Data Sharing & Data Trading



Driven by trend such as the Internet-of-Things or smart services, data is increasingly considered as a core component and valuable resource for private sector organizations. Thereby, creating value from data does not result from solely collecting self-generated data. Being able to enrich existing data sets with external data by sharing & trading will determine competitiveness in the future. Yet, many private-sector organizations struggle to share or trade data due to diverse intra- and inter-organizational challenges (e.g., missing incentives, fear of transparency and vulnerability, lack of business models,…).

To facilitate and foster data sharing & trading in private sector organizations, advancing the understanding of the phenomenon data sharing builds the first pillar towards a joint value creation by data sharing. Further, reducing barriers and incentive data sharing is a crucial challenge for private sector organizations.

Research Goal

As part of a research collaboration with BASF SE, you can contribute with your thesis to facilitate and enable private sector organizations to share and trade data in inter-organizational data initiatives. In this context, we offer diverse potential topics to tackle the phenomena of data sharing & trading from different ankles. Based on your personal interest, potential starting points for a thesis (Bachelor’s or Master’s) could be:

  • Development of pathways to achieve beneficial conditions for data sharing in organizations in the private sector

Further, we are open to your suggestions to contribute to the phenomena of data sharing and trading in a practice-oriented, yet theoretically sound manner.

Your Profile

  • You are interested in the emerging field of data sharing and trading by industrial companies
  • You are highly motivated to work on recent real-world problems in a self-organized and goal-oriented working mode and you bring in own ideas
  • You are open-minded and don’t hesitate to get in touch with professionals, e.g., throughout an interview study
  • Very good English skills as the thesis will be written in English


  • Start: Immediately

  • Language: English

We offer you a challenging research topic, close supervision, and the opportunity to develop practical as well as theoretical skills. If you are interested, please send a current transcript of records, a short CV, and a brief motivation (2-3 sentences) to Marcel Fassnacht. (marcel.fassnacht∂