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Theses

Our chair offers the opportunity to write bachelor and master’s thesis on actual research projects.

„The thesis is an examination paper and at the same time part of research education. With the thesis the candidate shows, that she/he is able to solve a research problem from her/his study program in a limited time by her-/himself."

Below you will find details for your application, all necessary requirements and how to work out a topic for your thesis.

Details for the application process

Before arranging the first interview appointment, students are asked to send the following papers solely to abschlussarbeiten (at) tim.tu-berlin.de

  • What are the motivations behind for your thesis? Why do you want to write your thesis at our chair?
  • Short VC
  • Your grades
  • Application form
  • An exposé /a detailed explanation for your proposed thesis.
    In general, it is possible to submit own topic suggestions. These topics should substantially fit to the research at our chair. In case you want to suggest a topic, please send us an abstract, in which you summarize your topic, why you think this topic is relevant and how you want to proceed

Depending on the resources of our staff members, a supervisor will contact you personally to make an interview appointment with you. Otherwise, a notice about a lack of capacities will be communicated as soon as possible.

Applications directly sent to our staff members will not be considered.

Preconditions

If your want to write a Bachelor or Master thesis at our chair, you have to had lectures in the following modules:

For bachelor theses:

  • Basic modules on the subject

For master theses:

  • Basic modules on the subject
  • At least one specialization module on the subject

 

Recommended sources for preparing your thesis:

Research Areas of TIM employees

Birgit Peña Häufler

Birgit Peña deals with innovation management and entrepreneurship from a socio-psychological perspective. Her focus is on the social-scientific examination of innovation in an organizational and social context. Empirical work is particularly well received. Students who have completed the "Advanced Research Seminar" are given priority.

Current topics:

  • Affective dynamics of group creativity
  • Workspace design for creativity
  • Knowledge flows in foreign subsidiaries

Possible introductory literature:

  • Anderson et al. (2014): Innovation and Creativity in Organizations: A State-of-the-Science Review, Prospective Commentary, and Guiding Framework. Journal of Management, 40(5), 1297-1333
  • De Beule, F., & Van Beveren, I. (2019). Sources of open innovation in foreign subsidiaries: An enriched typology. International Business Review, 28(1), 135-147
  • Uhl-Bien & Arena (2018): Leadership for organizational adaptability: A theoretical synthesis and integrative framework. Leadership Quarterly, 29(1), 89-104

Felix Pinkow

Felix Pinkow supervises theses within the field of innovation management and technology management. His main focus is on the topics of creativity in the innovation process and sources of innovative/creative behavior. Upon consulation, further topics in the field of innovation management and technology management are possible, as well as topics related to the courses held by the TIM-Chair.

Suggested basic literature:

Amabile, T. M., & Pratt, M. G. (2016). The dynamic componential model of creativity and innovation in organizations: Making progress, making meaning. Research in Organizational Behavior36, 157-183.

Anderson, N., Potočnik, K., & Zhou, J. (2014). Innovation and creativity in organizations: A state-of-the-science review, prospective commentary, and guiding framework. Journal of management40(5), 1297-1333.

Sarooghi, H., Libaers, D., & Burkemper, A. (2015). Examining the relationship between creativity and innovation: A meta-analysis of organizational, cultural, and environmental factors. Journal of business venturing30(5), 714-731.

Zott, C., Amit, R., & Massa, L. (2011). The business model: recent developments and future research. Journal of management37(4), 1019-1042.

Philip Emmerich

Philip Emmerich supervises final theses in the following areas:

  • Project Management
  • Portfolio Management

As well as topics related to innovation management:

  • Innovation Networks
  • Path-Dependencies

The research framework presented in the following link, shows which topics have points of contact to these research focal points in innovation management: Comprehensive Framework for Innovation Networks

It goes without saying that proposals beyond this framework are also welcome.

Proposals for project or innovation management topics related to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry or the energy sector are particularly welcome.

Offered* Research Topics

*All topics shown below are available as long as they are visible on this page

Superwoman Project

Tuesday, 03. September 2019

Lupe

Call for Thesis - The TIM-Chair offers 1 Master-thesis on the topic of "Superwoman Project" in collaboration with a leading European research team.

Developing an Innovative Glove

Thursday, 07. March 2019

Lupe

Call for Thesis - The TIM-Chair offers 1 Master-thesis on the topic of "Developing an Innovative Glove" in collaboration with EngageLabs.

Mobilizing for Innovation

Friday, 01. March 2019

Lupe

Call for Master Thesis - The TIM-Chair offers 1 Master-thesis on the topic of Mobilizing for Innovation.

Enterprise Crowdfunding

Wednesday, 23. January 2019

Lupe

Call for Thesis - Enterprise Crowdfunding: The TIM-Chair offers 2 Master-thesis on the topic of Enterprise Crowdfunding.

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