021, I served as the Academic Program Director for the Bachelor in Management and Technology (TUM-BWL, Heilbronn Campus). Since 2021, I am the Deputy Department Head of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department.

Projects and Grants: As PI, my research on competition in digital platforms has been funded by the DFG (187.000 Euro). I have conducted several research projects with partners in industry and politics, including acatech, SAP, Schwarz Gruppe, and The Boston Consulting Group.

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