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Theses

Our chair offers the opportunity to write bachelor and master theses on current research topics in the field of technology and innovation management.

„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. In our guidelines we have summarized the most important points for writing a 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 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
  • DBWM Information Passport (Ideally Proficient level, applicants that can proof attending the class session will be prioritized)

For master theses:

  • Basic modules on the subject
  • At least one specialization module on the subject (For Project Management the basic module is sufficient)

At the moment our capacity to supervise thesis projects in the field of project management has reached its limit. Subsequently, we can only accept applications on open project management topics, if there is no open topic published at the moment plaese apply for thesis projects in fields other than project management.

Applications for topics in innovation and technology management are still welcome.

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. Theses that can be assigned to these topics are preferred at the moment, for example:

  • Antecedents to creativity,
  • The role of creativity in the innovation process,
  • Types of creativity (divergent and convergent thinking processes),
  • The role of affect (emotions/moods) on creativity.

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:

Methods

  • Snyder, H. (2019). Literature review as a research methodology: An overview and guidelines. Journal of Business Research, 104, 333-339. Link

Creativity

  • 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.

Crowdsourcing

  • Ghezzi, A., Gabelloni, D., Martini, A., & Natalicchio, A. (2018). Crowdsourcing: a review and suggestions for future research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 20(2), 343-363.

Philip Emmerich

Philip Emmerich supervises final theses in the following areas:

  • Agile Organisation
  • Self-organization in teams

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