Master thesis

General application information

General information

The process of a master thesis at the chair follows the steps depicted in Process for a master thesis. If all application requirements are met, we will gladly supervise your thesis within the limitations of our capacities. The available topics are mostly empirical studies from the research areas of the chair. All master theses must be written in English. If you have to apply outside the application period due to special circumstances (e.g. practical cooperation), please contact Prof. Dr. Manuel Trenz.

Topic selection

Topic areas for master theses include digital platforms, privacy, algorithmic management, social media, data-driven business models, crowdworking, gig economy, artificial intelligence in healthcare, digital health ecosystems, interactions with digital services, gamification and interorganizational information systems (see also: Research and Current master thesis topics). In our first meeting, we will discuss and decide on the specific topic together.

    Application period
  • Winter term: August 1st until October 15th
  • Summer term: February 1st until March 31st
Application prerequisites
  • A successfully completed research seminar at the faculty
  • At least one elective course in business informatics or marketing
Required application documents
  • Current grade excerpt from FlexNow
  • Filled application form (will be activated at the respective application periods)

If you are interested in a master thesis at the chair and fulfill all application requirements, please fill the application form and send your FlexNow grade sheet within the application period via e-mail to

Process for a master thesis

A typical master thesis process follows the following steps:


Current master thesis topics

Title Method(s) Supervisor
Switching Sides – How Digital Labor Platforms Algorithmically Manage Clients Case Study Laura Schulze
Learning from the Best – How Workers Become Successful on Digital Labor Platforms Case Study Laura Schulze
Story of a Breakup – Explaining Information Systems Discontinuance from a Relational Perspective Scale Development, Survey Laura Schulze
Stress and Coping when Interacting with Biased Artificial Intelligence Online Lab Experiment Maximilian Grüning
The Influence of Artificial Intelligence on Technostress and Outcomes Online Lab Experiment Maximilian Grüning
The Influence of Responsible Artificial Intelligence on Medical Decision Making Online Lab Experiment Maximilian Grüning
Effectiveness of Nudges to Guide IT Security Behaviors Online Lab Experiment Richard Henkenjohann
Small Changes that Matter: The Effect of Framing on Risky Online Behaviors Online Lab Experiment Richard Henkenjohann
Exit Autopilot Mode – How to Push Individuals Towards Active Decision Making in Information Systems Usage Online Lab Experiment Richard Henkenjohann
Beyond Network Effects: The Influence of Platform Quality on User Adoption Online Lab Experiment Jonas Nienstedt
Barriers and Opportunities of Sharing Energy Consumption Data - an Ecosystem Perspective Case Study Jonas Nienstedt
User's Datafication on Digital Platforms: How Behavior Modification Systems Facilitate Unwanted Data Collection Case Study / Online Lab Experiment Jonas Nienstedt

Do you have your own idea for a master thesis in the research area of the chair? Please do not hesitate to contact us!