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Short Biography

Detlef Schoder is Professor and chairs the Department of Information Systems and Information Management and is director of the Institute for Broadcasting Economics at the University of Cologne, Germany. He is member of the board of, an award winning start-up for individualized media print and online. He was appointed reviewer to the German Parliament’s Lower House for e-Commerce issues and is consultant to the European Commission. Recently, he became one of three revisors of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany’s biggest science foundation. He was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and MIT where he established research collaboration which still continues. His research interests and project focus on the economics and management of telecommunications in organizations, especially Electronic Commerce/ Electronic Business, Mass Customization, and Social Media, in particular the Web. He was granted patents on „Individualized printed newspapers“.

Professor Schoder studied business administration in Germany at the universities of Munich and Passau. He obtained both his PhD and Habilitation (Higher Doctorate) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was awarded a grant by the ‘German National Merit Scholarship Foundation’ (‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’). Professor Schoder has worked not only in Germany, but also in the U.S.A., Republic of Kazakhstan, and Japan.

From 2001-2003 he served as appointed DaimlerChrysler Fund Chair of Electronic Business in the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany at WHU – Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, one of Germany’s foremost business schools. There, Detlef Schoder received the "WHU Best Teaching Award SS 2004 - Bester Professor (Ehrenpreis)". In the mid 90’s, he conducted one of Europe’s largest empirical studies on Web-based electronic commerce. He was awarded “Reviewer of the Year” by “zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaft”, one of leading academic journals in the German speaking region and the “Innovation Award” by the German Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI). Also, he won the national competition “Multi Media Award” by the German Federal Ministry of Economics. Recently, he was ranked among the Top250 Management researchers in the German-speaking region bei Handelsblatt, a prominent German business newspaper.

Research Interests

  • Electronic Commerce/ Electronic Business
  • Media Mass Customization
  • Social Media
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Cross-Company Information- and Mediamanagement


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