Research Group Professional Communication in Electronic Media / Social Media

Duisburg, Deutschland, Germany
Information Systems


The University of Duisburg-Essen is located in the heart of the Ruhr Metropolis, which is home to approximately five million people. Although the University of Duisburg-Essen is one of the youngest universities in Germany, it is with around 42,000 students and 4,700 employess, among the ten largest universities of the country. 

The Research Group "Professional Communication in Electronic Media / Social Media" is part of the Department for Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, which consists in total of 17 professors and research groups from psychology, information systems and computer science, such as the research training group "User-centred Social Media". Prof. Dr. Stefan Stieglitz is the head od the Research Group, which consists of one post-doc, seven research assistants and twelve student assistants. The main research areas of the team are:

  1. Analytics
    • Data Tracking
    • Data Analytics
    • Domains: Politics, Organizations, Crises, Science
  2. Management
    • Technology acceptance
    • Knowledge management
    • Innovation management
  3. Marketing
    • Brand Communication 
    • Shitstorms / Social Crises
    • Employer Branding


Master Programs

The Master Degree "Applied Cognitive Science and Media Research" at the University of Duisburg-Essen is an interdisciplinary course, which is offered since the year 2000. Due to the diffusion of interactive media and internet applications among all parts of the society and economy, it is necessary to teach students a wide range of different competences and skills, which exceed the scope of monodisciplinary courses. To achieve this goal the program provides a variety of topics and methods which facilitate a smooth and successful human-computer interaction. 

While the  Bachelor Program aims at a preparation for the professional field, the Master Program aims at the consolidation of the scientific competences. The teaching approach is based on an innovative university didactic concept: in interdisciplinary practical projects during the Bachelor Program, the students are able to improve both their scientific and soft skills including team orientation, project management and presentation skills. During the Master program the students are part of student research groups which plan, implement and finalize entire research projects, which improves the scientific competences of the students. During the completion of their Master the students can chose among three study foci: computer science, psycology and professional communication and social media. 

The Research Group "Professional Communication in Electronic Media / Social Media" is in charge of the study focus "professional communication and social media" and offers the following seminars:  

  1. Business Communication
  2. Digital Enterprise
  3. Internet Research
  4. Digital Society 




Have you met...

Stefan Stieglitz is professor and head of the research group for Professional Communication in Electronic Media / Social Media at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His work has been published in reputable journals such as Journal of Management Information System (JMIS), Business & Information Systems Enineering (BISE), International Journal of Social Research Methodology, and MISQe. In his research he investigates how to make use of social media data. Moreover, he analyses user behavior and technology adaption of collaborative information systems in organizational contexts. Stefan is also a principal investigator of the graduate school "User-centred Social Media" and director and founder of the Competence Center Connected Organization. 



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