Research

Computer supported cooperative work

Supporting the collaborative design of complex socio-technical systems is at the core of my research interest. I aim at designing and evaluating approaches that combine scaffolding mechanisms, meta-design, heuristics, re-use scenarios and analytics to facilitate and guide the design, implementation and evaluation of complex socio-technical systems over longer periods of time in mixed collocated and distributed settings.

Human computer interaction

Design mainly takes place in co-located workshops. In order to support those workshops, I aim at creating immersive spaces in which participants and facilitators can freely collaborate in different constellations and on different aspects of design.

Information systems

Socio-technical design usually aims at and takes place in an organizational context. Arriving at concepts that support organizations to stay competitive is paramount. To this end the developed approaches have to intertwine both organizational and individual competences to create a climate that breeds innovative ideas and embraces change by implementing them.


The following timeline illustrates my academic career. For more information please refer to my resume or contact me directly.

Career timeline

2017

Research associate – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

05/2017 – present

  • Researcher focusing on understanding and supporting hackathons as part of a project founded by the Sloan Foundation.

Postdoctoral fellow – University of Pittsburgh, USA

04/2017 – present

  • Researcher focusing on the development and evaluation of socio-technical approaches to support sustained collaboration over time in mixed collocated and distributed settings (supported by a funding grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German federal funding agency)).

Adjunct faculty – University of Pittsburgh, USA

01/2017 – 04/2017

  • Lecturer for an undergraduate course on Information Systems Development.

2016

Visiting research fellow – University of Pittsburgh, USA

08/2016 – 04/2017

  • Researcher focusing on the development and evaluation of socio-technical approaches to support sustained collaboration over time in mixed collocated and distributed settings
  • Co-author of research proposals for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German national federal agency) and local funding bodies in Pittsburgh including two successful proposals for individual funding and for the project We are strong! Leveraging Information Technology to Empower Marginalized Communities.

Temporary research programmer – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

09/2016 – 01/2017

  • Front-end developer for an extension to the web based e-learning platform LASAD to support students to learn the english grammar.

Online tutor – EURO-FH University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany

06/2016 – 04/2017

  • Online tutor for graduate courses on Information Management and Business Engineering.

2015

Postdoctoral research fellow – Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

01/2015 – 02/2017

  • Senior researcher in the German funded project 4C4Learn on intertwining process and competence management approaches to support organizational development.
  • Co-author of multiple research proposals including a successful proposal for the project 4C4Learn.

2013

Visiting research fellow – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

02/2013 – 05/2013

  • Researcher focusing on behavioral intentions of process model re-use.

2011

Process management consultant and coach

06/2011 – present

Consultant and coach for multiple public and private organizations such as:

  • School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri
  • VIACTIV (health insurance provider)
  • Heinrich Huhn GmbH & Co. KG (manufacturer of metal stampings and assemblies)
  • Construction, IT-services, human resources and finances departments at the Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Westfalen-Lippe (association of doctors)

2009

Researcher and PhD student – Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

03/2009 – 12/2014

  • Researcher in the European funded project MIRROR (IP-FP7) focusing on the evaluation of a socio-technical approach to foster collaborative reflection at the work place.
  • Researcher in the German funded project VEIN focusing on the design and evaluation of a socio-technical approach to support continuous improvement of work practice at the shop floor.
  • Research assistant in the German funded project service4home focusing on the design and evaluation of service processes to support elderly people to live in their own home for as long as possible.
  • Research assistant in the project ISMS focusing on a privacy oriented analysis of work processes in a university administration.

2008

Co-founder and front-end developer – RWTH Aachen University / fromatob.com, Germany

06/2008 – 09/2009

  • Co-founder and front-end developer for an online travel platform in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University (fromatob.com).

2004

Student assistant and developer – Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

04/2004 – 02/2009

  • Lecture assistant for courses on Socio-technical Systems Design.
  • JAVA developer for a graphical process-modeling tool.
  • System administrator for the Linux server infrastructure of the Department Information and Technology Management.

2001

Student assistant and developer – Technical University Dortmund, Germany

10/2001 – 03/2004

  • Lecture assistant for courses on Computers and Society.
  • JAVA developer for a graphical process-modeling tool.

Publications

For a complete list of my publications please refer to my Google Scholar profile.

Journals

Chounta, I.-A., Nolte, A., Hecking, T., Farzan, R., & Herrmann, T. (2017). When to Say “Enough is Enough!”: A Study on the Evolution of Collaboratively Created Process Models. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact., 1(CSCW), 33:1-33:21.

Nolte, A., Bernhard, E., Recker, J., Pittke, F., & Mendling, J. (2016). Repeated Use of Process Models: The Impact of Artifact, Technological and Individual Factors. Decision Support Systems, 88, 98–111.

Herrmann, T., Nolte, A., & Prilla, M. (2013). Awareness support for combining individual and collaborative process design in co-located meetings. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 22(2), 241–270.

Nolte, A., & Prilla, M. (2013). Anyone can use models: Potentials, requirements and support for non-expert model interaction. International Journal of e-Collaboration. Special issue on "Collaborative usage and development of models", 9(4), 45–60.


Conferences

Nolte, A., & Herrmann, T. (2016). Facilitating Participation of Stakeholders during Process Analysis and Design. In COOP 2016 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (S. 225-241). Springer.

Prilla, M., Nolte, A., Blunk, O., Liedtke, D., & Renner, B. (2015). Analyzing Collaborative Reflection Support: A Content Analysis Approach. In ECSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (S. 123–142). Springer.

Herrmann, T., & Nolte, A. (2014). Combining Collaborative Modeling with Collaborative Creativity for Process Design. In COOP 2014 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (S. 377–392). Springer.

Nolte, A., Bernhard, E., & Recker, J. (2013). "You’ve modelled and now what?": Exploring determinants of process model re-use. In Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference for Information Systems.

Nolte, A., & Prilla, M. (2012). Normal users cooperating on process models: Is it possible at all? In CRIWG 2012, LNCS 7493 (S. 57–72). Springer.


Book chapters

Nolte, A., Brown, R., Anslow, C., Wiechers, M., Polyvyanyy, A., & Herrmann, T. (2016). Collaborative Business Process Modeling in Multi-surface Environments. In Collaboration Meets Interactive Spaces (259-286). Springer.

Herrmann, T., Nolte, A., & Prilla, M. (2016). Socio-technical Process Design — The Case of Coordinated Service Delivery for Elderly People. In Blurring the Boundaries Through Digital Innovation (S. 217-229). Springer.

Jakobi, T., Castelli, N., Nolte, A., Schönau, N., & Stevens, G. (2016). Towards Collaborative Green Business Process Management as a Conceptual Framework. In Advances and New Trends in Environmental and Energy Informatics (S. 275–293). Springer.


Workshops

Herrmann, T., Jahnke, I. & Nolte, A. (2016). Evaluating Socio-Technical Systems with Heuristics – A Feasible Approach?. In 2nd International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development (STPIS'16)

Nolte, A., Brown, R. A., Poppe, E., & Craig, A. (2015). Exploring collaborative modeling of business processes on large interactive touch display walls. In Workshop on Collaboration Meets Interactive Surfaces (CMIS): Walls, Tabletops, Mobiles, and Wearables

Herrmann, T., & Nolte, A. (2015). Sociotechnical Requirements-Specification – The example of continuous support for collaborative modelling and design. In 1st International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development (STPIS’15)

Teaching

Undergraduate

INFSCI 1017 Implementation of Information Systems – Lecturer
University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2017, Syllabus)

Project Management – Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2016)

Project Management – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Software Engineering – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Project Management – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Graduate

Information Management – Online Tutor
EURO-FH University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (Winter 2016)

Business Engineering – Online Tutor
EURO-FH University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (Winter 2016)

Process Management and Innovation – Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2016)

Project Management – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Process Management and Innovation – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2015)

Subject-driven role-guided externalization of organizational models – Co-Lecturer
JKU Linz (ERASMUS Summer School 2014, Sample slides on process modeling fundamentals)

Process Management and Innovation – Co-Lecturer
Ruhr-University Bochum (Summer 2014)

Subject-driven role-guided externalization of organizational models – Co-Lecturer
JKU Linz (ERASMUS Summer School 2013)

Awards & Grants

Recipient of a Grant for participation in the symposium Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life: Exploring Grand Challenges for the Digital Age in Hannover, Germany (2017)

Recipient of a Research fellowship by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on Supporting sustained collaboration over time in hybrid collocated and online settings at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (April 2017 to 2019)

Recipient of the Special award Sandro D’Atri for the paper Socio-technical Design – the case of coordinated service delivery for elderly people at the Conference of the Italian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (itAIS) in Rome, Italy (2015)

Recipient of a Grant for participation in the 2nd European BPM Round Table in Vaduz, Liechtenstein (2014)

Recipient of a Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a short term research visit to the Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (February to May 2013)

Recipient of an eXist Business Start-up Grant by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for the development of an online travel platform (fromatob.com) in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2008)

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