Topics for Bachelor & Master Theses

Social Enterprise & Hybridity

Today young people are increasingly concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money. They are looking to use their skills to benefit a cause while their faith in corporate social responsibility programs, the government or not-for-profit organisations to tackle societal issues efficiently and effectively has declined. 

Against this backdrop, social enterprises (SE) describe hybrid organizations that combine the customs of both traditional businesses and not-for-profits at their core (Battilana & Lee, 2014). They are built and operate under the key premise to sustainably mitigate social issues (Mair & Marti, 2006). SE as a new way of addressing societal challenges and doing business became a hot topic and intensively discussed concept among scholars and practitioners.

If you are interested in the promise of using entrepreneurship to find innovative solutions to address social problems sustainably and are especially curious about the topic of hybridity in SE and its implications, please do not hesitate to contact me and apply within the set timeframes for each semester.

Starting Literature: 

  • Battilana, J., & Lee, M. (2014) Advancing research on hybrid organizing: Insights from the study of social enterprises. Academy of Management Annals, 8(1): 397-441.
  • Mair, J. & Marti, I. (2006) Social entrepreneurship research: A source of explanation, prediction, and delight. Journal of World Business, 41(1): 36-44.
  • Wry, T., & York, J. G. (2017) An Identity-Based Approach to Social Enterprise. Academy of Management Review, 42(3): 437-460.
Vivien Küst

Sustainable transformation  – How is sustainability organized?

The world is in a climate crisis. However, government and institutions are moving slowly in adapting to this new reality. Do organizations adapt more quickly? What do we know about sustainability transformation processes in organizations? How are these processes organized? If you are a Masters student and interested in exploring this topic further you conduct a qualitative meta-analysis about published cases related to sustainability initiatives in organizations. The objective is to develop a holistic understanding how specific initiatives were implemented over time and how successful and unsuccessful initiatives look like. If you are a Bachelor student you conduct a literature review on the published articles related to a subpart of this issue to build a thorough knowledge base for policy recommendations.

Stefanie Habersang