Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer

Prof. Dr. Jens Foerderer
Professur für Innovation & Digitalisierung
Technische Universität München
TUM School of Management
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74076 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.

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.

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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