All topics for bachelor's theses at our chair are from the Area of Corporate Finance.
In general, topics are case studies that deal with current business events and require the valuation of a company using different methods (DCF-WACC; DCF-APV, multiples). Moreover, students are required to analyse stock price reactions using common event study methodology. Students have to search for relevant data themselves. All necessary data can usually be extracted from annual statements on companys' homepages and Datastream (access provided by the chair).
For case studies, literature research is of subordinate importance. Their practical focus inherently puts more weight on data research and analysis. Case studies require good understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts outlined in prior lectures. Moreover, solid knowledge of Microsoft Excel (e. g. sensitivity analysis, goal seek, etc.) is crucial. If you are not familiar with Excel, you should improve your skills using appropriate literature (e. g. Benninga, S., 2008, Financial Modeling, 3rd. Ed., MIT Press).
Some examples for case studies can be found here.
Students of Economic and Business Education are required to write a literature review instead of conducting a case study. We offer literature reviews about certain streams of research within the broad Area of Corporate Finance. Literature reviews put a strong weight on literature research. As a starting point, we provide appropriate introductory literature.
One example for a literature review can be found here.
The topics for the spring semester 2021 will be available for download (see above) from March 1, 2021 (Economic and Business Education) and April 23, 2021 (Business Administration). Please fill out a preference list (Students of Economic and Business Education & Students of Business Administration) in which you rank topics according to your preferences (topic with rank 1 as your most preferred topic). Please assign a name to the file in the format “First name_Last name” and submit it to Alison Schultz (Economic and Business Education students) or Mattia Colombo (Business Administration students) by March 9, 2021 12:00pm (Economic and Business Education) or by April 28, 2021 12:00pm (Business Administration), respectively. We will randomly assign a topic to each student taking into account your preferences.
In an introductory session, we will announce further details about the organizational procedure. Moreover, we will inform you about the requirements at our chair for writing a good bachelor's thesis.
Supervisors of bachelor's theses are :
Each student can make an appointment with his supervisor. Please notify us in case you can't make it on the official dates. If you have a valid reason, we can schedule a session on another date.