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Wolf Ketter's Research Wins Runner-Up Best Paper of the Year Award


CIOCITY-Award - group photo with Wolf Ketter

 “Competitive Benchmarking: An IS Research Approach to Address Wicked Problems with Big Data and Analytics” by Professor Wolf Ketter won the runner-up award for the 2017 CIONET European Research Paper of the Year. The award was presented at the digital leadership conference CIOCITY in Amsterdam in June.

CIONET is the largest community of IT executives worldwide, with a membership of more than 6,500 CIOs, CTOs, and IT directors across Europe and South America.

Ketter’s paper, published in the MIS Quarterly (2015) was co-authored by Markus Peters of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and John Collins and Alok Gupta of the University of Minnesota.

The paper defines wicked problems, such as sustainable energy and financial market stability, as societal challenges that arise from complex socio-technical systems where many social, economic, political, and technical factors interact. To understand these factors better, the authors have developed a novel research method called competitive benchmarking (CB). CB tackles complex challenges of societal scale by using different types of data from a variety of sources, such as usage data from customers, production patterns from producers, and public policy and regulatory constraints. CB can then generate data that can be used to improve operational strategies and judge the effectiveness of regulatory regimes and policies. We apply this method to Smart Electricity Markets and have implemented it within the Power TAC ( Smart Grid simulation platform.

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