Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He previously held positions as inaugural Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation, Leader, Digital Innovation Research Group, and Visiting Professor, Wuhan School of Software. When he was first promoted to Full Professor in 2012, he was one of Australia’s youngest professors in its history. in 2018, he was named an AIS Fellow, making him the youngest ever IS academic to receive this award.

Jan Recker holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Information Systems from the University of Münster and a PhD in Information Systems from Queensland University of Technology. His theses received multiple national and international awards.

Jan is one of the University of Cologne’s most cited scholars and one of QUT’s most read authors. He has written over 200 journal articles, conference papers and books, and has been speaking at universities and events all over the globe. Being primarily a field researcher, he has worked both with several of the largest organizations, including Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, federal and state governments, and also with several particularly small ("start-up") organizations.

Broadly speaking, his research addresses questions of design, representation, and process, often in combination. He has for instance studied the role of representations for systems design processes and outcomes. He has also been studying venture design processes and how they are changed through novel representations offered by digital technology, and how socio-technical systems can be re-designed to be able to enact more sustainable processes.
Jan's research in these areas draws on quantitative, qualitative and mixed field methods. He is also competent in design research and associated methods.

Jan's current interests include:

  • changes to systems design practices in the digital age
  • digital entrepreneurship and digital venture design
  • digital innovation and change in especially large organizations
  • digitalization of organizational routines and processes
  • digital solutions for a sustainable future