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 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. Rouven Kanitz (kanitz(at) 

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 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:



Experience sampling studies in organizational behavior research

- Thematic utilization of experience sampling method ("diary studies") in organizational behavior research
- Current trends in regards to methodological rigor and application
- Review of last ten years in leading management journals (Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior etc.)

Literature review

The interplay of personal and contextual factors in research on multicultural individuals

- What do we know about multicultural individuals in the workplace?
- How do personal and contextual factors interact to explain how multiculturals behave?
- Review of interactional approach in multicultural research

Literature review

The boundaryless organization

- What are the key tenets of boundary theory?
- Where do we observe a decrease of boundedness?
- What do fluid boundaries imply for individuals at work?

Literature review

Ambivalence towards organizational change: A literature review

- What is ambivalence during organizational change?
- What forms of ambivalence can exist?
- What are potential ways to deal with ambivalence during change?

Literature review / Qualitative study

You've got a friend in me - How can managers support employees during organizational change implementation?

- What are potential levers through which managers can support their employees during implementation of organizational change?
- How can existing studies inform future intervention research in the context of organizational change?
- What could be potential interventions to successfully implement organizational change?
- Systematic review of potential interventions during change implementation.

Literature review / Qualitative study

Mindsets in organizational behavior research

- Which role do mindsets play on an individual and on a team level in organisational behavior research?
- What kind of and how are mindsets conceptualized? What are their underlying theoretical bases?
- In which organizational contexts are mindsets studied?

Literature review

The role of personal (and relational) resources for individuals and teams undergoing a job-design change

- What kind of personal (and relational) resources are needed for individuals and teams undergoing a change in their job-design?
- How do these resources (i.e., through which mechanisms) help with dealing with the change?

Literature review

Implicit theories in higher education

- Systemativ review of the concept of implicit theories in Higher Education Research?
- What are the key mechanisms of the implicit theory of personality and intelligence by Carol Dweck?
- Which assumptions are empirically sound, where are gaps in empirical evidence regarding the implicit theory of personality and intelligence?

Literature review

The Know-It-Alls: The role of multiknowledge individuals in team research

- How are multi-knowledge individuals conceptualized (in innovation and organizational behavior research)?
- What role do they play in specific team settings, especially in cross-functional teams?
- How is this conceptualization related to intra-personal functional diversity?
- What are challenges and opportunities for the teams, as well as the individuals?

Literature review

Sustainable innovation in an urban context: A literature review

- What is the relevance of cities in sustainable development?
- How does sustainable innovation in an urban context look like? What kinds of innovation exist here?
- Who are the actors involved in these innovation processes?

Literature review

The role of context in social innovation: A literature review

- What is social innovation?
- What do we mean by context in research?
- What is the peculiar role of context in social innovation literature?

Literature review

Conceptualizing participation in organizational change - A literature review

- Literature on organizational change has studied the role of participation during change. However, several questions remain to be answered:
- What is participation in organizational change? What is it not?
- What forms of participation do exist? What do we know about their effectiveness?
- How can we distinguish between participation and other related interventions during org. change?

Literature review


Current Topics for Master Theses:



Individual and team factors driving successful collaboration in agile teams Quantitative study
The role of interventions to support organizational change implementation Qualitative / Quantitative study
The role of multiknowledge individuals in cross-functional collaborations Qualitative study
The evolution of organizational change research Combination of bibliometric analysis and qualitative review