Hasso-Plattner-Institut
Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle
  
 

Student Theses/Projects

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On this page you can find an overview of potential topics for student theses/projects at the Research Group IT-Entrepreneurship. If you have any questions, please contact office-hoelzle(at)hpi.de.


#WhoFollowsWhom? Mapping the Diversity of the Entrepreneurship Scholar Network on Social Media

Master Thesis | Supervision: Valeska Maul, Dr. Robert Rose

This Master's thesis examines the scientific network of entrepreneurship scholars on Twitter, LinkedIn etc. via a social media analysis. Specifically, this thesis focuses on the analysis of various diversities (e.g., interdisciplinarity) and to what extent they influence the discussion of trends and topics on social media.

Venturing Together for People, Profit, Planet – A Search for the Impact of Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Master Thesis | Supervision: Valeska Maul, Dr. Robert Rose

We are currently experiencing a rapid and dynamic emergence of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems. It remains unclear, however, how and with what impact sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems are actually driving change, fostering different ways of thinking, or fostering entrepreneurial momentum. In this master thesis, an empirical-qualitative design (e.g., expert interviews) or empirical-quantitative design (e.g., panel data) can be employed.

Digital Business Models after Corona – Will the Crisis Produce a New Generation of Startups?

Bachelor Thesis | Supervision: Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle

In the financial crisis of 2008/2009 a large number of later very successful start-ups emerged (e.g., Spotify, Uber etc.). For a while now, calls have been made (especially in Germany) for genuinely ‘digital’ business models. Incumbent firms having substantial difficulties to develop such (see, e.g., Plattform Industrie 4.0, 2020), but many young start-ups have not yet got a hold of the core of digital business models either. In this Bachelor thesis, the aim is to talk to founders and young companies (from HPI) using interviews or questionnaires to identify key challenges and opportunities for digital business models in Germany. The results will be included in a policy paper for the German Federal Government.

Digital Entrepreneurship – What is Really Different?

Bachelor Thesis | Supervision: Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle

Digital entrepreneurship has become a most prominent topic in theory and practice. It is not quite clear, however, what and whether there are really differences to entrepreneurship as such. The goal of this work is a comprehensive literature analysis (e.g., using bibliometric methods) and/or discussions with experienced founders, business angels, and VCs to find out where they see differences and similarities.