In the course of the research project, I also supervise Bachelor and Master theses. The results of this work will of course also be published on the blog. If you want to read any of the papers, then write to me easy. The topics are agility as well as digitization and digital transformation.
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Note: I have now finished my doctoral thesis and no longer actively supervise bachelor theses at the chair. So here you will find a selection of my former bachelor theses.

The Scrum Master – a comparison between theory and practice (Bachelor thesis – finished)

Scrum is now state-of-the-art in software development. Especially in large corporations, the agile method is scaled to well over 50 teams. The Scrum Master is an important key position in the agile way of working. This ensures the agile way of working, moderates meetings and supports the agile organization. The role is described very clearly in the literature. In practice, however, the agile way of working is often adapted to the specific framework conditions of the company and the role of the Scrum Master and his tasks differ from the usual way of working.

methodology

  • Literature analysis
  • Interview 5 Scrum Masters from a group

Goal setting

With the help of the two methods, the role, challenges and opportunities of the role of the Scrum Master should be compared between theory and practice.

Period

Start between July and September

Leadership in the age of digitization – an empirical study of executives (Bachelor thesis – finished)

According to various authors, the numerous effects of digitization are putting increased pressure on companies. It is therefore recommended that companies bring about changes in their value creation strategies and processes as well as in their innovation models and management methods in order to remain competitive. These changes certainly also affect managers and their leadership behavior. Many authors believe that a change in the existing leadership methods with a focus on the character of leaders is emerging. There are already numerous derived recommendations for managers to change these management methods in the existing literature.

methodology

  • Literature analysis
  • Interview with 5 executives

Goal setting

As part of this bachelor thesis, possible recommendations for action for sustainable leadership are to be derived.

Niche sites on the Internet – the digitization of business models (Bachelor thesis – finished)

“It has never been so easy to start up!” is not only a motto in the Silicon Valley but also applies to private individuals. This can be seen in the high number of almost 1 million part-time start-ups. A large part takes place online in the form of web shops and internet-based models such as blog or affiliate marketing. The structure of these niche sites is very simple, but monetization seems to be a problem. There are well-known methods such as: Affiliate Marketing and Performance Marketing.

Goal setting

A big factor right now is the number of visitors, which has a significant impact on sales. In this bachelor thesis, the question should therefore be answered:
How is the relationship between the number of visitors and the turnover of a niche site differentiated according to the two income methods.

methodology

With the help of a literature analysis, the 2 methods are to be developed and then the sales and visitor numbers of niche sites are worked out in a survey.

PERIOD

May to July 2018

The digital home office – an empirical study of the workplace (master thesis – finished)

TASK

Digitization continues and the spread of information and communication technologies enables an increasingly digital workplace. Open office space, home office, mobile work and virtual teams are finding their way into German companies.
Due to the high quality and availability of communication technologies, adapted business processes and the high use of mobile devices as central factors, a location-independent way of working is possible today. In many companies, there are now working models that allow a regular home office.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of the work is to work out the current status of the home office and then to determine the distribution on the basis of a survey. With the help of interviews, productivity in the home office should be determined.

PERIOD

September 2017 to March 2018

Digitization of Marketing – Status Quo in German SMEs (Bachelor thesis – finished)

TASK

Digitization will change working life considerably in the coming years – in almost all areas. If you don’t prepare, you will have a problem, one of those Articles from the world. The digital change is therefore increasingly changing our professional life. Without computers and the Internet, work stands still in many companies today. A lot will also change in marketing and many companies are already using new models such as content marketing, social media and email marketing. But there is still a mix of digital and analog marketing methods.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of the work is to examine the approaches of digitization in marketing of German SMEs.

PERIOD

December 2017 to February 2018

Leadership, organization and work in transition – classic, agile and digital? (3 Bachelor theses – all finished)

In the course of 3 bachelor theses, changes in work, leadership and organizational development in the classic, agile and digital context are to be examined.
Digitization is one of the greatest challenges companies face today. It accelerates and intensifies all work processes and relationships. This presents superiors with new challenges.
The aim of the bachelor thesis is to show the changes in leadership, work and organizational development in the context of digital transformation. A literature is used to compare leadership in the classic, agile and digital world. The literature analysis is supported by 5 interviews.

  • Literature analysis on leadership / work / organizational development (difference 1990 – 2017)
  • Focus on classic, agile and digital
  • Interviews on the future of work / leadership / organizational development (5 items)

Period

April to August 2017

The digital workplace – an empirical study using the example of a selected company (finished)

TASK

Digitization will change working life considerably in the coming years – in almost all areas. If you don’t prepare, you will have a problem, one of those Articles from the world. The digital change is therefore increasingly changing our professional life. Without computers and the Internet, work stands still in many companies today. Craftsmen manufacture furniture or car parts with digital help, architects create construction plans in no time at all, where they had to make elaborate drawings beforehand.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of the work is to develop the approaches to digitizing the digital workplace in a specific company and to evaluate them with 5 experienced employees for feasibility.

PERIOD

May to August 2017

Consulting 4.0 – Mittelstand advises SMEs (ended)

Task

Management consulting is one of the industries that has benefited greatly from digitization. Many digital projects at large companies are supported and carried out through consultations. But what about in the industry itself? Even in a classic people business with complex services, it must be considered whether and how consulting can be virtualized or supported digitally.

Goal setting

The aim of the work is to develop the approaches of digitization in consulting and to evaluate them with 5 experienced senior consultants for feasibility.

Period

May to August 2017
The results can be found in Article on advice 4.0 be viewed!

Bimodal IT – connection of traditional and agile IT – master’s thesis (finished)

Question

Those who master bimodal IT are better off in digital business (Gartner 2016).
Gartner also states that bimodal IT organizations meet the requirements of digital business models in terms of flexibility, time-to-market and innovation. John Kotter also put forward the thesis: “Organizational structures are not suitable for enabling fast and agile action”. According to current literature, organizations therefore need a dual operating system: stability and agility. Hierarchies and networks according to Kotter. Gartner, on the other hand, speaks of a two-speed IT organization as the solution to this scenario.
However, the current implementation of this bi-modal or two-speed IT is still highly controversial and companies are faced with the question of what the framework conditions for such a model could look like.

Goal setting

The aim of this work is to define the framework conditions for such a bimodal IT with the help of literature. This framework is then evaluated with the help of managers and a fictitious case study with a concrete implementation of the framework is designed on the basis of literature and interviews.

Period

September 2016 to March 2017

Companies in transition – holocracy, democracy or sociocracy? – Bachelor thesis (finished)

Question

German companies are heading for drastic changes. Trends such as Industry 4.0, Big Data and the digital transformation are making markets and companies more dynamic and complex. In order to be able to meet these challenges, a structural change of companies is proposed. There are three approaches for modern managers to reorganize their company:

  • Holocracy
  • democracy
  • Sociocracy

Goal setting

The aim of the bachelor thesis is to analyze these three concepts and summarize the essential characteristics from the literature. Further approaches will then be sought. All approaches are analyzed together with 4-6 managers. The aim is to test the relevance of the concepts and to evaluate the effect on German managers.
The results can be found in Article on the bachelor thesis be viewed!

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