Prof. Dr. Paul Drews is Dean of the School of Management and Technology and holds the Professorship for Information Systems, in particular Digital Transformation and Information Management at the Institute of Information Systems, Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Between October 2020 and March 2022 he was the president's delegate for cooperation with practice and entrepreneurship. In this function, he was responsible for the cooperation and start-up service unit and developed the project proposal for a large national tender (9.6 million Euros, programm "innovative university"). He supported the presidential committee in the strategic development of cooperation with practice and in developing a transfer strategy. Since 2017, he is the speaker of the interdisciplinary Research Center for Digital Transformation, which involves 16 professors from six disciplines. He is past president of the Special Interest Group Organizational Systems Research (OSRA) of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) and director of the subproject 5G-SePCA in the project USIN5G. Previously, he was deputy director of the "Digital Entrepreneurship" project, which was funded with 1.2 million euros.

His research focuses on the digital transformation of organizations and companies, the development, diffusion and adoption of IT innovations, IT innovation management, digital entrepreneurship, the role of the IT function, enterprise architecture and business ecosystem architecture, strategic IT and information management, the scaled use of agile methods and data-driven business models. In addition, he conducts research in inter- and transdisciplinary projects together with colleagues from business administration, engineering and psychology on topics such as Big Data in auditing, digital entrepreneurship and architectures for processing sensor data for autonomous vehicles. His research is characterized by a socio-technical perspective as well as by qualitative and design science methods. Prof. Drews has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles. His articles have been published in Business and Information Systems Engineering, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, IEEE Sensors Journal, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing as well as the proceedings of ICIS, ECIS, HICSS, WI, PACIS, MKWI, AMCIS, IEEE CBI, IEEE EDOCW and IEEE Sensors. Together with Prof. Böhmann (University of Hamburg), Prof. Drews has published three highly regarded practice-oriented studies since 2015 (Digital Excellence, Data Driven Agility, Digital Platform Management).

Prof. Drews has offered courses at all levels of university education. In addition to core and advanced courses from the curriculum of Business Informatics (Introduction to Business Informatics, Business Process Management, Information Management, IT Governance and Management, Enterprise Systems, Open Innovation and IT, Enterprise Architecture Management), he has also taught courses in Computer Science (Computer Supported Design and Modeling of Organizations, Computer Supported Cooperative Work), in Data Science (Data Economy), in Business Administration (Information Systems: Theory & Practice, Information Management in Service) as well as method-oriented and interdisciplinary courses (Qualitative Research Methods, Digitalization, Digital Innovation Lab). He also teaches at the Professional School of Leuphana in professional education programs, among others in the M.Sc. Data Science and the certificate module "Digital Transformation". He is director of the MBA Digital Transformation Management program.

As Conference Chair, Track Chair and Associate Editor, Prof. Drews has played an active role in the information systems community for several years. Together with Prof. Funk, Prof. Niemeyer and Prof. Xie he organized the Multi-Conference on Information Systems (MKWI) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in 2018. He is track chair of the track "Business Models, Digital Transformation & Entrepreneurship" at WI 2023 and of the track "Organizational Transformation & Information Systems" at AMCIS 2022. As associate editor and reviewer he has worked (among others) for BISE, EJIS, CAIS, JIS, JITTA, ICIS, ECIS, HICSS, WI, MKWI, Conf-IRM, GeNeMe and gmds. For his achievements as Associate Editor and Reviewer Prof. Drews was honored at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik in 2019 and 2017. In 2017, a Special Issue was published in MISQE on "Digital Business Transformation and the Changing Role of the IT Function", for which he was responsible as Senior Guest Editor together with Nils Urbach (University of Bayreuth) and Jeanne Ross (MIT).


  • since 2022 Dean, School of Management and Technology
  • since 2020 University professor, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • since 2017 Initiator and speaker of the interdisciplinary Digital Transformation Research Center
  • 2020-2023 President of SIG OSRA, Association of Information Systems
  • 2020-2022 Delegate of the President for Cooperation with Practice and Entrepreneurship
  • 2014-2020 Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • 2016-2018 Dean of Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics
  • 2015-2018 Program Director Major Business Information Systems
  • 2012-2014 Establishment of the competence center CUDIT (Customer- and User-Driven IT) together with Prof. Böhmann and Prof. Schirmer, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg
  • 2012-2014 Establishment of EAM-LAB, research and teaching laboratory for enterprise architecture management, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, together with Prof. Schirmer
  • 2012-2014 PostDoc and Research Coordinator, ITG Group (Prof. Schirmer), University of Hamburg
  • 2012-2014 Visiting Lecturer, Leuphana University Lüneburg and International Business School of Service Management, Hamburg
  • 2008-2012 Research Assistant, ASI Group (Prof. Rolf), University of Hamburg
  • 2012 PhD in Informatics (with distinction, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg)
  • 2008-2011 Study Program Coordinator and Student Advisor, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg
  • 1999-2011 Founder and Managing Director of D&F EDV-Beratung und Service and Drews Consulting, self-employed as IT consultant in the health care sector

Awards (selection):

  • 2022 Best Associaite Editor, ECIS 2022
  • 2021 Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CBI 2021 (as supervisor and co-author)
  • 2021 Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2021 (as supervisor and co-author)
  • 2021 Best Paper Award (Bronze), IEEE ICEIC (as PhD supervisor and co-author)
  • 2019 Best Associate Editor Award, International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2019
  • 2019 Teaching Award of the Faculty of Business and Economics for the course "Digital Innovation Lab: Exploring Transdisciplinary Design”
  • 2017 Young Scientist Research Award of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • 2017 Best Reviewer Award, International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2017
  • 2012 Best dissertation at the Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, recommended for the Dissertation Award of the German Informatics Society

Current projects (selection):

  • 2023-2027 TrICo - Transformation through Innovation and Cooperation in Communities, project grant in the funding program "Innovative Hochschule" ("Innovative University"), 9.6 Mio. Euro requested funding with 9 Mio. Euros for Leuphana (overall funding), principal investigator and project leader
  • 2022-2024 USIN5G - Usage Scenarios for Innovation Networks in 5G (federal funding, BMVI), 3.7 Mio. Euro total, 0.8 Mio. Euro Leuphana, Project manager Leuphana
  • 2021-2024 DigiTal - Digital Transformation Lab for Teaching and Learning, Sub-Project 8: DI-SZENARIO - Responsible Implementation of Digital Innovations in Organizations - A scenario-based approach, 4.6 Mio. Euro budget, 0.4 Mio. Euro budget sub-project, co-lead sub-project with Prof. Trittin-Ulbrich
  • 2021-2022 Sustainable Information Logistics for Digital Contact Tracing, (EU, State of Lower Saxony), 0.5 million Euros, Project manager
  • 2019-2022 Digital Entrepreneurship (EU, State of Lower Saxony), 1.2 million Euros, Co-project manager
  • 2018-2020 Big Data in Auditing (Industry)
  • 2017-2022 Establishment of the Digital Transformation Research Center
  • since 2018 Supervision of currently 10 PhD projects, including data-driven business models, architecture-based methods for the development of digitization strategies, Big Data in auditing, Digital Platform Architectures, Scaling Agile, Digital Leadership, transformation of the IT function