Seminar IIS

Seminar Offers in the Summer Term 2021

On this page you will find the seminars for IIS offered in summer term 2021.

You can apply for one or more seminar places until Sunday, April 4, 2021, by clicking the respective application link. Your admission to the respective seminar will be decided by the seminar lecturer until Wednesday, April 7, 2021. If you did not receive your desired seminar place in the first round, a move-up procedure will take place afterwards, in which you can apply again for free seminar places.

Chair: Services – Processes – Intelligence (Prof. Bodendorf)

Content: This seminar confronts students with real international IS business challenges in an interdisciplinary context. Students learn how to address realworld problems and to create application-oriented solutions based on sound methods rooted in robust theoretical frameworks and a well-founded evidence base.

  • Students solve case studies that are of high practical relevance for companies and organisations nowadays.
  • Whenever possible, we assign topics that are currently important for our cooperation partners like adidas, Siemens or REHAU.
  • Students learn how to deliver an effective presentation and improve their academic writing skills.

Learning objectives and skills: The students…

  • …can independently define new usage-oriented problems in e-business, considering the economic impact on companies, and solve them with the aid of suitable methods.
  • …discuss problem-solving approaches in groups and present their work results.

Course structure: This course is mostly organized as a self-study. Work will be done in groups of three to five students. All topics are presented and explained in the Kick-off, as well as organizational issues and other relevant information. Teams will have to present their progress on the chosen topic.

Prerequisites: Command of English


Chair: Digital Industrial Service Systems (Prof. Matzner)

Content: The term Internet of Things (IoT), also known as Industry 4.0 in the industrial context, is on everyone’s lips today. At the core of IoT is the interconnection of all things, which leads to great potential in the design of a disruptive business model and the creation of new customer experiences. Examples are modern networked cars and production machines in the smart factory. The data generated and captured by these smart devices enables a multitude of new services.

In the seminar, students will familiarize themselves with current relevant topics in the IoT domain such as IIoT platforms, smart services or AI-enabled services by analyzing cutting-edge scientific literature and conducting their own studies.

Prerequisites: none


Chair: Digitalization in Business and Society (Prof. Laumer)

Content: With the ongoing digitalisation in business and society, an ever-increasing proportion of our daily lives is taking place in digital environments. More and more individuals shop online, consume news and media using their smartphones and even track their health status using smart wearables. This ubiquity of digital technology opens the door for novel approaches to steer human behaviour.

One such approach is digital nudging. It builds upon the concept of nudging which describes adjustments in decision environments that aim to influence people’s judgment, choice or behaviour in a predictable way, helping them to overcome their lack of self-control. Digital nudging extends this analog approach by using information technology and communication technology to guide people’s behaviour in digital choice environments.

Objectives: The aim of this seminar is investigate the concept of digital nudging. For this purpose, students are working in a team and should answer a given research question in the field of digital nudging. Each team will design its own experiment, conduct an online survey and analyse the collected data. Finally, each team will write one seminar paper and present the results to the other participants of the course.

Prerequisites: none


Chair: Assistant Professorship of Information Systems (Prof. Haag)

Content: In this summer semester 2021, the UX research seminar will take place in collaboration with PSD Bank and the Institut für digitales Management.

During the seminar, (groups of) students employ theories, concepts, tools, and methods (e.g., interviews, surveys, experiments) to analyze research problems regarding users’ cognitions, emotions, and behaviors while interacting with state-of-the-art digital technologies and derive implications for technology development, corporate strategy, new business models, and innovations.

Approach and results of the research projects are written down in a seminar paper, presented, and discussed with peers and industry experts during blocked sessions.

Prerequisites: The UXR seminar will be held in German. So, German language skills are required.


Chair: Digitalization in Business and Society (Prof. Laumer)

Content: In this seminar, students work on a case study from the field of digitialization. The aim is for students to grasp and analyze a problem and develop and present a solution. To support this case study work, students listen to various approaches to the structured solution of real problems in companies in the course of the semester in several impulse lectures by employees of renowned consulting firms (e.g., McKinsey & Company, cf. the chair’s homepage for the latest news on the participating firms).

Objectives: At the end of the semester, the students present their solution to the case study as a group (30% of the examination performance) in front of the seminar and the representatives of the consulting firms. In addition, each student demonstrates his or her personal solution competence in a brief seminar paper (70% of the examination performance). Additionally, the students establish contacts with representatives of the most renowned and popular employers in the business environment, benefit from their experience and gain insight into everyday working life in the industry.

Prerequisites: Fluent German speaking abilities required