Master Thesis

If you are interested in writing your master thesis with us, you should have a minimum grade of 5.0 in the course Change Management (taught by Gilbert Probst).
1. Choose a topic for your thesis
2. Write a mail to the corresponding research assistant (see research domains of assistants) and check if your topic is pre-approved
3. Formulate and submit a formal thesis proposal to the research assistant with the following content:
(a) title
(b) a detailed description of the organizational problem or phenomena you aim to investigate (e.g., "impact of organizational culture on change management projects") and your precise research question (i.e. sentence with a question mark)
(c) an overview of how you plan to approach your research question and your intended contributions
(d) a table of content of your thesis
(e) a short bibliography (books, articles, papers, and other sources)
4. If your proposal is approved, you are officially accepted to write your thesis at our institute!

Formal Requirements of a Master Thesis:
A master thesis aims at analyzing, synthesizing, arguing, supporting or criticizing in depth existing arguments about a selected issue. Thus, a master thesis contains a minimum of 50 written pages and should not exceed 60 pages (+ appendices) (1.5 spaced, style Times New Roman, Size 12).
The master thesis has to be written in English.
-Executive Summary
-Introduction & Research Question
-Literature Review
-Discussion Practical and Theoretical Contributions
-List of References

A presentation summarizing our expectations and formal requirements can be downloaded here. Furthermore, the GSEM Master Thesis Guidelines can be downloaded here.
Please note that it is mandatory to quote an authoritative source for your statement whenever you extract information from the literature!
Please check the formal conditions of the quotations with your assistant. Citations are very useful. However, making use of arguments or quotes without proper citation will be interpreted as plagiarism. Citation must be indicated for any facts, claims, and quotes given in your paper