Master Seminar: More Digital Life and Digital Business (IS 712)

Individuals and organizations operate in a world that is increasingly permeated with digital technology. Every day, we interact with digital technology that makes our phones smart, our cars safe, and our lives convenient. Likewise, digital technology is embedded in the very core of the products, operations, and strategies of many organizations. Ever more, digital technology is key to business success, not only for experienced players like Microsoft and Google, but also for traditional ones like Volkswagen, Boeing or Nike. The pervasive nature of digital technology is radically transforming our understanding of information systems (IS), encompassing their development, coordination, use, and the way we interact with them. The primary objective of this seminar is to shed light on these issues and enrich our knowledge about how digital technology impacts organizations and individuals.

In this seminar, students gain a profound understanding of structuring, classifying, and evaluating existing research and learn to effectively communicate their detailed and thorough insights. Students are equipped with diverse techniques of scientific writing and academic rigor. The successful participation in the seminar is an important step towards the master thesis. The topics of the seminar are subdivided into the four tracks listed below. In case of further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Topic Master Seminar: More Digital Life and Digital Business (IS 712)
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and research assistants
ECTS 6 (MMM), 4 (Wifo after Fall 2013), 3 (Wifo before Fall 2013)
Grading Seminar paper (70%), Presentation (20%), Discussion and Participation (10%)
Contact Saskia Bick (bick(at)


The seminar is organized along four tracks: Human behavior and IS, IS Innovation, IS Development, and IS in Healthcare. Amongst these, students may choose their preferred track. The seminar paper topics will broadly relate to the track chosen by the student (see exemplary topics).

Track Title Keywords Exemplary Topics Associated Advisors
A Human Behavior and IS Psychology,
Information quality,
- Designing experiments in IS research
- Information-focused: information value and information quality in IS research
- Human-focused: Attitudes, intentions and behaviors in IS research
  Tillmann Neben,
Aliona von der Trenck  
B IS Innovation Platforms,
- Controlling for Innovation in Platforms - Cultivating "Killer" Apps
- Analyzing App Market Data
  Jens Förderer,
Thomas Kude  
C IS Development Lean-scale agile software,
- Boundary Spanning in Large-Scale Software Development
- Scaling Shared Mental Models in Large-Scale Software Development
  Saskia Bick,
Alexander Scheerer,
D IS in Healthcare Decision support in health care - Decision support in health care   Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl  

Deadlines and Milestones

  • Applications after the registration deadline will not be considered.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Milestones are mandatory and the deadlines are sharp - missing them will be graded as 5.0.
  • Confirmations will be sent out after the registration deadline.
  • A dropout is possible until 06.02.2015 the latest.
Deadline Deliverables
Registration period now - 02.02.2015 Register via email to Saskia Bick (bick(at) providing the following information:
  • Name
  • Student ID
  • Course of study & current semester
  • E-Mail address
  • 2 preferred tracks (prioritized)
  • Copy of your bachelor certificate and an official and to-date transcript of records
Kick-off 25.02.2015, 7-8pm, O129
  • Participate in the introductory kick-off session
  • Contact and meet your advisor
Milestone I 11.03.2015 Submit first draft to your advisor
  • Detailed outline
  • List of literature
Milestone II 08.04.2015 Submit final draft to your advisor
  • Introduction: fully formulated
  • Methodology: fully formulated
  • Results: fully formulated
  • Discussion: structured draft
Paper submission 22.04.2015 (noon)
  • Hand in two printed versions of the seminar paper to the secretary’s office
  • Send a digital version of the seminar paper via email to the advisor
Presentation May 7, 8:30am - 5:30pm, L15, 1-6, 714
  • Attend the seminar day
  • Present (10 mins) and discuss (5 mins) your seminar paper in a joint workshop
  • Discuss and provide feedback for at least one of the other students’ seminar paper

Documents and Guidelines for Conducting a Systematic Literature Review

  • <LINK _blank>Word Template (German)</LINK>
  • <LINK _blank>Word Template (English)</LINK>
  • <LINK _blank>LaTeX template</LINK>
  • <LINK,d.ZGU>Associated Conference and Journal Ranking</LINK>
  • <link - download>Short Introduction: Academic writing (German)</LINK>