Master's Thesis (MMBR)

General Information

Lecturer Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Dr. Jenni Sipilä, Inken Blatt, Michael Verbücheln
Course Format Master’s thesis
Credit Points 15 ECTS
Frequency Every semester
Language English or German
Grading Research Paper

Course Structure

Information Session:

At the beginning of each semester, we hold an information session for students interested in our Chair. We will present our topics and lecture formats as well as talking through the procedures and topics for master theses. Stay tuned for more information on the time and date of our next information session!

We are always delighted to talk to students, who are interested in our Chair, so please don't hesitate to come along! You are also very welcome if you are unsure whether you will take any of our classes, or if you are just curious to meet us. Just let us know briefly that you are attending by emailing Jenni Sipilä.

Please note that there will be a separate information session about bachelor theses!

    Further Information

  • Topics

    Currently offered topics for master theses:

    Topic Supervisor
    Overcoming the stigma - Donations to stigmatized causes. Inken Blatt or Jenni Sipilä
    Donation allocation – A qualitative investigation of the decision-making process. Inken Blatt or Jenni Sipilä
    Do you want to make a change? Investigating the effect of professional skills usage in corporate volunteering. Michael Verbücheln
    How Corporate Volunteers Become Internal Change Agents Michael Verbücheln
    Discrimination in the labor market – a field experiment. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Methods in Sustainable Business Research - a Review and Analysis of Recently Published Work. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Is this just Fantasy? Exploring the Hypothetical Brand Bias in a Scenario Experiment. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Making ends Meet – An Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty amongst Workers. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Stakeholder Reactions to Corporate Social Responsibility – A Review and Analysis of Existing Measurement Instruments. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Good intentions? An empirical investigation of stakeholder perceptions of corporate communications of motives for CSR. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Brands Taking Stands – How CEOs and Companies Stand up for Political Issues. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Is corporate philanthropy legitimate? An interview study. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    I protect because it’s mine - Psychological ownership and conservation behaviors. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Insider or outsider – an analysis of the boundaries of the organization. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Doing good while doing bad – how CSR interacts with prior negative behaviors Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Capturing the social and environmental impact of bike-sharing – a case study of the platform Listnride. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Silent stakeholders – are their voices heard? Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    It’s not material! Stakeholder interest prioritization strategies of companies. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    The perceived legitimacy of CEO pay Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    The ethics of robotics and artificial intelligence: towards a conception of corporate digital responsibility Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Invisible giants – investigating the relationship between firm size, firm visibility, and (un-)ethical behaviors Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Between two worlds – finding the right organizational form for social startups Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    The Volkswagen Paradox – why we are angry but do not boycott (an interview study) Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Philanthropy and Democracy – a qualitative approach to understanding stakeholders attitudes Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Perceived price fairness and price transparency – a consumer perspective Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Are small businesses more sustainable? Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    In the bubble – do activists overestimate public attitudes? Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Surveillance capitalism – exploring consumer awareness Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Veganism social movements – a netnography of deliberation processes and systems change Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Companies as moral tribes – the role of identity orientation, moral identification, and corporate culture Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Leveraging the Business Model of Lifestyle Magazines Through Channel Integration Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    The Effect of Exchange Mechanisms in the Sharing Economy. Inken Blatt
    Image vs. Descriptive Appeals. An analysis of the effectiveness of different appeals to enhance pro-environmental behavior. Inken Blatt
    What’s the Impact? An investigation of the concept of social impact measurement Inken Blatt
    Appeals for veganism: A field experiment. Jenni Sipilä
  • Guidelines

    The time allowed for completing the master thesis is 11 weeks, beginning from the official registration of the thesis.

    Feel free to use our title page template in English or German.

    Before writing your thesis, please read these guidelines.

    Please refer to the “Prüfungsordnung” of MMBR for further details.

  • Contact

    For any further questions, please contact Jenni Sipilä.

    Dr. Jenni Sipilä

    Dr. Jenni Sipilä

    Research Staff
    University of Mannheim
    Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility
    Schneckenhof Ost – Room SO 102
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    upon arrangement

Updated: July 2018