Theses

If you are interested in writing a Bachelor's or Master's thesis with the Enterprise Information Management Research Group (FGEIM) please read and follow the instructions and application process outlined below.

Please note: we are open to all students however, we give preference to students who have successfully completed one or more of our Bachelor and/or Master’s courses. For example, Proseminar, Enterprise Information Management (EIM), Information Design (ID , Information, Technology and Society (ITS) and Research Methods (RM) or have successfully completed our Projektpraktikum (PP) or Forschungspraktikum (FP).

Current Thesis Topics

The FGEIM is open to suggestions for theses that fit into our areas of research interest (see below).  

We offer Bachelor's and Master's theses in the following general subject areas.

    • Design of the Digital Workplace
    • Enterprise Collaboration and Enterprise Content Management Systems
    • Information Design & Information Visualisation
    • Foresight studies, Sustainability and IT

Open topics

We currently have the following open project topics:

Master thesis: Coordination mechanisms and user-designed ECS communities

In recent years, enterprise collaboration systems (ECS) have emerged that combine groupware functionality with enterprise social software (ESS) functionality. ECS platforms typically contain many collaboration communities that are being set up and shaped by various ECS users. ECS platforms come with a set of components and functionality, such as wikis, blogs, forums or collaborative tagging but without content and pre-defined purposes for use. Once, set-up, the communities are being filled with content and shaped by the users.

This thesis examines UniConnect as an ECS platform. The focus is on different types of user-designed communities and the ways they are being designed and shaped to make them fit collaboration and coordination needs.

The aim is to identify different types of communities and create a catalogue of awareness and user-designed coordination mechanisms..

This thesis will include the following:

      • Conduct a literature review on the topic of coordination and awareness mechanisms
      • Analyse HCL Connections to identify key awareness and coordination mechanisms that are 1)  native to the system and 2) developed by users to help them coordinate their work
      • Conduct interviews with Uniconnect users to understand  their creation and tailoring of UniConnect communities
      • Catalogue the findings to identify different types of awareness and coordination mechanisms
      • Develop a framework/visualisation to display the findings and conclusions

 

Master's thesis: Digital Workplace Accessibility

In recent years organisations are increasingly offering flexible work arrangements where employees can work from anywhere. This was originally seen as a way of providing flexibility for employees and as a way for organisations to retain valuable staff.

The requirement for working from home during the coronavirus pandemic also focused attention on mobile/working outside the traditional office/workplace and on the design of the digital workplace. However, working from anywhere brings a requirement to re-examine the context of work (e.g. is the worksite noisy, lacking connectivity etc.) and the suitability of different types of tools and technologies to users with disabilities (e.g. those with visual, hearing, physical disabilities etc.).

Ensuring digital workplace accessibility in essential for making sure all employees can work effectively in the organisations' digital workplace, but is also good business practice as it provides a healthy, functioning digital workplace that encourages effective participation and the most useable tools and technologies.

In this thesis we focus on the topic of digital workplace accessibility and the functionality of typical tools and technologies used in the mobile working. 

Accessibility of web based information, applications and tools has been a key focus of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and this work will provide a starting point for this thesis. (https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/).

In this Master's thesis you will:

  • Review the different standards and requirements for workplace accessibility in regards to information and technologies
  • Review the latest thinking about accessibility and work from anywhere
  • Develop an evaluation framework and conduct an evaluation of key tools and technologies used in mobile working/WFA
  • Summarise your findings and develop guidelines to best practice that could be used by organisations to improve digital workplace accessibility

 

Master thesis: Future scenario methods in foresight studies

New technologies are often described as "disruptive" or "transforming" however, in an increasingly changing world there is great uncertainty about the future potential and implications of these new technologies. For example, what positive benefits and opportunities will they bring and what unintended, unexpected or negative consequences might arise?

The field of foresight studies examines the future potential/limitations of new technologies through the development of future scenarios, which can be used to assist businesses and government make appropriate decisions about the adoption and development of new technologies.

This thesis is in the broader area of foresight studies and will focus specifically on methods for the development of future scenarios. Specifically, the you will:

    • Conduct an extensive literature review and analysis to identify different approaches and methodologies for foresight studies
    • Identify and analyse methods for conducting future scenarios and identify the different elements and components of a future scenario
    • Compile a catalogue of real-world examples (identified in the literature)
    • Propose a method for creating visual scenarios. Most future scenarios are text based. Drawing on your analysis you will create prototypes of visual future scenarios and apply them to real-world examples

 

Master thesis: Collaboration tools supporting creativity-intensive activities in online workshops

[Topic has been allocated - no longer available

A workshop is a method conducted by researchers and practitioners for gaining relevant knowledge from workshop participants about a certain domain. Creativity-intensive activities are carried out by workshop moderators for stimulating the workshop participants' creativity and thus for building the foundation for the development of creative solutions.

Moderators of online workshops are faced with the challenge of identifying the right collaborative tools to stimulate the development of creative ideas similar to established creativity activities practised in physical workshops.

This thesis focuses on the structured identification and classification of collaboration tools that can be used to support creativity activities in online workshops.

This thesis will include the following:

  • Analyse selected methods practised by the moderators of IndustryConnect workshops and conduct expert interviews to identify the requirements for online collaboration tools
  • Conduct extensive desktop research to identify relevant collaboration tools
  • Development of an information design for a catalogue (in the form of wiki in HCL Connections) of the collaboration tools
  • Testing and catalogue the identified collaboration tool

 Selection of past supervised topics

Type of Thesis Title Year
Master Timelines and Narrative Visualisations according to Segel and Heer (2010) 2019
Bachelor

Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice

2018
Bachelor

Improving document-based business processes through digitalisation

2017
Master Classification of Coordination and Awareness Mechanisms in Collaboration Systems 2017

 

Expression of Interest

If you wish to write a thesis with FGEIM, you should, in the first instance send an Expression of Interest e-mail to our responsible research associate:  Carolin Blankenberg .

The e-mail should have the subject: "Expression of Interest Master Thesis/Bachelor Thesis" and contain the following:

Topic: Which topic or topic area are you interested in investigating (see Current Thesis topics below)

Motivation: What makes this topic interesting to you and why is it a suitable topic for academic research?

You as the researcher: Why do you consider yourself suitable to study the selected topic? For example, have you completed a course or Projektpraktikum (PP), Forschungspraktikum (PP) in the topic area? Are you working in a company that is involved in the topic area?

Type of research: What are your research strengths? What type of research methods do you prefer? e.g. practical research (programming, designing, problem-solving), working with a company, analytical research, literature analysis etc.

Academic history: Attach the KLIPS transcript of your course history.

Start time: When do you plan to start your thesis?

 

Requirements

To write a Bachelor or Master thesis at the FGEIM you need to meet the following FGEIM specific requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific work and plagiarism

Of course, you must adhere to the universally valid principles of scientific writing, especially regarding plagiarism.

In scientific work such as Bachelor of Master thesis, you must indicate all sources used by means of a recognised citation style (e.g., APA or Harvard). Any violations against the exam regulations regarding plagiarism will be strictly handled.

The employees and supervisors of the thesis generally check every submitted work for compliance with the principles of scientific work. This includes, in particular, the correct and complete use of sources. Please consider the respective regulations in the exam regulations.