Information Logistics


Research leader:

Ulf Seigerroth

In today's information society, information is considered as important production factor besides capital, human resources and material. But to find the right information that supports a work task, a business decision or a cooperation process is often very difficult.

Recent studies revealed that 39% of all business executives spend more than 2 hours per day in searching for the right information or that the average "white collar" employee spends 49 minutes per day only for managing e-mails. It is obvious that an improved information supply would contribute significantly to saving time and most likely to improving productivity.

Information Logistic investigates approaches and solutions for an optimized information flow (the right information for a user's needs, just-in-time, in the right quality, to the right location) for all kinds of distributed work contexts (enterprises with several locations, networks of SMEs, geographically distributed work groups, mobile workforces, etc.). We see especially needs for supporting, organizing, and optimizing information flow in networked organizations.

We consider an optimized information flow even more important for SMEs than large enterprises. SMEs usually have to act very efficient due to very limited resources, personnel with often more than one role within the enterprise, or quick reaction times as part of their competitive advantage. Information flow solutions for SMEs should be based on as many as possible pre-defined components or patterns in order to reduce deployment time and costs.

Research in Information Logistics mainly focuses on:

  • Information logistics for SMEs. Main intention is to support information workers in SMEs based on information demand patterns and corresponding technological solutions.
  • Demand modeling for information logistic applications based on enterprise modeling approaches. Main intention is to enhance formal modeling languages by integrating construct for definition of informal information demands.

Content updated 2016-08-16

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