The Introduction of IBM Connections at Armacell

Background


Armacell, the world leader in flexible insulation foams with the European headquarters in Münster, is currently introducing the collaboration platform IBM Connections. In a pilot study which started in September 2018, an international project group is using the platform to streamline its communication and collboration practices. We accompany this project and investigate the impact of the new collaboration platform on employees. Example questions are: How do employees make sense of the new possibilites? How do they include the platform in their daily (communication) routines? Does the platform help employees to communicate more efficient? Are there negative effects such as too many interruptions or longer work days?, ...


There are several topics to focus on in the context of this project, for both bachelor or master theses. Primarily, we draw on qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews to investigate how such platforms change existing and create new work practices. But there are also possibilties to use quantitative methods such as surveys. We already completed bachelor and master theses in this project. These insights will be used as the point of departure. You have the possibility to work with Armacell during the period of the thesis by means of a paid contract. The company is operating at an international level. Thus, sufficient proficiency in the English language is recommended. However, you can also write your bachelor thesis in German.


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