Writing your Bachelor- or Masterthesis at the Chair for Sustainability Management Here you find an overview of guiding topics as well as the titles of finished theses Possible topics: Call for a master’s thesis on sustainability and business education Are you interested in sustainability and its integration into business schools? Check out the call for a master’s thesis at the Chair for Sustainability Management (IWÖ-HSG) here. ----------- The Master’s thesis should be in the research area of our chair. Theses can be written in the following research fields: 1. ”Classic” and “behavioral” corporate governance and sustainability See Judith L. Walls: The Power of One- Leadership and Corporate Sustainability for further information. Shareholders (e.g. shareholder activism, SRI) Board of Directors (formal structures or board committees; Characteristics of board members) CEOs/Top management teams (e.g. incentives, characteristics, motivations) How do behavioral aspects of these three relate to sustainability outcomes of organizations 2. Social and environmental governance How companies manage their supply chains: e.g. product life cycles, procurement, supplier policies, raw materials, supplier ‘education’ Stakeholder engagement and management: e.g. local communities, NGO activism, suppliers, consumers, government Greenwashing: e.g. reputation management, over/under performance 3. Specific industries that affect land use Agriculture & agri-commodities: e.g. palm oil, farming in biodiverse areas Extraction industries: e.g. mining, oil & gas Forestry/logging Fishing/hunting/trapping 4. Own topic There's also the possibility to propose a self-chosen, current and interesting topic in the area of sustainability, preferably close to our research focus. If you are interested in topics around sustainable finance or impact investing, please contact the finance chair. You can find some examples of previous, very good theses here. Type of research methods: At the chair, both qualitative and quantitative research is possible. In addition, we have lots of data already available on the topics of corporate and behavioral governance such as data on shareholders, shareholder activism, board of directors and top management teams; environmental governance such as environmental and social performance and disclosure; reputation management; survey data from farming and mining communities. An opportunity exists for a Masters student to participate in an ongoing study on trophy hunting, in the direction of multi-stakeholder governance or ethics of trophy hunting. Application Please find more information on the application process here. Please also pay attention to the formal criteria.