Personal und Organisation

Master thesis

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.

Suggestions for a Master theses in the summer term 2020 are:
Chair for HRM & Organization (Prof. Pull and team):

  • Auswirkungen von Homosexualität in der Arbeitswelt - eine Literaturarbeit
    Effects of homosexuality in the organizational context - a literature review
  • Die Rolle von Informationen im Bewerbungsprozess: Verringern anonyme Bewerbungen Diskriminierung? (Literaturarbeit)
    Information Discrimination: Do Anonymous Job Applications Diminish Unequal Treatment? (Literature work)
  • Effekte von Sport im Jungendalter (Eigene Schätzungen mit Stata)
    Effects of doing sports at youth childhood (Own estimations with Stata)
  • Heimvorteil in der NBA (Eigene Schätzungen mit Stata)
    Home advantage in the NBA (Own estimations with Stata)
  • Marktdiskriminierung: Die Rolle von Ethnizität, Geschlecht, Alter und anderen Informationen (Literaturarbeit oder eigene Schätzungen mit Stata)
    Market Discrimination: The Role of Ethnicity, Sex, Age and Other Information (Literature work or own estimations with Stata)


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 state our Department (Prof. Pull/Prof. Yang) as first preference.

Please use the free text commentary field to indicate your preferences regarding the supervision (Prof. Pull and team vs. Prof. Yang) and 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.

A summary of formal guidelines at the Department of HRM & Organization can be found here.