Publications of Yannick Hildebrandt

Conference Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Valta, M., Hildebrandt, Y., and Maier, C. (2022)
Reducing Technostress: The Role of the Digital Mindset
Proceedings of the Twenty-eighth Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Minneapolis, US

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Organizations invest lots of effort and costs in reducing technostress, as it harms their employees’ well[1]being and reduces their work performance. Therefore, it is imperative to mitigate technostress. We suppose each individual has a unique digital mindset, a malleable factor describing their specific ways of thinking and awareness, which guides how to react to techno-stressors. We build on the transactional model of stress and survey 151 employees to test the role of the digital mindset. Our results show that individuals with a strong digital mindset respond less strongly to techno-stressors with reduced job performance, reduced job satisfaction, and increased turnover intention. We contribute to research by carving out how individuals react to techno-stressors in line with their digital mindset, reflecting that digital mindset might buffer that techno-stressors have adverse impacts on individuals and organizations.

Hildebrandt, Y., Valta, M., and Beimborn, D. (2022)
Quantifying the Digital Mindset: Development of a Measurement Instrument
Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research, Atlanta, Georgia USA

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The ‘digital mindset’ is frequently raised by both researchers and practitioners to be an essential factor of the human side of digitalization to successfully cope with the arising challenges of digitalization. Despite existing conceptualizations of the construct, the literature provides no operationalization for quantitative research, so far. Our research pursues the goal to address the question of how the digital mindset can be measured. Literature- and Delphi study-based approaches were used to develop various types of scales which were pre-validated by experts and statistically validated. For contentual validation, 35 participants were interviewed and subsequently completed the developed scales in a panel study. The resulting interview statements were rated by two independent raters and the results compared with the scale results. The correlations of the answers from using the different measures indicate that the developed survey scales can serve as proxies for the qualitative approach, which is assumed to measure the ‘true’ level of the digital mindset. In the future, researchers can choose from different scales based on their requirements for precision and efficiency (i.e., time needed to complete the survey items).

Hildebrandt, Y. and Beimborn, D. (2022)
Assessing the Digital Mindset - Using Explicit Scales to Measure an Implicit Phenomenon
Proceedings of the 82. Academy of Management Conference, Seattle, US

Hildebrandt, Y. (2022)
Hunting Darwins Counterpart: Tracing the Exaptation Phenomenon in IS Research
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, Nürnberg, Germany

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The repurposing of problem-solving artifacts is an efficient way to innovate. Originating in evolutional theory, exaptation – the repurposing of an existing trait – gained recently attention in IS research due to the generative and malleable characteristics of digital technologies. Notwithstanding, research on this theoretical construct in IS research is scarce, while the innovation and economics literature already adapted the theory to, e.g., explain and predict disruptive market behaviors. With a scoping literature review, this paper pursues to draw a comprehensive picture of the current state of research of exaptation in IS research. Through an analysis of 46 publications, we could structure the field, derive three valuable contributions for the general exaptation theory and outline a future research agenda provide orientation and inspiration for further exaptation research in the digital and organizational context.

Hildebrandt, Y. and Beimborn, D. (2022)
A Cognitive Conveyor for Digital Innovation - Definition and Conceptualization of the Digital Mindset
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, Nürnberg, Germany

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Notwithstanding the ubiquitous notion of the ‘digital mindset’ as a central way of thinking in digitalization, the literature lacks an unambiguous and integrative definition that allows further conceptualization of the phenomenon in a detailed manner. This paper defines and conceptualizes the digital mindset in a digital innovation context by an integration of different psychological perspectives and systematic analysis of digital innovation literature, cross-validated through an inductive expert survey (n=50). As a result, a coherent definition and conceptualization with 11 thinking patterns contribute to the research of the human side of digitalization and pave the way for future research avenues. Concluding our work, we highlight overlaps and draw parallels to related theoretical IS concepts and link our results to extant findings of IS research.

Hildebrandt, Y. and Beimborn, D. (2021)
Ambiguous, Misinterpreted, But Essential: Conceptualization of the "Digital Mindset"
Proceedings of the 81 Academy of Management Conference, Virtual Event

Hildebrandt, Y. and Beimborn, D. (2021)
The Intangible Key for Digitalization: Conceptualizing and Measuring the "Digital Mindset"
Proceedings of the 2021 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research, Virtual Event, Germany

Book Chapters

Hildebrandt, Y. and Beimborn, D. (2021)
Wissenschaftliche Ansätze zur Identifikation und Messung digitaler Kompetenzen
Handbuch Digitale Kompetenzentwicklung: Wie sich Unternehmen auf die digitale Zukunft vorbereiten, Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG, S. 65-88