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Dr. Karl Werder

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Research Interests

  • Software Development and Agile Methods
  • User-Centered Design and Design Techniques
  • Team Research and Emergent States
  • Software Repository Mining and Emotional Analysis



  • Winter 2016: Digital Service Design (Lecture)
  • Summer 2016: Methods and Theories in Information Systems (Seminar)
  • Spring 2015: Recommendations for the User-Developer Link: A Diagnostic Tool for Agile Teams (Master Team Project)
  • Spring 2015: Product Management and Product Design for Software (IS 629)
  • Spring 2015: Methods and Theories in Information Systems (IS 541)
  • Spring 2014: Product Management and Product Design for Software (IS 629)



  • Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE), International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS), International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB), Journal of Information Management and Data Systems (IMDS), Pacific Conference on Information Systems (PACIS),  International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI)


  • UIG - Usability in Germany

Curriculum Vitae (short)

  • Since 2016: Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Information Systems and Marketing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Since 2013: Research Assistant and PhD Candidate at the Chair of Information Systems IV, University of Mannheim
  • 2011-2013: M.Sc. in Business Informatics at Utrecht University (NL)
  • 2008-2011: B.Sc. in Computer Science at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
  • 2007-2011: Buyer IT-Services and Software at Procter and Gamble
  • 2004-2007: Apprenticeship as an IT-Specialist at Wella


PhD Theses
  1. Teams in agile software development: Design principles and examination of human factors. PhD dissertation
    Werder, K.
    2017. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000069918
Journal Articles
  1. Situational selections of design methods for digital innovation processes
    Liu, X.; Werder, K.; Maedche, A.; Sun, L.
    2023. International Journal of Innovation Science. doi:10.1108/IJIS-02-2023-0046
  1. Software Development Process Ambidexterity and Project Performance: A Coordination Cost-Effectiveness View
    Werder, K.; Li, Y.; Maedche, A.; Ramesh, B.
    2021. IEEE transactions on software engineering, 47 (4), 836–849. doi:10.1109/TSE.2019.2904571
  1. Explaining the emergence of team agility: a complex adaptive systems perspective
    Werder, K.; Maedche, A.
    2018. Information, technology & people, 31 (3), 819–844. doi:10.1108/ITP-04-2017-0125
  1. How to design gamification? A method for engineering gamified software
    Morschheuser, B.; Hassan, L.; Werder, K.; Hamari, J.
    2017. Information & software technology, 95, 219–237. doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2017.10.015
  1. Exploring principles of user-centered agile software development : A literature review
    Brhel, M.; Meth, H.; Mädche, A.; Werder, K.
    2015. Information & software technology, 61, 163–181. doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2015.01.004
Conference Papers
  1. The Role of Cultural Differences when Using Different Classifications: An Experiment Design for Design Technique Selection
    Liu, X.; Werder, K.; Zhao, Q.
    2018. 39th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), San Francisco, California, USA, December 13-16, 2018, Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  1. How to gamify? A method for designing gamification
    Morschheuser, B.; Werder, K.; Hamari, J.; Abe, J.
    2017. Proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Hawaii, USA, January 4-7, 2017
  1. PDISC - Towards a Method for Software Product DISCovery
    Werder, K.; Zobel, B.; Maedche, A.
    2016. Software Business : Proceedings of the 7th International Conference, ICSOB 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 13-14, 2016. Ed. A. Maglyas, 47–62, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-40515-5_4
  2. Towards a Software Product Industry Classification
    Werder, K.; Wang, H.-Y.
    2016. New Trends in Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques. H. Fujita, G. A. Papadopoulos, 27–37, IOS Press. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-674-3-27
  3. Team Agility and Team Performance - The Moderating Effect of User Involvement
    Werder, K.
    2016. Proceedings of the 24th European Conference on Information Systems, Istanbul, Turkey, June 12-15
  4. A Taxonomy of Digital Service Design Techniques
    Liu, X.; Werder, K.; Mädche, A.
    2016. 37th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2016), Dublin, Ireland,11th - 14th December 2016, 1834–1845, Curran
  5. Using Gamification to Tackle the Cold-Start Problem in Recommender Systems
    Feil, S.; Kretzer, M.; Werder, K.; Maedche, A.
    2016. CSCW ’16 Companion: Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion, San Francisco, California, USA, February 27-March 2, 2016, 253–256, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi:10.1145/2818052.2869079
  1. Social Media for Success: A Strategic Framework
    Werder, K.; Helms, R. W.; Jansen, S.
    2014. 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014, Chengdu, China, 24 June 2014 through 28 June 2014, Paper 92, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
  2. Usability Readiness of German Software SMEs – Three Segments and their Characteristics
    Werder, K.; Haake, P.; Mädche, A.
    2014. Mensch und Computer, 14. fachübergreifende Konferenz für interaktive und kooperative Medien, interaktiv unterwegs - Freiräume gestalten, München, Germany, 31. August - 3. September 2014. Ed.: M. Koch, 185–194, De Gruyter
  3. Usability Readiness of German Software SMEs : Three Segments and their Characteristics
    Werder, K.; Haake, P.; Mädche, A.
    2014. Mensch und Computer 2014 - Tagungsband, 14. Fachübergreifende Konferenz für interaktive und kooperative Medien : Interaktiv unterwegs, Freiräume gestalten, München, Deutschland, 31. August - 3. September 2014. Hrsg.: A. Butz, 185–194, De Gruyter
  4. Usability für die betriebliche Praxis - Anwendbare Forschung für den Mittelstand
    Burmester, M.; Brandenburg, S.; Döbelt, S.; Schlörner, I.; Schmidt, R.; Gunnar, S.; Werder, K.; Ziegler, D.
    2014. Mensch & Computer 2014 – Workshopband : 14. Fachübergreifende Konferenz für Interaktive und Kooperative Medien; Interaktiv unterwegs - Freiräume gestalten. Hrsg.: M. Koch, 143–149, Oldenbourg Verlag. doi:10.1524/9783110344509.143
  1. Who Reads Corporate Tweets? Network Analysis of Follower Communities
    Helms, R. W.; Werder, K.
    2013. Hyperconnected world: anything, anywhere, anytime : 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, (AMCIS-2013); Chicago, Illinois, USA, 15 - 17 August 2013. Vol. 5, 3998–4009, Curran