Bachelor's Seminar Fall 2016: Digital Life and Digital Business (SM 441)

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. 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 individuals and organizations.

In this seminar, students do not only gain a profound understanding of how to structure, classify, and evaluate existing research, but they also 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 bachelor's thesis. The topics of the seminar are subdivided into the five tracks listed below. In case of further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Topic Digital Life and Digital Business
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and research assistants
Credit Hours 2, conducted as a block seminar
Language of Instruction English
ECTS Credits 5 (Wifo after Fall 2013), 4 (Wifo before Fall 2013)
Grading seminar paper (75%), presentation (25%)
Contact Anna-Maria Seeger (seeger(at)

Seminar Tracks

The seminar is organized along five tracks. Amongst these, students may state their priorities (1-3) for their preferred tracks. The seminar paper topics will relate to the example topics listed below.



Example Topics

Associated Advisors

A IS and Innovation

Blockchain,Digital Ecosystems, Platform-as-a-Service,Digital Leadership

Can blockchains be used to establish innovative platform ecosystems?


Digital Ecosystems: Development and governance of digital ecosystems


Review of academic literature on PaaS partner networks and analysis of the impact of power differences on the inter-organizational collaboration.


Leading the Digital Transformation and Digital Leadership


Dr. Kai Spohrer

Jens Förderer,

Nele Lüker,

Prof. Armin Heinzl

B Managing IS Development

Software Development Teams


Dependency Management

Spotify’s Squad Health Check & Co. – A Scientific Evaluation of Team Maturity Models


Make them see the chaos! - Visualization and Analysis of Inter-Team Dependencies in Large-Scale Software Development


Saskia Bick

C IS in Healthcare

(Clinical) Decision Support Systems, Group Collaboration

Systems, Development of Mobile and Web Applications, Dehumanization

What determines whether technology makes patients feel dehumanized?


Literature analysis of an appropriate software architecture for group collaboration systems. Applying design science research to develop clinical decision support systems.


Dr. Kai Spohrer, Okan Aydingül

D Knowledge Management, Information and Online Behavior

Human Information Behavior


Human-Computer Interaction


Information Avoidance in Decision-Making and IS-Use


Hidden profile paradigm and other experiments in knowledge transfer


Design deficiencies and “bad” user experience


Tillmann Neben,

Aliona von der Trenck,

Anna-Maria Seeger

How to Register

You may register via our online registration tool only. The registration period starts on July 30 and ends on August 31, noon.

Registration is closed.

Please refer to this page for updated information. We will not consider registrations by e-mail or incomplete data in the registration tool. Confirmations will be sent out on Friday, Sep 2, 2016. A dropout from the seminar is possible only until Sep 8, 2016, noon.

For further questions, please contact Anna-Maria Seeger (seeger(at)

Deadlines and Milestones

  • Applications submitted after the registration deadline will not be considered.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Milestones are mandatory and the deadlines are strict - not meeting them will result in the grade 5.0.
  • A dropout from the seminar is possible until Sep 8, 2016.
  • The deadlines are subject to change.
Event Deadline Deliverables
Registration Period July 30 – Aug 31, 2016
  • Register via online registration tool
  • Registration is closed now.
  • Kick-Off Meeting Sep 12, 2016 8:30am -10:00am in room O 226/28
  • Participate in the introductory kick-off session
  • Contact and meet your advisor
  • Milestone 1 Sep 26, 2016
  • Submit first draft to your advisor
    • Detailed outline
    • List of literature
    Milestone 2 Oct 24, 2016
  • Submit second draft to your advisor
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction: fully formulated
    • Methodology: fully formulated
    • Results: fully formulated
    • Discussion: structured draft
    Submission of Paper Nov 7, 2016
  • Submit two printouts of the seminar paper to the secretary (by noon)
  • Send a digital version of the seminar paper via e-mail to your advisor (by midnight)
  • Submission of Presentation Nov 18, 2016
  • Send your presentation in .ppt(x) format via e-mail to Anna-Maria Seeger (seeger(at)
  • Presentation 21/11/2016, Time: TBA, Location: L15, 1-6, 214
  • Attend the seminar
  • Present and discuss your seminar paper in a joint workshop
  • Discuss and provide feedback for at least one of the other students’ seminar papers
  • Documents and Guidelines for Conducting a Systematic Literature Review