You know this: The bachelor’s thesis – You start and want to change the world: build a framework that completely changes companies or scales a novel theory to increase agility in the company! I think these visions are really great, but maybe you should narrow them down a bit as a young researcher in your first research paper with only 30 pages.

I often get calls and requests for help for a bachelor’s thesis in my phone hours. I would therefore like to shed some light on the dark in the article.

Let’s face it: The primary goal of the bachelor’s thesis is to learn something and get the degree. You can still change the world in your promotion afterwards.

Mistake 1: A bachelor’s thesis does not solve a practical problem or utopia

At the beginning, many of you spoke to a practice partner or supervisor and want to solve the following two categories of problems:

  • A practical problem that is not academic (SAP introduction, scrum introduction, software evaluation,…)
  • Solve an absolute uptopia (scaling scrum throughout the company, digitizing complete processes,…)

On the one hand, you should note that you do not solve a practical problem of a company, but question something such as The effect of Scrum on employee satisfaction or the introduction of software on productivity. Such practical problems are the responsibility of the company’s employees and not of science.

On the other hand, you should also not try to deal with unsolvable and unresolved problems of humanity, e.g. scaling scrum into every corner of the company. You can do that if you want to win a Nobel Prize later.

Reading tip: Find topic

Mistake 2: A bachelor’s thesis is not a project

Furthermore, I often hear that students are making an absolutely accurate plan: I will read exactly that, so that’s exactly what comes out and then I’m done. This is not science, but project management. Science means questioning and an openness to the subject of research. You openly read literature and work out of these research gaps, which you question.

Tips: Literature analysis

A bachelor’s thesis teaches scientific working methods

At the end of the day, you should learn how to work on a topic structured according to scientific methods with openness. The aim is to expand the level of knowledge for the complex situation with the help of a research design. So the results are less important than the actual methodology, so you don’t edit a theme according to schema X as before, but learn to think complex. It is an exercise and first real scientific contribution from you.

Reading tip: Build research design

Example: Watching a movie via streaming service

I would like to illustrate both views with an example. Imagine a scientist and a practitioner wanting to watch a movie on the streaming service.

Example – scientific approach: The scientist wonders whether streaming services really increase his satisfaction and surveys the Internet and its environment. It makes extensive comparisons by setting criteria for the streaming service. The result is a large list of streaming services as well as questions and a questioning of what constitutes a good streaming service and which ones exist and what criteria they make up.

Example – Procedure for practice: The practitioner reads such test reports or takes these criteria and simply watches the desired film on a service of his choice.

Conclusion

You will notice that a bachelor’s thesis should help you to work on tasks scientifically and to work with foresight and structure on finding solutions. Take the opportunity and deal with the scientific methods and the way of thinking. It will help you throughout your life.

Image source: School photo created by mindandi – de.freepik.com

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.

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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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