Research Projects

Interdisciplinary Research on the Cutting Edge

The Institute of Information Systems currently runs several research projects on different topics. The projects are funded by national and international agencies and conducted in close cooperation with the regional industry.

The high practical relevance of the projects ensures research on timely and significant topics. PhD students are involved in many of the institute's projects, so they directly contribute to the promotion of young academic talents at the University of Liechtenstein. In addition, there are of projects of interdisciplinary nature that help to foster cooperation and knowledge exchange between the university's institutes.

Among others, the institute currently runs the following projects:

Learning Analytics

The Institute of Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein is the project leader of this  project is funded by the Erasmus programme Erasmus+. It will run for a period of two years and the project partners are Leibniz University of Hannover, Graz University of Technology, Open University in the Netherlands, and HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the project is to prepare a prototype toolset for LA higher education organizations for data driven learning and assessment (e.g. help students to take an active learning path, target at risk- students, assess completion and student success). This will be conducted by collecting, aggregating, analysing, reasoning, and visualizing large scale educational data.

BPM Online

The Institute of Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein is leading a European-wide project on further education in Business Process Management. The researchers are collaborating with partners from four countries to develop a reference curriculum for an executive BPM online course. The project, which is called Business Process Management (BPM) Online, is scheduled for two years and it is sponsored by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. The Hilti Chair of Business Process Management team led by Prof. Dr. Jan vom Brocke is acting as the applicant and leading project partner. Also involved are the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, Münster University in Germany, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Dr. Theresa Schmiedel from the University of Liechtenstein is managing the project.

Enterprise Content Analytics

In today's digital world, data is created at a higher rate than ever before, so this project explores tools and methods that can help companies analyse increasing amounts of especially unstructured data. As such, the project is located at the intersection of big data analytics and enterprise content management, and its objective is to evaluate the applicability of text-mining methods for describing, explaining, and predicting various organisational activities. The project is conducted in close cooperation with Hilti and Ivoclar Vivadent. The project results will be made available to other companies in workshops and presentations.


The EU-funded research project FETCH ("Future Education and Training in Computing: How to Support Learning at Anytime Anywhere") explores the use of contemporary information and communication technology in higher education contexts. The objective is to develop a European strategy and evaluation framework for computing education and training, and to promote the exchange of experience and good practice between universities, institutes, and companies. Accordingly, the project will also contribute to further developing the study programs at the University of Liechtenstein.

Online Choice Architecture

The aim of this research project is to better understand user behavior in online settings, in particular mechanisms associated with the presentation of choices in online contexts (commonly referred to as "choice architecture"). Choice architecture uses "nudges", such as incentives or feedback, often in public policy settings, and is concerned with making better decisions (as judged by the decision makers themselves). The project is of high practical relevance – not only to companies from Liechtenstein but to all companies that use e-commerce.

Cross-Border Life and Work

Life, in general, and work, in particular, are increasingly organised across borders of various kinds and subject to rapid IT-induced change – not only in Liechtenstein. As a consequence, new strategies and measures are required for both physical and virtual spaces in which work and life occur. This interdisciplinary project, which is coordinated by the Institute of Information Systems, explores mobility innovations, renewable resources, efficiency and sufficiency, and responsible use of IT in cross-border commuting, cross-border life, and intense cross-border work.


The Institute of Information Systems of the University of Liechtenstein is part of the project EQUAL-IST: Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions, supported by the European Union within the HORIZON 2020 promotion scheme. Within the realm of the project, Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) for the participating IST institutions will be developed. Based on an initial review of existing literature and analysis of good practices across Europe, the state of the art in terms of gender equality at the seven involved IST institutions located throughout Europe will be investigated.


Within the Erasmus+ project MASTIS - Establishing Modern Master-level Studies in Information Systems, the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management of the University of Liechtenstein aims to improve the Master Program in Information Systems according to the needs of the modern society.


RISE-BPM networks world-leading research institutions and corporate innovators to develop new horizons for Business Process Management (BPM). BPM is a boundary-spanning discipline focused on division and re-integration of day-to-day work in organisations and on analysis of process data for organisational decision-making. Recent break-through innovations in Social Computing, Smart Devices, Real-Time Computing, and Big Data Technology create a strong impetus for propelling BPM into a pervasive corporate topic that enables design of entirely new products and services.

Game-based Skill Assessment and Development

The goal of this FFF research project by the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management is to identify the managerial skills and abilities that can be measured and developed with the help of video games; to understand the game mechanisms that facilitate skill assessment and development; and to develop theory on how to design video games that can support personnel selection and training.

Principles for Information Systems Development

This FFF research project's goal followed by the Institute of Information Systems is to address the lack of convention about how design principles should be formulated, and to seek to provide an effective formulation of design principles. The outcomes of this study are expected to be of high relevance to scholars in design science research as well as to professionals in the practice of information systems development.

Enterprise Content Analytics

The FFF research project Enterprise Content Analytics deals with the interface between Enterprise Content Management and (Big) Data Analytics, two topics of high relevance in the region. The project is carried out in close cooperation with the regional companies Hilti and Ivoclar Vivadent. The project results will be provided to other regional companies within knowledge and technology transfer events.

Institutional Logics of Digital Innovation

Digital innovation is a highly relevant topic for regional organizations. Therefore, the FFF research project Institutional Logics of Digital Innovation is conducted in close cooperation with local companies. The results of the project are provided to the regional industry to facilitate exchange on innovation in today's digital world.

A complete list of current and completed research projects can be found here.