Terms of Use of the IBD Website

History of IBD

Integrated Business Design (IBD) is not a company but a network of experts (freelancers) with complementary skills. IBD is committed to the dissemination of knowledge in the area of digital media and digital transformation and the development of tools and techniques to help companies to make the best use of global digital information infrastructures.

The first idea for IBD was conceived in October 2009 by Susan Williams, Petra Schubert and Catherine Hardy. The domain name “integrated-business-design” (.com, .eu and .de) was first registered on 25.01.2010. The original logo was developed with the help of the Online Crowd Service 99designs.com in January 2011. The first version of the IBD Website went online in November 2013 after a series of design and planning workshops. After three years of successful operation, the IBD design was completely renewed (new website template, new logo) and the website was re-launched in August 2016.

Responsibility for this Website

IBD is represented by:

  • Prof. Dr. Susan Williams, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Petra Schubert, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Dr. Catherine Hardy, University of Sydney, Australia


Tel: +49 (0) 261 287 -2525
Fax: +49 (0) 261 287 -100 2525
E-Mail: info[at]integrated-business-design.com

Terms of Use

By using this Website visitors consent to the terms of use described in this document in full.


Unless stated otherwise, IBD owns the intellectual property rights of the material on the Website. All content of the IBD Website is protected by copyright. The reproduction, adaptation, translation, storage and use of text, images, graphics, sounds and video files or any other electronic resources is not permitted without the author’s consent. This does not affect the copying and downloading for private, scientific and non-commercial use. For questions, please contact the Website operators listed above. We explicitly allow quoting from our documents and Web pages (with a correct reference) and cordially invite linking to our pages.

References and Links

We would like to point out that we have no influence on the design and content of linked pages on other Websites. Therefore we dissociate ourselves from all contents of all linked pages on the entire Website including all subpages.

Acceptable Use

It is forbidden to use our Website in any way that might cause damage to the Website or lead to interruption in availability/accessibility of the Website. You may not use the Website for any illegal, harmful or fraudulent activity or in any other way unlawful purpose.

Visitors must not post, store, transmit or in any other way publish material which contains (or relates to) malware such as spyware, viruses, Trojan horses, worms, keystroke loggers, or any other malicious computer software.

It is forbidden to run software that systematically collects/harvests data from the IBD Website (data mining) without the written consent of the operators.

Restricted Access

Access to certain areas of our Website is reserved for registered users. We reserve the right to decline registration requests without further explanation.
If a visitor is granted a user ID and password to enable access to restricted areas of the IBD Website, the person must ensure that the password is kept confidential. Registered users must notify us in writing if they become aware of any unauthorised use of their account and/or password. The holder of the user ID is responsible for any activity on our Website resulting from a failure to keep the password confidential and may be held liable for consequences arising out of such a failure.

We reserve the right to cancel user accounts or discontinue our services at any time in our discretion without notice or explanation.

User Generated Content

In the next paragraphs, “user content” means material (e.g. text, images, audio material, video material and audio-visual material) that has been submitted to our Website, for whatever purpose.
By uploading or posting the material the user grants us a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute this content in any existing or future media (on the IBD Website or in publications resulting from it).

Any content added to the IBD Website must not be illegal or unlawful, nor infringe any third party’s legal rights and must not potentially give rise to legal action whether against the contributing user or IBD (in each case under any applicable law).

IBD reserves the right to remove any material submitted to our Website.

Limitation of Liability

IDB will not be liable for any consequences resulting from the use of the Website, the material on the Website or any kind of advice that a user might take from the content on the Website.
IBD does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information published on this Website. We cannot ensure that this Website remains available or that the material on the website is kept up to date.

Data Protection Declaration

The following data protection declaration contains information about our use of the data that arises from the use of this Website. Website visitors must agree to these procedures. Please, refrain from using our Website if you do not agree with our use of data as described in the following paragraphs.

Use of Personal Data

When you visit our Website our Webserver stores the viewed pages and their data elements in a log file. The following data is collected and stored:
IP address of the requesting computer
Date and time of access
Name and URL of the downloaded file
Amount of data transferred
Indication whether download was successful
Data identifying the browser software and operating system
Referring Website
Name of the visitor’s Internet Service Provider

The processing of this data is intended to allow use of the Website (connection setup), for system security, for technical administration of the network infrastructure and the optimization of the Website. The IP address is only evaluated in case of attacks to our network infrastructure.

No personal user profiles are created.

Personal information is only used with your explicit consent and when necessary (e.g. if you register a user account to download resources) or to respond to your enquiries.

You can always revoke your consent by writing an e-mail to the Website operators.

No Disclosure to Third Parties

Your personal information will be used only within the IBD network of experts. There will be no passing on information to third parties unless explicitly requested (e.g. in an e-mail to us). The only exception is a transfer on request of an authorized government agency or law enforcement agency e.g. in the event of a misuse of our services, in particular a deliberate attack on our system.

Use of Cookies

When you access our website, we store information in the form of a cookie on your computer.

If you refuse the use of cookies, we ask you to change the settings of your browser. You generally have the option to reject all cookies, or allow for storage only after your approval. The refusal of cookies does not restrict the use of our Website. For more information, please refer to your browser manufacturer’s instructions.

Google Analytics

For the analysis of hits on our Website we use Google Analytics, a service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics evaluates the cookie stored on your computer during your visit to our website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our Website is usually transmitted to servers operated by Google Inc. and is stored there.
You can stop Google Analytics from storing your data (opt-out) by installing a browser plug-in, c.f. https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Links to Other Service Providers

Our website may contain links to other providers (e.g. social media platforms). We are not responsible for whether these providers or operators comply with the statutory data protection regulations.

Timeliness of the Data Protection Declaration

In the event of updates on our Website or the implementation of new technologies it may become necessary to change this privacy policy document. IBD reserves the right to change this privacy statement at any time. Therefore, we recommend reading the current Privacy Policy from time to time.

Publication date of this document: 26th November, 2013