Regulatory factors influencing the introduction of a specific digital technology in the water sector

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Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement
Bachelor; Master


The wastewater sector is facing challenges such as staff shortage, accumulation of heavy rainfall events due to climate change, and threats to the environment, citizens, and public and private property. In this context, digital technologies are crucial in monitoring, controlling, and optimizing wastewater systems. These technologies promise not only more efficient wastewater management but also improved protection of the environment, economy, and society.


Political paradigms, funding policies, and laws significantly influence the success of innovations. This thesis examines regulatory influencing factors that affect the introduction of a specific digital technology in the water industry.
The thesis first examines the relevant political and legal context at EU, federal, and state levels. In order to map trends and future developments, expert interviews are conducted, and party programs are analyzed. The aim is to develop a comprehensive picture of the current and upcoming regulatory environment and to derive recommendations for action for the research project. You also have the possibility to select and shape the main topics according to your personal interests.
We offer flexible and personal supervision and support you in familiarizing yourself with the research topic. By working on a research project of national scope, you will gain important experience in the field of scientific work and acquire essential skills for your future career. You can start working on your thesis immediately.


Interested students are requested to send their application including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and current overview of grades to Luis Alexander Kaufhold (email: For further information, we offer a personal appointment.
We look forward to receiving your application and your cooperation in this important research task.

Keywords: Sustainable Innovation, Innovation Drivers, Innovation Barriers, Regulatory Framework