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 an ontology regarding impact factors of data valuation approaches
  • Identification and derivation of archetypes of incentive mechanisms for data sharing & trading
  • Development of a process model for use case identification to data sharing within organizations
  • Interpretive Structural Modeling Analysis of Barriers to Data Sharing

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∂