Bachelor and Master Theses
If you have decided to write your bachelor or master thesis at the Institute for International Business, please contact the corresponding professor or assistant for further information or to suggest your own topic. Please take the specific assignment procedures of bachelor and master theses into account.
Prof. Dikova & her team
(Dikova, Heinrichs, Ipsmiller, Schönung)
By appointment as well as irregularly through the joint thesis appointment mentioned below.
Prof. Fisch, Prof. Nell, Prof. Puck, & their teams
(Fisch, Nell, Puck, Brindlmayer, Herzog, Puhr, Schmeißer, Schwaiger, Decreton, Klopf, Schmitt, Klein, Kunczer, Lindner)
Professors Fisch, Nell, and Puck & their assistants regularly publish a list of topics that are currently available to work on in a bachelor or master thesis on the IIB website.
Twice a semester, a topic presentation (~120min) is held where the institute members outline their topics in more detail and answer questions concerning them. Students can submit their applications for topics by handing in a completed application form (see link below) after the topic presentation.
Students are required to bring the application form with them. Personal attendance is mandatory and topics cannot be reserved in advance. Although it is not obligatory, we recommend completing the course "Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten" (Scientific Work) before applying for a thesis. Date and place of the assignment as well as the available topics (~1 week before the assignment) are announced on this site in time. Being familiar with International Business concepts (e.g. by completing the specialization International Business) is handy but not a prerequisite.
Next assignment: January 16, 2018, 10.30 am (TC.2.01 Siemens)
Topics: available ~ one week before the assignment
Please bring the Application form to the assignment date.
If you want to suggest your own topic, you should contact a potential supervisor four weeks before the assignment takes place at the latest. If your suggested topic fits the institute's research interest, it will be included in our list and published on the website along with the other topics. The application procedure remains the same as explained above.
Within four weeks after the topic presentation a proposal has to be submitted electronically to your supervisor. Based on the quality of your proposal, a final decision on thesis supervision will be taken. As a rule, there is no maximum to the number of students that work on one topic. The decision whether a student is supervised is taken solely based on the quality of the proposal.
Submission of your final thesis
Upload the final version of your thesis to Learn@WU.
"Examiner" of your thesis is always Prof. Fisch, Prof. Nell, or Prof. Puck (not the respective assistants; only Thomas Lindner for Bachelor theses)
Hand in one hardcopy of your thesis at the institute.
The submitted hardcopy has to be identical to your electronically uploaded version.
Please inform yourselves about necessary documents and administrative issues regarding the completion of your studies at WU.
Prof. Stahl & his team
*** NOTE – Winter Term 2017/2018: Out academic unit is currently out of capacities for thesis supervision and will not accept new proposals until the end of this year ***
If you are interested in having your thesis supervised by Prof. Stahl and a member of his team, please follow the process and requirements as outlined below.
Ideally, your topic should match one of the focus areas of Prof. Stahl and his team. These are:
Corporate responsibility (CR), sustainability, and ethics
e.g., CR/sustainability/ethics across cultures, CR/sustainability/ethics in top management teams, CR/sustainability/ethics education, CR/sustainability/ethics strategies, CR/sustainability/ethics in emerging economies, industry and institutional influences on CR/sustainability/ethics, etc.
e.g., managing CR/sustainability/ethics across cultures, diversity issues, positive aspects of cultural differences and diversity, positive organizational scholarship, etc.
Emerging markets and economies
e.g., indigenous perspectives, institutional characteristics, emerging-market MNCs, CR/sustainability/ethics in emerging markets, varieties of capitalism, etc.
Ethical decision making
e.g., moral intuition and emotions, cognitive biases, moral judgment and reasoning, psychological distance, moral disengagement, person-situation interaction, etc.
Global stakeholder management
e.g., tensions and paradoxes, cross-cultural aspects, MNC best practices, stakeholder diversity, linkages to CR/sustainability/ethics, etc.
International human resource management
e.g., global talent management, global-local issues, talent management in emerging economies, etc.
Leadership and leadership development
e.g., global leadership, responsible leadership, leadership development, CR/sustainability/ethics-related leadership development, etc.
Motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic)
e.g., goal setting, mindfulness, meaningful work, etc.
Western vs. Eastern approaches to international business
e.g., linear logic vs. paradox logic, cognitive complexity, systems thinking, managing paradox, philosophical perspectives and underpinnings, etc.
For bachelor students we highly recommend completing the course Foundations of Scientific Research (preferably in English) before embarking on a thesis project.
Master students are supposed to possess good academic writing skills due to their previous studies (bachelor thesis, seminar papers, etc.). Also, master students with sound basics in statistics (e.g., SPSS, Stata, etc.) are usually given preference as in most cases we encourage quantitative, empirical research.
Both bachelor and master students are required to carefully read our Thesis Guide in order to be aware of our expectations as well as for some suggestions regarding the actual process of conducting research.
If you are confident that you fulfill all requirements, we invite you to send an email to the following faculty member: Christof Miska with a written thesis proposal attached (accepted file formats: *.doc, *.docx, *.pdf). Please ensure that the subject of your email contains the term thesis proposal.
Your proposal must be written in good academic English, it should be specific, well-structured, approximately 2-3 pages long, provide an overview of the topic and related literature, and needs to include the following information:
your contact information (full name, email address, and phone number)
a working title
a brief description of the topic
references of relevant literature
a statement how your topic ties in with one or more of the research areas of our team
research question(s) and research objective(s)
timeline for your thesis project
Incomplete proposals will not be considered for review and will be rejected.
The submission deadline for a thesis proposal is the last day of each month. Depending on availability of faculty members, we aim to evaluate your proposal within one week after each deadline. At the latest, during the week after the evaluation a member of our team will contact you by email and inform you about the acceptance, rejection, or need for revision and resubmission of your proposal. This means that you can expect an answer from us within two weeks after each submission deadline.
Responsibilities of accepted students
After your proposal was accepted, it is your responsibility to ensure that all WU requirements regarding the completion of a thesis are met. We specifically expect that you take responsibility in view of time management and all aspects related to the final submission of your thesis:
Students are responsible for managing the time they spend on their thesis project. Please note that after the final submission of your thesis the evaluation process can take up to one month for a bachelor and two months for a master thesis. Also, additional time may be needed (up to a month) for the final grade to be transferred to and processed by the Examinations Office. It is the student's responsibility to plan ahead and to submit their thesis in a timely manner so that additional deadlines (e.g., for the CEMS Graduation Ceremony) can be met.
A softcopy of your final thesis needs to be submitted via upload to learn@WU for plagiarism inspection. Furthermore, one hardcopy of your thesis needs to be handed in at our institute. The hardcopy needs to be completely identical to your electronically uploaded version. Ensure that your thesis is complete, signed, and includes the "Deckblatt" (click here: Bachelor, Master). In the Examiner field of this form please include Prof. Stahl's name. Furthermore, it is your responsibility to inform yourself about any necessary documents and administrative issues relevant for the completion of your studies.
We wish you the best of luck for a successful completion of your thesis project and hope that you will benefit from this experience.