Now that my active time as a doctoral student is ending with the handing over of my doctoral thesis, I would like to write down my findings from 5 years of research in a book. The book is published in the works of Springer Gabler Verlag. The book has already been written by me and is now being prepared by Springer final for publication. It will probably come around August 2020.


Renowned scientists like to be considered as beings from a other galaxy, which are far superior to the ordinary citizen. You seem to be endowed with magical abilities and a special gift. Sun or something like that is the cliché of a scientist in practice. Of course the achievements of scientists are often outstanding, but they also serve certain research designs to investigate complex problems. The Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis is the last milestone for the study reaching the degree and often brings students for the first time with research designs in touch.

In this essential, the foundations for empirical social research and recommendations for finding a topic for the thesis. Four research designs will then be presented, supplemented by tips for cooperation with a practice partner. Recommendations on dealing with topics such as plagiarism and citations complete the essential. The content is intended to provide lecturers with and students from the field of business administration and business informatics to assist in the design and development of a thesis.

Who this essential should be read

  • Lecturers and students from the field of Business Administration and Business Informatics


  • Bachlor arbeit
  • Master’s thesis
  • Expert interview
  • Literature analysis
  • Survey
  • Grounded Theory

What you can find in this Essential

  • Basics and background on empirical social research
  • Setting a scientific topic
  • Seven Research Designs of Business Informatics
  • Thesis with practice partners

I blog about the impact of digitalization on our working environment. For this purpose, I present content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday work. I am a manager in an SME myself and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the chair of IT Management.

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