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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 (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
  • The end of leadership? Leader-follower relationships in the Millennial Age
  • 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

In addition, candidates can bring in their own ideas for topics in the aras of strategy, organization, and leadership/HR (see 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.

6. If you aim to propose a topic with an empirical approach, please explain:

    a. Why is it necessary to work empirically on the proposed topic?

    b. Which methodologies will you apply? Provide reasons for this choice.

    c. How will you realize the empirical work? Provide a overview of the schedule for its realization.

IMPORTANT: Get in contact with a potential supervisor ahead of time.

Period for Working on your Final  Thesis

After you got accepted, you have time for elaborating on a proposal. The proposal should contain a preliminary content page, an overview of important literature to be used for working on the propopsed topic, explanations of the research question, and a description of the methods to be used (max. three pages 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: