Final Thesis/Research Project

The Institute of Human Resource Management supervises final theses dealing with Strategic Management, International Management, Global Sourcing & Supply Management, Human Resource Management, Organization, Marketing and Quantitative Methods (e.g., forecasting, partial least squares (PLS) path modeling).

To bring up detailed questions do not hesitate to contact the responsible associate.

Application Process

Due to the growing demand, we will introduce an application process for the supervision of all kinds of final theses (e.g., master theses, bachelor theses, research projects). You can apply for a final thesis supervision once in a quarter – deadlines are 01 March, 01 June, 01 September and 01 December of each year. The official start of your final thesis should fall in between the deadlines, i.e. if you are interested in starting your final thesis project between March and end of May, please apply by 01 March.

Your application includes:

In case you apply with your own topic, please add an exposé of 3 to 5 pages to your application, which highlights the challenges and objectives and envisaged structure of your project as well as the key literature related to the topic. Please ensure that your topic fits into the research areas of either our Ph.D. students or Prof. Ringle.

If you apply for more than one topic it is not necessary to submit a motivation letter for each topic. You can state the topics and explain why you are interested in them in one letter.

Due to the selection process you will receive a response approximately two weeks after the application deadline at the earliest.

Please send your documents to Mrs. Burgdorf (email).

Open Topics

You can find a list of available topics here.

Guidelines for Thesis Writing

Please download our guidelines on academic writing and Word template for thesis writing. You can use our PPT-template for your presentation at our institute.

We recommend the following books for basic knowledge on how to write an academic thesis:

Bänsch, A., & Alewell, D. (2013). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten. Walter de Gruyter.

Davis, M., Davis, K. J., & Dunagan, M. (2012). Scientific papers and presentations. Academic press.

Katz, M. J. (2009). From research to manuscript: A guide to scientific writing. Springer Science & Business Media.

Sandberg, B. (2016). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten von Abbildung bis Zitat: Lehr-und Übungsbuch für Bachelor, Master und Promotion. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

The books are all available at the TUHH library.

How to register your Master Thesis

Find out how to register your Master Thesis, what to do after a successful application and what to consider before submitting it. Click here.

Please note that, even when you would like to hand-in earlier than the official due date, the minimal required working timeframe for your master thesis is 5 months.