Bachelor Thesis (BA 450, B.Sc. Business Administration) - "Contemporary Issues in IS"

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Topic Bachelor Thesis (BA 450, B.Sc. Business Administration) "Contemporary Issues in IS Research"
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and research assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Registration 10.-17. March 2015 via Portal2
ECTS 12
Language English
Prerequisite Wifo I - III
Intro Session 20. April, 16:00, L15, 1-6, 214/15
Contact Saskia Bick

Procedure

The following steps describe the process of how to write a bachelor thesis in spring summer semester 2015:

  1. December 9, 2014: Announcement of exemplary topics for bachelor thesis
  2. March 10 - 17, 2015: Students submit their preferences
  3. April 14, 2015: Topics will be published on this website
  4. April 20, 2015: Kick-off session (4pm, L15, 1-6, 214/15)
  5. April 21, 2015, 12pm: Announcement of topic assignment
  6. June 16, 2015, 12pm: Deadline for thesis submission
  7. mid July: Results will be announced

Current Topics, FSS2015

Topic Area Topic Description Supervisor
Which methods and technologies support the cost estimation in the healthcare sector? The German hospital sector is shaped by extreme cost pressure, com-petition and the struggle of many hospitals to survive. 51% of the ap-proximately 2,000 German hospitals are facing fiscal emergency. Hence, cost inquiry and reduction are inevitable. New approaches try to benefit from so called workflow management systems to detect and analyze the cause of costs. A thesis on this topic must provide an overview of academic literature from the fields of cost estimation and cost reduction. Especially, technologies like workflow management systems, supporting those fields, should be explored. Okan Aydingül
Taming Organizational Complexity - Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Software Development The need for a flexible and adaptive software development workforce is only one of the reasons why more and more large software vendors adopt agile development methodologies. Agility on a large-scale, however, imposes various challenges for software development teams, as such "multiteam settings" usually involve several interdependent teams. Achieving a balance between inter- and intra-team dependencies, i.e. coordination within or between the involved entities, is a classical problem of organizational design. Having a very long history, findings from organizational design research are key to contemporary issues such as the organization of an agile software development workforce in market-leading, multi-national companies such as Google, SAP or Spotify. A thesis covering this topic should provide a detailed overview on the evolution of organizational design research, considering the conflict of intra- vs. inter-unit dependencies. Saskia Bick
Value Measurement Methodology The Value Measurement Methodology seeks to define, capture, and measure value associated with digital services unaccounted for traditional calculations based on Return-on-investment (ROI) concepts. In this thesis the student is expected to (1) trace the idea of the Value Measurement Methodology to its roots and summarize its theoretical and practical foundation in-depth by synthesizing existing research across disciplines, and to (2) discuss its differences from related concepts used for assessing the value of digital services and projects. Jens Förderer
ValIT ValIT represents a governance framework that aims to generate business value from corporate investments into IT. In this thesis the student is expected to (1) trace the idea of ValIT to its roots and summarize its theoretical and practical foundation in-depth by synthesizing existing research across disciplines, and to (2) discuss its differences from related concepts used for assessing the value of digital services and projects. Jens Förderer
Open Data in Smart Home Automation Open data in smart home automation: In the domain of smart home automation systems the central intelligence units are enabled to control each device of a system. Some scenarios, however, require additional data input (e.g. weather information) to act and react properly. This thesis researches data sets that are publicly available and useful attributions to smart home scenarios. Tommi Kramer
Eye-Tracking in Human Information Behavior The eye-tracking methodology is used for measuring various constructs that are of relevance to information systems research. Prominent examples are information search and use. This thesis identifies relevant constructs (literature) that have not yet been addressed by eye-tracking, and proposes a novel measure based on actual eye-tracking (eye-tracking lab). Tillmann Neben
Status Quo of Large-Scale Agile Software Development Due to an ever growing demand for faster cycle times in software development, new paradigms such as agile and lean development have become prominent in industry. In the past, large-scale projects have focused on long and rigorous planning activities to reduce risk and manage dependencies. With lean and agile methods the focus has shifted to shorter iterative planning and development cycles with continuous delivery of value to the customer. In this context, the coordination of several development teams is the essential topic for large-scale software development in order to improve the efficiency of the system. The respective thesis within this topic is supposed to address the question: What is the current state of literature on large-scale agile software development? Alexander Scheerer
Why do Internet Users turn to the Deep Web? The Deep Web consists of web sites not accessible via traditional search engines, and it is characterized by the anonymity of its users. Such anonymity arguably alters market conditions and user behavior. By consequence, illegal business transactions with drugs and violence have been flourishing in this environment. Governmental agencies are prosecuting providers and customers of illegal market places such as Silk Road. Nevertheless, there are also voices arguing that it must be possible for citizens to interact anonymously also for legal purposes. A thesis on this topic must provide an overview of academic literature from the fields of information systems, organization, and business on the Deep Web. In particular, analyses should structure extant knowledge on user characteristics, behavior, and business in the Deep Web. Kai Spohrer
Beyond knowledge sharing: Knowledge hiding in organizations It is widely recognized that knowledge can result in a sustainable competitive advantage for organizations, and information systems can support them to successfully achieve this goal. An assumption that individuals will automatically contribute to these systems resulted in major issues and significant monetary losses for many Fortune 500 companies. Research on knowledge sharing has resulted in a tremendous body of literature, addressing antecedents of knowledge sharing behavior. However, our understanding of failures and ability to predict success of a sharing initiative is still limited. Recently, researchers started addressing behaviors "beyond sharing", such as withholding or hiding to better understand the underlying mechanisms of knowledge transfer. Based on a literature review, a thesis in this area should provide insights on such behaviors (e.g. hiding, organizational silence), their antecedents (e.g. knowledge ownership, fear of loose of power, distrust), or consequences (e.g. organizational performance, sanctions). Aliona von der Trenck

The topic assignment will be announced on April 21, 2015 at 12pm by email.

For further information please contact Saskia Bick.

Literature

  • 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.

Links

  • <LINK http://wifo1.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/Diplom-Vorlage/Richtlinien_20101211.pdf _blank>Mandatory Guidelines</LINK>
  • <link http://wifo1.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/lehre/hws10/Seminars/WissenschaftlichesArbeiten.pdf - download>Short Introduction: Academic writing (German)</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 (German)</LINK>
  • <LINK http://heinzl.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/Diplom-Vorlage/Thesis_Template_WifoI_EN.docx _blank>Word Template (English)</LINK>
  • <LINK http://wifo1.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/fileadmin/files/heinzl/files/downloads/LatexTemplate-EN-DE.zip _blank>LaTeX template with instructions and sample document</LINK>