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Chair for Organization and International Management

Information on theses

Thank you for your interest in writing your thesis at the Chair of Organization and International Management. In order to make the process as structured as possible, we kindly ask you to read the following information about the procedure carefully.

Step 1: Application and requirements

Formal application process: Applications for Bachelor's theses at the chair are possible until March 31st and September 30th for the following semester by contacting Manuela Hörtzsch. Applications for Master's theses at the chair are possible until March 31st and September 30th for the following semester by using this application form.

Together with a form, that will be provided for you, an exposé (2-5 pages) containing the following information must be submitted:

  • Name of the student
  • Preliminary title of the thesis
  • Agenda
  • Relevance of the topic and research question
  • Planned Theoretical Background
  • Planned Methodology
  • First listing of relevant, current literature

Requirements: A thesis at the Chair of Organization and International Management can be written by all Bachelor students of the specialization " Organization/Human Resources/Innovation/Sustainability" (OPIN) and "General Management" (GM) as well as Master students of the study program "Management and Organisation Studies" (MOS).

Please note that the general requirements for registration and admission of a Bachelor's and Master's thesis are regulated in the examination regulations and must be taken from these. We also assume that you:

  • are currently attending or have already successfully completed a course at the chair.
  • are interested in a topic that fits the focus of the chair.

Step 2: Identifying topics

In addition to the topics listed, you can suggest possible topics for your thesis by yourself.

For the supervision of the topic proposed by yourself, it is decisive whether the topic is within the competence of the chair and its staff. With regard to your own topic suggestions, it is necessary that you first discuss them with a member of the chair and finally coordinate them with him/her to ensure that your work is supervised by the chair. This should be done in time before application.

At the chair, either conceptual literature theses or empirical theses can be written. This also applies to theses that you would like to write in cooperation with practice partners. Please note that a thesis is more than just a practical project and therefore several scientific standards of a thesis have to be fulfilled!

Step 3: Scientific research

Bachelor's, Master's and term papers are research papers that are handed out with a pedagogical aim, namely to introduce the student to scientific research. For this reason, strict demands are made on scientific research standards, which are included in the grading of the theses.

Notes: The formal requirements for a thesis can be found here.


  • The criteria for the grading can be reviewed here.
  • Special regulation for term papers: For reasons of fairness towards other papers, a mark deduction will be made for late submission:
    • Late submission is possible up to a maximum of two weeks after the submission deadline.
    • There is a deduction of 0.3 grade points per week or part thereof, i.e. a maximum deduction of 0.6.
    • Term papers that are submitted later than two weeks after the submission deadline are to be graded 5.0.

Thesis topics

In addition to the formal criteria, great importance is attached to an appropriate and solid theoretical foundation for the final thesis for the Bachelor's and especially the Master's degree. As a rule, the topics can be realized in three ways:

  • as theoretically founded literature studies,
  • as theoretically founded empirical studies, if necessary also in cooperation with practical partners (e.g. in the form of a case study),
  • as theory-based research and design of organizational practice. The following key topics offer a general orientation and should be further specified in advance of the application and in the subsequent meeting with the designated supervisor:
  • Institutions, networks, and international cooperations
  • Internationalization and market entry strategies
  • Topics of social categorization and the associated problems of inequality, discrimination and under-representation of certain social groups
  • Emergence of new markets and digital transformation
  • Modern and classical organizational theories
  • Diffusion and implementation of management concepts
  • Learning, change, and professionalization of organizations
  • Intercultural Management

Concrete thesis topics that can currently be written are listed below. At the same time, we are of course very happy if students bring their own topics with them. And finally, topics from term papers can be continued at any time.

Corona and Sustainability - How does Covid-19 influence sustainable development in organizations?

Christian M. Huber

Gender inequalities in the academic context

Christian M. Huber

Opportunities and challenges of stigmatized markets – Cannabis enterprises on their way to seriousness

Christian M. Huber

Sufficiency in Science – Questioning existing practices

Christian M. Huber

Abweichende Karrieren – Biografien von Selbständigen und Gründern

Markus Tümpel

Critical Entrepreneurship Studies – eine systematische Aufarbeitung des aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Diskurses

Markus Tümpel

Motive von Selbständigen, Freelancern und Mikrounternehmern – eine Untersuchung aus Perspektive der Sinnstiftung

Markus Tümpel

Partizipation in Kooperativen und Genossenschaften – aktuelle Forschungsperspektiven

Markus Tümpel