Final Theses

The Professorship for Organization Studies supervises conceptual and qualitative-empirical Bachelor and Master theses in the areas of organization, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Each semester focuses on a contemporary topic frame from these debates within which students develop their own topics. You may also work on topics that are situated beyond the given topic frame but, in any case, within the above-mentioned areas. Either way, the elaboration of one's topic through the composition of a proposal is an essential part of writing a final thesis. This proposal includes a maximum of two pages and provides information on (1) the working title, (2) the research question, (3) the relevance of addressing this question, (4) its theoretical foundation incl. paradigmatic sources, (5) the methodological procedures, especially the research design as well as the (envisioned) collection and analysis of qualitative data (only for empirical theses), and (6) the preliminary or possible results of the analysis.


 Winter TermSummer Term
Application deadline (formal process at the Faculty for Business and Economics)Communicated by the FacultyCommunicated by the Faculty
Decision notificationBeginning of OctoberBeginning of April
Deadline for submitting your proposalEnd of NovemberEnd of May
1st feedback sessionBeginning of DecemberBeginning of June
2nd feedback session: Determination and registration of the topic and beginning of the working time (a)    JanuaryJuly
(a) For further information on the length of the available working time, please refer to your assessment regulations.     

The pool of candidates for final theses at the Professorship for Organization Studies results from the outcomes of the process for allocating final theses, which is managed by the Faculty of Business and Economics (see also Point 2 above). This implies that candidates signal their interest in a final thesis (1) in compliance with given deadlines (see Point 2 above), (2) through a high priority of the Professorship for Organization Studies and its team members, and (3) with a thematic interest that is situated in the fields described above.
If expressions of interest exceed available supervision capacities, the candidates will be asked to submit a performance record. Decisions on acceptance/rejection are, then, made based on your performance in courses and seminars of the Professorship for Organization Studies. For this purpose, we convert the grades achieved in these courses and seminars into points and rank received applications from the highest to lowest total number of points achieved; in case of point parity, the lot decides. For this, we use the following scheme:






For courses and seminars with (at least partial) written performance records, we concede the double amount of points. Students who submit an application after rejection in previous semesters receive five extra points.

If not specified differently in your assessment regulations, final theses at the Professorship for Organization Studies are to comply with the following formal requirements:
- Length: 30 pages (Bachelor thesis) or 60 pages (Master thesis) +/- 10%, all included (!)
- Format: DIN A4, portrait orientation, double-sided
- Margins: 2.5 cm all around
- Font: Times New Roman
- Line spacing: 1.5
- Text body: Size 12 pt, justified
- Heading 1: Size 16 pt, left-justified, bold, numbering 1, 2, 3, and so on
- Heading 2: Size 14 pt, left-justified, italic, numbering X.1, X.2, X.3, and so on
- Heading 3: In-text, ended by ".", bold, no numbering
- Citation and reference style: APA, 7th ed.]
- Pagination: Throughout, except for the title page, bottom and centered
- Footnotes: Only in inevitable exceptions
- Binding: According to your preferences, but solid and on the left-hand side
- Number of copies to be submitted: 2 (hard copy), as well as in digital form (PDF)

If not specified differently in your assessment regulations, final theses at the Professorship for Organization Studies are to comply with the following structural requirements:
1. Title page: Title of the final thesis, type (Bachelor thesis, Master thesis), Submitted to [names of the reviewers] on [date of submission] as well as your name, student ID, address, and email address
2. Abstract: Max. 150 words
3. Table of contents (headings 1 and 2 as well as their page numbers)
4. Text body (introduction, main part, conclusion)
5. References
6. Appendix (if necessary)
7. Declaration of your independent work on the final thesis (read more on the details of this declaration in your assessment regulations)