Digital Business Researcher Explores University of South Florida

Thomas Fischer, researcher at the department of Digital Business and doctoral student at Johannes Kepler University Linz spent three months at the University of South Florida. He visited Dr. Alan Hevner at the department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences during the final stages of his dissertation.

Research Stay at the University of South Florida

Tampa is one of the largest cities in Florida with about 400,000 inhabitants. Located at the west coast of this US state, the city is part of the Tampa Bay area, which is home to about 4.5 million people. From the highly dense downtown area to the beaches of Clearwater, the city boasts many different neighborhoods, including the historical city of Ybor, which reminds visitors of the history of Tampa as a major hotspot of cigar production.

The University of South Florida (USF) is a major public university in the US with about 50,000 students. At the campus in Tampa, the Muma College of Business hosts the department for Information Systems and Decision Sciences (ISDS), with its more than 40 faculty members. One of them is Dr. Alan Hevner, a well-known researcher in the field of Information Systems research, who has helped to popularize Design Science and so far accumulated more than 20,000 citations on his publications (Google Scholar, 12/6/2018). Design Science aims to support the process of designing solutions that are relevant to practitioners in the information systems field, in a way that is still scientifically rigorous.

During his research stay at USF, Thomas Fischer was guided by Dr. Hevner on his way to initiate a project that aims to investigate control in agile software development. In particular, as part of the FWF project „Technostress in Organizations„, Thomas Fischer and Dr. René Riedl will be supported by Dr. Hevner to answer the question how control is enacted in agile software development projects and which role the choice of agile development practices plays in this context. They also want to know what role support technologies (e.g., task management tools like Jira) play in this context and if they have an impact on individual stress during development projects.

Digital Business Research and NeuroIS in Steyr

Thomas Fischer BA MSc

Thomas Fischer is a research associate in the department for Digital Business at the University of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria and a PhD Candidate at the University of Linz. He is researching in the field of NeuroIS (, a sub-domain of information systems research and his dissertation is on stress caused by digital technology. He is also one of the founding members of the Society for NeuroIS, and involved in the organization of the NeuroIS Retreat, an annual conference in Vienna (Austria) on the topic of NeuroIS. 

More details on his previous research and publications can be found on his ResearchGate profile and in the knowledge documentation of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

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