Department of Digitalization

Associate professor

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Michael Wessel

Michael Wessel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Digitalization, Copenhagen Business School. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. His research resides at the intersection of information systems, digital entrepreneurship, and digital innovation and is driven by a fascination for paradigm-shifting phenomena caused by the digital transformation that challenge long-standing institutional structures. Methodologically, he prefers to work empirically and blends traditional experimental and quantitative research methods with computational approaches such as machine learning and text mining. Michael's work has been published in international journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Journal, Decision Support Systems, and Electronic Markets.

Primary research areas
  • Digital Platform Economy
  • Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Digital Technology and User Behavior
Administrative tasks
  • Master’s Thesis Coordinator
Social media
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  • Digital Technologies and Data-Driven Business
  • Business Models and Value Chains in the Digital Economy
  • Digital Transformation Management

Master's thesis supervision on topics related to my primary research areas.

Other teaching activities


Selected publications
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Erk Peter Piening; Ferdinand Thies; Michael Wessel; Alexander Benlian / Rückschläge richtig wegstecken : Eine moderate Anpassung der Strategie erhöht die Erfolgsaussichten.
In: Zeitschrift Fuhrung und Organisation, No. 4, 7.2022, p. 232-236
Journal article > peer review
Michael Wessel; Ferdinand Thies; Alexander Benlian / The Role of Prototype Fidelity in Technology Crowdfunding
In: Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 37, No. 4, 7.2022
Journal article > peer review
Martin Adam; Michael Wessel; Alexander Benlian / AI-based Chatbots in Customer Service and their Effects on User Compliance
In: Electronic Markets, Vol. 31, No. 2, 6.2021, p. 427-445
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Michael Wessel; Rob Gleasure; Robert J. Kauffman / Creators and Backers in Rewards-based Crowdfunding : Will Incentive Misalignment Affect Kickstarter’s Sustainability?.
In: Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System SciencesHonolulu : Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2021, p. 6543-6552 (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences)
Article in proceedings > peer review
Ferdinand Thies; Sören Wallbach; Michael Wessel; Markus Besler; Alexander Benlian / Initial Coin Offerings and the Cryptocurrency Hype : The Moderating Role of Exogenous and Endogenous Signals.
In: Electronic Markets, 6.3.2021
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Erk Peter Piening; Ferdinand Thies; Michael Wessel; Alexander Benlian / Searching for Success : Entrepreneurs’ Responses to Crowdfunding Failure.
In: Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Vol. 45, No. 3, 5.2021, p. 626-657
Journal article > peer review
Michael Wessel; Rob Gleasure; Robert J. Kauffman / Sustainability of Rewards-based Crowdfunding : Quasi-experimental Analysis of Funding Targets and Backer Satisfaction.
In: Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2021, p. 612-646
Journal article > peer review
Carmelo Cennamo; Ioanna Constantiou; Michael Wessel / The "Love Effect" in Crowdfunding Markets : How Platform Selective Promotion of Projects Affects Value Creation.
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
Paper > peer review
Erk Peter Piening; Ferdinand Thies; Michael Wessel; Alexander Benlian / Learning to Raise Money : How and When Entrepreneurs Learn from Failed Crowdfunding Campaigns.
In: Proceedings of the Seventy-ninth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2019, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Abayomi Baiyere; Thomas Jensen; Louise Harder Fischer; Kalina Staykova; Michael Wessel; Jonas Hedman / Navigating Global Online Market Places (GOMPs) : An ADR Perspective.
In: ICT Unbounded, Social Impact of Bright ICT Adoption: Proceedings of FIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2019. . ed. /Yogesh Dwivedi; Emmanuel Ayaburi; Richard Boateng; John Effah. Cham : Springer 2019, p. 529-535 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, No. 558)
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Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities


  • Strit, Consulting clients in the area of digitalization and develop software (own company)