Master Seminar Fall 2014: Digital Life, Digital Business (IS 712)

Digital Life, Digital Business

Individuals and organizations operate in a world that is increasingly permeated with digital technology. Every day, we interact with digital technology that makes our phones smart, our cars safe, and our lives convenient. Likewise, digital technology is embedded in the very core of the products, operations, and strategies of many organizations. Ever more, digital technology is key to business success, not only for experienced players like Microsoft and Google, but also for traditional ones like Volkswagen, Boeing or Nike. The pervasive nature of digital technology is radically transforming our understanding of information systems (IS), encompassing their development, coordination, use, and the way we interact with them. The primary objective of this seminar is to shed light on these issues and enrich our knowledge about how digital technology impacts individuals and organizations.

In this seminar, students gain a profound understanding of structuring, classifying, and evaluating existing research and learn to effectively communicate their detailed and thorough insights. Students are equipped with diverse techniques of scientific writing and academic rigor. The successful participation in the seminar is an important step towards the master thesis. The topics of the seminar are subdivided into the three tracks listed below. In case of further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Point of contact: Öffnet einen internen Link im aktuellen FensterJens Förderer 


Topic Digital Life, Digital Business
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and research assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
ECTS 6 (MMM), 4 (Wifo after Fall 2013), 3 (Wifo before Fall 2013)
Contact Jens Förderer (foerderer(at)

How to register

Register via email to Jens Förderer (foerderer(at)

  • Your name and student ID
  • 2 preferred tracks (prioritized)
  • Copy of your bachelor certificate
  • Án official and to-date transcript of records

Email subject: Registration IS712 *yourname*.

We will not consider registrations that do not fulfill these requirements. Confirmations will be sent out after the registration deadline (7.9.2014).


The seminar is organized along four tracks: Human behavior and IS, IS Innovation, IS Development, and IS in Healthcare. Amongst these, students may choose their preferred track. The seminar paper topics will broadly relate to the track chosen by the student (see exemplary topics).

TrackTitleKeywordsExemplary TopicsAssociated Advisors
AHuman Behavior and ISPsychology,
Information quality & attitude

- Experiments in IS research
- Information-focused: information value and information quality in IS research
- Human-focused: Attitudes, intentions and behaviors in IS research
- IS-focused: the dark side of IS

Tillmann Neben,
Aliona von der Trenck
BIS InnovationEcosystems,
Cloud Computing,
Innovation Networks,
Value Cocreation
- Coordinating Knowledge Transfer in Software Ecosystems
- Controlling for Innovation in Software Ecosystems
Jens Förderer,
Thomas Kude
CIS DevelopmentLean/Agile,
Development Teams
- Dependency Management in traditional vs. agile software development
- Implementation of a mobile reservation system
- Finding structural balance in Information Systems Development
- It’s all about (software development) performance – or is it?
- Lean/Agile Software Development for Embedded Systems
Saskia Bick,
Tommi Kramer,
Alexander Scheerer,
Kai Spohrer
DIS in HealthcareProcess Management,
Workflow Management
- Dynamic Workflow Management Systems for Treatment Process
- Scheduling in Patient Treatment Processes
- Scheduling and Workflow Management Integration in Treatment Process
Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl

Deadlines and Milestones

  • Applications after the registration deadline will not be considered.
  • Goal of the seminar paper is to conduct a literature review according to one of the guidelines in the field, such as Webster and Watson (2002). Details will be provided by the particular supervisor.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Milestones are mandatory and the deadlines are sharp - missing them will be graded as 5.0.
  • A dropout from the seminar is possible until 14.09.2014.
  • The deadlines are subject to changes.
Deadline Deliverables
Registration period now - 07.09.2014 Register via email to Jens Förderer (foerderer(at)
  • Your name and student ID
  • 2 preferred tracks (prioritized)
  • Copy of your bachelor certificate and a transcript of records
Kick-off 15.09.2014, 12.00 - 13.30, Castle, O131
  • Participate in the introductory kick-off session
  • Learn how to conduct a systematic literature review according to Webster and Watson (2002)
  • Contact and meet your advisor
Milestone I 28.09.2014 Submit first draft to your advisor
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction: fully formulated
  • Methodology: structured draft
Milestone II 12.10.2014 Submit second draft to your advisor
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction: fully formulated
  • Methodology: fully formulated
  • Results: structured draft
Milestone III 26.10.2014 Submit third draft to your advisor
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction: fully formulated
  • Methodology: fully formulated
  • Results: fully formulated
  • Discussion: structured draft
Final paper submission Sunday, 09.11.2014: Electronic version per Email to supervisor
Monday, 10.11.2014, 12:00 (noon): printed version to the chair's office
  • Hand in two printed versions of the seminar paper to the secretary’s office
  • Send a digital version of the seminar paper via email to the advisor
Presentation 26.11.2014 - 08:30-12.30 (Session I) and 27.11.2014 - 10:15-17.15 (Session II), Castle, Lecture Hall, Mannheim Business School
  • Participate in the seminar day
  • Present (10 mins) and discuss (5 mins) your seminar paper in a joint workshop
  • Discuss and provide feedback for at least one of the other students’ seminar paper

Documents and Guidelines for Conducting a Systematic Literature Review

  • <LINK _blank>Word template</LINK>
  • <LINK _blank>LaTeX template</LINK>
  • <LINK,d.ZGU>Associated Conference and Journal Ranking</LINK>
  • <link - download>Short Introduction: Academic writing (German)</LINK>