Bachelor Seminar Fall 2013


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 18, 4 pm 

The paper must be submitted in duplicate to the secretariat of the chair, as well as be send in digital form (pdf) to the supervisor.

SEMINAR DAY: November 29

8:50 - 11:45 in Schloß Ostflügel - O 145 (Heinrich Vetter-Hörsaal)

12:45  - 17:15 in Schloß Ostflügel - O 133 (KPMG-Hörsaal)


Topic Contemporary Issues in IS Research
Lecturer Dr. Thomas Kude and research assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Registration open until August 25
Dropout period until September 16
Paper submission deadline November 18
Seminar day November 29
Contact Aliona von der Trenck (


The primary objective of the seminar is to analyze information systems development and use from different perspectives. The secondary objective is to provide students with techniques of scientific writing in a practical setting. Important aspects are the evaluation, structuring, and classification of existing research work and the presentation of a detailed and thorough overview of the current state of the art. In addition, scientific work also includes the creation of new knowledge. The participation in the seminar can be regarded as an important preliminary step towards a successful completion of the final thesis.

The topics of the seminar are subdivided into the five tracks listed below. The research questions of the seminar theses will be developed together with the supervisors and may or may not address one of the questions mentioned below.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Track Contents Advisor
Design Science Evaluation of Software Prototypes: A Literature Review on Evaluation Scenarios based on Case Studies The design and development of prototypes is an essential part of the design science research methodology. However, not only usability and efficiency of these prototypes but also business process alignment as well as solution quality of the business scenario have to be evaluated afterwards. For this reason, qualitative analyses in terms of case studies with domain experts are common ways of conducting prototype evaluation. Your seminar task is to identify design science articles including prototype evaluations and to compare the evaluation phases of these papers according to setup and execution steps Tommi Kramer
Information Pathologies in Human Information Behavior Several malfunctions in dealing with information exist. One important pathology is information avoidance. The aim of this seminar paper is to review the literature on information pathologies besides avoidance, and to create a taxonomy of alternative misbehaviors in regard to information Tillmann Neben
Information Sharing and Hiding in Human Information Behavior Most of research on information sharing treats it as a strongly positive and hiding as a counterproductive workplace behavior. However, information sharing can result in information overload and generation of low quality information; and information hiding could reduce noise within an organization or help establish good relationship between employees. The purpose of this seminar topic is going beyond the common understanding of the information sharing and hiding behavior and deductively derive other aspects of these behaviors than the common ones. Aliona von der Trenck
The Impact of Software Sourcing on Performance In the face of increasing competition, rising customer sophistication, and intensified financial pressures, the role of information technology (IT) is growing. Despite a huge body of research on the value of IT, the debate on how IT contributes to performance of firms still persists [1]. In recent years, the corporate software landscape has been subject to tremendous changes. Vendors are increasingly offering enterprise systems in a Software-as-a-Service (on-demand) setting. For most of their applications, client companies can choose between developing software in-house or sourcing packaged software in an on-premises or on-demand mode. So far, little attempt has been made to explicitly compare these three sourcing arrangements with each other. Thus, seminar papers within this topic address the following research question: How does software sourcing impact performance outcomes of client firms? Marko Nöhren
Measuring the Service Performance of Software Development Teams Software development teams do mostly not only develop software, but provide services to their stakeholders. For instance, they explain customers or sales personnel how to use the software (sales consulting), help customers implement the software (implementation consulting), or help other development teams modify or use their software (technical consulting). If the provision of such services is a significant part of a team's task spectrum, evaluating the service performance itself might be relevant for the assessment of a team's overall performance. In this seminar thesis, you should contrast existing ways to measure service quality and their applicability to exemplary services of software development teams Christoph Schmidt
Coordination in Multiteam Systems Due to an ever growing demand for faster cycle times in software development, new paradigms such as agile and lean development have become prominent in industry. In the past, large-scale projects have focused on long and rigorous planning activities to reduce risk and manage dependencies. With lean and agile methods the focus has shifted to shorter iterative planning and development cycles with continuous delivery of value to the customer. In this context, the coordination of several development teams is the essential topic for large-scale software development in order to improve the efficiency of the system. Seminar theses within this topic may address one or several of the following questions: What is the status quo of large-scale lean/agile software development? How do large-scale software development systems coordinate teams? And many more… Alexander Scheerer


Registration is closed
Please register via sending a mail to Aliona ( with the content:
- your name and student ID (Matrikelnummer)
- two preferred tracks from the table above
- a copy of your transcript of records.


  • The literature review should be done by students independently.
  • The review shall include electronic literature sources offered by the University of Mannheim (Rechercheportal)  as well as sources available on the internet.
  • Overviews of literature sources are available at the library and here.


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