List of Master theses topics at the Strategy Subject Area

Master theses are supervised by Professor Reitzig, Professor Koschat or Professor Keck, depending on the topic.

However, most Master thesis candidates closely co-ordinate with other members of the subject area as well.

Find the updated list of topics here. You can apply for any of the topics listed under 'Available Topics'. Only those listed separately as previous topics/completed theses are no longer available. New topics will be published next semester (likely around Nov 1 2020). 

 

 

Available Topics

Topic Track Contact partners at Dept. Brief Description Supplementary Information &
Pre-requisites
NEW. Flat organizations – challenges with and problems of decentralization Science Prof. Markus Reitzig & Tomas Lego, M.Sc. While traditional organizations resort to managerial authority and layers thereof (hierarchies) to foster collaboration, novel forms of organizing (NFOs) rely on decentralized decision-making. While both modes of organizing have their own advantages and disadvantages, NFOs have been credited with being potentially superior at attracting and retaining creative and well-trained staff, coming up with innovative solutions and being faster to market. What may hamper their potential to unfold, however? This thesis is dedicated to studying the potential challenges and problems that come with decentral decision-making empirically, collecting primary data from at least 50 corporations in the D/A/Ch region. *Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies and handling of statistical analysis pertaining to experimental results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
NEW. Flat organizing – in-depth case studies in the manufacturing sector Science Prof. Markus Reitzig & Robert Janjic, M.Sc. While traditional organizations resort to managerial authority and layers thereof (hierarchies) to foster collaboration, novel forms of organizing (NFOs) rely on decentralized decision-making. While both modes of organizing have their own advantages and disadvantages, NFOs have been credited with being potentially superior at attracting and retaining creative and well-trained staff, coming up with innovative solutions and being faster to market. What are the specific options and challenges of using structure as a stimulus in the manufacturing industry? This thesis is dedicated to providing in-depth evidence from at least two companies in the manufacturing sector in the D/A/Ch region. *Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies and handling of statistical analysis pertaining to experimental results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
* Responsibility for finding case companies that are willing to disclose their information
NEW. Flat organizing – in-depth case studies in the automotive sector Science Prof. Markus Reitzig & Robert Janjic, M.Sc. While traditional organizations resort to managerial authority and layers thereof (hierarchies) to foster collaboration, novel forms of organizing (NFOs) rely on decentralized decision-making. While both modes of organizing have their own advantages and disadvantages, NFOs have been credited with being potentially superior at attracting and retaining creative and well-trained staff, coming up with innovative solutions and being faster to market. What are the specific options and challenges of using structure as a stimulus in the automotive industry? This thesis is dedicated to providing in-depth evidence from at least two companies in the automotive sector in the D/A/Ch region. *Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies and handling of statistical analysis pertaining to experimental results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
* Responsibility for finding case companies that are willing to disclose their information
NEW. Flat organizing – in-depth case studies in the service sector Science Prof. Markus Reitzig & Robert Janjic, M.Sc. While traditional organizations resort to managerial authority and layers thereof (hierarchies) to foster collaboration, novel forms of organizing (NFOs) rely on decentralized decision-making. While both modes of organizing have their own advantages and disadvantages, NFOs have been credited with being potentially superior at attracting and retaining creative and well-trained staff, coming up with innovative solutions and being faster to market. What are the specific options and challenges of using structure as a stimulus in the service sector (legal, consulting)? This thesis is dedicated to providing in-depth evidence from at least two companies in the sector in the D/A/Ch region. *Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies and handling of statistical analysis pertaining to experimental results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
* Responsibility for finding case companies that are willing to disclose their information
Search in turbulent environments Science Prof. Markus Reitzig & Valentina Richter, M.Sc. Maximizing returns by exploiting proven alternatives is considered the ultimate goal of organizational decision makers, yet environmental change or exogenous shocks force organizations to search for new opportunities. Frequently employed to portray this tradeoff, the multi-armed bandit model functions as an actual slot machine with n arms, leaving the search agent to decide between exploiting recently gathered knowledge from pulling one arm, or discovering the returns of yet unexplored arms. This thesis aims at experimentally observing individual search behavior in turbulent organizational environments utilizing the formal structure of the multi-armed bandit model. * Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies and handling of statistical analysis pertaining to experimental results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
Advice taking and judgment correlation Science Prof. Steffen Keck The thesis is devoted to exploring when individuals are willing to accept advice from others and in particular the role of the correlation between advisor`s and advisee`s prior individual judgments. The expected methodology to address this question is an experimental study and a statistical analysis of the results. * Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
Construal level and its effect on strategic decisions Science Prof. Steffen Keck The thesis is devoted to developing a methodology to assess how CEOs construe performance feedback in the form of financial results based on text analysis. The expected methodology to address this question is the collection and coding of publicly available CEO statements and a subsequent statistical analysis. * Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
Start-up teams and early internationalization Science Prof. Steffen Keck The thesis is devoted to exploring the link between the composition of start-up teams and their willingness to internationalize their business activities. The expected methodology to address this question is a large-scale survey among start-ups in Europe and a statistical analysis of the results. * Successful completion of at least one class on empirical methods and classes on statistical analysis at Master level at the Strategy Subject Area (or passing of equivalent classes elsewhere leading to familiarity results using software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
* Excellency in all required prerequisites.
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis in due course
The Importance of E-Platforms in Austrian B2B Firms' Business Relations Practice Prof. Martin Koschat *You need to have completed at least one course with Prof. Koschat
The Impact of European Union Rules on European Businesses Practice Prof. Martin Koschat *You need to have completed at least one course with Prof. Koschat

 

Previous Topics

Please find some of our previous topics (i.e. completed and current theses) here (available in the library either now or upon completion of the thesis):

  • When High Earners Earn Less: Effects of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on the U.S. Labor Market. A Quantitative Study
  • An Experiment-Based Research on Creative Performance, Best Membership and Self-Perception
  • The influence of overconfidence on advice taking
  • Characteristics of Success for Research Projects
  • Experiments on flat collaboration architectures
  • Experiments on smart team architectures
  • Multiplex network formation in peer production communities – an empirical study within GitHub and StackOverflow
  • Skill-Based sorting in GitHub – a complementary survey study
  • Individual skills in group-based innovation
  • Knowledge transfers in groups
  • Functional Diversity in Teams
  • The Impact of CEO Cultural Intelligence on Beer Producers' Export Propensity
  • Shareholder Activism and Generalist CEOs: An Empirical Analysis
  • Effects of authority structures in small groups, solving exploration and exploitation tasks
  • Rational enough to know better, confident enough to ignore anyway
  • Striving for status: The influence of tenure on productivity within the Top 20 Business Schools in the U.S.
  • The Influence of the the Top Management on New Product Innovation
  • The Challenges of a Small Slovak Company within the confines of the European Union
  • When does functional diversity affect team performance?
  • Performance feedback and risk taking - the role of CEO loss aversion and confirmation bias
  • Managerial Representation and Decision-Making in Systemic Industries
  • Performance assessment in groups: Comparison of the expression of overplacement in groups and individuals
  • CEO Attention Before and During the Financial Crisis
  • A General Theory of Systemic Industries
  • The emergence of organisational design in new ventures: n ethnographic study in the online booking industry
  • Empirical evidence of the connection between the CEO's charisma and a firm performance in the context of the U.S. commercial banking sector
  • Viennese CEOs make great international business: cornerstones of their success
  • Generalist CEO vs. Specialist CEO: Risk-taking behavior in response to performance feedback
  • The Renaissance of Electromobility - The Case of Tesla
  • Effect of universities research groups' sizes and hierarchy on their performance: evidence from Austria and Germany
  • The influence of CEO social class background on risk taking, individualism and collectivism
  • Mutual Influences on the Exchange of Information during Group Decision-Making Processes
  • Narcissistic CEO's Impact on NPI Rates
  • What determines market reactions to CEO announcements?
  • The staging of start-up and its interference with motivational issues and the skill-task match of non-founding employees
  • Cooperation Patterns: A study in the area of management, strategy and organization in the top 40 business schools in the US
  • The emergence of organizational design in new ventures: an ethnographic study in the foodservice industry
  • Intuitive and Analytical Judgements in Management: The Effect of Expertise in Decision Making
  • The Effects of Geographic Dispersion on Startup Founding Teams
  • Shareholder Activism: Analysis of Implemented Shareholder Proposals
  • Group Decision-Making in Organisations
  • A Sequential Model of Strategic Information Exchange for Group Decisions in Organizations
  • Performance consequences of the top executive turnover in the wake of new CEO appointments