Thomas Wagenknecht

Research Scientist

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Towards a design theory of computer-supported organizational participation

My article on a new approach towards a design theory for participation in organizations has been published in the Journal of Enterprise Information Management as part of a Special Issue on „Managing Enterprises in the 21st Century.“ Buidling on more than 20 expert interviews with managers of small and large firms in Germany, we develop a framework for computer-supported organizational participation. We show how employee competence and leadership commitment are as important as the workload and support as well as an option for anonymous communication.

You can access the paper at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/JEIM-01-2016-0007.

The Impact of Anonymity on Communication Persuasiveness in Online Participation

In December, I had the chance to present my research at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Dublin, Ireland. When it comes to organizational participation (e.g., internal crowdsourcing, open innovation), anonymity becomes increasingly important as it might encourage otherwise reticent employees to speak their (true) mind. However, providing an option for anonymous communication might also affect the way users perceive content. More specifically, in our paper, we ask whether anonymity decreases message persuasiveness. We design an experiment that is based on the intermediating factors perceived social presence, user credibility, and user involvement.

You can find out more and download the paper at http://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2016/HumanBehavior/Presentations/1/.

PechaKucha Night 2016 @ Liquid Democracy

Last night, there was a strict time limit for my presentation: 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Following the PechaKucha style, I introduced the audience of this year’s meeting of the Research Network Liquid Democracy to our study on anonymity and persuasion.

Moreover, there were colleagues from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Berlin Social Science Center presenting their work on public (i.e., citizen) participation. Most notably, Tobias Escher talked about his outstanding research design for a parallel, longitudal study in three German citites that addresses several shortcomings of research on digital participation hetherto. The project will survey both users and non-users, both on- and offline.

eParticipation Talk @ re:publica 2015

At re:publica 2015, I had the chance to present our work on (citizen) eParticipation at a stage of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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