Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel

Professor for Design Thinking and Innovation Research

Phone: +49 331 5509 4900 (Anne Klonower)

Room : Campus II, Building L, L-2.13

Email : office-uebernickel(at)hpi.de

Web   : LinkedIn, Researchgate, Google Scholar



Research Projects

Current Project

Currently we focus on Digital Innovation and Transformation with a strong perspective on cognition and behavioural aspects, management, and adoption of Design Thinking, as well as finishing our global design thinking study. 


02/2005 – 04/2008    Doctorate studies at University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Topic: Product-oriented IT Service calculation – Methods and concepts |
Referees: Prof. Dr. Walter Brenner and Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar

10/1999 – 04/2004    Studies of Information Management at University of Regensburg (Germany).

Main focus on Finance and Information Security (best graduate of the year)


Experience (Academic)

10/2019 - today        Full Professor for Design Thinking and Innovation Research at the Hasso Plattner Institute (Germany)

09/2016 – today        Adjunct Professor for Business Administration at University of St.Gallen (Switzerland)

04/2010 – 09/2016     Assistant Professor for Information Management at University of St.Gallen (Switzerland)

05/2008 – 04/2010     Senior Researcher and Project Manager at University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

02/2005 – 04/2008    Research Assistant at University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

08/2003 – 02/2004    Junior Research Assistant with Prof. Dr. Hannes Federrath at University of Regensburg   (Germany) Chair of Information Security

10/2000 – 08/2001    Junior Research and Teaching Assistant with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jochen Drukarczyk at University of Regensburg (Germany) Chair of Finance


Experience (Non-Academic)

12/2008 – 10/2019        Managing Partner at IT Management Partner St. Gallen AG (Switzerland)

Spin-off from the University of St. Gallen with focus on Transformation by Design in large organizations | 15+ experienced employees | reference customers are (extract): Royal Bank of Scotland, Eon, German Health Insurances, Siemens, UBS, Syngenta, Qiagen, Merck, Allianz SE

09/2011 – today        President of SUGAR Community and founding member (Switzerland, USA)

Coordination and organization of the global Design Thinking community together with Stanford University (Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD) (avg. 190 students and over 20 participating universities, amongst other: University of Science and Technology (USTC) (China), Aalto University (Finland), Hasso-Plattner-Institute (Germany))

07/2004 – 01/2005    Business Analyst at Deloitte Business Consulting (Germany)

Conception and planning of group consolidation systems for international companies (focus on defense industry)

1998 – 1999        Basic military service at German armed forces (Germany)

Armored infantryman / HR department



> Uebernickel, F., Jiang, L., Brenner, W., Pukall, B., Naef, T., Schindlholzer B. (2020). Design Thinking - The Handbook. Link.

> Stoeckli,  E., Dremel, C., Uebernickel, F. (2018). Exploring characteristics and transformational capabilities of InsurTech innovations to understand insurance value creation in a digital world. Springer. Link.

> Herterich, M., M., Uebernickel, F., Brenner, W., (2016). Stepwise Evolution of Capabilities for Harnessing Digital Data Streams in Data-Driven Industrial Services. Link.

> Vetterli, C., Brenner, W., Uebernickel, F., Petrie, C. (2013). From palaces to yurts: Why requirements engineering needs design thinking. Link.

> Vetterli, C., Uebernickel, F., Brenner, W., Petrie, C., Stermann, D. (2016). How Deutsche Bank's IT Division Used Design Thinking to Achieve Customer Proximity. Link.

> Haskamp, T., Marx, C., Dremel, C., Uebernickel, F. (2021). Understanding Inertia in Digital Transformation: A Literature Review and Multilevel Research Framework  Link.

> Viljoen, A., Klinker, K., Wiesche, M., Uebernickel, F., Krcmar H. (2021). Design Principles for mHealth Application Development in Rural Parts of Developing Countries: The Case of Noncommunicable Diseases in Kenya. Link.

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