HRM and Organization

Master theses

The School of Business and Economics strives for good matches between students and supervisors of Master theses. A good match usually requires that the student has attended courses dealing with theoretical models and/or empirical methods relevant for the research question to be addressed in the Master thesis. At the point where you still have the choice of which courses to attend, you should therefore think ahead and choose courses that are likely to be helpful for your Master thesis.

As regards potential supervision by members of our Department, good matches would seem likely for topics in personnel and organization economics. If you want to find out more about our current fields of research, please follow this link. From time to time, we will announce potential topics for Master theses at our Department, but at any time you are free to suggest a topic you would be interested in working on. We also supervise master theses in cooperation with companies – however, the research question should be investigated quantitatively (e.g., analyzing archival or survey data provided by the companies). In case that own datasets are generated within the scope of the thesis, those should be subsequently available to the department.

Suggestions for a Master theses in the winter term 2021/22 are:
Chair for HRM & Organization (Prof. Pull and team):

  • Empirical research using the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)
    many different topics are possible: E.g.
    • The impact of doing sport and music at youth age (Own estimations with stata)
    • The Labor Market Success of Immigrants in the German Labor Market (Own estimations with stata)
    • What drives happiness? (Own estimations with stata)
  • Executive Compensation – Design and Implications (Literature work or own estimations with Stata)
  • Market Discrimination  – The Role of Ethnicity, Gender and Social Networks (Literature work or own estimations with Stata)
  • The Gender Pay Gap at the executive level (Own estimations with Stata or literature work)
    Der Gender Pay Gap auf der Vorstandsebene (Eigene Schätzungen mit Stata oder Literaturarbeit)
  • The link of family friendly work practices and women in organisations (Literature review)
    Der Zusammenhang von familienfreundlichen Maßnahmen und Frauen in Organisationen (Literaturarbeit)


Juniorprofessorship for Strategy and Organization (Prof. Yang):

  • Agile organizations: A trait and context-dependent perspective (Literature review and/or Survey and/or Interviews)
  • Ambidextrous leadership: How leadership can improve team adaptability in a dynamic world (Literature review and/or Survey and/or Interviews)
  • Deviant behavior in teams: Antecedents and outcomes (Literature review and/or Survey and/or Interviews)
  • Leadership & Digitalization (Literature review and/or Survey and/or Interviews)
  • New work: New perspectives on organizations and leadership styles (Literature review and/or Survey and/or Interviews)
  • Own idea (Literature review and/or Survey and/or Interviews)


The School of Business and Economics runs a common mechanism for Master thesis registration aiming at good matches in line with student preferences. If you want to write your Master thesis with us, please fill out the short survey on ILIAS administered by the student dean’s office and either state Prof. Pull or Prof. Yang as first preference.

Please use the free text commentary field to indicate your preferences regarding the topic of your Master thesis. Please also indicate whether you would like to work with data (some of the topics announced by the department may require empirical work) or whether you prefer to write a Master thesis that is based on existing literature.

The survey asks about which modules you have already taken, your grades and the work unit you would like to be supervised by. Filling out the survey only takes about 5 minutes, but please be careful as you cannot change your answers once you have provided them.

Please make sure you have your transcript of your Bachelor degree ready as you will need to upload this along with your current transcript to complete your registration. Note that you need to have earned a minimum of 30 ECTS in your M.Sc. degree in order to register for the Master thesis. All of the information you provide will, of course, be treated confidentially. Only the conductor of the survey and the academic staff will have access to your information.

Subsequent to your registration, we will have a close look at your application, see if we can supervise your Master thesis, and get back to you in due course.

Starting with the following semester (i.e., beginning of October or beginning of April, respectively) we will contact you with details on who will be your contact person at the chair or the junior professorship and how to proceed. For those students who write their Master thesis during the winter term, the (latest) starting date for the Master thesis is November, 15th, and for those writing their Master thesis during the summer term, the (latest) starting date for the Master thesis is May, 15th. About two months later (i.e. mid-January or mid-July, respectively), there is a joint colloquium with all the Master students who currently write their Master thesis under the supervision of the chair or the junior professorship presenting the current state of their research. The exact dates are announced at the beginning of the semester.