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Final Theses

All students writing their thesis at our chair must participate in the course "Scientific Work: An Introduction" (BA) or "Scientific Work: An Advanced Perspective" (MA- S module) within the same semester or must have attended the course in a previous semester. No exceptions will be made! For further information about the courses please see the module description. You can receive 6 ECTS for the course. 

The Chair of Management and Organization uses a point-based system (see “Criteria for Admission”) for the selection of candidates for final theses. Hence, your chances of getting accepted always depend on which and how many courses you have completed at our chair and on the grades, you have achieved in those courses. The application process takes place according to the rules of the faculty. Our chair will calculate the scores based on the submitted transcript of records once the application period is over. Since we never know in advance how many students will apply at our chair and with which number of points, we unfortunately cannot make any statements about "minimum scores"


Applications for final theses must be issued through the online application process of the European University Viadrina before the active deadlines (see "Dates and Deadlines"). The chair then calculates your score based on your submitted transcript of records. Once you are accepted, you are assigned to a supervisor and a topic area. Please familiarize yourself with all formalities  in regard to your application, admission, submission etc. Especially important is to apply for admission to the final thesis at the examination office before the colloquium, otherwhise we cannot register your thesis. 

  • What do I do if the gradings of the previous semester are not completed yet?

Courses taken at out chair, will be considered based on our own course management. Please leave a short note on your transcript of records which course(s) you have attended and not received grading yet.

Topic Allocation

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 (SoSe 22: Strategic Communication) in the above-mentioned periods within which selected candidates develop their own topic. Some of the topic areas allocated by the chair and topics that students have developed within their assigned topic area include:

Previous topic areas: 

  • The communication of creativity
  • Crisis Management & Crisis Communication
  • How do we conceive of strategy?

Previous topics: 

  • 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

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). Our landscape seminars are Seminar: Current Issues in Management and Entrepreneurship Research (BA) and New Perspectives in Management and Entrepreneurship Theory (MA)

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.