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Christopher Henkel

Christopher Henkel, M.Sc.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Doktorand


Ludwigstrasse 28, VG
80539 München

Raum: 208a
Telefon: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 1873
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  • Master of Science in Business Information Systems, Georg-August-University Göttingen (Early 2016)
  • Two semesters abroad at the Graduate School of Informatics of Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (2012 - 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems, Georg-August-University Göttingen (2011)
  • Secondary School Winfriedschule (Specialization in Informatics), Fulda (2007)

Work Experience

  • Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate, Internet Business and Internet Services, LMU Munich (since 07/2016)
  • Graduate Assistant, Chair of Information Management, University of Göttingen (10/2015 - 06/2016)
  • Founder and Managing Director of Myriada Systems, London, United Kingdom (2013 - 2015)
  • Student Trainee at Volkswagen Financial Services AG, Braunschweig (2013 - 2014)
  • Mathematics and Statistics Tutor at Faculty of Economic Sciences of Georg-August-University Göttingen (2009 - 2011)
  • Internship at Detecon International GmbH, Bonn (2008)
  • Civilian Service, School for Specially Abled Children, Vinzenz von Paul-Schule, Hünfeld (2007)

Research Interests

  • Green Information Systems (Green IS)
  • Affordances
  • IS-mediated Behavioral Change


  • JLPT N3 - Certified Japanese Language Proficiency (2015)


EDP and web commisioner / EDV- und Web-Beauftragter

Thesis topics

Domain and Overall Situation for Green IS Affordances

Green Information Systems (Green IS) are an emerging strand in IS research that addresses issues relating to the usage of IS by individuals, groups, organizations, and society that help sustainable practices to emerge and diffuse (Kranz and Picot 2011; Watson et al. 2010). To date, the research has been biased towards studies in private settings, neglecting the organizational context (Kranz et al. 2015). Further, despite the need for impactful research into environmental sustainability (Malhotra et al. 2013), Green IS research all too often does not “demonstrate its concrete value for environmental sustainability” for example by using a design-oriented approach (Kranz et al. 2015, p. 9). To study how IS artifacts are used and create behavioral changes, affordance theory provides a useful theoretical lens, since it allows one to investigate the specific effects of different Green IS affordances (Seidel et al. 2013, 2017). Affordances relate to potentials for behaviors associated with achieving an immediate concrete outcome that arises from the relationship between an IT artifact and a goal-oriented actor(s) (Volkoff and Strong 2018). While affordances are ever-present potentials for action, their actualization is contingent on various characteristics of the technological and organizational context (Hedstrom and Swedberg 1998).

Research Area 1: Designing Green IS Affordances

Research Questions:
What are appropriate designs IS affordances that contribute to sustainability transformations?
How is the design of Green IS different from that of traditional information systems?


  •  Literature review OR
  • Qualitative analysis via interviews and documents (e.g., Henkel et al. 2017) OR
  • Experimental study (e.g., Loock et al. 2013) OR
  • Design science research (e.g., Seidel et al. 2017)

Research Area 2: Affordance Realization

Research Question:
How can organizations improve the accessibility of IS affordances in order to increase affordance realization?


  • Qualitative analysis via interviews and documents OR
  • Experimental study OR
  • Design science research

Research Area 3: Affordance Operationalization

Research Question
What is an appropriate way to operationalize functional affordances in IS research?


  • Scale development (MacKenzie et al. 2011) AND (*Master only)
  • Experimental study OR
  • Design science research


Hedstrom, P., and Swedberg, R. 1998. “Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory,” Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Henkel, C., Seidler, A.-R., Kranz, J., and Fiedler, M. 2017. “How to Become a Sustainability Leader ? The Role of IS Affordances in Enabling and Triggering Sustainability Transformations,” in Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017), Seoul, South Korea, pp. 1–18.
Kranz, J., Kolbe, L. M., Koo, C., and Boudreau, M.-C. 2015. “Smart Energy: Where Do We Stand and Where Should We Go?,” Electronic Markets (25:1), pp. 7–16. (
Kranz, J., and Picot, A. 2011. “Why Are Consumers Going Green? The Role of Environmental Concerns in Private Green-IS Adoption,” in Proceedings of the 19th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2011), Helsinki, Finland, pp. 1–12. (
Loock, C.-M., Staake, T., and Thiesse, F. 2013. “Motivating Energy-Efficient Behavior with Green IS: An Investigation of Goal Setting and the Role of Defaults,” MIS Quarterly (37:4), pp. 1313–1332. (
MacKenzie, S. B., Podsakoff, P. M., and Podsakoff, N. P. 2011. “Construct Measurement and Validation Procedures in MIS and Behavioral Research : Integrating New and Existing Techniques,” MIS Quarterly (35:2), pp. 293–334.
Malhotra, A., Melville, N. P., and Watson, R. T. 2013. “Spurring Impactful Research on Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability,” MIS Quarterly (37:4), pp. 1265–1274. (
Seidel, S., Chandra Kruse, L., Székely, N., Gau, M., and Stieger, D. 2017. “Design Principles for Sensemaking Support Systems in Environmental Sustainability Transformations,” European Journal of Information Systems, pp. 1–38. (
Seidel, S., Recker, J., and Vom Brocke, J. 2013. “Sensemaking and Sustainable Practicing: Functional Affordances of Information Systems in Green Transformations,” MIS Quarterly (37:4), pp. 1275–1299.
Volkoff, O., and Strong, D. M. 2018. “Affordance Theory and How to Use It in IS Research,” in The Routledge Companion to Management Information Systems, R. D. Galliers and M.-K. Stein (eds.), Routledge.
Watson, R. T., Boudreau, M. C., and Chen, A. J. 2010. “Information Systems and Environmentally Sustainable Development: Energy Informatics and New Directions for the IS Community,” MIS Quartly (34:1), pp. 23–38.