Thomas Kude was an Associate Professor of Information Systems at ESSEC Business School until 2023. He is now a Professor at the University of Bamberg in Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim. His current research focuses on digital ecosystems and agile software development. His work has been published in renowned academic journals, such as Information Systems Research, Information Systems Journal, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. In 2018, the Association for Information Systems (AIS) awarded him with the AIS Early Career Award. He received the award for the best paper published in the journal Information Systems Research in 2018.