Workshop Series: Roman Beck

16 March, 2012 - 10:30 to 12:00
Room 103 Colin Clark Building #39


A central challenge organizations face is how to build, store, and maintain knowledge over time. Electronic knowledge repositories have the potential to play an important role in this area, but the motivating factors that drive individuals to contribute their knowledge to these systems is not very well understood. We theorize that knowledge repository initiatives require two separate and distinct types of behavior to be successful: knowledge creation (KC) and knowledge integration (KI). We examine an electronic knowledge repository initiative at a major German bank to untangle the motivating factors behind KC and KI. Our results suggest that KC and KI are indeed two distinct behaviors, reconcile paradoxical findings from past studies on the role of motivation factors for knowledge contribution, and identify the factors that can be leveraged to tilt behaviors in favor of KC or KI.

Assistant Professor Roman Beck, , E-Finance & Services Science Chair, Institute of Information Systems, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Roman Beck is assistant professor and the E-Finance and Services Science Chair at the Institute of Information Systems at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. Roman is initiator and project coordinator of the BMBF-funded joint research project “Financial Business Grids” and heads research on services sourcing, services management, and services engineering at the E-Finance Lab. He also conducts research in the area of IT cooperations within public private partnerships together with the ISPRAT institute. Previously, Roman coordinated the research project IT Standards and Network Effects, funded by the German National Science Foundation. Since 2001 he was responsible for the German part of the multi-national research project Globalization and E-commerce, coordinated by CRITO, University of California at Irvine. His research in services science focuses on the role of IT in information management, creating new IT services, Enterprise 2.0 and Mashups, and IT project management. As a visiting scholar, he spent three months at CRITO, University of California at Irvine in 2003 and further two months at the School of Information, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2004. In 2008, he was visiting professor at the CIS Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University at Atlanta for three months and spent another two months at NYU Stern in 2010. During his research sabbatical in 2012, he was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra for three months. Roman publishes on a wide array of topics in the field of IT services creation, management, and sourcing and has received several best paper nominations and awards at conferences. He serves as senior editor for the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA) and as reviewer and associate editor for countless journals and conferences, e.g., ICIS, ECIS, and WI. His academic research has been presented at several international IS conferences and has been published in proceedings and academic journals such as Australiasian Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Communications of AIS, EM-Electronic Markets, Information Polity, Information Systems Frontiers, IT & People, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Grid Computing, Systèmes d Informations et Management, and Wirtschaftsinformatik. Until today, Roman has raised € 3.31 Mio research grants from the US and German National Science Foundation, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and private organizations.