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Situation:

In the fast-paced digital era, the ability of organizations to effectively steer their information systems and transformation endeavors is more critical than ever. The dynamic interplay between technology and organizational structures poses unique challenges and opportunities for steering mechanisms.

Background:

Despite its importance, the concept of "steering" in Information Systems and Organizational Science remains ambiguously defined, often overlapping with terms like management, governance, leadership, and coordination. This ambiguity complicates the theoretical foundation and practical application of steering mechanisms, affecting organizational performance and adaptability.

Objective:

This bachelor thesis aims to clarify the term "steering" within the context of Information Systems and Organizational Science. By distinguishing it from related concepts such as management, governance, leadership, and coordination the thesis seeks to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework that identifies specific steering mechanisms and their impact on information systems, transformation endeavors and organizational effectiveness.

Your Profile:

  • Strong analytical and research skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to work independently, with a strong initiative in problem-solving.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • A structured, precise and transparent working style.
  • Proficient scientific writing skills in English.

We Offer:

  • Close supervision, with regular review meetings, feedback discussions, etc.
  • The opportunity to start immediately, but the thesis should be completed within +- 6 months.
  • Possibility of making a real impact through publishing in a scientific outlet (as long as the results are worthy of publishing). Having such an opportunity in your Bachelor's thesis is a great opportunity!

Application:

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding project, please apply with:

  • Your CV
  • Transcript of records
  • A proposed timeline for the thesis
  • A motivation letter (max. 300 words)

Contact:

Benedict Lösser (benedict.loesser@unisg.ch), Research Associate IWI-HSG, Chair Prof. Dr. Robert Winter

Situation

Are you passionate about the intersection of design, technology, and education? Do you want to contribute to the advancement of higher education by developing innovative certification systems? This thesis invites you to design an artifact that addresses the complexities and demands of reliable certification in higher education. Your work could shape how academic achievements are validated and recognized globally.

Objective of the Thesis

This design-oriented thesis will focus on creating an artifact - a model, a framework, or a digital tool - that enhances the reliability and efficiency of certification systems in higher education. The project will involve identifying key challenges in current certification processes, such as verification, fraud prevention, and international standardization. Your task will be to design a solution that is not only technologically sound but also adaptable to various educational contexts. This could involve integrating cutting-edge technologies like blockchain for secure and transparent record-keeping or developing a digital platform that simplifies and standardizes certification processes. The research will blend elements of design thinking, user experience, educational technology, and quality assurance in higher education.

Your Profile

  • A keen interest in design research, particularly in educational technology.
  • Creative and innovative thinking with a focus on practical solutions.
  • Ability to work independently, with a strong initiative in problem-solving.
  • Excellent skills in communication and collaborative work.
  • Proficient in scientific writing in English and skilled in design methodologies.
  • Experience in programming, UX/UI design, or educational technology is highly desirable.

We Offer

  • In-depth guidance in design-oriented research methods.
  • Opportunity to start immediately; the thesis is expected to be completed within ±6 months.
  • An environment that supports innovative thinking and the creation of impactful artifacts.
  • Potential for your artifact to be implemented, and for your findings to be published.

Application

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding project, please apply with:

  • Your CV.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • A proposed timeline for the thesis.
  • A motivation letter (max. 150 words), expressing your interest in design-oriented research in higher education.

Contact

Philipp Gordetzki (Philipp.Gordetzkiunisg.ch), Research Assistant IWI-HSG, Chair Prof. Dr. Ivo Blohm.

Situation

Companies are increasingly transitioning to cloud environments, attracted by the potential for enhanced operational efficiency, scalability, and adaptability (Shaw, 2014). Nonetheless, cloud service providers tend to overlook the impact of conventional ICT Financial Management practices on the dynamic pay-as-you-go cost model (Singh, 2023). As more business users handle money matters directly with cloud services, the finance department faces the risk to lose track of financial expenditures and thus making spending predictions less accurate (Suppala, 2022).

FinOps is an evolving cloud financial management discipline and enables organizations to maximize their business value by fostering collaboration among engineering, finance, technology, and business teams (Bryant, 2022). FinOps aim to improve data-driven spending decisions, and thus optimize cloud expenses and resource allocation (Shaw, 2014).

By choosing this topic for your master’s thesis, you will have the opportunity to explore the various facets of FinOps, including its principles, methodologies, tools, and its significance in today’s cloud and technology landscape.

We offer you:

  • Mentorship from experts in the field
  • Access to academic resources and research materials
  • A chance to make an academic and practical impact on the FinOps discipline

We expect from you:

  • Enthusiasm for information systems and the discipline of FinOps
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Contact

Olivia Bruhin, Research Assistant IWI-HSG, Chair Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister

Application

If you are interested in this research opportunity, please apply to olivia.bruhinunisg.ch with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • An estimated timeline for the thesis
  • Max. 300-word motivation

Sources

  • Bryant, Jon. 2022. Driving into the Cloud: What is Finops?, ITNOW, Volume 64, Issue 3, Pages 54–55, doi.org/10.1093/combul/bwac097
  • Shaw, S. B., & Singh, A. K. 2014. A survey on cloud computing. In 2014 International conference on green computing communication and electrical engineering (ICGCCEE) (pp. 1-6). IEEE.
  • Singh, P., & Khatri, V. 2023. A Study On The Finops Framework For Sustainable Cloud Engineering. Elementary Education Online, 20(3), 4874-4874.
  • Suppala, P. (2022). FinOps in SaaS platform within hybrid, multi-cloud, multi-tenant, multi-region environments.

Situation

Not least since the emergence of Chat GPT, nearly everyone is talking about artificial intelligence (AI). Businesses in particular, are hoping that the use of AI will lead to greater business efficiency and new business opportunities. Thus, AI is being tried out in a wide variety of areas. However, for AI to achieve the desired impact, reliance on the AI, and consequentially it`s usage is important. Only if AI is used in the context and by the people for whom it was developed for, can it deliver the intended added value. While the interaction of a single user with the AI is already well studied, it is rare for a business relationship to be unidirectional. In a business context, at least two parties, or more, are usually involved. Thus, if AI is to be used in business relationships, it must consider the interests of the various parties that will have to interact with the technology, in order to gain the reliance of different parties and eventually achieve the desired added value through its usage. This intersection is where business and academia lack insights today. In concrete terms, in corporate settings more and more the question arises: How do businesses manage to use AI successfully in multi-party settings?

Objective of the Thesis

This thesis will be part of a larger industry-research collaboration, with further industry and research partners. Building on a rich set of qualitative interview data and project material, the goal of this thesis is to study how a leading car company is approaching the application of AI in multi-party business settings. To do so, you will have access to all interview and project material from our project partner working in the automotive business. Additionally, you will potentially be conducting interviews yourself and analyze the data using qualitative software analysis tools. The data set includes material from multiple AI initiatives in the automotive business. Your task will be to derive cross-case insights about the approaches to implementing AI in multi-party business contexts. This thesis will blend elements of human-computer interaction, design aspects of socio-technical systems and insights on the applicability and usage of generative AI. 

Your Profile

  • A keen interest in the application and usage of AI in business contexts.
  • Strong analytical skills and an eye for details: You should be strong in discovering and connecting interrelationships in human-to-human and human-to-computer interactions.
  • Ability to work independently, with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. 
  • Interest and/or insights in the automotive sector are of benefit.
  • Experience in the use of qualitative software analysis tools is of benefit but not mandatory.

We Offer

  • Insights into real world AI applications in the automotive sector.
  • In-depth guidance in qualitative research methods as well as related research background in this field.
  • Opportunity to start immediately; the thesis is expected to be completed within ±6 months.
  • A working environment that supports creative thinking and impactful insights.
  • Possibility to connect with industry partners and partners from another university.
  • Potential for your insights to be adopted in the business context and for your findings to be published.

Application

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding thesis project, please apply with:

  • Your CV.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • A proposed timeline for the thesis.
  • A motivation letter (max. 200 words), expressing your interest in user-oriented AI research.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Bauer-Hänsel (ingrid.bauer-haenselunisg.ch), Assistant Professor for IT Management at the IWI-HSG.

Situation
In the dynamic landscape of today’s business world, the effective management of skills within organizations is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge. Research on this topic is required as it aims to dissect the mechanisms of skill management, focusing on the identification, development, engagement, and retention of talent. Understanding these processes is vital for organizations to thrive in an environment marked by rapid technological change and evolving workforce dynamics. The comparative analysis of different skill management providers will offer insights into the best practices and innovative approaches used across the industry, contributing to the field of human resources and organizational development.

We plan to conduct this thesis in collaboration with the University of Kassel to analyze how different skill management providers conceptualize skills and what opportunities lie in their work.

You should

  • have strong analytical and research skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information
  • have a basic understanding of/ strong willingness to work with qualitative research design
  • have an interest in cognition research and neuroscience
  • have scientific writing skills in English
  • have scientific writing skills in English

Why should you apply?

  • Collaboration will take place in close supervision, with regular review meetings (biweekly), feedback sessions, etc.
  • Work can be started immediately.
  • Possibility of making a real impact through publishing in a scientific conference

Contact

Leonie Freise, Research Assistant 

Application

If you are interested in this research opportunity, please apply to leonie.freise@unisg.ch with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • Brief description of your motivation

I look forward hearing from you!

Unfortunately…

… there are currently no published master thesis on ‘metaverse’ available. However, should you be interested and passionate about ‘metaverse’ and are keen to write your thesis with us, I still want to encourage you to reach out! If you and your topic-idea convince us, there is no reason why a thesis with us shouldn’t be possible! However, please already include a concrete research idea and methodology in your initial request.

Background

Technologic development is changing the World-Wide-Web as we know it. The current version of the “Internet of Information”, used primarily to seemingly exchange information, increasingly evolves to an “Internet of Value”, also called web3, which empowers people to transact items of value with one another. (Tapscott and Tapscott 2017) Indeed, there are key technologies to permit value creation and value exchange in an online setting like cryptocurrencies, NFTs, native coins, and self-sovereign interoperable identities. However, there needs to be a platform so that people can experience web3 and interact with one another. A platform that makes web3 ‘tangible’ is metaverse.

Metaverse and its “combination of technological, social and economic drivers […] is resulting in explosive interest.” (Moy and Gadgil 2022, p. 5) While some consider metaverses to constitute the next evolutional step of the internet, others are still doubting their value proposition (Stokel-Walker 2021). However, there is no dispute that the idea of metaverses is gaining traction among academics and practitioners: With annual purchasing of virtual goods surpassing $54 billion, spending in metaverses almost doubled the amount for buying music in 2021 (Moy and Gadgil 2022). While Gartner forecasts over 30% of organizations to offer values in the metaverse by 2026 (Gartner 2022), JP Morgan estimates metaverses to account for over $1 trillion in yearly revenues by 2027, emphasizing that “metaverses will likely infiltrate every sector in some way in the coming years.” (Moy and Gadgil 2022, p.2)

Despite the prominence that metaverses gain in our society and economy, there is yet no consent of what constitutes a metaverse, in neither academia nor practice. Building on that, many questions about metaverses still need to be asked and answered. Example questions include (but are not limited to):

  • The influence of metaverse’s physical limitations on users and use-cases (e.g., business vs. leisure)
  • The role of VR and AR technology for the value propositions of metaverses
  • The role of distributed data storage for metaverse use-cases
  • The difference of metaverse and real-world interaction on user behaviour and user networking
  • The difference of content creation in metaverse to other online platforms
  • The difference of value creation on metaverses to other platforms
  • The power differences of metaverse providers, celebrities, and common users in a decentralised metaverse
  • The difference between metaverses and massive multiplayer online (MMO) games

We expect from you:

  • a basic understanding of metaverse and the underlying technologies
  • a basic understanding of theories and theorizing
  • a basic understanding of qualitative research methods
  • to be a communicative and open person
  • to be able to work in an independent and accurate way
  • to have scientific writing skills in English

We offer you:  

A close supervision and the opportunity to develop practical, as well as theoretical skills in the area of information systems. If you are interested, send your CV, transcript of records, a brief description of your motivation, and a research idea (including short descriptions for a research methodology) to Fabian Tingelhoff (fabian.tingelhoff@unisg.ch). We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Contact

Fabian Tingelhoff, Research Assistant IWI-HSG, Chair Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister

Application

If you are interested in this research opportunity, please apply to fabian.tingelhoffunisg.ch.

 

Situation
Are you intrigued by the potential of large language models in revolutionizing the way we manage and disseminate knowledge? Do you want to be at the forefront of combining knowledge graphs with AI to create a more democratic, transparent, and efficient knowledge management system? If so, this thesis on decentralized knowledge management using large language models is for you!

Objective of the Thesis
The thesis could explore various facets of decentralized knowledge management systems, such as the architecture involving knowledge graphs, the role of large language models like GPT-4 in content curation, retrieval, and generation, and the community governance models that could be applied. Research fields could include the development of a proof-of-concept platform, or exploring ethical considerations in automated knowledge curation. You’ll have the opportunity to work with experienced researchers in the fields of Information Systems and AI. The thesis could involve qualitative research (expert interviews, case studies), quantitative research (surveys, experiments), or (preferred) the development of an application/PoC.

You should

  • have a strong interest in AI, and (may be even distributed systems), and a desire to contribute to cutting-edge research in these fields.
  • be a self-starter who can work independently.
  • be a communicative and open person.
  • work in an accurate way.
  • have scientific writing skills in English.

Experience with programming languages such Python for machine learning, or JavaScript for web development could be advantageous depending on the field of research and/or research method.

We will offer you

  • close supervision, with regular review meetings, feedback discussions, etc.
  • the opportunity to start immediately, but the thesis should be completed within +- 6 months.
  • the possibility of publishing your thesis (e.g., European Conference on Information Systems) as long as the results are worth publishing

Application
If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • An estimated timeline for the thesis
  • Max. 150-word motivation

Contact
Alexander Meier (alexander.meier@unisg.ch), Research Assistant IWI-HSG, Chair Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister

 

If you want to learn more about knowledge graphsm decentralized systems and large language models:

https://neo4j.com/developer-blog/harness-large-language-models-neo4j/

Bridging Knowledge and Language: ArangoDB Empowers Large Language Models for Real-World Applications

 

Situation

This thesis aims to investigate how generative AI systems, such as advanced language models, can be optimized to support human creativity. You will focus on using eye tracking technology to understand how users interact with these AI systems. Key areas of exploration include user interface design, the impact of AI-generated suggestions on the creative process, and how users visually navigate through AI-assisted creative tasks. The research will combine elements of human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, and AI to develop guidelines for designing AI systems that are intuitive and enhance creative thinking. You will have the chance to conduct experimental studies, analyze eye-tracking data, and possibly develop prototype interfaces. Collaboration with experienced researchers in AI, psychology, and user experience design is a key component.

Objective of the thesis

This thesis aims to investigate how generative AI systems, such as advanced language models, can be optimized to support human creativity. You will focus on using eye tracking technology to understand how users interact with these AI systems. Key areas of exploration include user interface design, the impact of AI-generated suggestions on the creative process, and how users visually navigate through AI-assisted creative tasks. The research will combine elements of human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, and AI to develop guidelines for designing AI systems that are intuitive and enhance creative thinking. You will have the chance to conduct experimental studies, analyze eye-tracking data, and possibly develop prototype interfaces. Collaboration with experienced researchers in AI, psychology, and user experience design is a key component.

Your profile

  • A strong interest in AI, human-computer interaction, and cognitive psychology.
  • Independent working style, with a proactive approach to research.
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative mindset.
  • Detail-oriented with a knack for precision in research.
  • Proficient in scientific writing in English.
  • Experience in programming (e.g., Python for data analysis) and familiarity with eye tracking technology would be beneficial.

We will offer you

  • close supervision, with regular review meetings, feedback discussions, etc.
  • the opportunity to start immediately, but the thesis should be completed within +- 6 months.
  • the possibility of publishing your thesis (e.g., European Conference on Information Systems) as long as the results are worth publishing

Application
If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • An estimated timeline for the thesis
  • Max. 150-word motivation

Contact
Philipp Gordetzki (philipp.gordetzki@unisg.ch), Research Assistant IWI-HSG, Chair Prof. Dr. Ivo Blohm

Situation

Are you curious to explore the evolving landscape of software development in the age of AI? Do you see yourself contributing to groundbreaking research that shapes how Generative AI (GenAI) enhances software processes? If you see yourself in this role, we invite you to embark on a master's thesis journey focusing on the integration and effectiveness of GenAI in software development.

Objective of the Thesis

The thesis aims to develop a comprehensive framework for evaluating the performance and quality of GenAI applications in software development. You will investigate the dynamics of GenAI integration in various software environments, assess its impact on development timelines and product quality, and explore the challenges faced by IT executives in implementing GenAI solutions. The project will provide valuable insights into optimizing GenAI usage for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Research methods could include data analysis, interviews with industry experts, and case studies of GenAI implementation in software projects.

You should...

  • ...possess a deep-rooted interest in the field of AI, particularly in its application in software development.
  • ...be able to independently drive the research while effectively managing your time.
  • ...demonstrate excellent communication skills and a collaborative spirit.
  • ...show a commitment to detailed and precise research methodologies.
  • ...have solid academic writing skills in English.

We will offer you

  • Personalized guidance and mentoring by Olivia Bruhin, including regular progress reviews and feedback sessions.
  • The flexibility to commence your thesis at your earliest convenience, with an expected completion timeline of 6 months.
  • Opportunities to publish your work in academic forums, subject to the significance and quality of your findings.

Application

To apply for this exciting research opportunity, please provide the following:

  • Your current CV
  • Academic transcripts
  • A proposed timeline for your research
  • A motivation letter (not exceeding 150 words)

Contact

Olivia Bruhin (olivia.bruhin@unisg.ch), Research Assistant at the Chair Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister

Situation & Objective

AI is increasingly being used in the world of work. It allows us to research faster, write more elegantly and efficiently, and even design presentations for us. Thanks to this wide range of AI applications, we have more space and time to do other things. But what exactly? How are employees and managers dealing with the new time freed up by more efficient AI-based work? What are the wishes and needs of employees and managers, but also what is economically viable from a business perspective? Finally, how will this affect the organization of working time and remuneration from an organizational perspective? 
The aim of this dissertation is to delve into this broad area of research into the impact of AI on the working environment and organizational structures. Your task will be to develop an appropriate methodological approach to independently analyze the impact of AI on the working environment. Ideally, you will conduct initial research as part of your work and be able to provide recommendations to organizations on how they can best position themselves for the changing AI-based workplace.

Your Profile

  • A strong interest in exploratory research in the area of  the impact of AI impact on organizations.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Proficiency in German and English language (both in writing and in communication) are of benefit.
  • Experience in using qualitative software analysis tools is an advantage but not essential.

We Offer

  • In-depth guidance in exploratory research methods.
  • The opportunity to start immediately; the thesis is expected to be completed within ±6 months.
  • An environment that encourages creative thinking and the development of impactful insights.
  • Potential for your findings to be published.

Application

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding project, please apply with:

  • Your CV.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • A proposed timeline for the thesis.
  • A motivation letter (max. 200 words), expressing your interest in design-oriented research in sustainability certification.

Contact
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Bauer-Hänsel (ingrid.bauer-haenselunisg.ch), Assistant Professor for IT Management at the IWI-HSG.

Situation

One of the biggest issues preventing many businesses from tackling climate change is the cost of sustainability. The cost of sustainably produced goods, which are generally more expensive than their conventionally produced counterparts, is often incomprehensible to customers. As a result, customers are often unwilling to pay a premium for sustainable production and products. More and more companies are therefore asking themselves how they can make the carbon footprint of their production transparent to the end customers sometimes even across several supply chains, and thus make sustainability "billable". 

Objective of the Thesis

This design-oriented thesis will, on the one hand, focus on developing a structured understanding of current IT solutions for sustainability certification (including their technical set-up, challenges and benefits). On the other hand, it will propose an artifact - a model, a framework, or a digital tool - that explains the technical and business requirements for efficient and trustworthy certification systems for tracking the carbon footprint of production processes. Your task will be to design a solution that is not only technically sound but also considers the business and regulatory aspect. This could involve integrating cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain for secure and transparent record-keeping or developing a digital platform that simplifies and standardizes certification processes. The research will combine elements of design science research and multi-party certification for sustainability tracking.

Your Profile

  • A strong interest in design research, particularly in interorganizational technologies.
  • Analytical skills with a focus on practical solutions.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Proficient in English language and skilled in design methodologies.
  • Knowhow of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) is highly desirable.
  • An interest in sustainability in energy and/or the transportation sector.

We Offer

  • In-depth guidance in design-oriented research methods.
  • The opportunity to start immediately; the thesis is expected to be completed within ±6 months.
  • An environment that supports creative thinking and the development of impactful artifacts.
  • Potential for your artifact to be implemented, and for your findings to be published.
  • The opportunity to exchange with business partners in the area of sustainability certification.
  • Possibility to continue working on the topic after the Master's thesis as part of a PhD program.

Application

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding project, please apply with:

  • Your CV.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • A proposed timeline for the thesis.
  • A motivation letter (max. 200 words), expressing your interest in design-oriented research in sustainability certification.

Contact
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Bauer-Hänsel (ingrid.bauer-haenselunisg.ch), Assistant Professor for IT Management at the IWI-HSG.

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