Master and Diplom Seminar Fall 2010 at BASF


Topic Managing Information Resources in a Leading Global IT Organization
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and Research Assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Prerequisite Vordiplom (or comparable degree) and at least 4 completed Wifo-modules (for diploma students)
Language English
Date and Location November 26, 2010
Contact Kai Spohrer

Important dates

  • <b>Info session:</b> Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM online in <link>our dimdim meeting room</link>
  • <b>Kickoff session:</b> Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM in L15, 1-6, room A001. <link - download>Find slides here.</link>
  • <b>Registration:</b> open until July 15, late registration until September 12
  • <b>Paper submission:</b> until November 12, 2010
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> November 26, 2010

Paper Download

Papers can be downloaded from here.

Info Slides and Topic Descriptions

Thank you all for visiting the info session. Here are the slides and the descriptions of the single topics.


Please register here before July 15. After this date, registration will still be possible until September 12. However, topics will have been assigned before and you cannot assume to get your topics of choice.


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 with a real practice partner.  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 regarding a practically relevant topic. Moreover, findings are to be substantiated in a case study with the practice partner. 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/diploma thesis.




Topic Advisor Advisor (BASF) Student
1. Transformation from regional to a global service delivery model: Developing a process blueprint on the basis of ITIL Miroslav Lazic Mr. Pfeiffer H. Campidelli
2. Transformation from regional to a global service delivery model: Designing a global SAP application support model Miroslav Lazic Mr. Baumeister T. Tuyeni
3. Global ERP systems consolidation: Analysing the impact of Master Data Management (MDM) Tommi Kramer Mr. Kühl C. Herbold, M. Mausa-Trutnovsky
4. CANCELLED Sebastian Stuckenberg t.b.a.
5. Opportunities and challenges in supporting application development processes with social media Lars Klimpke Mr. Hoff, Mr. Stenzel A. Kamensek, S. Gebreyesus
6. The next generation of customer needs and requirements in mobile computing Erik Hemmer Ms. Theobald-Volz, Mr. Hoff L. Bakker, O. Erlenkämper
7. Application support for mobile computing Thomas Kude Mr. Hensler H.S. Dang
8. Virtualization, cloud PCs and mobility: Analysing the midterm impact on large IT service providers Sebastian Stuckenberg Mr. Weber T. Dinauer, M. Klar
9. Changing project management practices in agile software development Sven Scheibmayr Mr. Nandzik C. Arnegger
10. IS support for the transformation from product to customer orientation in multi-divisional organizations Kai Spohrer Mr. Jones Z. Li
11. IS offshoring: Challenges and opportunities for globally dispersed IT organizations Kai Spohrer Mr. Becher M. Krupp
12. Visibility and Transparency through Supply Network Collaboration Tommi Kramer Mr. Susemichel C. Groß

Process Milestones to be Validated With Advisor

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

  • Literature Review presented to academic advisor: before Sep 30
  • Rough Concept in coordination with advisor of the chair: before Oct 15
  • First contact with BASF advisor for the case study
  • Validate detailed concept of content and structure with academic advisor: before Oct 30
  • Submit final paper: until Nov 12
  • Validate slides for final presentation with academic advisor: before Nov 18
  • Presentation: Nov 26
  • Comprehensive Feedback / Lessons Learned for Diploma Thesis: on appointment


  • 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.


  • <LINK _blank>Mandatory Guidelines</LINK>
  • <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>