In completing the Master thesis, the student shows that (s)he is able to:
- independently analyze a research problem in the field of Business Administration;
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge by applying advanced level of theory and integrating it with cutting-edge developments;
- use scientific sources in a systematic and critical way to develop own research framework;- plan and manage his or her own learning process; and
- communicate with supervisors and colleagues in timely and well-prepared way.
The thesis is assessed by the following criteria;
These criteria are not equally-weighted. The quality of the content of the thesis and the contribution of the research / design to the relevant academic field weigh more heavily than student’s performance at the oral presentation & defense. The student must earn at least a 6 for the thesis. This is an individual assessment.
- Research question
- Literature review & theoretical framework
- Research method / design
- Data collection & analysis / Validation of the design
- Conclusions &recommendations / Contribution to theory &practice
- Writing structure & style
- Independence & professional skills
- Oral presentation and defense
To meet the learning goals, the student independently develops and implements a research- and/or design-oriented project fitting with the expertise and research interests of the chair/research group to which his/her supervisor belongs. Roughly speaking, the MScBA thesis assignments fall within the sphere of one of the eight MScBA ‘high tech, human touch’ profiles: Financial Management; HRM; Purchasing and Supply Management; Marketing and Strategy; Innovation and Technology Management; Innovative Entrepreneurship; Business Information Management; and/or Change Management. The student justifies the models, theories, methodology and techniques used, as well as the research/design process; and analyses the work s/he undertook. On completion, the student is expected to hold a public colloquium in which the findings of the thesis project are presented and defended.|
The Master thesis enables a student to explore a topic of interest in detail and to demonstrate gaining in-depth knowledge and competencies as mentioned in the intended learning outcomes of the MSc BA programme. The thesis may specifically focus on an academic research question that involves scientific analysis of data and/or development &implementation of a solution for a theoretical or design problem. Methodological knowledge and skills play a vital role in the research project, both in developing and conducting research- and/or design-oriented (empirical) research. The graduating student may choose a topic discussed in one of the courses attended or a particular issue from the literature or practice. She initiates the task of formulating a research problem and writing a self-motivated, coherent and well-organized thesis. The student is expected to demonstrate a clear evidence of independence in analyzing the research question and completing the thesis with a minimum of supervision. A manual is available to guide MSc business administration graduating students towards a successful and timely completion. The manual lists the prerequisites and objectives of the Master thesis. It describes the process of selecting a thesis project, the structure and organisation of the thesis, different types of theses, various steps to be followed in research methodology (i.e. formulating a problem statement, selecting a research design, etc.) and the process of supervision. The thesis assessment procedure is also explained in the manual as well as the process involved with oral presentation, defence and the award of the diploma.
Deliverables: Green light version of thesis; Definitive thesis version, completed evaluation form; Presentation/ Defense.