Students working on their final thesis for graduation should show and improve their ability to work on a recent, scientific, or practice-oriented research topic.
For Bachelor Theses we highly recommend the successful participation in Empirical Research Methods and Technology and Innovation Management: Introduction.
For Master Theses we highly recommend the successful participation in Empirical Research Methods in Management and Economics and one of our Advanced Seminars.
There are two ways to write your final thesis at our chair:
|Open topic published on website (see below)||Self-selected topic within our topic areas (see below)|
|Procedure||Contact supervisor directly via email|| |
Apply via email to email@example.com
|Required documents||• CV |
• Transcript of records
|• Research proposal |
• Transcript of records
In case you intend to write a thesis on a self-selected topic at our chair, we further require you to submit a proposal. This proposal should be about 1-2 pages (single-spaced), and clearly specify (1) your research question, (2) how this research question ties into an ongoing academic debate, (3) how, for this debate, your question is at least to some degree novel, interesting, and relevant, and (4) how you plan to answer your research question. Accordingly, we expect to see engagement with academic literature already in the proposal.
You will find further instructions on how to write a proposal in this document (Link).
We accept both empirical and conceptual theses, but please note that the amount of work will be approximately the same for both. Even if you want to focus on a topic particularly relevant for practitioners your thesis needs to have a sound theoretical basis and must fulfill the requirements of a scientific thesis. Please note accordingly that you cannot submit a practice-only topic, e.g., a business plan, as your thesis.
Topic Areas for self-selected topics
User Innovation, Open Innovation Processes
Commercial Open Source Software
Venture Capital, Technology Transfer
Markets for Technologies, Technology Acquisitions
Management of Intellectual Property, Patents and Brands, Patent Infringements
If you suggest an own topic, please provide a research proposal.
Please find a list of open topics below. Follow the link for detailed information. If you are interested in one of the topics, please directly contact the respective supervisor.
Currently no topics available.
NOTE: We publish all available topics on this page as soon as they become available. Please refrain from further inquiries -- emails asking about open topics will not be answered.
Please do not contact us for preliminary requests without sending your complete application. The final decision regarding theses at out chair are made only based on complete applications.
Applications for a final thesis at the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management can be submitted at any time. Every two months we will review the applications and assign supervisors to successful applicants. The application deadlines are therefore as follows:
|Starting date||Application deadline||Feedback (acceptance or rejection)|
|December, January||November 15th||November 20th|
|February, March||January 15th||January 20th|
|April, May||March 15th||March 20th|
|June, July||May 15th||May 20th|
|August, September||July 15th||July 20th|
|October, November||September 15th||September 20th|
In case you have questions concerning open topics, please contact the potential advisor named in the topic description directly. In case you have questions concerning the application process please contact Juliane Wissel.
- Bachelor thesis: 3 months
- Master thesis: 6 months
Hand-in of the final thesis (bachelor and master)
- You must submit your thesis in purely digital form to Grade Management (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will forward it to your supervisor.
- Please provide Grade Management with the following documents in PDF format as part of your thesis submission:
- Permission to view my thesis (extra document) https://www.mgt.tum.de/download-center
- All other files can also be attached, and Grade Management will forward them to your supervisor, or you can send them to your supervisor on your own.
- Submissions to Grade Management and direct submissions to your supervisor must be on time, by the due date indicated upon registration of your thesis.
- Further information on digital submission can be found in the corresponding information sheet in the download area of the Grade Management homepage https://www.mgt.tum.de/download-center.
- You must check with your supervisor if you also have to submit a hard copy. In case your supervisor requests a hard copy, you must still submit the digital version to Grade Management and the hard copy directly to your supervisor.
- The final thesis submission must include:
- A signed declaration of authorship/"ehrenwörtliche Erklärung"
- Stata/R files (data, syntax)
- Interview transcripts
- Literature file (e.g., Endnote/Citavi file)
- Please ensure you comply with the TIM Chair style guidelines.
- Information sheet
- Registration form
- Style guidelines of the chair (English only)
- Sample cover page
- Declaration of authorship ("Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung")
If you are looking for additional forms or German versions of these forms, please refer to the faculty website.