Final Thesis

Students working on their final thesis for gradutation should show and improve their ability to work on a recent, scientific or practice-oriented, research topic. 

Thesis content

We accept both empirical and conceptual theses, but please note that the amount of work will be approximately the same for both. Even if you want to focus on a topic particularly relevant for practitioners your thesis needs to have a sound theoretical basis and must fulfill the requirements of a scientific thesis. Please note accordingly that you cannot submit a practice-only topic, e.g., a business plan, as your thesis.

In case you intend to write a thesis on a topic of your choice, we further require you to submit a proposal. This proposal should be about 1⁄2-1 page (single-spaced), and clearly specify (1) your research question, (2) how this research question ties into an ongoing academic debate, (3) how, for this debate, your question is at least to some degree novel, interesting, and relevant, and (4) how you plan to answer your research question. Accordingly, we expect to see engagement with academic literature already in the proposal.

Additional information for theses in Strategic Entrepreneurship (Prof. Alexy)


  • Bachelor thesis: Successful participation in the lecture "Introduction to Entrepreneurship", and preferable, in one seminar offered by the Entrepreneurship Research Institute
  • Master thesis: Successful participation in at least one Advanced Seminar (Advanced Topics Seminar is not sufficient) offered by the Entrepreneurship Research Institute


Please check the descriptions of available topics below for further details. If you believe that one of the topic fits your interests and your study program, please contact the potential advisor directly for your application.

If you intend to work on a self-selected topic, please check our team members’ research interests for a potential advisor and apply with a proposal (please note the requirements listed above and below) to the team member directly.

If you unsure which team member to contact, or if you think multiple team members could advise you, please send only one email to our thesis coordinator who can also answer any questions you may still have.


To apply for a thesis, please provide the following information:

  • Short letter of motivation (please indicate your preferred topic or provide a sketch of your self-selected topic)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Current transcript of records
  • Proposal (required for topics proposed by students, optional for topics proposed by us)

We do not consider incomplete applications.


  • Bachelor thesis: 3 months
  • Master thesis: 6 months


In addition to individual supervision, we offer a seminar on academic research and writing (2 days) to support our students in the thesis writing process. The seminar is mandatory for all students writing their thesis with the Chair of Entrepreneurship (Prof. Patzelt) and the Professorship in Entrepreneurial Behavior (Prof. Breugst). For the Professorship Strategic Entrepreneurship (Prof. Alexy) the seminar is mandatory for students who have not successfully completed the Advanced Seminar in Strategic Entrepreneurship, and highly recommended to the students who have.

Dates at winter term 2018/2019:

October 25 - 26, 2018
January 17 - 18, 2019
March 7 - 8, 2019

Please register via TUMonline.

Dates at summer term 2019:

May 22 - 23, 2019
July 31 - August 1, 2019
September 23 - 24, 2019

Registration via TUMonline possible soon.


You will find important guidlines, information, and suggestions for theses and seminar papers written at our institute at this page.

Note that legal regulations are made by the administration of TUM School of Management. Please contact them in case of any ambiguities.

Currently available topics


MSc Thesis: Interfirm relationships, competitive dynamics, and strategy

If you are interested, please send a full application (short cover letter and CV including an up-to-date transcript) to Petteri Leppänen ( Please also contact Petteri Leppänen for any questions you may have.[more]


MSc Thesis: Sports teams’ design and performance using random forest technique

If you are interested, please send a full application (short cover letter and CV including an up-to-date transcript) to Petteri Leppänen ( Please also contact Petteri Leppänen for any questions you may have.[more]


Final Theses (BSc & MSc) – Social Entrepreneurial Resource Mobilization for Impact in Sub-Saharan Africa

If you are interested, please send a full application to Lina Reypens - Cover letter (Please outline your motivation, experience relevant to the research project, and desired starting date and timeline) [max. 1 page]- CV [max. 2 pages]- Up-to-date transcript...[more]


Final Thesis (Master): Gender in international entrepreneurship: The missing piece?

We are looking for self-motivated students who are committed to high academic standards and who are fluent in English. If you are interested, please send your full application including your brief motivation, CV and up-to-date transcript to Prof. Hana Milanov...[more]


Blogger & Influencer: Wie man aus seinem Leben ein Business macht

In einem neuen Forschungsprojekt untersuchen wir wie bei Bloggern und Influencern die Grenzen zwischen Privatleben und Business verschwimmen und welche Konsequenzen dies mittelfristig für a) das Business (u.a. Follower Zahlen) b) die Zufriedenheit der Influencer hat. Start ab...[more]


Final Theses (Bachelor / Master) – Capital Mobilization and Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa

Please find more information concerning the topics for final theses below.[more]


Final Thesis (Bachelor): Working Relationships in Entrepreneurial Team Development

Please find more information concerning the final thesis below.[more]


Several Masters Theses in cooperation with industrial companies, family businesses, start ups and creative entrepreneurs

Interested? Email CV and Transcript of Records to [more]


Final thesis (Bachelor/Master) with Prospeum: Team communication & coordination in startup business building

Entrepreneurial teams are increasingly working in agile environments, while managing the challenges of coordinating and aligning with team members who are spatially separated. Prospeum, as the practice partner of this thesis, faces this challenge in a unique way, by working with...[more]

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