Master and Diplom Seminar


Topic Contemporary Aspects of Information Systems
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and Research Assistants
Prerequisite Second year of master program; "Vordiplom" (or comparable degree) and at least 4 completed Wifo-modules or agreed otherwise
Date May 26, 2011, 9:00am - 17:00pm
Registration Early-bird with 3 preferences till: 19.12.2010, first come-first served assignment of open topics till 14.02.2011
Contact Sebastian Stuckenberg

Important dates

  • <b>Info session:</b> December 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM online in our <link>dimdim meeting room</link>
  • <b>Registration period:</b> Early Bird until December 19, 2010, late-registration until February 19, 2011
  • <b>Topic and tutor assignment:</b> December 20, 2010
  • <b>Paper submission:</b> May 2, 2011, 12:00pm (noon)
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> May 26, 2011, 9:00am - 17:00pm


  • <LINK _blank>Mandatory Guidelines</LINK> (Richtlinien_Stand_11.12.2010.pdf)
  • <LINK>Slides of Seminar Info-Session (December 10, 2010)</LINK>
  • Recording of Info-Session (available on request)


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 master or diploma thesis.

The seminar will address current issues and topics of the different research areas of the Chair of Information Systems.

Process Milestones to be Validated With Tutor

 All milestones need to be validated with the corresponding tutor of the chair:

  • Literature Review
  • Kick-off meeting with advisor*
  • 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 Thesis

*it is required to already have profound knowledge about the topic prior to the kick-off meeting with the advisor to garantee a serious discussion.  


Human Information Behavior

  • 1.1: "Determinants of Information Seeking Stopping Behavior: A Synopsis of Existing Literature and a Critical Discussion of the Cognitive Load Construct", Erik Hemmer
  • 1.2: "Is There a Link Between Economic Theories and Human Information Behavior?", Erik Hemmer
  • 1.3: "Information Channels in Multi-Firm Networks", Erik Hemmer and Thomas Kude


  • 2.1: "Outsourcing Decision Making in Software Development Projects based on Requirements", Tommi Kramer
  • 2.2: "Dynamic Capabilities of IS Outsourcing Vendors - Learning how to learn", Kai Spohrer
  • 2.3: "Diversification in IS Offshoring: Why might firms opt for competitors of India as offshoring locations?", Kai Spohrer

Software Development:

  • 3.1: "Requirements Elicitation Techniques in Distributed Software Development", Sven Scheibmayr
  • 3.2: "Measuring the Success of Microblogging in Software Development", Lars Klimpke
  • 3.3: "Drivers and Hurdles of Enterprise Microblogging Adoption", Lars Klimpke

IT Governance:

  • 4.1: "The Interaction between Business Process Governance and IT Governance", Miroslav Lazic

Software and Service Management:


  • 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


  • <link - download>Short Introduction: Academic writing (German)</LINK>
  • <a href="" target="_blank">Conference and Journal Ranking (WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK)</a>
  • <a href="" target="_blank">Journal Ranking (AIS)</a>
  • <LINK _blank>Word Template</LINK>
  • <LINK _blank>Basic LaTeX Template</LINK>
  • <LINK _blank>LaTeX Template with more Features for Advanced Users</LINK>
  • <LINK _blank>LaTeX Example</LINK>