Dr. Tommi Kramer



Universität Mannheim

Lehrstuhl für ABWL und Wirtschaftsinformatik
L 15, 1-6 - Room 510
68161 Mannheim,

Phone: +49 621 181-1697
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Office hours by appointment.

Research Interest

  • Outsourcing in Software Engineering
  • Decision Making in Software Development Outsourcing
  • Sourcing Strategies of Small and Medium-Sized Software Vendors
  • Mobile Technologies and Software Solutions


(Research Institute for Software and Service Ecosystems)
(Development of flexible business software by using global resources)



  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (12/2010)
    Visiting Researcher
  • University of Mannheim, Business School (2010—present)
    PhD Studies in Business Administration
  • University of Mannheim (2003—2010)
    Degree: Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker (equivalent to a Master's Degree in Information Systems)
    Majors: Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Logistics
  • Privatgymnasium St. Paulusheim Bruchsal (2002)
    German Abitur

Honors and Scholarships

  • Selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium of the International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering in Gdansk, Poland (2012)
  • Karl-Steinbuch-Stipendium: Scholarship of the MFG foundation and the state Baden-Württemberg for innovative IT and media projects (2008)
  • Pole Position: Scholarship of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (2006)


  • AmerimoldTech Inc., New Jersey, USA, Internship, Office of the CEO, Process Optimization (2006 - 2007)
  • Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, Internship, Production Scheduling and Control (2005 - 2006)
  • SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany, Working Student, Quality Governance & Production (2001 - 2009)
  • Freelance work in the field of IT consulting - <a href="http://www.kdat.de">kdat.de</a> (2000 - today)

Community Activities

  • Reviewer for European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) and Global Sourcing Workshop
  • Reviewer for Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences
  • Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)

Selected Talks and Appearances

  • International Conference on Outsourcing Information Services (<a href="http://www.icois.de">ICOIS</a>), Mannheim, Germany, June 2013, "Software Outsourcing Decision Aid (SODA): A Requirements based Decision Support Method and Tool”
  • Conference on Advanced Systems Engineering (CAISE), Doctoral Consortium, Gdansk, Poland, June 2012, "Software Component Allocation in Distributed Development Settings”
  • European Conference on Information Systems, Helsinki, Finland, June 2011: "Globally Distributed Software Development in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Germany: Reasons, Locations, and Obstacles"
  • Research Colloquium, König-Foko, Bad Nauheim, Germany, February 2012, "Unterstützung von Outsourcingentscheidungen im Entwicklungsprozess von Anwendungssoftware"
  • Global Sourcing Workshop, Courchevel, France, March 2011, "Should this software component be developed inside or outside our firm?"
  • Research Colloquium, Bronnbach, Germany, July 2010, "Entscheidungsfindung bei der Auslagerung von Softwareentwicklungsaufgaben"
  • International Workshop on Software ENgineering within Social software Environments (SENSE09), Kaiserslautern, March 2009, "Enabling Social Network Analysis in Distributed Collaborative Software Development"

Selected Student Supervisions

  • App2U - iPad Software Development in Agile Teams, Team Project (2012)
  • "Outsourcing Decision Making Supported by Tablet Devices", Master Thesis (2012)
  • Tour du Vin - Software Requirements Elicitation and Engineering, Team Project (2011/12)
  • "Eigenerstellung oder Fremdbezug von Komponenten aus der Cloud: Entwurf eines Modells zur Unterstützung der Sourcing-Entscheidung von Herstellern betrieblicher Anwendungssoftware", Diploma Thesis (2011)
  • "Agency Problems in Outsourcing Projects - An Analysis of the Impact of Consultants on Outsourcing Decisions and a Practical Approach to Detect Agency Problems", Master Thesis (2012)
  • "Supporting Software Outsourcing Decisions through Graph-based Requirements Analysis", Master Thesis (2011)