In this paper, we list five common assumptions in the context of digitalization which we consider more of a hindrance to digital transformation at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) than contributing to its success. These assumptions relate to the areas change, pace, technology, competences, and financing.
After a brief outline and the definition of terms used, each assumption is placed in the context of the current digitalization debate at HEIs. The authors will examine why these assumptions exist and what (negative) impacts they can have. Subsequently, we deliver counter-arguments which explain why the assumptions are (at least partially) not correct, and make suggestions for some conditions that are conducive to a digital transformation of HEIs.
Thus, the purpose of the paper is to refute common (but false) assumptions in the field of digitalization and to counter these assumptions with examples of supportive measures for a successful digital transformation of HEIs. This will be done with the help of a literature review as well as accounts of experiences collected by the authors in their respective scientific communities.