In spite of a dedicated literature analysis, it is often not easy to find suitable literature. For this reason I would like to give some pointers. This serves as an initial orientation and also shows at least the literature that I used more and more in my doctorate. The sources in bold are papers, which I particularly recommend.
Reading tip: Find literature

Digital transformation

Auth, G., Meyer, P., & Porst, G. (2017). Recognition and use of technological innovations for the digital workplace of Deutsche Telekom. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik , 1-15.

Bley, K., & Leyh, C. (2016). Status Quo of the Digitization of German Industrial Companies – A Study of Selected Companies. In MKWI 2016 (pp. 1652-1664).

Köffer, S., & Urbach, N. (2016). The digitization of knowledge work – recommendations for action from business informatics research. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik , 53 (1), 5-15.

Urbach, N., & Ahlemann, F. (2017). The changing IT organization: Implications of digitization for IT management. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik , 54 (3), 300-312.

Ludwig, T., Kotthaus, C., Stein, M., Durt, H., Kurz, C., Wenz, J.,… Wulf, V. (2016). Working in Mittelstand 4.0 – SMEs in the field of tension of digital change. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik , 53 (1), 71-86.

Werth, D., Greff, T., & Scheer, W. (2016). Consulting 4.0 – The digitization of management consulting. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik , 53 (1), 55-70.


Arnold, H. (2016). Digitization of corporate management. Leadership + organization , 5 , 330-336.

Frank, T., & Nissen, V. (2014). On the concept of agility – considerations and implications from an etymological perspective .

Jovanović, M., Mesquida, A.-L., Mas, A., & Lalić, B. (2017). Towards the Development of a Sequential Framework for Agile Adoption BT  – Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination. In A. Mas, A. Mesquida, R.V. O’Connor, T. Rout, & A. Dorling (Eds.) (Pp. 30-42). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Lu, Y., & Ramamurthy, KR (2011). Understanding the link between information technology capability and organizational agility: an empirical examination. MIS Quarterly , 35 (4), 931-954.

Rennkampff, A. von. (2015). Management of IT agility – Development of a key figure system to measure the agility of application landscapes .

Sambamurthy, V., Bhardadway, A., & Grover, V. (2002). Shaping Agility through Digital Options: Reconceptualizing the Role of Information Technology in Contemporary Firms. MIS Quarterly , 26th (1), 1-14.

Termer, F. (2016). Determinants of IT Agility: Theoretical Concept, Empirical Analysis and Implications . Wiesbaden: Springer.


Akin, N., & Rumpf, J. (2013). Leadership of virtual teams. Group dynamics and organizational consulting , 44 (4), 373-387.

Ciesielski, MA, & Schutz, T. (2016). Digital leadership How new technologies make our collaboration more valuable . Heidelberg: Springer.

Gloger, B., & Rösner, D. (2014). Self-organization needs leadership . Munich: Hanser Verlag.

Hertel, G., & Lauer, L. (2012). Leadership at a distance and e-leadership – the future of leadership? In The future of leadership (pp. 103-118). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Klaffke, M. (2014). Generation management . Generation management (Vol. 1). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Laudon, S. (2016). How digitization is completely redefining leadership skills. In HR excellence (pp. 65-72). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Nissen, V., & Rennenkampff, A. (2013). IT agility as a strategic resource in competition. In CIO manual (pp. 1-34). Kissing: Symposion Publishing.

Petry, T. (2016). Digital Leadership: Successful leadership in times of the digital economy . Munich: Haufe Verlag.

VanDick, R., Helfritz, K., Stickling, K., Gross, M., & Holz, F. (2016). Digital leadership makes companies more agile and flexible . Retrieved from

Drawshardt, R. (2016). E-leadership: leadership and performance enhancement in digital contexts. In Success factor performance management (pp. 125-140). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

SME literature

Arbussa, A., Bikfalvi, A., & Marquès, P. (2017). How a nimble company switches business model: Discovering strategic agility’s fit with SMEs’ needs. Management Decision , 33 (7), 11-13.

Branicki, LJ, Sullivan-Taylor, B., & Livschitz, SR (2017). How entrepreneurial resilience generates resilient SMEs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research .

Brynjolfsson, E., Malone, TW, Gurbaxani, V., & Kambil, A. (1994). Does Information Technology Lead to Smaller Firms? Management Science , 40 (12), 1628-1644. Retrieved from

CDU, W. der. (2014). Progress through digitization Opportunities for medium-sized companies . Retrieved from–chancen-fuer-den-mittelstand-de/$file/WR-Studie Progress through digitization – opportunities for medium-sized companies. pdf

Ng, HS, & Kee, DMH (2017). Entrepreneurial SMEs Surviving in the Era of Globalization: Critical Success Factors. In Global Opportunities for Entrepreneurial Growth: Coopetition and Knowledge Dynamics within and across Firms (pp. 5-75). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Uriona Maldonado, M., Dias, N., & Varvakis, G. (2009). Managing Innovation in Small High-technology Firms: A Case Study in Brazil. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation .

Wickramasinghe, N., & Sharma, S. (2005). Key factors that prevent SMEs from succeeding in today’s knowledge based economy. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development , 2 (2), 141-158.

Research methods

Fettke, P. (2006). State-of-the-art of the state-of-the-art. An investigation of the research method ”Review” within business informatics. BUSINESS INFORMATICS , 46 (5), 331-340.

Kuckhartz, U., Rädiker, S., Ebert, T., & Schehl, J. (2013). Statistics: an understandable introduction . Wiesbaden: VS publishing house for social sciences.

Kuckhartz, U., Dresing, T., Rädiker, S., & Stefer, C. (2008). Qualitative evaluation. Getting started in practice. Wiesbaden: VS publishing house for social sciences.

Kuckartz, U., Ebert, T., Rädiker, S., & Stefer, C. (2009). Evaluation online: Internet-based survey in practice . Wiesbaden: VS publishing house for social sciences.

Webster, J., & Watson, RT (2002). Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly , 26th , xiii-xxiii.

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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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