Center for Digital Transformation

Managing Digital Transformation

How companies are changing the way they operate

Digitalization is transforming vast areas of our live and new technologies are fundamentally changing the way companies work. From processes to business models and management styles – everything must be put to the test. The Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) researches issues related to digitalization, its challenges, and opportunities. Our goal is to develop solutions through practice-oriented research and thus generate direct benefits for the economy and society. New findings flow directly into teaching to prepare our students for the tasks of the future.



01 Dec '22
Congratulations Florian Sachs! The first doctoral researcher successfully completed his doctoral thesis at the CDT.

We congratulate Florian Sachs on receiving his Ph.D., making him also the first doctor of our Center and at the TUM Campus Heilbronn!


In his dissertation, Florian Sachs analyzed unreliable production systems. Prof. Gudrun Kiesmüller supervised his thesis. Prof. Geert Jan van Hourum, Professor at Technical University Eindhoven, was acting as a second reviewer and was also part of the committee.


Florian Sachs will continue his scientific career and become an assistant professor for Supply Chain Analytics at the University of Cologne in spring 2023. Congratulations on this as well!


Read more about Florian Sachs' research and hear what he and Prof. Kiesmüller have to say here.

23 Nov '22
Prof. Stefan Raff presents at the CDT Seminar Series

On November 23, 2022, Prof. Stefan Raff, Assistant Professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Digital Technology Management, visited our Centre at the invitation of Prof. Martin Meißner. His presentation as part of the CDT seminar series was entitled Does algorithmic advice harm service relationships? Thank you for your visit and the fruitful conversations and discussions during your visit!

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Research Topics

Data-driven Decision Making

How can companies and organizations make decisions based on actual data rather than intuition? We apply big data analytics, machine learning and optimization to support decision making in health care, finance, marketing, and supply chain management. We refine the methods for specific applications and develop new algorithms and methods which can deal with the uncertainty usually present in data.


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Digital Platforms

How can businesses benefit from digital platforms? We study digital business models where competition as well as other determinants are taken into account. We develop methods and incentive schemes that help a platform to gain traction among users, suppliers as well as consumers, and investigate the necessary steps that need to be taken to establish successful platforms in the market.


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Impact of Digital Technologies on Business

What impact do digital technologies have on business? We investigate the improvement of processes, business models and business ecosystems through the combination of various digital technologies in order to ensure the competitiveness of a company. We also explore the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in industry and investigate the impact of digitization on the financial markets.


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The TUM Campus in Heilbronn is part of the renowned Technical University of Munich, one of the best universities in Europe. Top performance in research and teaching, interdisciplinarity, and talent promotion are its hallmarks. In addition, it has strong alliances with companies and scientific institutions worldwide.


Master or Bachelor Thesis at the CDT
Students being interested in writing their Master or Bachelor thesis in winter term 2022 at the Center for Digital Transformation are asked to apply not later than 15 March 2022. Further information can be found here.


General information
The team of the CDT contributes to the study programs offered by the TUM School of Management at the TUM Campus Heilbronn. More information about the Bachelor in Management & Technology can be found here and about the Master in Management here.