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Best Paper Award for junior scientists from Liechtenstein

At the International Conference on Information Systems (WI), which this year took place in Leipzig between 27 February and 1 March, Sanja Tumbas and Dr. Theresa Schmiedel from the University of Liechtenstein won the Student Consortium’s Best Paper Award.

At the International Conference on Information Systems (WI), which this year took place in Leipzig between 27 February and 1 March, Sanja Tumbas and Dr. Theresa Schmiedel from the University of Liechtenstein won the Student Consortium’s Best Paper Award.

The WI is deemed the most well-recognized German-language conference in the area of information systems. In 2013, it was held for the 11th time and attended by over 800 participants. Alongside numerous research tracks, a Student Consortium has also been established, at which graduates, together with their supervisors, can submit the results of their Master’s thesis.

A programme committee, consisting of 25 internationally renowned scientists, supervised the Student Consortium. Of all the submissions, only 12 papers were selected to be presented and published at the conference. Four of these papers were nominated for the Best Paper Award.

Hilti AG awarded a special prize to the best papers. On the basis of independent reviews by the programme committee, two papers were awarded this year. The award was shared equally by Daniel Braunnagel and Florian Johannsen from the University of Regensburg as well as by Sanja Tumbas and Theresa Schmiedel from the University of Liechtenstein.


Excellent junior researchers in Liechtenstein
“We received numerous submissions from throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein,” states Dr. Christian Buddendick from Hilti IT. “This is why it makes me even happier that a paper from Liechtenstein was given an award by the international committee. This is a special form of recognition for the work done by these two scientists.”


Dr. Theresa Schmiedel


Professor Jan vom Brocke, Head of the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein, was also thrilled: “We can count ourselves very lucky to have such talent working here at the University of Liechtenstein. Excellent next-generation research is an important component in our strategy.” Professor Jan vom Brocke, who is also the Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer, is particularly pleased that the award went to two young women: “In Liechtenstein, the field of Information Systems has long since ceased to be an exclusively male preserve – which is all to the good.”


International and regional relevance
Sanja Tumbas completed her Master’s thesis at the University of Münster, and was supervised by Dr. Theresa Schmiedel from the University of Liechtenstein. The topic of the Master’s thesis and the award-winning conference paper is the development of an organizational culture which has positive effects on process management. The paper therefore deals with a topic which is highly relevant to the international and regional economy, as was recently confirmed at the international BPM Culture Workshop initiated by the Institute of Information Systems.


Sanja Tumba, M.Sc.


Following on from her Master’s degree, Sanja Tumbas has begun her doctoral studies at the University of Liechtenstein’s Institute of Information Systems. Her doctoral thesis is immediately thematically linked to Dr. Theresa Schmiedel’s thesis on the role of culture in process management. The two junior scientists are currently expanding on and providing greater depth to the results of research already undertaken, in collaboration with international scientists and regional companies.


Dr. Theresa Schmiedel (left) and Sanja Tumbas, MSc, academic researchers at the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management.