Master Seminar Fall 2015/16: Contemporary Issues in Digital Life and Business (IS 712)

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. 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 five tracks listed below. In case of further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Topic Contemporary Issues in Digital Life and 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)
Grading seminar paper (75%), presentation (25%)
Contact Saskia Bick (bick(at)

Seminar Tracks

The seminar is organized along five tracks. Amongst these, students may state their priorities (1-3) for their preferred tracks. The seminar paper topics will relate to the exemplary topics listed below.

Track Title Keywords Exemplary Topics Associated Advisors
A Human Behavior and IS

Information Behavior

Information Quality

Information Avoidance Behavior in Information Systems Use

Assessing Information Quality

Measuring Human Information Behaviors and Attitudes

Designing Experiments

Tillmann Neben

Aliona von der Trenck

B IS Development

Large-Scale Agile Software Development

Dependency Management

The Concept of Innersourcing in Large-Scale Software Development

Dependency Visualization in Multiteam Systems

Saskia Bick

Prof. Armin Heinzl

C Product Innovation in IS

Products and Services

Disruptive Innovation


Product developer’s work style: Quality and Satisfaction of Product Developers

Product evolution: how companies adjust, change, and modify their products over time to address fickle customer needs and hypercompetitive markets

Jens Förderer

Tommi Kramer

D IS in Healthcare

Technology Adoption

Decision Support in Healthcare

Scheduling and Process Mining in Healthcare

User Resistance in Healthcare Environments

Decision Support in Healthcare

Analysis of Patient Scheduling Algorithms

Process Mining Algorithms and Applications

Okan Aydingül

Kai Spohrer

E M&A in the IS Industry


M&A in the Software Industry

Nele Lüker

Dr. Thomas Kude

How to register

Registration is possible only via our online registration tool. The registration is open until September 6th. 

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Please refer to this page for updated information. We will not consider registrations by e-mail, or incomplete data in the registration tool. Confirmations will be sent out on Monday, 07/09/2015. A dropout from the seminar is possible only until 09/09/2015, noon.

For further questions, please contact Saskia Bick (bick(at)

Deadlines and Milestones

  • Applications after the registration deadline will not be considered.
  • 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: 09/09/2015.
  • The deadlines are subject to changes.
Event Deadline Deliverables
Registration period 01/08 – 06/09/2015
  • Register via online Registration Tool
  • Registration is closed now.
  • Kick-off 11/09/2015,
    10:15 - 11:45am,
    L15, 1-6, A 001
  • Participate in the introductory kick-off session
  • Contact and meet your advisor
  • Milestone 1 25/09/2015
  • Submit first draft to your advisor
    • Detailed outline
    • List of Literature
    Milestone 2 23/10/2015
  • Submit second draft to your advisor
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction: fully formulated
    • Methodology: fully formulated
    • Results: fully formulated
    • Discussion: structured draft
    Paper submission 06/11/2015
  • Hand in two printed versions of the seminar paper to the secretary’s office (noon)
  • Send a digital version of the seminar paper via e-mail to your advisor (midnight)
  • Presentation submission 19/11/2015
  • Send your presentation in a .ppt(x) format via e-mail to Saskia Bick (bick(at)
  • Presentation 20/11/15 (MMM),
    27/11/15 (M.Sc. Bus. Inf.),
    L15, 1-6, 714
  • Attend the seminar day
  • Present and discuss 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 - download>Short Introduction: Academic writing (German)</LINK>
    • <LINK,d.ZGU>Associated Conference and Journal Ranking</LINK>