Master Thesis at CLIC

Dear Students,

If you are interested in the research areas of Open Innovation and Service Innovation, CLIC could be your partner for writing a practice-oriented master thesis! You will benefit from an intense mentoring and be given the freedom to bring your personal motivation  in order to solve cutting edge practical issues in a scientifically sound manner.

More information needed? Interested?

Please visit HHL’s eCampus page.

 

Doctorate at CLIC

Are you interested in doing a PhD at CLIC through the LF Group Chair for Digital Innovation in Service Industries?
Then please send an inquiry to clic@hhl.de together with a current CV, your Master’s degree certificate(s) and a short abstract about your (preliminary) PhD idea.
Please also note the application requirements of HHL.

Current PhD Students

Simon Brunmayr, M.A.

Title of Dissertation:
Future Leadership (Working Title) 

Timo Brunner, M.Sc.

Title of Dissertation:
Putting Sustainable Business Model into Practice – Drivers and Barriers (Working Title) 

Anika Marie Kennaugh, MBA

Title of Dissertation:
White Collar Teaching – Bi-Directional Value Creation through Practitioners in Higher Education 

Abstract

Cooming soon

Abstract

Within a business context the term sustainability considers economical, ecological and social pillars. It is connected to the believe that negative environmental impacts of professional activities of organizations are reduced. In this sense, scholars underline the efficiency of innovating business models in order to create more sustainability. Thus, business models might serve as a market device to unfold the innovation potential regarding sustainability, and hence, act as a mediator for sustainable business models. Hence, it is pivotal to take a strategic view on the drivers and barriers of sustainable business models. The dissertation seeks to identify the key drivers and barriers to sustainable business model innovation. Its contribution is to present ideas how organizations can foster drivers and overcome barriers while adapting sustainable business models. Based on this, a focus is also on the topic of how organizations assess the performance of innovated sustainable business models. 

Abstract

Her dissertation project seeks to answer if, and if so how, dual academics work successfully and how they can help co-create value in a bi-directional flow. The concept of dual students is present in academia and has found it’s very own justification throughout the last years. However, with universities and industries alike developing a third mission, which is to properly interlink themselves in order to create better synergies and value, the question for dual academics arises. The research aims to equally profit from and inform discussions with decision makers in academia, industry and public policy.

Tim Mosig, M.Sc.

Title of Dissertation:
Data-Driven Business Model Innovation: About Barriers and New Perspectives (working title) 

Paul Pfister, M.Sc.

Title of Dissertation:
Return on Digitization –The added value and benefits of digitizing small and medium market businesses

Sina Plietzsch, M.A.

Title of Dissertation:
Spirituality as a Key Component in the Corporate Context 

Abstract

Today, data are increasing in importance for firms trying to create and maintain a competitive advantage. As value creation is highly dependent on this key resource, data, the necessity of re-designing firms’ business models arises. The thesis contributes a distinct set of barriers to data-driven business model innovation showing how data-related, technology-related, aversions and regulatory hurdles are the most challenging. Furthermore, these findings are discussed and developed identifying the necessity for a change in companies’ firm-centered perspectives on business. Hence, the thesis proposes a model of data-driven business ecosystems that aims to guide for conducting successful business in a data-driven world.

Abstract

His dissertation project seeks to analyze the added value and benefit of a digital transformation within small to medium sized enterprises (SME). Main objectives are to understand added values, use cases and varieties of the digital transformation for SMEs and to identify advantages and future potential of digital processes. His doctoral thesis will make recommendations if, when and how the digital transformation can lower costs, minimize the susceptibility to errors in processes, increase revenues and customer satisfaction. In the end, Paul’s purpose is to calculate an exact measurable ‚Return on Digitization‘. The research aims to equally profit from discussions with academics as well as with entrepreneurs in the German midmarket and the wider industry.

Abstract

In today’s dynamic and instable business environment, it is ever more important to promote a corporate culture that fosters the well-being, commitment, and performance of employees as it is a vital component of organizational growth and development. One method of promoting such corporate culture is through spirituality within the workplace.

In recent years, spirituality has begun to be viewed as a key component of an individual’s intelligence as it anticipates adaption as well as functioning and provides skills that empower individuals to solve problems and achieve goals. Implemented in a corporate context, spirituality can foster an employee’s transcendent experience through the work process and give them a sense of belonging which conveys feelings of completeness and joy. Thus, the research project aims to deepen the concept of spirituality as a measurable dimension of the corporate culture. Consequently, it seeks to understand, expand and improve currently existing approaches and to identify correlations as well as opportunities for implementation, which will ultimately support the transformation to a spirituality-based organization.

Dörte Schulte-Derner, M.A.

Title of Dissertation:
Impact of managerial behaviour concerning digital innovations on productivity

Tobias Schuster, M.Sc.

Title of Dissertation:
The Dynamics of Digital Leadership – A Validated Model for Sustained Organizational Performance 

Abstract

Cooming soon

Abstract

His dissertation project analyzes the effects of digital leadership approaches on different outcome dimensions of organizations. The project aims to deliver a model which explains the dynamics of these approaches on an organizational level. The research insights contribute to a better understanding regarding the influence of digital leadership on technology-driven change effects. These insights can prove valuable both for research and practical outlets, especially in context of the prime topic of digital transformation. Besides technology and process innovation, a high component of leadership deployment is required to actively engage employees in the digital transformation process. By providing a “blueprint” of effective digital leadership approaches, this thesis seeks to support organizations to ultimately capture strategic value of their digital transformation initiatives.

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