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Master's Thesis (MaKuWi)

General Information

Lecturer Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Dr. Jenni Sipilä, Inken Blatt, Michael Verbücheln
Course Format Master’s thesis
Credit Points 24 ECTS
Frequency Every semester
Language English or German
Grading Research Paper
Pre-requisites MAN 761

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
    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
    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
    The perceived legitimacy of CEO pay 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
    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
    In the bubble – do activists overestimate public attitudes? 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
    Shared Leadership in Teams – a Lab Experiment in an Escape Room. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Emergent Leadership in Teams – a Lab Experiment in an Escape Room. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
    Improvisation in Teams - a Lab Experiment in an Escape Room. 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
    Win, Win, Win? - When do non-profit organizations also benefit from corporate volunteering? Michael Verbücheln
    Bringing Purpose to the Job - How employee engagement can increase job meaningfulness Michael Verbücheln

    Current master theses in cooperation with organizations:

  • Guidelines

    The time allowed for completing the master thesis is four months, 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 MaKuWis for further details.

  • Application

    Please ask Mr. Hempen for the application form. (Please consult your “Prüfungs­ordnung” for more information.)

  • Contact

    For any further questions, please contact Jenni Sipilä.

    Dr. Jenni Sipilä

    Dr. Jenni Sipilä

    Universität Mannheim
    Lehr­stuhl für Unternehmens­verantwortung
    Schloss
    Schneckenhof Ost – Raum SO 102
    68161 Mannheim
    Sprechstunde:
    nach Vereinbarung

Updated: July 2018