Theses

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

Please note: we give preference to students who have successfully completed our Bachelor and/or Master’s courses (for example, Proseminar, CSCW, EIM, AEIM and research methods (RM) or have successfully completed our Projektpraktikum (PP) or Forschungspraktikum (FP).

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 associates: Clara Nitschke  or Patrick Nitschke nitschke at uni-koblenz.de.

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 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 oyu 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 want to start your thesis? 

Current Thesis Topics

The FGEIM is open to suggestions for theses that fit into our areas of research interest.  If you are interested in a suitable topic, please continue with the application process.

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

    • Enterprise of Things/Internet of Things
    • Sustainability and IT
    • Enterprise Collaboration/Enterprise Content Management
       Systems
    • Information Design & Usability of Information Products

 

Open topics

We have the following specific open project topics.

Bachelor thesis: The study of user-designed ECS communities

In recent years, socially-enabled 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.

ECS communities may differ in various ways including the components used, naming conventions (e.g. of files or components), or their coordination and awareness mechanisms for individual and distributed work. The aim is to identify different types of communities and create a catalogue of user-designed means and mechanisms that can be identified in these communities.

This thesis will include the following in particular:

      • Conduct a literature review on awareness mechanisms and ECS
      • Interviews with members of the Center for Enterprise Information Research on their creation and use of UniConnect communities
      • Documenting and cataloguing user-designed means and mechanisms in the shaping of different UniConnect communities

Master thesis: Development of capabilities in the digital transformation

While IS/IT capabilities have a long history in IS research, there are different capability concepts and definitions providing different perspectives on capabilities. Typically, capability research comes under either the stream organisational IS capabilities or technological capabilities, and is studied in connection with competitive advantage and from a resource-based view. So far, limited research has been conducted on capabilities from a sociotechnical and interactional perspective. 

Socially-enabled enterprise collaboration systems (ECS) have emerged at the heart of the digital workplace and as part of the digital transformation. They extend traditional groupware by social features, such as social profiles, wikis or blogs. Current research primarily focuses on the early adoption and use of ECS, with less attention given to the development of capabilities to successfully embed ECS into the digital workplace. 

The aim of this thesis is to study existing capability definitions and concepts and based on that to develop a capability profile template and populate it with data from ECS projects. Special focus should be on capabilities emergent and evolving in practice through IS use and sense making and in an organisational context as interactional phenomena. 

This thesis will include the following activities in particular:

  • Conducting of a literature review on IS/IT capabilities
  • Drawing a capability concept map, considering knowing in practice and organisational learning
  • Develop a capability profile template for capturing capability issues in digital transformation projects
  • Work through enterprise collaboration system project material (case studies) provided by the EIM research group and identify resources, competencies and capabilities according to the developed capability profile template 

 

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: The Things Network – Private Networks, Data-roaming, -policies and -ownership

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform the lives and work of individuals, organisations and nations. Undoubtedly, IoT is envisioned to have influence on every level and every detail of the everyday life. IoT systems are embedded in both, the physical and digital world. These systems require a special infrastructure and network to be deployed on.

The Things Network is an open initiative which aims to build an open and distributed network for low power and long range IoT systems based on LoRaWAN. This infrastructure can also be hosted on-premise, in order to create private LoRaWAN network. 

Open and private networks can differ widely regarding their usage policies, e.g. a research network owned and maintained by public institutions might have different privacy regulations than a public network or a network provided by a company.

In order to ensure and rely upon the quality, authenticity and ethical correctness of data, it must be clear over which kind of networks the data has been transmitted.

However, it is not possible for different kind of organisations, each having different requirements regarding data, to create and maintain a network everywhere it is required.

Therefore, TTN Networks can share traffic between each other to cover larger areas.

In this thesis, you will deploy The Things Network Infrastructure on our servers and evaluate different modes of data sharing between networks with different policies and requirements.

A number of questions to be worked on in this thesis are:

    • What could data roaming and sharing mechanisms between different kinds of networks look like?
    • How to route and ensure that a data packet is routed or has been routed through networks that adhere the data policies of the owner of the data?
    • How to integrate these policies into TTN? In order to do this, at least two private TTN networks must be deployed, each having at least one gateway.

 

Requirements

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Of course, you must adhere to the universally valid principles of scientific writing. Here you can find further information about Scientific Work and Plagiarism.