Academic Manager

Stefan Klein is Professor for Interorganizational Systems and a Director of the European Research Center for Informations Systems (ERCIS) at the Department of Information Systems, University of Münster. From 2008-2010 he was Dean of the Muenster School of Business and Economics. Previously he held teaching or research positions at University College Dublin, Ireland; University of Linz, Austria; University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, University St. Gallen, Switzerland; Harvard University; the German National Research Center for Computer Science (GMD); and University of Cologne.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Klein 
+49 251 83 38110


Head of Advisory Board

Siegfried Schallenmueller leads the Advisory Board of the Competence Center for Smarter Work. Together with Stefan Klein, Siegfried is the founder of the Competence Center. They initiated the Competence Center in 2009 as a think tank for new work processes and workplace innovations at the European Research Center for Information Systems.

He is also responsible as General Manager for Interactive Solutions for the strategic development of the European business of Dimension Data around digital customer solutions in Europe. These include the concept of omni-channel strategies and the implementation and operation of digital customer interfaces (Contact Centre, Mobile applications, analytical CRM). Prior to this position, he served as Vice President Services & Solutions of Dimension Data Communications Germany GmbH for Professional Services & Consulting, Managed Services, Data Center and Service Operations in the area of Unified Communication / Collaboration and cloud services. In previous roles, he led the consulting and solutions business of Siemens Enterprise Communications in EMEA.

Siegfried Schallenmüller, M.Sc. 
+49 251 83 38144


Managing Director

Dr. Simeon Vidolov is a Managing Director of the Centre and an Assistant Professor at the European Research Center for Informations Systems (ERCIS) at the Department of Information Systems, University of Münster. Before joining ERCIS, he was a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow, located at LaSalle, Barcelona. Prior to this, Simeon was a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisatoin, University College Dublin, Ireland. He was also an Ad Astra scholar in University College Dublin and during this period obtained his Doctoral degree.  Simeon’s main research, teaching and consulting interests are in the area of exploring and managing new forms of working and organsing.

Dr. Simeon Vidolov
+49 251 83 38114



Together with partners from science and industry Stefan Schellhammer explores the transformation of modern working environments through modern communication and collaboration technologies. The focus of his research is the scope for designing sustainable work practices and structures of distributed multi project work. Currently Stefan is researching the influence of stress on organizational outcomes such as creativity, productivity and sustainability. He makes use of a combination of physiological measurements of stress (HRV) and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Stefan Schellhammer
+49 251 83 38124



Dr. Edouard Pignot is Assistant Professor in Information and Organization at Münster University, Germany. After studying Literature at Paris Sorbonne University, Management at EM Lyon Business School and Social Psychology at The London School of Economics and Political Science, he obtained a PhD from The University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He has been Visiting Scholar at Stern School of Business, New York University. His research, teaching and consulting are broadly concerned with the relationship between information technologies and social and organizational change. He is specifically interested in the design, acceptance and diffusion of computer games and blockchain technologies..

Dr. Edouard Pignot
+49 251 83 38120



Simon Lansmann studied Information Systems at the Universities of Münster and Sydney. His research sheds light on the introduction of communication and collaboration systems including negative consequences like collaborative overload. In his master thesis he analyzed current approaches to introduce communication and collaboration technologies by specifically investigating how users are integrated into these strategies. In his dissertation he is working on a conceptualization of collaborative overload to be able to take such negative consequences into account, for example when new social technology is introduced.

Simon Lansmann, M.Sc.
+49 251 83 38113



Aleksandar Dordevic studied Information Systems at the University of Münster. In his master thesis, he analyzed micropolitical strategies adopted by project stakeholders in the context of distributed collaboration projects. Now his research is centered on the communication process in distributed collaboration - in particular, on communicational patterns and their affective character. In his dissertation he is working on alternative conceptualizations of virtual communication, analyzing the link between communicational practices and team productivity and establishing suitable strategies for communicational practice modification.

Aleksandar Dordevic, M.Sc.
+49 251 83 38121



Joschka Hüllmann is a research associate at the University of Munster and part of the competence Center for Smarter Work since 2017. Previously, he attended the IBS IT & Business School in Oldenburg, the University of Münster, and was a research affiliate at the University of Sydney Business School and at the University of Hamburg. During his earlier years Joschka worked for several companies as a software engineer in critical infrastructure domains such as energy and traffic.

His current research interests include various aspects of digital communication and collaboration in organisations. In particular, data analysis methods are researched to explore patterns of communication and identify best work practices. He strives to promote the digital workplace and enable organisations to understand and seize the opportunities presented to them by the digital workplace.

Joschka Hüllmann, M.Sc.
+49 251 83 38130