Dissertation

Avoiding lock-in in technology firms – a competence based approach

Firms increasingly depend on technological advancements and need to be able to adapt to technological shifts. However, different forms of rigidities such path-dependent processes may cause lock-in situations which hinder the adoption of more efficient technological options. Using a qualitative approach and cases of companies in the high- and medium-technology industry, this study aims to analyse factors leading to lock-ins and to identify organizational capabilities to cope with path dependence within the technology management process.

Author: Harald Wipfler

Professional practice of certified management systems based on ISO 9001

An exploratory, qualitative research and comparison with literature on quality management according to the ISO 9000 series of standards in Austrian engineering firms. The results of this work provide a better understanding for implementation of the ISO 9001 standard in consulting engineering organisations. It sheds light on quality management in consulting companies and analyse influences on the quality of the service. In addition it can be used as a basis for future work in the international context according to the implementation on ISO standards in the engineering consulting industry.

Author: Walter Painsi

Lean Technology Management

The object of this thesis is to discuss the interrelationships between Lean Management and Technology Management. Through an in-depth analysis into the methods, processes, and useful interconnections of both management techniques, the findings will be implemented back into the existing Technology Management process to help create a more efficient and lean program for the betterment of all companies. This process can be applied in the field to ensure companies’ insistence on a long-term basis.

Author: Jürgen Kiszilak

Factors that influence business models of small enterprises in business-to-business markets

Small enterprises (SE) increasingly face a competitive business environment, where they have to compete with firms of any size. Furthermore, a small enterprise is not just a small version of a large enterprise (LE). Which is why SEs business models significantly differ from LEs business models. In a qualitative study small enterprises in business-to-business markets are researched. The purpose of the study is to find factors that, according to literature, influence the elements of SEs business models most and to analyze to what degree those factors are present in the sample cases.

Author: Fabian Pirker

Software Product Management for medium- and large-sized business applications

In today's software developing firms software product management (SPM) is part of business and it is done often by practitioners to the best of their knowledge and belief. Nevertheless many scientific research has been done on this topic. The dissertation project covers a systematic mapping study about the research which have been done within last recent years. The second part of this dissertation will focus on empirical research on SPM under particular consideration of medium- and large-sized business applications.

Author: Thomas Salzmann

Lean Project Management

Lean Management is no self-contained discipline but a knowledge area with many facets, characterized by (lean) principles and mindsets whose operationalisation is only stated in fragments and unsystematic manner while Project Management is an established discipline oriented on processes and procedure models which are very well documented in literature. Less documented are influences of Lean Management on Project Management which generates the need to investigate which contribution the Lean Management idea has on the process models and methods of classic Project Management.

Author: Martin Saier

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