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Bachelor Theses

Master Theses

Assignment of Topics

Anytime (after consultation with the supervisor)

Anytime (after consultation with the supervisor)

Time frame

8 weeks

22 weeks

 

At our institute, we supervise bachelor theses as well as master theses. Students can start their thesis at any time of the semester and arrange topics in our fields of research based on the current topics for theses listed below. Students can suggest own research ideas that fit our fields of research without guarantee that we can supervise and accept their proposals (see below). We expect a high scientific standard. For formatting information please consult the style guide.

Bachelor Theses:

We expect all candidates for bachelor theses at our institute to participate in the seminar course Leadership & Organization (Hauptseminar). The content of the seminar is important to write a thesis at our institute. Students who completed this seminar course are sure to being able to write their bachelor thesis at ILO. 


Master Theses:

There are no additional prerequisites to apply for a master thesis.


Application

Please send your applications 2-3 weeks (master thesis 3-4 weeks) before the desired starting date. Applications should include a grade sheet (Kontoauszug), the planned starting date (e.g., 01.04.19), the examination regulations ("Prüfungsordnung" e.g., PStO 2015), and the prefered topics (2-3 topics from the "current topics for bachelor theses" list below). For general questions regarding theses and applications please contact Dr. Max Reinwald (reinwald(at)bwl.lmu.de). 


Proposals and collaboration with companies

Students may suggest topics that fit our fields of research. Students should prepare a short proposal description (max. one page) on the topic including the research idea, the research motivation, and the method/data collection opportunities (e.g., qualitative or quantitative) when applying for supervision. We are also open to supervise theses in collaboration with companies. However, there is no guarantee that we can supervise the suggested topics. 

Fields of research:

Please also see https://www.ilo.bwl.uni-muenchen.de/forschung/index.html for a description of current research areas and projects.

Leading People: Leadership and Teamwork, Trust and Intercultural Collaboration, Multi-Teaming and New Forms of Collaboration, Stress and Coping, Resilience and Learning from Failure

Leading Innovation: Innovation Team Agility, Thematic Thinking and Opportunity Recognition, Idea Creation and Selection, Leading Innovation Projects, Innovation under Constraints, Sustainable Innovation

Leading Organizations: Organizational Agility and Strategy Execution, Change Management & Organizational Transformation, Inter-organizational Collaboration, Dispersed/Virtual Organizations


Current Topics for Bachelor Theses:

Topic

Method

Collaboration in agile teams - A systematic review of the information systems literature

- Review empirical research on agile team collaboration that has been published in information systems outlets
- What are the themes studied in the context of agile team collaboration, e.g., team processes?
- How can these themes be linked to org behavior research?
- Review the literature and code the reviewed papers with regards to themes

Literature review

Psychological foundations of social innovation processes

- What are social innnovation initiatives?
- Who is participating/engaging in such initiatives?
- What are individual drivers of and motivation for this engagement?
Qualitative study

Tackling grand challenges: Microfoundations of collective action and transformative change

- What is transformative change?
- How can we understand collective action in transformative change?
- What are the microfoundational mechanisms and processes of this collective action?

Qualitative study

Boundary work in innovation systems

Review research on boundaries and boundary work in the context of innovation
- What are the relevant boundaries that need to be considered and how are they overcome? What relationships have scholars investigated in the context of boundary work?
- Code the literature in terms of differentent types of boundaries and how boundary work may unfold in this context
- Describe state of the art
- Develop suggestions for future research on boundaries in general and boundary work in the context of innovation in particular

Literature Review

Directions for strategic change - A qualitative field study

- Student will be integrated into a current ILO research project on organizational change at a partner organization. ILO provides data and background knowledge for student. Student transcribes semi-structured interviews and analyzes the qualitative data. If of interest, there may also be an opportunity to conduct a couple of additional interviews.
- Student can set own research focus depending on own interests.
- Potential themes: Why is there a need for change at the organization? What different visions for change are there within the organization and by whom are they shared? What is the role of its leadership? What is the current reaction to the prospect of change within the organization and what are concerns of organizational members?

Qualitative Study

The Role of Middle Managers during Organizational Change: A Systematic Review

- Review existing research on the role of middle management during organizational change
- Analyze and code the literature in terms of antecedents, mechanisms, types, and outcomes of middle management impact during organizational change
- Develop suggestions for future research on the role of middle managers during change

Literature Review

Qualitative Research Methodologies in Organizational Change Studies – An Application to Technological Change.

- What is qualitative research and which methodologies does it cover?
- Which qualitative methods are currently used in order to investigate organizational change? How does the methodological toolbox look like (e.g. special focus on Delphi study and case study)
- How can qualitative research methodologies be used to study technological change implementation?
- What are benefits and drawbacks of qualitative research with regard to (technological) organizational change?

Literature Review

An Event Systems Perspective on Attitudes Toward Organizational Change

- Research has generated important insights on determinants of change recipients’ attitudes toward organizational change. But: How do attitudes toward organizational change develop over time? How can an Event Systems Perspective help at explaining the development of change-related attitudes?
- Student will be involved into a current ILO research project on organizational change. ILO provides data and background knowledge for student. Student transcribes semi-structured interviews and analyzes the qualitative data.

Qualitative study

The Role of Support During Major Organizational Change

- Research suggests that organizational, managerial and collegial support considerably influence employees’ responses to organizational change. However, we know little about the distinct influences of different forms of support.
- How can we define “support”? What are distinct areas of influence of various forms of support? What are potential chances and pitfalls of giving and receiving support?
- Student will be involved into a current ILO research project on organizational change. ILO provides data and background knowledge for student. Student transcribes semi-structured interviews and analyzes the qualitative data.

Qualitative study

Diversity in Entrepreneurial Teams: A Literature Review

- Review existing research on diversity on the context of entrepreneurial teams
- Analyze and code the literature in terms of antecedents, mechanisms, types, and outcomes
- Develop suggestions for future research on the role of diversity in entrepreneurial teams

Literature Review

Getting Involved: A Literature Review of Employee Involvement in Organizational Change

- Review existing research on the effects of employee involvement in organizational change
- Analyze and code the literature in terms of involvement types, mechanisms, moderators, and outcomes
- Develop suggestions for future research on employee involvement during organizational change

Literature Review

Leader Inclusiveness: A Systematic Literature Review

- Review empirical research on leader inclusiveness at the workplace
- What relationships have scholars investigated in regard to leader inclusiveness?
- Code the literature in terms of antecedents, mechanisms, and outcomes of leader inclusiveness
- Describe state of the art
- Develop suggestions for future research on leader inclusiveness in organizations

Literature Review

Career Resilience - A Structured Literature Review

-A structured literature review on career resilience with focus on STEM fields
- Describe state of the art
-Devleop future research agenda on team composition and its effects on the ABC's of teamwork

Literature Review

 

Current Topics for Master Theses:

Topic

Method

Natural Language Processing Techniques in Management Research

Computerized textual analysis offers the opportunity to process and analyze large amounts of natural language data (e.g., press releases, email communications, performance feedback) on numerous dimensions (e.g., emotions, risk orientation, change orientation). While such methods have the potential to provide novel insights those methods are relatively underutilized in management research. The purpose of this master thesis is to provide an overview of existing language processing methods and how they have been utilized in existing management research. Based on this review the thesis should evaluate the strengths and limitations of the methods and describe a use-case in a specific research area.

Literature Review

Identifying Barriers and Promoters of Digital Innovation Initiatives in the Healthcare Industry

The health care industry seemingly represents a paradox when it comes to digital innovation: On the one hand, it is a field of vast and constant innovation regarding practices and research initiatives, on the other hand digitalization, the automation and optimization of processes seem to be progressing only slowly. Potential guiding questions: What are barriers to truly reaping the benefits of digitalization? Who or what promotes digital innovation in this field? How important is digitization, how important is innovation?

Qualitative Study with key informants
Directions for strategic change - A qualitative field study

- Student will be integrated into a current ILO research project on organizational change at a partner organization. ILO provides data and background knowledge for student. Student transcribes semi-structured interviews and analyzes the qualitative data. If of interest, there may also be an opportunity to conduct a couple of additional interviews.
- Student can set own research focus depending on own interests.
- Potential themes: Why is there a need for change at the organization? What different visions for change are there within the organization and by whom are they shared? What is the role of its leadership? What is the current reaction to the prospect of change within the organization and what are concerns of organizational members

Qualitative Study

Employee reactions to age-friendly HR practices

- The student will be involved in an ongoing research project studying how age-friendly practices are viewed by mature-age workers and other employees
- The student can set an own research focus within the broader theme
- In close cooperation with the supervisor the student will develop and program a scenario experiment, assist with data collection, and analyze the data to answer the chosen research question

Quantitative Study