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Diploma / Master's thesis

We assume that the preparation of a diploma / master's thesis at our institute can count on around 70 person-days (page volume of the diploma / master thesis: approx. 60-80 pages). This means that as the author of this work, you will be a "virtual member" of our team. We offer intensive support and cooperation, but at the same time demand an extremely high level of commitment from the author in her or his scientific work.


Target group

For capacity reasons, only students who have successfully completed either the HRCM specialization/Major "Strategic Leadership"  in the bachelor's program, opens an external URL or relevant master's courses, opens an external URL. This means, in order to be allowed to write the master thesis under our supervision, students enrolled in the MSc Management must have completed qualitative and quantitative research methods courses as well as the courses of the 2nd semester (in the ideal typical course of studies) of the competence area "Digital Transformation: Leadership, Human Resource Management and Change". In addition, the grade point average of the completed courses is taken into account.


While the diploma thesis can be written in English or German, the Master's thesis has to be written in English.


Application procedure

The application procedure builds on two steps.

In a first step, please fill out the following form to provide us with an overview of your planned thesis project. DOWNLOAD, opens a file
Please send the filled out application form to: IPV@jku.at
(Important note: Please use „Master Thesis Proposal - your surname“ as reference/subject term).

We base our decision on free capacities of the potential supervisor, thematic fit, originality, and quality of the ideas presented.
We decide upon supervision of the applications received on February 15, June 15, or September 15 respectively. Once we reached a decision, we will contact all applicants.

Based on the feedback through the potential supervisor, a 5-page Research Proposal has to be prepared in a second step. The proposal is the basis for the final and formal acceptance.


Link to SE Master Thesis Seminar

If the diploma / master thesis has been accepted, a participation in the Master Thesis Seminar (including lecture and discussion) is compulsory.


Literature: Top Journals

When writing your diploma / master thesis, always orientate yourself to up-to-date scientific literature. You will find a list of top journals here:

  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • British Journal of Management
  • Die Betriebswirtschaft
  • European Management Review
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • Human Resource Management Review
  • Human Relations
  • International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Long Range Planning
  • Management Learning
  • Management Science
  • Organization Science
  • Organization Studies
  • Research Policy
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Schmalenbach Business Review/Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung
  • Zeitschrift für Personalforschung

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