Evolution of modular software structures

Most software systems are organized in different modules ton increase transparency and simplify management. The operations by which these modules are created and altered are well known. This master thesis looks into the long-range development of such models. The student is expected to look at the major software suites on the market and describe their modular development over time.

Innovation paths and knowledge repositories

Innovations are known to be path dependent. Every innovation is constrained by previous innovations, and it will provide the background on which further innovations can proceed. Innovation paths can be observed in every industrial or cultural context of innovation, from computers over cars to literature and movies. Students writing a thesis on this topic are expected to document these paths and the stakeholders they involve. This includes in particular the documentation of the knowledge resources that enabled the innovations.

Relationship signalling in innovation tools

During the interactions between solution providers and users, communication is not limited to the operations that take place. The participants also exchange messages about their personal relationship. Interaction examples from a business context like (doctor - patient) and (shop assistant - buyer) show the diversity of such relationships.  When customers are invited to participate in open innovation, such messages are sent as well. Students are invited to write a master thesis on the role that innovation tools play in this context.

Heuristics in Open Innovation Activities

Various authors have listed different collaborative activities in the context of open innovation. These activities can be interpreted as problem solving heuristics. Students working on this topics are expected to analyse and categorize such activities on the basis of current literature on heuristic problem solving such as the “Adaptive Toolbox” proposed by Gigerenzer and others. Data can be collected either by observation in open labs like JOSEPHS, by tracing the usage of innovation tools, or in particular innovation settings that students suggest on their own.

Business Models Assumptions among Customers

Business models provide comprehensive representations of the external economic activities of companies. Based on prior research, we can assume that customers have ideas about business models in mind when they interact with a company. Students writing a thesis in this field are expected to study the assumptions of customers about company business models in order to find out how much they are able to say about them and how much it corresponds with the real business models.

Influences of Perceived Business Models on Open Innovation

Business models provide comprehensive representations of the external economic activities of companies. Based on prior research, we can assume that customers have ideas about business models in mind when they interact with a company. This also applies to customers who get involved in open innovation. The question that students should address in a thesis on this topic is if and how these ideas affect the contributions of the customers to the innovation process.

Argument Structures in Strategic Security Decisions

Since security is aimed at the avoidance of incidents, decision making about security usually refers to so-called counterfactuals, i.e. events that have in fact not occurred yet. This can happen on the basis of detailed risk assessment or more intuitive and uncertain assumptions about dangers. Students working on this topic are expected to analyse the arguments that are used by in the context of security to initiate certain measures and compare them to potential alternate approaches.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 16:45 to Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 18:15

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LG 0.222/3

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