Digital Work: Virtual Teams and the Use of IT (WS 2018/19)

In the winter semester 2018/2019, the Schöller Endowed Chair of Information Systems, especially Digitization in Economy and Society, offers a Masters Seminar.

Seminar topics

The following topics can be dealt with during the seminar, whereby the orientation of the respective topic is specified in more detail together with the supervisors. Therefore, please indicate three topic preferences in your application, which should be taken into account when assigning topics.

Topic 1: Teleworking: Blessing or curse?

Possible research questions:

  • Does telework defuse or intensify the Work-Home conflict?
  • Does teleworking lead to envy and disagreement in teams?

Topic 2: E-Sports

Possible research questions:

  • Why do people play e-Sports?
  • Is there a connection between e-sports and the intention to do sports?

Topic 3: Communication

Possible research questions:

  • What impact do digital technologies have on communication with friends and family?
  • Does WhatsApp have a positive or negative impact on communication quality?

Topic 4: Chatbots

Possible research questions:

  • What characteristics do chatbots have to be accepted for communication by people?

Topic 5: Dating

Possible research questions:

  • Why do people use technology for dating?
  • How does technology change our dating behaviour (positive / negative)?


The seminar is organized as a block seminar. Attendance at the block seminar is compulsory for the entire period from Saturday afternoon (5 p.m.) to Wednesday morning (approx. 9 a.m.), as the discussion performance is part of the oral performance, among other things. The evaluation of the module performance is composed as follows:

  • 67 percent on the written output
  • 33 percent on oral performance (lecture, oral participation in discussions and moderation)

In order to pass the seminar, both partial performances must be passed with at least sufficient marks.
The application for a seminar place can be made until 22.10.2018, 12:00 o’clock and contains the indication of three topic desires, the modules occupied so far inclusive note and the current number of subject semesters. Please send an email to Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer.

The seminar will be held in English. This means that the seminar papers must be written in English and the seminar lectures must be given in English. Group discussions can also be held in English if international students are part of the project group.

Please also note that you have time and must be present at the appointments with compulsory attendance. In case of absence you will be excluded from the whole seminar and your admission to this seminar expires.