Institute for Leadership and Organization






Bachelor and Master Theses

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.


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 a short description of the fields of interest (2-3 topics from the list below). For general questions regarding theses and applications please contact Dr. Rouven Kanitz (kanitz(at) 

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

Fields of research:

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:



A review of themes in current tesearch on innovation teams Literature study
A review on employee responses to organizational change projects (focus on context) Literature study
Composing team-level constructs from lower-level data Literature study
Changing the way we do change research: How qualitative research emerged and influenced the field of change management Literature study
Theoretical foundations of research on multicultural individuals and teams Literature study
The impact of social networks on careers Empirical study/Literature study
How to increase academic self-efficacy? Literature study
Moral disengagement and cheating in higher education Literature study
I-deals and new work: How do employees negotiate individual work arrangements? Empirical study
Mediating and boundary-spanning in organizational behavior research Literature study
The digital transformation of innovation processes Literature study
Both/and instead of either/or: The concept of ambidexterity in innovation research Literature study
The use of management and organization theories in the context of climate change Literature study
The role of different actors in responsible innovation: A literature review Literature study
Bridging the gap between theory and practice: The role of science for change implementation Empirical study
Ready, set, go! – Determinants and influencing factors of change readiness on the employee and management level Empirical study/Literature study


Current Topics for Master Theses:



Felt vs. Expressed emotions: What are the different implications? Quantitative/Qualitative study
The DOs and DON'Ts for publishing experience sampling studies in top management journals Literature study/Content analysis
The impact of social networks in careers Literature study/Content analysis
Negotiator identity and gender Quantitative/Qualitative study
The use of composition models in top management journals Literature study/Content analysis
Same, same, but different: Analyzing the pecularities of implementing technological change in organizations Quantitative/Qualitative study
What have we theorized about? An analysis of 40-years of research in the Academy of Management Review Literature study/Content & bibliometric analysis