I often receive calls from students who are just starting a bachelor’s thesis and absolutely don’t know: How should I do it? What shall I do? I have written many articles about this and now I would like to give an overview of what you should read and in which order.

The standard case – don’t deviate

In my experience, 90% of the theses in business administration or business informatics use the same procedure. This is:

  • Read something (literature analysis),
  • ask practitioners how relevant this is (survey or interviews) and
  • derive anything from it (evaluation).

This method is quite standard but well suited for the start of research, as there are numerous examples. It is almost always special cases that put students in completely stressful situations. Never forget: Unlike researchers such as doctoral students, you are not trained in research methods. I took examples of a 10-day seminar before I performed my first grounded theory correctly.

I recommend avoiding special cases in the bachelor’s thesis and starting slowly into research. You can still do this in the master’s thesis and this procedure is difficult enough for the beginning. If you have a special case, read the following article:

1. Finding a rough topic

First, you should choose a topic. Look: Which topic do I find fundamentally exciting? Is it big data or agility or even something completely different? Just go for a moment and ask yourself: What do I fancy? I will mention a few topics in the reading tip below this paragraph.

Reading Tip: Topics of Digitization

2. Finding a fine theme

Now you have a rough theme and need to subdivide it even more finely. Let’s take big data as an example. Now you ask yourself: What can I explore?

Just start a short analysis in academic databases (search string: (Organization OR Company) AND “Big Data“) and look for papers from this year (e.g. Google Scholar). Read the headings and possibly abstracts. What do these papers do? Be inspired! More on this in the following reading tip.

Reading tip: Find topic

3. Defining goal

Now it is necessary to define a goal. What do you want to have after solving the research questions? Hypotheses? Recommendations for action or a framework? The choice is yours!

Reading tip: Result of a bachelor’s thesis

4. Building research design

Now you need to build a research design. To do this, you need to combine different research methods. In our example, this is quite simple. You start with a literature analysis followed by a survey or expert interviews. Then there is an evaluation. So you usually have three steps. More on this in the reading tip.

Reading tip: Build research design

Research design
Abstract structure of a research design

5. Finding literature

Now you have to find your topic and find meaningful literature. I have already described in detail how this works in the following reading tip.

Reading tip: Find literature

6. Conducting expert interviews/survey

Now you collect data in the form of expert interviews or a survey. How to approach both methods, I explain in the following two reading tips.

Reading tips:

7. Writing the evaluation of the work

Now it is important to derive meaningful insights from your data and write the work. This requires a lot of hard work and long nights but you can do it! Finally, a few general tips on the bachelor’s thesis in the reading tip.

Reading tip: Tips for bachelor’s thesis

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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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