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Current Thesis Topics

As of: 01.11.2016

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Supervised topics for final theses

Michail Batikas(

My research interests cover the areas of diffusion of web technologies and (big) data analytics. I am interested in understanding how different web technologies are adopted across different industries, sectors and locations. On the other hand, one of my latest research streams is to understand how illegal activities take place over the internet (i.e. how anonymous marketplaces work, how large the ad networks of websites that facilitate piracy are, etc).

I supervise quantitative theses on these topics. In addition, I am open to supervising quantitative theses on platforms (peer to peer markets) or in general topics that take advantage of big data analytics techniques.

Johanna Glauber (

I am interested in competitive decision making of individuals and organizations. In particular, my research focuses on learning processes that may occur in repeated decision making and allow individuals and firms to improve their performance, innovate their strategy and adapt to their environment.
At the moment I supervise quantitative theses that investigate the strategic decisions of venture capital firms.

Johannes Loh (

My research revolves around firms’ competitive strategies and consumers‘ adoption decisions in high technology markets. Relevant concepts include direct and indirect network effects, innovation, and product differentiation. My current research focuses on the question how platforms can manage and influence the set of complementary products in order to attain a competitive advantage.

I supervise quantitative theses on platform competition and technology diffusion, and I’m generally open for related topics.

Mareike Seifried(

My research focuses on the design and mechanisms of online labor markets such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, Upwork, and Innocentive, which have emerged as platforms that facilitate the allocation of productive effort across global economies. I am interested in a variety of different topics in the context of paid crowd work, e.g. the effect of financial incentives on digital workers‘ performance, the role of different actors in these markets (e.g. agencies), or career paths of digital workers.

I supervise quantitative theses on these topics but I am also open for related topic suggestions.