Bachelor and Master Theses
We offer a variety of relevant and exciting research problems for students to work on in their bachelor and master thesis projects. We are open to students from all disciplines of business and management (all specializations), information systems, computer science, and industrial engineering.
If you are interested in completing your thesis under our guidance and supervision, simply contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss your thesis project, our available supervision capacity, and potential thesis topics.
Once we agree to supervise your thesis project, prepare the forms that have to be handed in at the academic office relevant to your degree and signed by us, the academic office and you. For example, if you study business adminstration, relevant forms from the Academic Office in the Department of Business Administration are available here.
Next, please note that registering for a thesis involves identifying a suitable second examiner for your thesis. Please check your relevant degree regulations in advance about what requirements exist for the second examinar.
Once the thesis has been registered, you can start working on your project. You may check the offer of the Writing Center of the Universität Hamburg for workshops and write-ins to improve your academic writing. By the stated submission deadline, you will need to hand in your thesis in accordance to your relevant course regulations.
Choosing a research project
Thesis research in cooperation with us can be comlpeted using a variety of research methods, including qualitative, quantitative, conceptual, design, or literature-based research. We typically discuss with you what the best approach is in relation to your stated objective and available options.
You essentially have three options for finding a topic that interests you for your thesis:
Your first option is to identify your own topic area and research question you would like to pursue, and approach us with your idea. We generally prefer this strategy, as long as your idea fits our research expertise and interests. Principally, we are happy to supervise theses in the areas of
- Digital innovation: creation of new products, processes, or services embodied in or enabled by digital technologies.
- Digital transformation: digitally-enabled or -embodied change of incumbent organizations.
- Digital entrepreneurship: digitally-enabled or -embodied new venture creation through entrepreneurial initiatives.
- Digital solutions for sustainable development: digital tools or procedures that assists organizations or individuals to make more sustainable choices or decisions.
Your second option is to work on a thesis project topic that we select for you based on research we are currently undertaking. You should examine our research focus areas and our recent publications to get an understanding of what we are currently working on.
Your third option is to choose a research problem that one of our industry partners currently faces. Such a thesis project will be completed in cooperation between us, you, and an industry partner firm who will assist with selecting a research topic, supervising the project, and providing access to cases, data, insights, and experts (interviewees). Collaboration thesis projects are available to master students only. The thesis language will be discussed together with the industry partner but generally, both English and German theses are possible. The following collaborations are available at the moment:
|Florida Eis||Food Production||
|Universität Hamburg Transfer Agentur||Higher Education||
|Volkswagen AG||Automotive Industry||
Useful guidelines for planning and exeucting your research project and writing your thesis can be found in the books below.
- Recker, J. (2021). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner's Guide (2nd ed.). Springer.
- Bhattacherjee, A. (2012). Social Science Research: Principles, Methods and Practices (2nd ed.). Global Text Project.
- Evans, D., Zobel, J., & Gruba, P. (2011). How To Write A Better Thesis (3rd ed.). Melbourne University Press.
Additionally, below are a few exemplary papers that are related to our main focus areas and which may give you some inspiration for the latest research in these areas and the type of research we are generally happy to support.
- Werder, K., Seidel, S., Recker, J., Berente, N., Kundert-Gibbs, J., Abboud, N., Benzeghadi, Y. (2020): Data-Driven, Data-Informed, Data-Augmented: How Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Live Unit Uses Data for Continuous Product Innovation. California Management Review, Vol. 62, No. 3, pp. 86-201.
- Yoo, Y., Henfridsson, O., & Lyytinen, K. (2010). The New Organizing Logic of Digital Innovation: An Agenda for Information Systems Research. Information Systems Research, 21(4), 724-735.
- Yoo, Y. (2010). Computing in Everyday Life: A Call for Research on Experiential Computing. MIS Quarterly, 34(2), 213-231.
- Mendling, J., Pentland, B., Recker, J. (2020): Building a Complementary Agenda for Business Process Management and Digital Innovation. European Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 208-219.
- Berente, N., Gu, B., Recker, J., & Santhanam, R. (2021). Managing Artificial Intelligence. MIS Quarterly, 45(3), 1433-1450.
- Recker, J., Lukyanenko, R., Jabbari Sabegh, M., Samuel, B., Castellanos, A. (2021): From Representation to Mediation: A New Agenda for Conceptual Modeling Research in a Digital World. MIS Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 269-300.
- Pentland, B. T., Yoo, Y., Recker, J., & Kim, I. (2022). From Lock-in to Transformation: A Path-Centric Theory of Emerging Technology and Organizing. Organization Science, 33(1), 194-211.
- Hovestadt, C., Recker, J., Richter, J., & Werder, K. (Eds.). (2021). Digital Responses to Covid-19: Digital Innovation, Transformation, and Entrepreneurship During Pandemic Outbreaks. Springer.
- Baiyere, A., Salmela, H., & Tapanainen, T. (2020). Digital Transformation and the New Logics of Business Process Management. European Journal of Information Systems, 29(3), 238-259.
- Wessel, L., Baiyere, A., Ologeanu-Taddei, R., Cha, J., & Blegind-Jensen, T. (2021). Unpacking the Difference between Digital Transformation and IT-enabled Organizational Transformation. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 22(1), 102-129.
- Sebastian, I. M., Ross, J. W., Beath, C. M., Mocker, M., Moloney, K. G., & Fonstad, N. O. (2017). How Big Old Companies Navigate Digital Transformation. MIS Quarterly Executive, 16(3), 197-213.
- von Briel, F., Recker, J., Davidsson, P. (2018): Not all digital venture ideas are created equal: Implications for venture creation processes. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Vo. 27, No. 4, pp. 278-295.
- von Briel, F., Davidsson, P., Recker, J. (2018): Digital Technologies as External Enablers of New Venture Creation in the IT Hardware Sector. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 47-69.
- von Briel, F., Selander, L., Hukal, P., Jarvenpaa, S. L., Yoo, Y., Lehmann, J., Chan, Y. E., Rothe, H., Alpar, P., Fuerstenau, D., & Wurm, B. (2021). Researching Digital Entrepreneurship: Current Issues and Suggestions for Future Directions. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 48(33), 284-304.
- Davidsson, P., Recker, J., & von Briel, F. (2021). COVID-19 as External Enabler of Entrepreneurship Practice and Research. Business Research Quarterly, 24(3), 214-223.
- Lehmann, J., & Recker, J. (2022). Offerings That are “Ever-in-the-Making”: How Digital Ventures Continuously Develop Their Products After Launch. Business & Information Systems Engineering, 64(1), 69-89.
- Lehmann, J., Recker, J., Yoo, Y., & Rosenkranz, C. (2022). Designing Digital Market Offerings: How Digital Ventures Navigate the Tension Between Generative Digital Technology and the Existing Environment. MIS Quarterly, 46(3), https://doi.org/10.25300/MISQ/2022/16026.
Digital solutions for sustainable development:
- Borchard, R., Zeiss, R., & Recker, J. (2022). Digitalization of Waste Management: Insights from German Private and Public Waste Management Firms Waste Management & Research, 40(6), 775–792.
- Zeiss, R., Ixmeier, A., Recker, J., Kranz, J. (2021): Mobilizing IS Scholarship for a Circular Economy: Review, Synthesis, and Directions for Future Research. Information Systems Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 148-183.
- Seidel, S., Recker, J., vom Brocke, J. (2013): Sensemaking and Sustainable Practicing: Functional Affordances of Information Systems in Green Transformations. MIS Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 1275-1299.
- Loeser, F., Recker, J., vom Brocke, J., Molla, A., & Zarnekow, R. (2017). How IT Executives Create Organizational Benefits by Translating Environmental Strategies into Green IS Initiatives. Information Systems Journal, 27(4), 503-553.