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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@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

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

The impact of digital transformation on organizations - a review of current research findings [earliest starting date mid April]

- Review research on how the concept of digitalization and the digital transformation of organizations influences structures and outcomes as well as behavioral processes in organizations.
- What are the relevant concepts that need to be considered and understood from an organizational perspective? What are the consequences for organizations in terms of being creative and innovative in the digital age?
- Development of a more detailed research focus based on own interest and analysis of identified literature
- Description of findings and discussion of implications for practice and research

Literature Review

Qualitative Research Methodologies in Organizational Change Studies – An Application to Technological Change [earliest starting date mid April]

- 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

A Longitudinal Perspective on Attitudes Toward Organizational Change

- Review existing research on the distinct influences of different forms of support during organizational change.
- 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?

Literature Review

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

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

The New Normal: A Review of the Remote Work Literature

- Review recent research on the effects of remote work on employees’ work and health outcomes
- Analyze and code the literature in terms of the conceptualization of remote work, the effects of remote work, and the theorized mechanisms underlying the effects
- Develop a conceptual model summarizing the effects of remote work and develop suggestions for future research on remote work

Literature Review

Upside Down: A literature review on how followers influence leaders

-A structured literature review on the impact of followers on their leaders (empirical studies)
- Describe the status quo and synthesize the findings in a conceptual model
-Devleop a future research agenda on potentential shortcomings of the current literature

Literature Review

Crowdsourcing - a sustainable future for organizational innovation?

-A structured literature review of research on crowdsourcing innovation (empirical studies)
- Describe the potentials and limitations for crowdsourcing innovation
-Develop suggestions how crowdsourcing should be managed/implemented for sustainable innovation

Literature Review

Theoretical foundations and frameworks in team adaptivity research

- A structured literature review of empirical research on team adaptivity, team adaptive behaviors, and team adaptation
- Specifically identify and synthesize the applied theoretical frameworks and theories
- Develop a future research agenda for team adaptivity research

Literature Review

Theoretical foundations and frameworks in team cognition research

- A structured literature review of empirical research on team/collective cognition with focus on states, processes, and mechanisms
- Specifically identify and synthesize the applied theoretical frameworks and theories
- Develop a future research agenda for team cognition research

Literature Review

Same, same but different - Exploring the diversity in embedding Digital Innovation Units (DIUs) in corporate innovation systems

- Contribute to an on-going ILO research project and learn about how companies face the challenge of innovation in times of digitalization
- Review DIUs of large manufacturing firms and SMEs (descriptive analysis)
- Consolidate information regarding the diversity in structural and cultural set ups compared to the main organization and its key (digital) innovation units (e.g. R&D and IT)
- Description of findings and discussion of implications for practice and research

Descriptive Analysis

Fluid Teams - How Can They Work Effectively?

- A structured literature review of theoretical and empirical research on team emergent states and processes that are important in fluid teams
- Identify the role of each state or process and synthesise them into a coherent model of fluid teams
- Develop a future agenda for fluid team research based on the literatue reviewed

Literature Review

Changing Team Equals Changing Identity!?

- A structured literature review of theoretical and empirical research on (changes in) team member identification when switching teams
- Develop an integrative model on the role of team member identification (change) in multi-team settings
- Develop a future research agenda for team identification in multi-team settings based on the literatue reviewed

Literature Review

Strategic Change at the Freiwillige Feuerwehr - a Qualitative Study

- Student will be integrated into a current ILO research project on organizational change at Freiwillige Feuerwehr. ILO provides data and background knowledge for student. Student transcribes semi-structured interviews and analyzes the qualitative data.
- Student can set own research focus depending on interest and data.
- Potential themes: Why is there a need for becoming more diverse at the Freiwillige Feuerwehr? What is the current reaction to the prospect of becoming more diverse within the Freiwillige Feuerwehr? What are current topics that are of importance to Freiwillige Feuerwehr members?

Qualitative Study

 

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

Strategic Change at the Freiwillige Feuerwehr - a Qualitative Study

- Student will be integrated into a current ILO research project on organizational change at Freiwillige Feuerwehr. ILO provides data and background knowledge for student. Student transcribes semi-structured interviews and analyzes the qualitative data.
- Student can set own research focus depending on interest and data.
- Potential themes: Why is there a need for becoming more diverse at the Freiwillige Feuerwehr? What is the current reaction to the prospect of becoming more diverse within the Freiwillige Feuerwehr? What are current topics that are of importance to Freiwillige Feuerwehr members?

Qualitative Study

Identifying Barriers and Promoters of Embedding "Digital Factories", "Innovation Hubs" and others in the organizational innovation system [earliest starting date April]

They are part of the new organizational "normal": Incubators, Digital Factories, or Hubs, Innovation Labs and so on... Yet, seemingly these structurally separate innovation units struggle with their self-selected separation from the core business and other core organizational units.

- Potential guiding questions: What are barriers to truly reaping the benefits of these auspicious innovative units? Who or what promotes the effective cooperation and collaboration with the core businesss units? How does one establish an inclusive yet explorative innovation system with these units?

- Student should conduct, transcribe and analyze qualitative interview data to develop an understanding of embedding these diversely labelled yet omnipresent digital innovation units in largere organizational innovation systems

- Student has the opportunity to adapt or further develop the research focus based on own interest.

Qualitative Study with key informants

Digital Change Management - A Qualitative Study [earliest starting date mid April]

- What is digital change management?
- What are tools for performing digital change management and what are potential reactions to it?
- How can the practicioners perspective be connected with scientific liter
- What are potential opportunities and challenges of digital change management practices?
- What are important limitations in the current literature and what are promising directions for future research?

Qualitative Study

Crowdfunding creativity

- Crowdfunding is increasingly viewed as a way to realize creative projects. The guiding question of the thesis is to probe this assumption and to investigate how crowdfunding can enable or constrain creative product design.
- The student will be involved in a project on crowdfunding and creativity at the ILO. The student will collect quantitative data (online) for own research interest/focus.
- The goal is to identify some benefits and/or limitations of crowdfunding for creative product design.

Qualitative Study