Dr. Erik Hemmer


XING Profile

Research Interest

Human Information Behavior

In the research stream 'Human Information Behavior' we develop theoretical models for explaining and predicting the behavior of human beings in relation to the resource information. A clear understanding of the interaction mechanisms between human beings and information is essential in order to rigorously inform the design of future information systems. By extending the existing knowledge in the realm of human information behavior it will be possible to develop information systems that adequately support its users in fullfilling organizational tasks while taking their evolutionary-shaped behavioral patterns into account. Since research in this field is interdisciplinary, an intensive discussion with researchers from neighboring scientific fields takes place, e.g. cognitive psychology, library and information science and social sciences. In the long run, we plan to use modern neuroscientific methods such as Galvanic Skin Response and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to extend existing theories and challenge them with the help of the aforementioned innovative tools for observing reality.

Intuitive Judgments




  • <b>Texas Tech University</b>, Texas, USA, Rawls College of Business (2012)<br>Visiting Researcher
  • <b>University of Mannheim</b>, Business School (2008-present)<br>PhD Studies in Business Administration
  • <b>University of Mannheim</b> (2003-2008)<br>Degree: Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker (equivalent to a Master's Degree in Information Systems)<br>Majors: Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Industrial Management, Logistics
  • <b>Arnold-Janssen-Gymansium St. Wendel</b> (2002)<br>German Abitur


  • ProMinent Dosiertechnik GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany, Diploma thesis, IT Department (2008)
  • Lufthansa Cargo AG, Milan, Italy, Internship, Office of the General Manager Handling Services for Italy & Malta (2006-2007)
  • TIM CONSULT GmbH, Mannheim, Germany, Student research project, Logistic optimizations (2006)
  • SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany, Internship and Working Student, Project Management (2004-2008)
  • Freelance work in the field of Software Development and Distribution (1997-today)

Honors and Scholarships

  • Selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium of the International Conference on Information Systems in Shanghai, China (2011). Participation in this four-day consortium is by invitation only and is limited to forty international Ph.D. candidates
  • Awarded with the Diploma Thesis Prize of the SEW-EURODRIVE Foundation (2008)
  • Scholarship from the University of Mannheim (2007)
  • LEONARDO scholarship by the European Union, now: "ERASMUS Student Placement” (2006-2007)

Selected Talks and Appearances

  • Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS, Gmunden, Austria, June 2012, "Information Seeking Stopping Behavior: Preliminary Results from two Laboratory Experiment Studies”
  • Texas Tech University, Texas, USA, February 2012, "Information Seeking Stopping Behavior: The Impact of Information Visibly Created by other Social Actors in Online Settings”
  • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Hawaii, USA, January 2012, "Determinants of Information Channel Choice: The Impact of Task Complexity and Dispositional Character Traits”
  • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Doctoral Consortium, Shanghai, China, December 2011, "Information Seeking Stopping Behavior: The Impact of Information Visibly Created by other Social Actors in Online Settings”
  • Research Colloquium, Freinsheim, Germany, September 2011, "Information Seeking Stopping Behavior: The Impact of Information Visibly Constructed by other Social Actors in Online Settings”
  • Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS, Gmunden, Austria, June 2011, "Channel Choice and Information Seeking Stopping Behavior: On the Applicability of Galvanic Skin Response”, with Armin Heinzl
  • Guest lecture, University of Mannheim, Germany, May 2011, "An Introduction to Human Information Behavior”
  • Research Colloquium, Bronnbach, Germany, July 2010, "Impacts of Human Information Behavior on the Design and Use of Information Systems: A Theory-Driven Experimental Approach”
  • Americas Conference on Information Systems, San Francisco, USA, August 2009: "Mobile Technology in the Construction Industry – the Impact on Business Processes in Job Production”

Community Activities

  • Reviewer for European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (ZfB)
  • Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)


Lectures and Tutorials

  • Spring 2011: Integrated Information Systems (Lecture, English)
  • Spring 2010: Wirtschaftsinformatik III B. Sc. BWL (Lecture, German)
  • Fall 2009: Cases in IS (Tutorial, German / English)
  • Spring 2009: Wirtschaftsinformatik III B. Sc. BWL (Lecture, German)

Master Team Projects

  • Fall 2010 / Spring 2011: Master Team Project (German / English) "Conceptual Design and Implementation of a Web-Laboratory Environment for Examining the Human Information Behavior in Complex, Information-Intensive Task Scenarios", with Sebastian Stuckenberg
  • Fall 2009 / Spring 2010: Master Team Project (German / English) "Comparative evaluation of existing solutions for context-based adaptation of user interfaces for mobile devices and realization of a prototypical B2B‐application", with Sebastian Stuckenberg
  • Fall 2009 / Spring 2010: Master Team Project (German / English) "Conception and implementation of a recreational activity portal", with Sebastian Stuckenberg

Selected Student Supervisions


  • "When is 'Enough' Enough? The Impact of Motivation on IT Professionals' Stopping Behavior during Information Seeking in Software Development and Maintenance Tasks", Master Thesis
  • "How do Task Characteristics Determine Information Behavior in Information Systems – A Synthesis of Task & Information Behavioral Research", Master Thesis
  • "Nutzeneffekte der Integration sozialer Software in den organisationalen Informationssuchprozess", Diploma Thesis
  • "Determinants of Information Stopping Behavior During Online Information Seeking", Bachelor Thesis
  • "Kritische Analyse existierender Verfahren  zur Messung der mentalen Belastung in informationsintensiven Aufgabenszenarien", Bachelor Thesis
  • "Critical Assessment of the Applicability of Web Analytics for Examining Human Information Behavior", Bachelor Thesis


  • "Determinanten der Nutzungseffizienz mobiler Informationssysteme: Eine empirische Untersuchung unter Berücksichtigung der Einflussfaktoren menschlichen Informationsverhaltens", Bachelor Thesis
  • "Conceptual Design of a Tool for Visualizing User Behavior in Business Applications", Bachelor Thesis


  • "Entwurf einer Methode zur Auswahl eines ERP-Systems als Lehrbeispiels im Hochschulunterricht", Diploma Thesis
  • "Generating Value from Developer Communities in the Software Industry Through Information and Knowledge Extraction - Assessment of Existing Developer Community Platforms and a Normative Platform Design Approach", Diploma Thesis
  • "Entwicklung eines Vorgehensmodells zur Standardisierung von Geschäftsprozessen: Eine Fallstudie in Kooperation mit der Daimler AG im Bereich Transportlogistik", Diploma Thesis
  • "Entwurf einer Methode zur Evaluation und Selektion von Production Planning and Scheduling-Systemen unter Berücksichtigung des Business/IT Alignments", Diploma Thesis
  • "Evaluation und Adaption von Referenzmodellen zur Einführung von Führungsinformationssystemen - Eine Action Research basierte Untersuchung", Diploma Thesis
  • "Kritische Evaluation der Optimierungspotenziale durch RFID-Technologie auf Geschäftsprozessebene unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Datenqualitätsaspekten", Diploma Thesis
  • "Analysis and Counteractive Measures of the  Cannibalization Effect between on-Demand and on-Premise Software Solutions", Bachelor Thesis
  • "Unterstützung mobiler Technologien durch führende ERP-Lösungen: Eine kritische Evaluation und Potentialanalyse", Bachelor Thesis