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Master's Thesis - Evaluation of Corporate Digital Maturity Levels for Enhanced Sustainability Mgmt.

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Applications for disciplines such as: Automation technology, business administration, mechanical engineering, software engineering, technology management, industrial engineering or similar.

Are you passionate about sustainability and interested in exploring the potential benefits of digitalization for sustainable production systems? Do you want to understand how the digital transformation can enhance sustainability performance and contribute to a more sustainable future and a circular economy?

This thesis will develop a comprehensive framework for assessing digital maturity levels in organizations and evaluate their ability to implement effective digital sustainability management practices. As organizations increasingly recognize the importance of integrating sustainability into their operations, digital technologies offer promising opportunities for achieving sustainability goals.

This research seeks to investigate how companies at different stages of digital maturity are leveraging digital tools and strategies to enhance their sustainability performance. By examining the intersection of digital transformation and sustainability management, this thesis intends to provide insights into the potential benefits and challenges associated with digital sustainability initiatives. If we have picked your interest, please apply now via our online portal. We look forward to receiving your application!

What you will do

  • Structured research and analysis of scientific literature on relevant topics
  • Preparation of your own research hypothesis, objectives and structure of the thesis with support and guidance from your supervisor at Fraunhofer IPA
  • Scientific elaboration, analysis and presentation of research results in a final thesis
  • Possibility to publish the results in form of a study, a white paper or as peer-reviewed

What you bring to the table

  • Student (m/f/d) of computer sciences; environmental sciences; engineering, or related field
  • Interest in the areas of digitalization and sustainable production
  • High motivation, commitment, and willingness to learn new topics
  • Analytical, independent and structured way of working
  • Good MS Office skills. Optional: previous EndNote/Citavi knowledge
  • No programming skills are required
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Thesis language: English

What you can expect

  • Opportunity to research future-oriented topics and incorporate your own ideas
  • Insights into one of the largest Fraunhofer Institutes
  • Interdisciplinary and friendly work environment
  • Flexible working hours and location (Home Office)
  • Close supervision and constant support throughout the development of your thesis

We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Frau Jennifer Leppich


Tel. +49 711 970-1415


Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Requisition Number: 71457                Application Deadline:

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