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Final Theses

Dates and Deadlines

Bachelor Theses

You can choose between two periods - the first block and the second block of a semester - to work on your final thesis. You find the corresponding dates and deadlines below. Note that you need to apply centrally until 15 March/September (view "Application" below).

Winter SemesterSummer Semester
1st Block

Application15 September15 March
Allocation of topic areasBeginning of OctoberBeginning of April
ColloquiumMid of NovemberMid of May
Final Topic Allocation / RegistrationAfter the ColloquiumAfter the Colloquium
SubmissionEnd of JanuaryEnd of July
2nd Block

Application15 September15 March
Allocation of Topic AreasBeginning of DecemberBeginning of June
ColloquiumMid of JanuaryMid of July
Final Topic Allocation / RegistrationAfter the ColloquiumAfter the Colloquium
SubmissionEnd of MarchEnd of September

Master Theses

Winter SemesterSummer Semester
Application15 September15 March
Allocation of Topic Areas / RegistrationBeginning of OctoberBeginning of April
ColloquiumMid of NovemberMid of May
SubmissionMid of FebruaryMid of August


Applications for final theses must be issued through the online application process of the European University Viadrina before the active deadlines (see above). Once you are accepted, you are assigned to a supervisor and a topic area.

Criteria for Admission

The Chair of Management and Organization uses standardized criteria for the selection of candidates for final theses. These criteria are based on a point-based system (see below) that make decisions transparent and comprehensive. Points are given for grades that you have achieved in courses and seminars of the Chair of Management and Organization ("Planspiel" and "Business Model" courses count 0,5 times, grades for conventional seminars count twice, landscape seminars such as "X and Organizational Creativity" and "Strategy as X" count three times). Applicants with the highest number of points are selected. Higher-semester candidates (Bachelor: 6th semester; Master: 4th semester) receive five extra points for their next application if their first application was not successful.



The Chair of Management and Organization supervises conceptual final theses in the areas of strategy, organization, and entrepreneurship. Every semester, the Chair allocates topic areas in the above-mentioned periods within which selected candidates develop their own topic. Some of the topics that students have developed within their assigned topic areas include:

  • The management of paradoxes in organizations
  • Strategic exit: A process perspective
  • Rhetoric/storytelling/humor/theatrical elements/visuals in startup pitches
  • Participation in the strategy process: A discursive perspective
  • Neuroscience in management research
  • Critique: Employee voice behavior and feedback
  • Being ahead through design: From technological to cultural innovation
  • Ecosystems and disruptive innovation
  • Effectuation: On the reconstruction of a debate
  • Dynamic capabilities and heuristics
  • Business models and demand-side strategy
  • Market creation and the construction of the future
  • Conceptions of the future and the creation of new markets

In addition, candidates who have successfully passed the "landscape seminar" can bring in their own ideas for topics in the areas of strategy, organization, and entrepreneurship (see more below).

Requirements for Proposing Own Topics

You can bring in your own ideas for conceptual (not empirical!) topics in the areas of strategy, organization, and entrepreneurship. If you aim to do so, you need to hand in a proposal that explains the following issues: 

1. Explain why the proposed topic is scientifically relevant and fits to the research interests of the Chair of Management and Organization.

2. Identify the relevant theoretical streams and literatures that relate to the proposed topic.

3. List the central and current scientific publications that will be the basis for your thesis.

4. Explain the theoretical contributions that a thesis on the proposed topic can provide.

5. Structure and provide an overview of the line of argumentation.​

IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend the previous participation in our landscape seminars, which take place each semester (please be aware of limited available spots).

Period for Working on your Final  Thesis

After you got accepted, you have time for elaborating on a proposal presentation. The proposal presentation should contain a research question, an explanation of the research gap/problem, preliminary content page (line of argumentation) and an overview of important high quality literature to be used for working on the proposed topic  (max. five slides in total). You will present your proposal in a colloquium. After the colloqium, the topic will be fixed and submitted to the examination office. Your official time to work on the thesis (as stated in the examination regulations) will start from this point on. Your thesis should not be longer than 30 pages (Bachelor) or 60 pages (Master), excl. title page, content page, references, appendices, etc.


Submit your thesis to the examination office in accordance with the guidelines of your study and examination regulations.

Formal Requirements and Templates

Find further information on the formal requirements for final theses here:

The Chair of Management and Organization provides readily formatted templates that you should use:


Can I choose the language of the thesis?

  • Yes, you may write your thesis in either German or English.

Will you assign the topic of the thesis? Is there an option to choose my own topic?

  • Generally, your thesis’ topic will be assigned based on a current research problem. However, there is the option to propose your own topic. Please see also: Requirements for Proposing Own Topics

If I chose my own topic, can I write about the topic of XY?

  • Yes, you may propose your own topic, if it relates to a current research problem with available up-to-date and high-quality academic literature. Furthermore, please see: Requirements for Proposing Own Topics

Is it also possible to conduct an empirical study for my thesis?

  • Yes, but successful participation in both the landscape seminar and a successful attendance of our course ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ is required. Please note that we only supervise qualitative empirical theses in the context of current empirical research projects of the chair (further information will be provided during the landscape seminars on a regular basis).

Can I write my thesis together with a company?

  • Generally, the process of data collection and data analysis has proven to be very complex for the purpose of a final thesis. However, empirical-based theses are possible in the context of current research projects of the chair (see before). 

Who will supervise my thesis?

  • One member of the chair will be assigned by the professor in order to supervise your thesis and support you during this process.

When can I start to write my thesis?

  • There is a unified starting date for Bachelor’s and Master's theses, which starts with our colloquium. You will need the time from the supervision acceptance to the colloquium to work out your topic more precisely and to prepare a proposal presentation for the colloquium. Please see also: Dates and Deadlines.