Diplom and Master Seminar Spring 2010


Topic Contemporary Aspects in Information Systems
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and Research Assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Certificate Seminarschein
Prerequisite Vordiplom (or comparable degree) and at least 4 completed Wifo-modules
Language English
Date and Location May 20, 2010, 8:30 - 13:00: Schloß Ostflügel, O48-50
May 21, 2010, 8:30 - 13:00: L 7, 3-5, Room P 044
Contact Lars Klimpke

Important dates

  • <b>Info session:</b> December 1, 2009, 13:45 (L15, 1-6; Room 715)
  • <b>Registration:</b> Closed.
  • <b>Topic and tutor assignment:</b> Until December 18, 2009
  • <b>Paper submission:</b> April 30, 2010, 12:00
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> May 20 & May 21, 2010, 9:00 - 13:00


  • <LINK http://wifo1.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/lehre/fss10/seminar/Info_Seminar_FSS10.pdf>Slides from the info session</LINK>


  • Closed.


  • <LINK http://wifo1.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/Diplom-Vorlage/Richtlinien_20101211.pdf _blank>Mandatory Guidelines</LINK>
  • <a href="http://www.springerlink.de/content/13u2m3q60645k430" target="_blank">Conference and Journal Ranking (WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK)</a>
  • <a href="http://ais.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=432" target="_blank">Journal Ranking (AIS)</a>
  • <LINK http://heinzl.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/Diplom-Vorlage/DAVorlageWord.doc _blank>Word Template</LINK>
  • <LINK http://heinzl.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/Diplom-Vorlage/da-latex.zip _blank>LaTeX Template</LINK>
  • <LINK http://heinzl.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/Diplom-Vorlage/da-beispiel-latex.pdf _blank>LaTeX Example</LINK>


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 diploma thesis.



Process Milestones to be Validated With Advisor

 All milestones need to be validated with the corresponding advisor:

  • Literature Review
  • Rough Concept in coordination with advisor of the chair
  • Detailed Concept of Content and Structure
  • Final Paper
  • Slides for Final Presentation
  • Presentation
  • Comprehensive Feedback / Lessons Learned for Diploma Thesis


  1. Information Behaviour - Foundations and Applicability to Corporate Settings 

  2. The Socio-Technical Impact of Mobile Technology in the B2B Environment 

  3. Learning from the Past: Success Factors of IT Innovations - A Study Based on the Path Dependency Theory 

  4. Key Figures for Project Progress Measurement in Globally Distributed Software Development 

  5. Methods and Tools for Agile and Distributed Requirements Engineering 

  6. The Role of Inter-Organizational Information Systems in the Software Industry 

  7. The Influence of Standards on the Structure of the Software Industry 

  8. Value Delivery of IT Governance 

  9. Value Delivery of the Alignment of IT and Corporate Governance 

  10. Prototyping in Requirements Engineering in Distributed Software Development Projects

  11. Graphical User Interface Prototyping as a Way to Elicit Requirements 

  12. Crowd-Knowledge in Software-as-a-Service Solutions: Critical Evaluation of Inter-Organizational Knowledge Sharing Possibilities in B2B Applications 

  13. Methods and tools to analyse user behaviour within Information Systems.  New possibilities enabled by Software-as-a-Service. 

  14. Practical Outsourcing Processes for Small and Medium Size Software Development Companies


  • 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.
  • An overview of literature sources is available here.