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Professorship in Sociology with Specialization in Work and Organizations


To see current lectures for this semester, please click on “lectures”.

Office hours during term: every Thursday from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. with prior notification by email. Please see “contact” for email-addresses.


Topics for B.A. and M.A. theses:

For possible dissertation topics please see the research areas of the professorship. Below is a list of possible topics and research questions (these are only proposals, we appreciate your own ideas and reflections!):

  • How staff takes part in decision making. Participation of employees in start-up-firms
  • New patterns of precariousness: temporary employment and service contracts
  • Transnational labour markets and the change of staff deployment strategies in companies
  •  Industry 4.0 – the impact on labour and organization / change of qualification models?
  • What impact has the rise of the “sharing economy” on the labour system, the professions or the working conditions of employees?
  • The case VW – illegal practices as coordination problems in international corporations
  • Tariff disputes and strikes in Germany – is the German harmonic model of work relationship eroding?
  • Organization and culture – transnational companies and the challenge of cultural adaptation
  •  “Everyday life” and new forms of employment

PhD dissertations

  • „Professional identity of freelance midwifes in out-of-hospital and clinical midwifery care – a qualitative research about midwifes with special emphasis on the increasing insurance premium of professional liability insurance” (Working title of thesis) by Claudia Graf-Pfohl
  • “Temporary layoffs of employees in Germany” (Working title of thesis) by Franziska Schork

Ausgewähle Abschlussarbeiten

  • Der aktive Kunde in der öffentlichen Verwaltung (BA-Arbeit, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 2015)
  • Europäische Betriebsräte - Ein Vergleich theoretischer Ansätze (BA-Arbeit, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 2015)

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