Bachelor Seminar Fall 2011


Topic Managing Information Resources in IT Organizations
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and Research Assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Registration Early-bird with 3 preferences till: 15.07.2011; first come-first served assignment of open topics till 11.09.2011
Prerequisite Wifo I - III
Date and Location L 7, 3-5, Room 358, November 17, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact Kai Spohrer

Important dates

  • <b>Info session:</b> Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM <link>in our online meeting room</link>
  • <b>Registration:</b> open until July 15, late registration until September 11
  • <b>Introduction to Literature Management:</b> Thursday, September 15, 12:00 noon, Computer Pool L7, 3-5, 358
  • <b>Paper submission:</b> before November 11, 2011, 12:00 noon
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> L 7, 3-5, Room 358, November 17, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Info Session Slides

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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. 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 bachelor thesis.


Topic Contents Advisor
1. Explanation and Measurement of Software Development Performance Which approaches do exist to explain the performance of development teams (e.g. in the automotive industry)? Which measurement methods have been proposed and are they applicable for software development? Christoph Schmidt
2. Effects of Information Overload on Information Seeking Behavior and Task Performance Which mechanisms have been identified to cope with information overload so far? Which recommendation can be deduced for the design of information systems which effectively reduce both the risk and the possible negative consequences of information overload. Erik Hemmer
3. Learning in Agile Software Development Teams Which are the decisive factors for successful learning within agile software development teams? Kai Spohrer
4. Approaches for the Evaluation of Artifacts in Design Science The evaluation of newly created software artifacts is a substantial part of design science research. The goal of this seminar thesis is to provide a synopsis of literature regarding evaluation methods as well as the provision of examples for the single methods. Lars Klimpke
5. KPIs for Software-as-a-Service on a Process Level How do Software-as-a-Service solutions contribute to the productivity of specific organizational processes? Which KPIs are suitable to measure this contribution? What can a Software-as-a-Service KPI framework look like? Marko Nöhren
6. The Influence of Authority on the Performance of IT-Governance What influence does formal and real authority of the IT-governance unit have on a successful IT governance implementation? Miroslav Lazic
7. Aggregation Points and Digital Complementary Assets How do companies that provide digital services profit from the interaction with complementors? Such complementors offer digital services with relevant impact on the other company's business but with higher economies of scale. Tommi Kramer
8. The Service in Software-as-a-Service What is the service in Software-as-as-Service? What can vendors learn from other service industries? Sebastian Stuckenberg
9. Competition in IS Offshoring Where and why does competition exist between individuals and teams in IS offshoring projects? What are the effects? Kai Spohrer
10. Open Issues in Distributed Requirements Engineering Requirements engineering, as a communication intensive task, is hard in distributed software development projects. Which unsolved problems remain in distributed requirements engineering and what are possible solutions? Sven Scheibmayr

Process Milestones to be Validated With Advisor

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

  • Literature Review presented to advisor: before Sep 23
  • Rough Concept in coordination with advisor: before Oct 7
  • Validate detailed concept of content and structure with advisor: before Oct 21
  • Submit final paper: until Nov 11
  • Validate slides for final presentation with academic advisor: Nov 11
  • Presentation: Nov 17
  • 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>LaTeX template with instructions and sample document</LINK>