The management of collaborative Information Systems research projects

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, September 2009 until June 2014 (finished)


Hilti Chair of Business Process Management

Main Research

Business Process Management

Field of Research

Process Management


Today a major challenge in project management is the adaptation of commonly accepted conventional knowledge and practices to the needs of a specific project type and its characteristics. Despite the growing understanding that project success largely depends on the suitability of the project management method, most projects are still managed via a uniform management approach. This specific perspective has been subject to various discussions and shows limited applicability when dealing with “unconventional” project types. This is particularly evident for collaborative research projects which need a more contingent approach in project management taking into account the unique features of this project type. Research is conducted by a heterogeneous consortium established loosely through the availability of a funding opportunity and the common research interest. Funding opportunities are growing significantly with IT being a major industry in this respect. Thus public funded collaborative research projects take up an increasing percentage in the project portfolio of industry and academic organisations and their management becomes a major challenge that research organisations are facing today. Given this background, this research will focus on the management of collaborative research projects by contributing to the development of a tailored project management model. Core arise from the large degree of uncertainty in terms of research methods and outputs, individually oriented project personnel and the distinctive heterogeneity of involved stakeholders.


Project Management, Collaborative research, Public funding, Creativity


  • SAP (Schweiz) AG


  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2013). Identifying and Managing Creative Tasks in Collaborative IS Research Projects. Project Management Journal, 44(6), 94-113. (ABDC_2019: B; ABS_2021: 1; VHB_3: C)

  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2010). Towards Management Guidelines for Collaborative Research Projects on Information Systems - Learning from Project Management Contingency Theory. In A. Datri, M. de Marco, A.M. Braccini & F. Cabbidu; (Eds.), Management of the Interconnected World (pp. 527-534). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2010). Taking a Project Management Perspective on Design Science Research. In R. Winter, J. Zhao & S. Aier (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Design Science Research (Vol. 6105, pp. 31-44). St. Gallen, Switzerland: Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg.

  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2011). Towards a situational approach in managing collaborative research projects in IS - Finding the right contingency factors. Paper presented at the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2011), Brisbane, Australia.

  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2010). Taking a Project Management Perspective on Design Science Research. Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2010), St. Gallen, Switzerland, pp. 31-44. (VHB_3: C)

  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2010). Adapting Project Management Standards – Deriving Guidance from Reference Modelling. Paper presented at the 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2010), Lima, Peru. (VHB_3: D)

  • vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2010). Towards Creativity-aware Project Management - An Initial Study on Creativity in Research Projects. Paper presented at the 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS2010), Brisbane, Australia.