Bachelor's Seminar Spring 2017 “Business & Life in a Digitalized World” (SM 441)

Degree Course Bachelor's program in Business Informatics (B.Sc.)
Lecturers Dr. Kai Spohrer and academic staff members of the chair
ECTS Credits 5 (Wifo after Fall 2013),
4 (Wifo before Fall 2013)
Grading Seminar paper (70%), presentation (20%) and paper discussion (10%)
Prerequisites None
Language of Instruction English
Time Kick-Off Meeting: February 22, 2017; 8:30am - 10:00am
Room O 048 (Schloss Ostflügel)
Contact Anna-Maria Seeger (seeger[at]
Registration, Schedule, Lecture Notes, and Additional Information Registration is closed now. Attendance of the kick-off meeting as well as milestones indicated below are mandatory; deadlines are strict - not meeting them will result in the grade 5.0.
The deadlines are subject to change.


Individuals and organizations operate in a world that is increasingly permeated with digital technology. Every day we interact with Information Systems (IS) that make our phones smart, our cars safe, and our lives convenient. Likewise, Information Systems are embedded in the very core of the products, operations, and strategies of many organizations. Ever more, understanding and leveraging Information Systems is key to business success, not only for large and experienced players like SAP and Google, but also for small start-ups. The pervasive nature of digital technology is radically transforming our understanding of Information Systems, 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 information systems impact organizations and individuals.

Aim of Module

In this seminar, students will not only gain a profound understanding of how to structure, classify, and evaluate existing research and, but they will also learn to effectively communicate their detailed and thorough insights. Students will be able to provide a systematic overview of the State-of-the-Art in the respective fields as well as to identify themes for future research. Participants will be equipped with a variety of techniques in scientific writing in order to achieve academic rigor. The successful participation in the seminar is a crucial step towards the bachelor's thesis. The topics of the seminar are subdivided into the tracks listed below. In case of further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Track Keywords Example Topics Associated Advisors
A IS and Innovation Digital Leadership,
Digital Ecosystems,
Virtual Reality,
Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin
Leading the Digital Transformation and Digital Leadership

The digital economy – Structuring digital and data driven business models

Development and consequences of filter bubbles in the social media environment

Beyond gaming – analyzing virtual reality fields of application

How do (hard) forks affect blockchain ecosystems?
Dr. Marten Risius,
Dr. Kai Spohrer
B Platform Ecosystems Platforms,
Case Studies on Platform Strategies

Review of academic literature on PaaS partner networks and analysis of the impact of power differences on the inter-organizational collaboration.
Jens Förderer,
Nele Lüker
C IS in Healthcare dehumanization,
patient-physician relationship,
(Mobile) Application Development
Design Science Research
Why do patients feel dehumanized through technology?

Literature review and requirements engineering for software development projects around tumor boards in cancer therapy.
Dr. Kai Spohrer,
Okan Aydingül
D Human-Computer Interaction Online Behavior,
User Perception
Turning systems into social partners: The use and effect of anthropomorphic system design in human-computer interaction.

Analyzing the role of product types in users’ perceptions of information quality in web-enabled transactions.
Anna-Maria Seeger

How to Register

You may register via our online registration tool only. The registration period starts on January 1, 2017 and ends on February 6, 2017, noon.

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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 Friday, February 10, 2017. A dropout from the seminar is possible only until Friday, February 17, 2017, noon.


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


Event Deadline Deliverables
Registration Period Jan 1 – Feb 6, 2017 (noon) - Registration is closed now. Only applications send via our online tool are accepted.
Kick-Off Meeting February 22, 2017; 8:30am - 10:00am, Room: O 048 (Schloss Ostflügel) - Participate in the kick-off meeting
- Contact and meet your advisor
Milestone 1 March 7, 2017 (noon) - Submit first draft to your advisor
- Detailed outline
- List of literature
Milestone 2 April 4, 2017 (noon) - Submit second draft to your advisor
- Table of contents
- Introduction: fully formulated
- Methodology: fully formulated
- Results: fully formulated
- Discussion: structured draft
Submission of Paper April 18, 2017 (noon) - Submit two bound printouts of the seminar paper to the secretary (by noon)
- Send a digital version (PDF) of the seminar paper via e-mail to your advisor (by noon)
Presentation submission May 12, 2017 (noon) - Send your presentation in .ppt(x) format via e-mail to Anna-Maria Seeger (seeger[at]
Presentation May 16, 2017 - 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