I was distinguished researcher of the month January 2018 of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU):

Press Article (German and English version available): Prozesse in Unternehmen schneller, einfacher und besser erklären

Researcher of the month 01/18: Kathrin Figl

Warum verstehen Menschen Prozesse besser, wenn diese als Modelle (statt in Textform) vorliegen und welche Auswirkungen hat das auf die Ideenfindung?

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WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) on Dienstag, 2. Januar 2018

About Me

My name is Kathrin Figl. I am Full Professor for Information Systems at the
Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management at the University of Innsbruck. I hold a venia legendi for Information Systems from the WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business, where I have worked as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media. Previously, I have worked at the University of Vienna in the Business Information Systems department as well as in the department of Research Methodology and Differential Psychology. I was also a visiting research fellow with the Business Process Management group at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. I received my doctoral degree (Information Systems in 2008, with honors, awarded with the Dr. Maria Schaumayer Prize) and two master’s degrees (Information Systems in 2004 and Psychology in 2006, both with honors) from the University of Vienna.

My main research areas are human-centered development and design of information systems. While earning my doctorate, I focused on social computing, e-learning, and teamwork in the information systems field. For my post-doctoral thesis (habilitation) I started a second research stream in the areas of business process management and visual languages as a cognitive tool. I am especially interested in evaluating conceptual modeling languages and methods and investigating human interaction with models (e.g., (business) process models, feature models). My research agenda for the coming years will focus on cognitive effective design of information systems (e.g. digital nudging by user interface design, cognitive heuristics…) as well as information system management and digital innovation (e.g. crowd sourcing).

researchMy Research Areas

A strong believer in empirical research, I conduct relevant and rigorous controlled experiments and questionnaire-based studies to test theory-based hypotheses and to contribute to theory development in the information systems field. My work has been published in journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Business & Information Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, the AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and in leading conference proceedings (e.g., Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAISE), International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER), European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS), Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI)).

Three of my papers won Best Paper Awards at international conferences (the ACM Software Product Line Conference, the International Conference on e-Learning, and the World Conference on Educational Media & Technology) and I was awarded the ‘Excellent Teaching Award’ from the Vienna University of Economics and Business for my course on information systems.

Regarding project funding, I was awarded the Dr.-Maria-Schaumayer Research Grant 2014/2015 by the Austrian Nationalbank (OeNB) for my project on ‘Cognitive Effectiveness in Business Process Modeling’ (in the amount of €55.000) and I have attracted funding for my research projects “Investigating Flow Direction of Business Process Models with Eye Tracking” and “Creative Business Process-Redesign” and a Visiting Fellow Scholarship from WU Vienna (in the amount of €11.600).

I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Information Systems Education and I am a reviewer for several journals, including Business & Information Systems Engineering (Wirtschaftsinformatik), Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Decisions Support Systems, Information Systems, Data & Knowledge Engineering, Software and Systems Modeling, ACM Transactions on Computing Education and Communications of the Association for Information Systems. In addition, I served as chair for the track “Human-centric Information Systems Design and Development” at MKWI 2018 and as associate editor for the Wirtschaftsinformatik conference 2017 and ICIS 2018 .


Kathrin Figl