Thomas Wagenknecht

Consultant / Researcher

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couchFM – Problemzone Peer Review

couchFM, das Berliner Campusradio, hat mit mir zu meiner Kritik am aktuellen Review-System in den Wissenschaften gesprochen. Das ganze Interview gibt es nun auch zum Nachhören.


phil cologne

Am vergangenen Freitag hatte ich das große Vergnügen auf der phil cologne über die Auswirkungen der Blockchain-Technologie auf unsere Gesellschaft mit Prof. Dr. Dierksmeier von der Universität Tübingen und Nikolaus Röttger, zuletzt Chefredakteur der WIRED Deutschland, zu diskutieren.

Leider hatte ich zuvor noch nichts von diesem internationalen Festival der Philosophie gehört. Ich kann es aber nur wärmstens als Abwechslung zur „Tech-Blase“ rund um Berlin empfehlen.

Review needs revision – Problems with current situation of review and how to solve them

This article first appeared on Elephant in the Lab.

Double blind peer reviewing, compared to open reviewing, is a great system to ensure quality in research that focuses on the content rather than the person(s) behind the research. However, the current review system for many academic publications is flawed. It hinders publication of timely and excellent research for three main reasons. The examples provided for mediocre reviewer suggestions are from my own experience.


A Janus-faced matter—The role of user anonymity for communication persuasiveness in online discussions

Timm Teubner, Christof Weinhardt and I recently published a new article on the role of user anonymity for communication persuasiveness in the Information & Management journal. The paper is currently in press and already available online.

In the study, we investigate how persuasiveness of a message changes by a seemingly simple intervention – whether a picture and a name is provided or not. While we keep the message the same, we show that through the construct of social presence, both user credibility and involvement significantly change. Our research also sheds new light on the Elaboration Likelihood Model of persuasion by showing some inherent contradictions.

If you’d like to learn more about this study in less than 10 minutes, have a look at my Science Slam at Lido from more than a year ago (German only).


Partizipation auf Plattformen gestalten

Bereits im Februar haben wir am FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik gemeinsam mit den Kollegen vom Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft ein Symposium zu „Partizipation auf Plattformen“ in Bochum beim Center for Advanced Internet Studies veranstaltet. Eindrücke und Statements davon gibt es nun auch bei YouTube.


A Survival Kit for Social Media in the Workplace

In our re:publica 18 session, Shirley Ogolla and I were talking about Enterprise Social Software – and how both workers and managers can survive in this dense jungle.

This talk stems from our collaboration in the project „Competing and Complementing“ (Cocos), funded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, where we investigate the influence of social software on worker’s councils. In what follows, you can find more information on the research we referenced to in our talk.

We begin by describing data processing in organizations, where information and knowlegde are obviously key to absorb, find, store, pass on and translate these into action (Leonardi 2007). Enterprise Social Networks (ESN) should make it easy to share the right kind of information at the right point in time to the right people.

O’Dell and Grayson (1998) summarized lessons on how to share knowledge in organizations. They emphasized how difficult it is for people to get the right kind of information to the right people at the right time.

Riemer et al. (2015) investigated the ESN of Deloitte Australia from top to bottom and found that formal  hierarchies significantly influence communication structures at the beginning of an ESN implementation.

Zuchowski et al. (2016) analyzed the current literature on internal crowdsourcing. They highlight the potential effects on organizational culture and where it works best. Moreover, Richter et al. (2016) looked at the role of managers in ESNs.

If you’d like to learn more, you can also read an interview by Diana Figueroa and me in Shift/ed News.

Surviving Social Media In The Workplace: A Kit

Next week, Berlin will host one of Europe’s largest conferences on Internet and society – re:publica 18. Shirley Ogolla and I will be speakers in the Business and Innovation track. In our talk, we will explain how employees and employers can „survive“ in the jungle of social media in the workplace.

You can find more information in the re:publica programme. I will also publish the video recording of our talk here.


Eine Geschichte des Scheiterns – Science Slam im Lido, Berlin

Beim Nikolaus Science Slam im abermals ausverkauften Lido habe ich dieses Mal eine Geschichte vom Scheitern über die gelungenen und weniger gelungen Teile einer angewandten Studie zu internem Crowdsourcing berichtet. Das Publikum und die Atmosphäre waren großartig, also schaut mal rein…

Konkurrent und Komplementär – Neues Projekt für die Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

Unter dem Titel „Konkurrent und Komplementär“ haben wir am FZI, gemeinsam mit dem Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG), ein neues zweijähriges Projekt im Forschungsverbund „Digitalisierung, Mitbestimmung, Gute Arbeit“ der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung gestartet.


Science Slam im Planetarium

Im Rahmen der Berlin Science Week findet am Mittwoch, 1.11., ein Science Slam im Zeiss-Großplanetarium statt. Ich bin live auf der Bühne. Alle Infos unter

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