Two research awards were presented at the University of Mannheim, Business School, in late November. The awards honored special achievements in conducting and publishing cutting-edge research, acquiring research funding, promoting young and diverse talent, and engaging in the research community. Each award winner receives an additional research budget of €10,000 donated by Mannheim Business School gGmbH.
Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl was honored with the “Senior Researcher Award” for his forward-thinking research at the highest level and his publications in top international and national journals in business informatics over the past 20 years. His main research areas include IT outsourcing, software development and management, digital platforms and platform governance, mobile healthcare and the use of artificial intelligence for decision making. He was also recognized for his successful promotion of young talents who have achieved professorships at universities in various European countries (Prof. Dr. Franz Rothlauf, Prof. Dr. Jens Dibbern, Prof. Dr. Thomas Kude, Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer, and Prof. Dr. Kai Spohrer), his successful acquisition of research funding (e.g. DFG, BMBF, BMDV, MWK and MWAT Baden Württemberg, SAP, E-Plus, BASF, Roche, Phoenix and others) and his commitment to the internationalization of business informatics (e.g., as long-standing WKWI chairman for junior researchers, WKWI commission spokesperson, co-editor of WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK and its English-language version of BISE, and co-organizer at the flagship ICIS 2015 conference). “I am very honored by this award,” explains Professor Heinzl. “I thank everyone who has accompanied and supported me in my research career.”
The “Junior Researcher Award” went to Prof. Felix Vetter, Ph.D., who was recognized for his first-class publication record in the innovative research field of “Labormarket in Accounting.” In the laudatory speech, Professor Vetter's outstanding methodological competence was highlighted. His most recent publication is also a successful example of how scientific questions can be answered using the latest methods. Prof. Vetter is delighted with the award: “Receiving the Best Junior Researcher Award is a great honor and motivation to continue researching and publishing at the highest level”.