Simon Stolz (.de)

Candidate for M.Sc. International Business


Grown up in Tübingen, Germany, I completed a Masters degree in International Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Business Economics at Maastricht University. My strong interest in data analysis and technology is reflected in my specializations in Information and Network Economics, during my Bachelor, and in Information Management and Business Intelligence, during my Master. I spent one foreign semester at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal and at University of Florida in Gainesville, USA. Next to my studies I am interested in webdesign and data visualizations, using tools such as Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Wordpress (SQL and PHP) and R Programming.

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Work Experience

Internship: Quantitative Market Research - 10/2012 - 02/2013
Areas: Technology Sector, Consumer and Retail Sector.
Responsibilties: Data analysis in IBM SPSS, quantitative and qualitative research, creation of reports and client communication and project management
IT: IBM SPSS, Microsoft Office, Internal SAP Systems

Internship: Managerial Accounting - 08/2012 - 10/2012
Area: Air & Seafreight.
Responsibilities: Competitor analysis, database maintenance, assisting implementation of sales tracking system
IT: Microsoft Office, Oracle ApEx, CP Corporate Planning

Founding Team Member: IT and Communication - 09/2010 - 02/2011
Maastricht University Green Office is an organization within the University of Maastricht, aiming on facilitating and fostering sustainability at the University. Structures, goals, strategies, roles and connections had to be established in this start-up environment. My responsibilities did lie in establishing the website and communication infrastructure, coordination with external parties and university departments, as well as implementation of social media marketing.

Founder - 12/2009 - 09/2010
I founded the website and managed a team of 5 students. We were providing information about Maastricht's night- and student life on an appealing Wordpress blog complemented by a "phpBB"-Blackboard. The project lead to an invitation as speaker at "Week of Entrepreneurship" - "Students for Students Edition", which was organized by Maastricht Centre of Entrepreneurship and Momentum. However, due to competition, inactivity of members and my employment at Maastricht University's Green Office, which I founded and set up, was closed down.
See also: (1.) Access Statistics - General ; (2.) Access Statistics - Location

Academic Work

About the Effects of Network Configuration Measures on Information Exchange in Online Social Networks

07/2014 - Master Thesis
Social networking sites are widely used for private communication. Also organizations start to make use of "Enterprise Social Network" applications to support information exchange and knowledge sharing (e.g. "Yammer") In my master thesis I examine the association of structural configurations on Facebook, over perceptions of social capital, personality traits and small-world efficiency, on information exchange in social network sites.
Keywords: User Content Generation, Social Network Analysis, Social Media, Data Mining, Tie Strength

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Infographic: Analyzing Facebook

Based on my master thesis I created this infographic in which I highlight some of the insights I derived from the data which I collected from the 100 participants. The image can also be found on

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Network Visualization: Facebook Contacts

During my master thesis I worked with the open-source software Gephi. It allows for network visualizations in which clustered friendship circles become visible. Also nodes are colored according to their centrality measures.

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Free Drawing: A Saber and an Apple

I created this image to explore the functions of my drawing pad. It is also available in higher resolution for more detail.

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Website Layout: Green Office Maastricht

The initial Green Office Layout.

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