Available Topics for Bachelor & Master Theses and Project Studies

How to Apply for your Bachelor/Master Thesis or Project Study at our Chair

You are thinking about writing your thesis at our chair? Or are you planning to carry out your project study with us? Please carefully read this webpage. It provides you with crucial information on the different options we offer and how you should approach us.

In order to properly arrange your supervision, we ask you to approach only one potential supervisor at a time and not to contact others until you have received an answer. To consider and process your application, it is mandatory that you include all the requested information in your initial e-mail (see the "Important Information" sections).

In general, your theses or project studies will be coached by a research associate and guided by the professor. We expect a high level of commitment and diligence. It is very important to follow the guidelines of scientific research! Please also see our Introduction to Scientific Research

Bachelor thesis Master thesis Project studies

Cycle:

Any time

Any time

Any time

Duration / Length:

12 weeks (12 ECTS)

20 weeks (30 ECTS)

1-2 terms (18 ECTS)

Written examination requirements:

Thesis (9.000 - 12.000 words excl. table of contents, references, and appendices)

Thesis (18.000 - 25.000 words excl. table of contents, references, and appendices)

Project Study Documentation (ca. 10-15 pages per person, in consultation with supervisor)

Oral presentation requirements:

None

20 min. presentation at Informationmanagement meets Abschlussarbeiten + 10 min. dicussion

20 min. presentation at Informationmanagement meets Abschlussarbeiten + 10 min. discussion

Word Template with Guidelines:

DE and EN

DE and EN

DE and EN

Application procedure

Follow the information on theses

Follow the information on theses

Follow the information on project studies

Hand-in requirements

Thesis as .docx and .pdf

Presentation as .pptx and .pdf;
Thesis as .docx and .pdf

Presentation as .pptx and .pdf;
Project study report as .docx and .pdf

Diploma thesis last 3 or 6 months
We offer four different “types” of theses at our chair:
    For these options, you can apply continuously and at any time:
  1. An option with little preparation effort on your side is to apply for a topic we have announced on this webpage (see below).
  2. If you want to suggest your own topic, we expect an initial literature review and identification of a potential research gap and question(s). Therefore, you should also have familiarized yourself with theories that have been used to investigate your area of interest.
  3. If you want to carry out your thesis with a corporate partner, we welcome your application. Please note that your corporate partner needs to grant the permission that your thesis results, in an anonymized form, may be used for scientific purposes.
  4. For this option, applications are only possible at specific deadlines:
  5. Not suggested - Before choosing option 4, please check carefully if options 1-3 are not applicable. Options 1-3 offer more individualization of the thesis topics due to the possibility of discussing the topic personally with the supervisor.
    You may also apply to write a thesis at our Chair by applying at three faculty-wide centralized deadlines (see below).
Please follow the according procedures:
Type of thesis Preparation effort on your side Procedures

1. Working on an announced thesis topic

Low-Medium
  1. Choose one of the available topics outlined on this webpage
  2. Write an e-mail to the supervisor mentioned below and provide all of the following information:
    1. Justify and demonstrate your interest in the research topic
    2. Attach your current CV as PDF
    3. Attach your current FlexNow grade sheet as PDF (Print Out)
  3. Wait for a response before you get in contact with another potential supervisor from our chair

2. Suggesting your own thesis topic

High
  1. Review the current research literature* to identify a noteworthy research gap (please note that a mere “I want to write about E-Scooter utilization in Göttingen since it hadn’t been done before” thought is not sufficient to motivate your thesis). You can refer to our Information Systems (IS) Basket of 8 Journals (MISQ, ISJ, EJIS, …) or our IS conferences (ICIS, ECIS, PACIS, AMCIS, HICSS).
  2. Formulate a research gap and research question* based on your reviewed research literature (e.g., you can examine published literature reviews and papers and their discussion/future research sections). You should also familiarize yourself with theories that have (recently) been used in your area of interest.
  3. Carefully check the websites of our research associates (Team) and their research interests as well as publication history to determine whether one of our team members covers your topic
  4. Write an e-mail to your potential supervisor and provide all of the following information:
    1. Justify and demonstrate your interest in the research topic
    2. Provide an outline of your literature review and the research gap you have identified
    3. Attach your current CV as PDF
    4. Attach your current FlexNow grade sheet as PDF (Print Out)
  5. Wait for a response before you get in contact with another potential supervisor from our chair

3. Suggesting your thesis in cooperation with a corporate partner

High
  1. Identify an interesting corporate partner
  2. Identify a current research topic, gap, and question that can be carried out with this partner*
  3. Arrange a supervision arrangement with this partner (e.g., a written confirmation that this partner is willing to support you in your thesis and provide you with the necessary access to employees and/or data)
  4. Please get in contact with your corporate partner and get a confirmation that the data and results of your thesis can be used in an anonymized form for scientific purposes
  5. Write an e-mail to Professor Lutz M. Kolbe and provide all of the following information:
    1. Justify and demonstrate your interest in the research topic
    2. Provide an outline on your aspired research topic, gap, and question
    3. Provide a brief outline of your corporate partner and contact details of your supervisor
    4. Provide a confirmation that the data and results from your thesis may be used in an anonymized form for scientific purposes
    5. Attach your current CV as PDF
    6. Attach your current FlexNow grade sheet as PDF (Print Out)
  6. Wait for a response before you get in contact with another potential supervisor from our chair

4. (Not suggested) Centralized application

Low
  1. If you are interested in this centralized application, please note the following application periods and deadlines:
    1. Start Application Period I: 08.02. (00:00), Deadline Application Period I: 15.02. (23:59)
    2. Start Application Period II: 08.06. (00:00), Deadline Application Period II: 15.06. (23:59)
    3. Start Application Period III: 08.10. (00:00), Deadline Application Period III: 15.10. (23:59)
  2. Within these periods, send an e-mail to jannes.menck@uni-goettingen.de and provide all of the following information:
    1. Indicate your desired thesis type (Bachelor or Master)
    2. Attach your current FlexNow grade sheet as PDF (Print Out)
  3. We will respond with a topic proposal within 1 week after the respective application period deadline and expect your confirmation mail indicating your acceptance of our topic proposal until these dates:
    1. Topic Proposal Response Period I: until 21.02., Deadline Topic Confirmation by Student Period I: 01.03. (23:59)
    2. Topic Proposal Response Period II: until 21.06., Deadline Topic Confirmation by Student Period II: 01.07. (23:59)
    3. Topic Proposal Response Period III: until 21.10., Deadline Topic Confirmation by Student Period III: 01.11. (23:59)
*For more information on how to identify a research gap, you could, for example, refer to the article of Mueller-Bloch and Kranz (2015): A Framework for Rigorously Identifying Research Gaps in Qualitative Literature Reviews
In your project studies, you will have the unique opportunity to investigate a research topic in-depth. Over the course of 1-2 terms, your group (2-5 students) will become experts in your particular research topic and carry out a substantial implementation project (e.g., programming a simulation, conducting mixed-method research, or the like). Please peer up before you contact us.
Type of thesis Preparation effort on your side Procedures

1. Working on an announced project studies topic

Low-Medium
  1. Choose one of the available topics outlined on this webpage
  2. Write an e-mail to the supervisor mentioned below and provide all of the following information:
    1. Justify and demonstrate your interest in the research topic
    2. Provide contact details for all of your group members
    3. Attach your current and all of your group members’ CVs as PDF
    4. Attach your and all of your group members’ current FlexNow grade sheets as PDF (Print Out)
  3. Wait for a response before you get in contact with another potential supervisor from our chair

2. Suggesting your own project studies topic

High
  1. Review the current research literature* to identify a noteworthy research gap (please note that a mere “I want to write about E-Scooter utilization in Göttingen since it hadn’t been done before” thought is not sufficient to motivate your thesis). You can refer to our Information Systems (IS) Basket of 8 Journals (MISQ, ISJ, EJIS, …) or our IS conferences (ICIS, ECIS, PACIS, AMCIS, HICSS).
  2. Formulate a research gap and research question* based on your reviewed research literature (e.g., you can examine published literature reviews and papers and their discussion/future research sections). You should also familiarize yourself with theories that have (recently) been used in your area of interest.
  3. Carefully check the websites of our research associates (Team) and their research interests as well as publication history to determine whether one of our team members covers your topic
  4. Write an e-mail to the supervisor mentioned below and provide all of the following information:
    1. Justify and demonstrate your interest in the research topic
    2. Provide an outline of your literature review and the research gap you have identified
    3. Provide contact details for all of your group members
    4. Attach your current and all of your group members’ CVs as PDF
    5. Attach your and all of your group members’ current FlexNow grade sheets as PDF (Print Out)
  5. Wait for a response before you get in contact with another potential supervisor from our chair

3. Suggesting your thesis in cooperation with a corporate partner

High
  1. Identify an interesting corporate partner
  2. Identify a current research topic, gap, and question that can be carried out with this partner*
  3. Arrange a supervision arrangement with this partner (e.g., a written confirmation that this partner is willing to support you in your thesis and provide you with the necessary access to employees and/or data)
  4. Please get in contact with your corporate partner and get a confirmation that the data and results of your thesis can be used in an anonymized form for scientific purposes
  5. Write an e-mail to Professor Lutz M. Kolbe and provide all of the following information:
    1. Justify and demonstrate your interest in the research topic
    2. Provide an outline on your aspired research topic, gap, and question
    3. Provide a brief outline of your corporate partner and contact details of your supervisor
    4. Provide a confirmation that the data and results from your thesis may be used in an anonymized form for scientific purposes
    5. Attach your current and all of your group members’ CVs as PDF
    6. Attach your and all of your group members’ current FlexNow grade sheets as PDF (Print Out)
  6. Wait for a response before you get in contact with another potential supervisor from our chair
*For more information on how to identify a research gap, you could, for example, refer to the article of Mueller-Bloch and Kranz (2015): A Framework for Rigorously Identifying Research Gaps in Qualitative Literature Reviews

Contact:
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Chair of Information Management

Prof. Dr. Lutz M. Kolbe
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
37073 Göttingen
Tel. +49 (0)551 / 39-24440
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Topics for Bachelor & Master Theses and Project Studies

SMRG Smart Mobility Research Group DHRG Digital Health Research Group

Research Group Name* Basic Literature Type of Research Contact Info

SMRG

The Artifacts behind Experiments

Hevner & Chatterjee (2010), Chanezli et al. (2021) Menck

SMRG

Technology supported IS research - how new technology acts as a research tool

Loomis et al. (1999), Selwyn et al. (1998) Menck

DHRG

A Taxonomy on Design Decisions for Conversational Agents in Healthcare

Nickerson et al. (2013), Webster and Watson (2002) Literature Review, Taxonomy Development Braun

DHRG

A Taxonomy of Error Types in Human-AI Collaboration

Nickerson et al. (2013), Webster and Watson (2002) Literature Review, Taxonomy Development Braun

SMRG Smart Mobility Research Group DHRG Digital Health Research Group

Research Group Name* Basic Literature Type of Research Contact Info

DHRG

A Taxonomy of Error Types in Human-AI Collaboration

Nickerson et al. (2013), Webster and Watson (2002) Literature Review, Taxonomy Development Braun

SMRG

Understanding Privacy Design Strategies for Connected Car Servcies

Lechte

SMRG

How real do people behave in virtual reality?

Slater (2009) Menck

SMRG

The Artifacts behind Experiments

Hevner & Chatterjee (2010), Chanezli et al. (2021) Menck

SMRG

Technology supported IS research - how new technology acts as a research tool

Loomis et al. (1999), Selwyn et al. (1998) Menck

DHRG

A Citizen-Centric View on Smart Cities - The Case of Goettingen

Simonofski et al. 2019, Rosemann et al. 2021 qualitative research Brauer

DHRG

Thesis in cooperation with practice partner focused on HR IT

More information about the thesis and modalities, solely HR IT Thesis will be written @Genossenschaftsverband der Regionen e.V. Diesterhöft

DHRG

Transparency is Key: Towards a Data Breach Tracking Status

Goode et al. (2017), Sleziona & Wildjaja (2022) Mixed Method Approach, Qualitative and Prototyping Diesterhöft

DHRG

Digital Health Technologies and Data Justice – A Literature Review and Derivation of Future Research Discourse

Taylor et al. (2017) Systematic Review Dr. Greve

DHRG

The Relevance of Ethical AI for Healthcare - What do experts really care about?

Rothenberger et al. (2019) Interview-based study, Conceptualization Aslan

DHRG

My Expectations My Demands - An Examination of Instruments for Identifying and Matching Customer Expectations in Security Incidents

Goode et al. (2017) quantitative research - structural equation modelling Diesterhöft

SMRG

Technostress in the context of in-vehicle information systems/dating portals/further areas

Dr. Nastjuk

SMRG

Old ideas end up in university textbooks: a look at the topics covered in university textbooks and the frequency they appear in academic and practitioner literatures

Dr. Nastjuk

SMRG Smart Mobility Research Group DHRG Digital Health Research Group

Research Group Name* Basic Literature Type of Research Contact Info

DHRG

Utilizing Sports Analytics to understand the interplay between the menstrual cycle and training

Data Analysis using Python or R Aslan

DHRG

Conceptualizing Chatbot-based Responses to Data Breaches in Electronic Finance

Data Breach Literature, CA in Healthcare, CA in Healthcare, CA in Healthcare, Data Breaches in Healthcare Design Science Research
1. Literature Review of CA's in Healthcare
2. User Requirements of CA's for Data Breaches in Healthcare
3. Development of a prototypical Healthcare)
Diesterhöft

DHRG

Assessing the Potentials of Conversational Agents to Respond to Data Breach Incidents - A Domain-spanning Perspective

Data Breach Literature, Qualitative Research in IS Design Science Research
Qualitative Research
Diesterhöft

DHRG

Transparency is Key: Towards a Data Breach Tracking Status

Goode et al. (2017), Sleziona & Wildjaja (2022) Mixed Method Approach, Qualitative and Prototyping Diesterhöft

DHRG

The Relevance of Ethical AI for Healthcare - What do experts really care about?

Rothenberger et al. (2019) Interview-based study, Conceptualization Aslan

DHRG

Pushin P (rivacy): Analysing the sentiment towards privacy in academia

Qi et al. (2015) NLP/Text Analysis Aslan

DHRG

My Expectations My Demands - An Examination of Instruments for Identifying and Matching Customer Expectations in Security Incidents.

Goode et al. (2017) quantitative research - structural equation modelling Diesterhöft

*Unsolicited application: If you have ideas, suggestions or concepts for your own topics, please contact one of the persons listed above at any time. Ideally, your topic should match the research areas of the respective academic staff member.


Last update: 01.10.2022