List of Master theses topics at the Strategy Subject Area

Master theses are supervised by Professor Reitzig, Professor Koschat or Asst.Prof. 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 (per 22 May 2019) 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 throughout May 2019.

 

 

 

Available Topics

Topic Track Contact partners at Dept. Brief Description Supplementary Information &
Pre-requisites
NEW (22.05.) Advice taking and judgment correlation Science Asst.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
NEW (22.05.) Construal level and its effect on strategic decisions Science Asst.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
NEW (22.05.) Start-up teams and early internationalization Science Asst.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
NEW (15.05.) Geography-specific attention to fatal casualties Science Prof. Markus Reitzig Casualties caused by natural disasters, accidents, disease outbreaks etc. often make regional and national headline news, sometimes even feature on global news. Yet there seems to be a skewness in reporting on casualties by geography – meaning that identical numbers of fatalities in locations X and Y may receive different air time on global media. This thesis is devoted to unearthing the determinants of the attention a fatal casualty receives on national and global news both theoretically and empirically. It will comprise extensive archival research and data 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 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 (15.05.) Assessing the impact of ML/AI among current computerization Science Prof. Markus Reitzig Artificial Intelligence, notably in the form of machine learning, is making its way inroads in almost all walks of commercial life. At the same time, current data collection/corporate statistics are often still ill-suited to disentangle the use of these techniques from one another. This thesis is devoted to suggesting an empirical strategy to identify the different contributions. * 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 (15.05.) On the comparative power of computerization predictions in labor markets Science Prof. Markus Reitzig Over the past decades, several predictors for task- and job-level computerization have been suggested by scholars studying the impact of technology on labor markets. Among the most well-known ones are Autor’s distinction between routine and non-routine works and Frey and Osborne’s distinction between tasks requiring creative and/or emotional intelligence and/or perception/manipulation skills. To what extent these measures produce similar as opposed to diverging expectations has not been studied conclusively. This thesis is devoted to shedding light on the (in)dependence of the two definitions of computerizations and their comparative suitability to explain related phenomena in the labor market. * 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 (15.05.) Changes in job composition and organizational design as a function of recent computerization Science Prof. Markus Reitzig Computerization can change the composition of jobs for (human) employees in many ways. Certain tasks will be replaced and certain skills will become obsolete, others will be enhanced/in more demand, and yet new ones will be created/fostered. Inevitably, this will have consequences for the way in which firms design their organizational structures – notably how they divide and allocate tasks, reward their employees and structure information flows. This thesis is devoted to shedding light on this question in large-scale empirical manner. * 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 (15.05.) The diffusion of organizational theory in politics Science Prof. Markus Reitzig
&
Tomas Lego, MSc.
Research in organization theory and scholarship on the workings of political institutions are two fields that have evolved in stunning isolation from one another, despite repeated hints at them focusing on related phenomena (see March, 1962). This thesis is devoted to understanding to what extent, why, and where exactly cross-fertilization between the research domains has (not) taken place over the past decades – using a sophisticated citation analysis, amongst other data. * 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 courseBig-data driven business models – an empirical analysis of their distribution and success in the D/A/Ch region
Novel forms of organizing in political decision-making Science & Practice Prof. Markus Reitzig Politics is one of the oldest and best known processes of group decision-making. Despite it affecting more individuals than hardly any group-decision making process, however, its contemporary scientific analysis within political science departments largely unfolds in disciplinary isolation without embracing the advances made in adjacent disciplines. Notably, insights from the field of organizational design in how to re-design decision-making structures in the presence of novel mass-connecting technologies, the rise of novel coordination instruments (e.g. blockchain), and the complexity of task interdependencies at regional and national levels appear underrepresented in the discourse of designing political systems for future societies.
This thesis is dedicated to structuring extant thinking in the field of political science, contrasting it with current thinking in the field of organizational design, and shedding qualitative empirical evidence on key questions to be developed in the course of the work.
* 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 experimental 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
* Optimally: demonstrated prior affinity/knowledge to topics in the realm of political science
IT-based Decision-Support Tools in General Management – supplies for and demands of mid-level managers in Germany, Austria, and the CEE Practice Prof. Markus Reitzig IT-based decision-support tools are increasing in importance for general managers. The goal of this thesis is to provide an in-depth empirical overview of the current supplies and demands for related products in Germany, Austria, and the CEE against the particular backdrop of recent developments in the sector (digital transformation, big data driven business models, etc.). *Successful completion of at least one class on data collection/analysis at Master level, Subject area Strategy (or passing of an equivalent class elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies, handling of statistical analysis software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
*Skills in setting up online questionnaires.
*Excellency in all required prerequisites.
*Interest (and optimally experience) in management consulting.
*Interest in novel technologies relevant to business (big data, internet of things, etc.).
* Willingness and ability to complete the Master thesis
Current supplies, demands, and ongoing developments in the Strategy Consulting Sector in Austria and the CEE .(THIS THESIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE JOINTLY ADDRESSED BY TWO STUDENTS) Practice Prof. Markus Reitzig Strategy Consulting – the external advisory on devising novel and improving existing businesses – has undergone significant change over the past years in lead markets such as the United States and Germany. The goal of this thesis is to provide an in-depth empirical overview of the current supplies and demands for strategy consulting services/products in (a) Austria and (b) the CEE against the particular backdrop of recent developments in the sector (digital transformation, big data driven business models, etc.). *Successful completion of at least one class on data collection/analysis at Master level, Subject area Strategy (or passing of an equivalent class elsewhere leading to familiarity with the design of empirical studies, handling of statistical analysis software - e.g., Stata, SPSS, R etc.).
*Skills in setting up online questionnaires.
*Excellency in all required prerequisites.
*Interest (and optimally experience) in management consulting.
*Interest in novel technologies relevant to business (big data, internet of things, etc.).
*Optimally (but not compulsory) native language skills relevant to the CEE region
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):

  • 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 food 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