Bachelor's Seminar Fall 2017: Digital Transformation Seminar with SAP (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. Moreover, in this seminar students have the chance to present their insights and to receive feedback from  professionals from SAP - the major global player in the enterprise software market. 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 Transformation Seminar with SAP
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and research assistants
Credit Hours 2, conducted as a block seminar
ECTS Credits 5 (Wifo after Fall 2013), 4 (Wifo before Fall 2013)
Registration Period 31.07.17 - 31.08.17
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.

Track Keywords Example Topics Associated Advisors
Software Development, Agile Software Engineering, and DevOps
ad-hoc tumor boards, interdisciplinary teams, coordination On the need of ICT-supported ad-hoc tumor board scheduling and related design challenges.
How do software development units adapt their coordination mechanisms to changing environments
Okan Aydingül, Dr. Kai Spohrer
Human-Computer Interaction and E-Commerce
Adoption, Identity, conversational agents, trust, credibility, expectations How can Identity Theories explain Resistance to New Technologies?
User expectations towards conversational agents in varying use cases.
Credibility and trust assessment in online interactions
Ekaterina Jussopow, Monica Fallon, Anna-Maria Seeger
Platforms, Blockchains, and Open Source
blockchain governance, governance strategies, awards, innovation, blockchain, governance, open platforms, technology sharing How do differences in governance affect blockchain ecosystems
Innovation Awards: Governance Strategies in Platform Ecosystems
Does Blockchain Technology Obsolete Platform Governance? A Case Study of the DAO Coup
Breaking into Mt Gox: Blockchain Governance and other Disasters
Why Microsoft Loves the Open Source Community
Dr. Kai Spohrer, Nele Lüker, Dr. Jens Förderer
Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking, and Intrapreneurship
Intrapreneurship, Literature Review, Innovation A Case Study of Intrapreneurship at SAP
Intrapreneurship: A Literature Review of Grassroots Innovation
Dr. Jens Förderer
chronic diseases, Healthcare, Acceptance, Clincial Decision Making How do physicians acquire, evaluate, and use information about chronic diseases
Technology Acceptance in Healthcare - Enablers and Inhibitors
How can User Interfaces support Clinical Decision Making?
Dr. Kai Spohrer, Ekaterina Jussopow

How to Register

You may register via our online registration tool only. The registration period starts on July 31 and ends on August 31, noon. You can only register for this seminar during the indicated registration period!

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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 Monday, Sep 4, 2017. A dropout from the seminar is possible only until Sep 8, 2017, 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, 2017.
  • The deadlines are subject to change.
Event Deadline Deliverables
Registration Period July 30 – Aug 31, 2017
  • Register via online registration tool
  • Registration is closed now.
  • Kick-Off Meeting Sep 11, 2017 9:00am -10:45am in room O226/28 in B1
  • Participate in the introductory kick-off session
  • Contact and meet your advisor
  • Milestone 1 Sep 25, 2017
  • Submit first draft to your advisor
    • Detailed outline
    • List of literature
    Milestone 2 Oct 23, 2017
  • 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 6, 2017
  • 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 Monday Nov 20, 2017
  • Send your presentation in .ppt(x) format via e-mail to Anna-Maria Seeger (seeger(at)
  • Presentation Nov 24, 2017, Time: full day, Location: Walldorf SAP Headquarter WDF5 Room: 02
  • 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