In the course of the research project, I also supervise bachelor’s and master’s theses. The results of this work will of course also be published in the blog. If you want to read one of the works, just write to me. The topics are agility as well as digitalization and digital transformation.

Tip: Also look at my book suggestions for creating thesis.

Call for Articles: If you have written an exciting thesis, you are welcome to write a summary of it (about 1000 words or more) and I publish it on my blog. This can be useful for an application as well as for your own reputation. Simply send an email to abschlussarbeit@agile-unternehmen.de.

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Tip: You are a student and you are writing a thesis,but you don’t really know how to find the subject, where there is suitable literature and how to raise a research question? Then you will find some help in my article!

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Note: I am now finished with my doctoral thesis and no longer actively supervise the chair of bachelor’s theses. So here you will find a selection of my former bachelor theses.

The Scrum Master – a comparison between theores and practice (Bachelor’s thesis – finished)

Scrum is now state-of-the-art in software development. Especially in large corporations, the agile method is scaled to well over 50 teams. The Scrum Master is an important key position in the agile way of working. In this way, he ensures the agile way of working, moderates meetings and supports the agile organization. In the literature, the role is described very clearly. In practice, however, the agile way of working is often adapted to the specific framework conditions of the company and the role of the scrum master and its tasks differ from the usual way of working.

Methodology

  • Literature analysis
  • Interview 5 Scrum Masters from one group

Objective

The two methods are used to compare the role, challenges and opportunities of the role of the Scrum Master between theory and practice.

Period

Start between July and September

Leadership in the age of digitalization – an empirical study of executives (Bachelor’s thesis – finished)

According to various authors, the numerous effects of digitalization are putting increased pressure on companies. Companies are therefore recommended to bring about changes in their value-added strategies and processes, as well as in their innovation models and management methods, in order to remain competitive. These changes certainly also affect managers and their management behaviour. Many authors believe that there is a shift in existing leadership methods with a focus on the character of executives. In order to change these management methods, there are already numerous derived recommendations to managers in existing literature.

Methodology

  • Literature analysis
  • Interview with 5 executives

Objective

Within the framework of this bachelor’s thesis, possible recommendations for action for sustainable leadership are to be derived.

Niche sites on the Internet – the digitization of business models (Bachelor’s thesis – finished)

“It’s never been so easy to reason!” is not only a motto in Silicon Valley, but also applies to private individuals. This is reflected in the high number of almost 1 million part-time start-ups. Most of it takes place online in the form of webshops and Internet-based models such as blog or affiliate marketing. Building these niche sites is very simple, but monetization seems to be a problem. There are well-known methods such as: Affiliate Marketing and Performance Marketing.

Objective

A major factor at the moment is the number of visitors, which have a significant impact on sales. In this bachelor’s thesis, the question is therefore to be answered:

How is the relationship between visitor numbers and the turnover of a niche side differentiated according to the two income methods.

Methodology

With the help of a literature analysis, the two methods are to be developed and then the turnover and visitor numbers of niche sites are to be developed in a survey.

Period

May to July 2018

The digital home office – An empirical examination of the workplace (master’s thesis – finished)

Task

Digitisation is advancing and the spread of information and communication technologies is enabling an increasingly digital workplace. Open office space, home office, mobile work and virtual teams are finding their way into German companies.

Due to the high quality and availability of communication technologies, adapted business processes and the high use of mobile devices as central factors, a location-independent way of working is possible today. In many companies, for example, working models are now found that allow for a regular home office.

Objective

The aim of the work is to work out the current status of the home office and then determine the distribution on the basis of a survey. Interviews are intended to determine productivity in the home office.

Period

September 2017 to March 2018

Digitization of marketing – Status Quo in German SMEs (Bachelor’s thesis – finished)

Task

Digitisation will significantly change working life in the coming years – in virtually all areas. Those who do not prepare will have a problem, according to an article from the world. Digital change is therefore increasingly changing our working lives. Without computers and the Internet, work is now stopped in many companies. A lot will also change in marketing and many companies are already using new models such as content marketing, social media and email marketing. But there is still a mix of digital and analog marketing methods.

Objective

The aim of the work is to investigate the approaches of digitalization in the marketing of German SMEs.

Period

December 2017 to Feburar 2018

Leadership, organisation and work in transition – classic, agile and digital? (3 bachelor’s theses – all finished)

In the course of 3 bachelor’s theses, the change in work, leadership and organizational development in the classical, agile and digital context will be investigated.

Digitisation is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. It accelerates and intensifies all work processes and relationships. This creates new challenges for superiors.

The aim of the bachelor’s theses is to present the change of leadership, work and organizational development in the context of digital transformation. In this way, a literature is used to compare leadership in the classical, agile and digital worlds. The literature analysis is supported by 5 interviews.

  • Literature analysis on leadership/work/organizational development (difference 1990 – 2017)
  • Focus on classic, agile and digital
  • Interviews on the future of work/leadership/organizational development (5 pieces)

Period

April to August 2017

The Digital Workplace – An empirical study using the example of a selected company (Finished)

Task

Digitisation will significantly change working life in the coming years – in virtually all areas. Those who do not prepare will have a problem, according to an article from the world. Digital change is therefore increasingly changing our working lives. Without computers and the Internet, work is now stopped in many companies. Craftsmen use digital help to make furniture or car parts, and architects quickly create blueprints, where they had to make elaborate drawings beforehand.

Objective

The aim of the work is to develop the approaches of the digitalization of the digital workplace in a concrete company and to evaluate them with 5 experienced employees for feasibility.

Period

May to August 2017

Consulting 4.0 – Small and medium-sized enterprises (terminated)

Task

Management consulting is one of the sectors that benefits excellently from digitalization. Many digital projects are supported and implemented by consulting companies at large companies. But what about the industry itself? Even in a classic people business with complex services, consideration needs to be given to whether and how consulting can be virtualized or digitally supported.

Objective

The aim of the work is to develop the approaches of digitization in consulting and to evaluate them for feasibility with 5 experienced senior consultants.

Period

May to August 2017

The results can be viewed in the article for Consultation 4.0!

Bimodal IT – Combination of traditional and agile IT – Master’s thesis (Finished)

Question

Those who master bimodal IT are better off in the digital business (Gartner 2016).
Gartner also notes that bimodal IT organizations meet the requirements of digital business models in terms of flexibility, time-to-market, and innovation. John Kotter also put forward the thesis: “Organizational structures are not suitable for enabling rapid and agile action”. According to current literature, organizations therefore need a dual operating system: stability and agility. hierarchies and networks, Kotter said. Gartner, on the other hand, speaks of a two-speed IT organization as a solution to this scenario.
However, the current implementation of these bi-modals or two-speed IT is still highly controversial and companies are faced with the question of what the framework conditions for such a model might look like.

Objective

The aim of this work is to define the framework conditions for such bimodal IT using literature. This framework is then evaluated with the help of managers and a fictitious case study with a concrete implementation of the framework is conceived on the basis of literature and interviews.

Period

September 2016 to March 2017

Companies in transition – holocracy, democracy or sociocracy? – Bachelor’s thesis (finished)

Question

German companies are heading for drastic changes. Trends such as Industry 4.0, big data, and digital transformation make markets and businesses more dynamic and complex. In order to meet this challenge, a structural change of companies is proposed. There are three approaches for modern managers to reorganize their company:

  • Holocracy
  • Democracy
  • Sociocracy

Objective

The aim of the bachelor’s thesis is to analyse these three concepts and to summarize the essential characteristics of the literature. It then searches for further approaches. All approaches are analyzed together with 4-6 managers. The aim is to evaluate the relevance of the concepts and the impact on German managers.

The results can be viewed in the article on the bachelor’s thesis!

Are there any questions?

If you have any questions, I have two tips. I have summarized my experience from 5 years in the supervision of theses in the book: "Recommendations for the Bachelor and Master thesis". This is available at Springer and Amazon since August 2020. The book is an official reference book and can be quoted. You are also welcome to give me a call. Just look in the booking system for a free appointment . I take a few hours every month to help students.

My tip before submitting your thesis

It is always worth doing a professional thesis Proofreading or check plagiarism to let. The benefit is that you will also get feedback and improve your academic style. Providers such as Scribbr help with good prices for the thesis.

Gender note: I have used the masculine form for easier readability. Unless an explicit distinction is made, women, diverse and men as well as people of all origins and nations are meant. Read more about this.

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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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