Term papers and final theses
On the following pages we will present the essential requirements as to form and content of term papers respectively bachelor’s and master’s theses and the procedure for preparing academic papers.
The relevant information has been outlined in several documents that may be found in the respective section.
We would like to provide students with a uniform basic concept and render their first steps easier.
Furthermore, we aim to ensure all candidates have solid methodical skills and profound knowledge enabling them to successfully complete their academic paper.
We are convinced that acquiring basic methodical skills is helpful for preparing academic papers but will also prove beneficial to our students in their future professional life.
Procedure for writing a final thesis
1. Choosing a topic
In line with our research focus we are supervising theses from the areas of strategic management and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In our overview of topics you will find a list including the relevant mentor.
Currently we have limited supervision capacities.
2. Contacting us
Please send an email to the mentor at our Chair who is in charge of the topic you are interested in. Contact details are included in the overview of topics. Please send us:
- your curriculum vitae
- the exact period in which you intend to write your final thesis
- your topic suggestion (own topic or from topic overview)
We will thus get a first impression of your interests and may check our internal mentoring capacities.
3. Advance talks
We will get to know each other personally, discuss the topics you have in mind and will try to specify these together.
4. Preparing an exposé
You will have to undertake a detailed literature search first and prepare an exposé. The time frame for writing the exposé is six weeks long, after which the thesis ought to be registered (see item 6.).
5. Searching a second reviewer (only in case of master's theses)
In case of a master’s thesis you will have to name a second reviewer for your thesis after consultation with your supervisor.
6. Discussion, approval and registration
You will discuss the exposé with your supervisor and have to modify the same, if necessary. Prof. Gilbert will then approve your exposé so that you may register your thesis at the student office and start writing your thesis.
7. Writing your thesis
Please note our guidelines for writing a final thesis. Any further details regarding mentoring will be discussed directly with your supervisor.
While you are writing your thesis your supervisor will assist you with any questions or problems.
Once students have completed their thesis they have to submit a paper as well as a digital version to the academic office in due time.