You will start your thesis soon and are certainly looking for a topic? Are you also currently planning to develop a Nobel Prize-like framework and to agility the whole of Germany or to re-establish great theories? That’s great but also a lot of effort.

You are a young researcher! Start with small steps!

You must always remember that this is your first (bachelor’s thesis) or second (master’s thesis) real research work. If I used a research method in my doctorate, I usually took a 3 day seminar on it and learned it correctly. So you have to learn a lot in the empirical and research-theoretical fundamentals. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is a structured literature analysis according to Mayring?
  • How does this differ from Webster and Watson?
  • How do I perform a correlation analysis and what is the difference to regression analysis?
  • How can I quantitatively interview qualitative interviews? Evaluate?
  • What are criteria of the quality of empirical data?

If you can answer less than 4 of them, you still lack important basics. But that’s not a problem: start in small steps.

Goal 1: Get the degree!

The primary goal is to achieve how to work a topic sensibly and methodically cleanly. The subject doesn’t really matter. In the end, it is graded how they have proceeded. So you’re looking for a simple topic such as agility in companies, an exception to digitization, or the potential of big data or cloud computing. In concrete terms, you should end up learning to conduct a literature analysis and interviews or interviews cleanly and to approach a complex topic in a meaningful way.

Believe me: In the end, you have enough work even with a supposedly simple topic!

Reading tip: Find topic

Goal 2: Get the employment contract!

Another goal besides the conclusion may be that you want to get an employment contract through the participation of a practice partner. The practice partner usually gives you a rather complex topic, where you can hardly find literature due to the practical proximity. E.g.: Agile project management, agility in HR, agility in production…

If the company pays you for it and hires you, it can be worth it. The extra effort is worth it. If you don’t want to work for the company anyway or the company is guaranteed to hire you, then leave it. You will have up to 100% more effort than normal work.

My experience: It is worth taking the extra effort, as a contract of employment often beckons with better conditions!

Reading tip: Find topic with practice partner

Conclusion: Learn to proceed methodically!

The primary goal is to learn how to work on a topic in a meaningful and methodically clean way. So if you are not necessarily working towards an employment contract, then I recommend starting with a small step. You can still change the world after the master.

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Gibt es noch Fragen?

Falls es noch Fragen gibt, habe ich zwei Tipps. Ich habe meine Erfahrung aus 5 Jahren in der Betreuung von Abschlussarbeiten im Buch: "Empfehlungen für die Bachelor- und Masterarbeit" zusammengefasst. Dieses gibt es bei Springer und Amazon seit August 2020. Das Buch ist ein offzielles Fachbuch in kann damit zitiert werden. Weiterhin können Sie mich gerne mal anrufen. Hierzu einfach im Buchungssystem nach einen freien Termin schauen. Ich nehme mir jeden Monat einige Stunden Zeit um Studenten zu helfen.

Mein Tipp vor der Abgabe Ihrer Abschlussarbeit

Es lohnt sich immer eine Abschlussarbeit professionell Korrekturlesen oder auf Plagiat prüfen zu lassen. Der Vorteil ist, dass Sie dabei auch Feedback erhalten und den akademischen Sprachstil verbessern. Anbieter wie bspw. Scribbr helfen mit guten Preisen bei der Abschlussarbeit.

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I blog about the impact of digitalization on our working environment. For this purpose, I present content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday work. I am a manager in an SME myself and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the chair of IT Management.

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