Theses (Bachelor and Master)

Whether Bachelor, Master or European Triple Degree (ETD), here you will find all the information you need on the topic of theses: how do I apply, which topics can I choose from and what are the HCM proceedings?


Application for a thesis is possible at any time of the year. Start your online application here.

  • After the application and as soon as possible, we inform you about whether your application was successful or not. We also make an initial topic suggestion and match you with a thesis supervisor, based on the information that you provided.
  • The next step is an initial meeting with your supervisor, which is followed by an intensive pre-thesis preparatory working phase of about 2 - 4 weeks.
  • After the preparatory working phase, the thesis is officially registered, and the clock starts ticking (Bachelor: 8 weeks; Master: 22 weeks).
  • While working on your thesis, you are required to participate in our thesis colloquium. One visit is mandatory, but more visits are possible if needed. At the moment Colloquiums are held online via Zoom; dates will be scheduled with your supervisor. The colloquiums are visited by the institute’s members, and by fellow students. Each student is supposed to present his/her thesis at least once after the registration, where presentations take about 10 minutes followed by a plenary discussion. Please coordinate your visit closely with your supervisor, and plan in advance.
  • At the moment, digital submission of your thesis is sufficient, for details please find information on the ISC homepage. In the case of an empirical thesis, please also submit all raw data and syntax files used for the thesis.
  • Grades are released approximately eight weeks after the submission of a thesis (or faster).

Please inform yourself about our current research topics and choose a topic that interests you.

Your thesis can be empirical and use one of the available data sets of the institute for HCM. Currently, the following data sets are available for thesis project

Pay Transparency and the EntgTranspG

  • Establishment- and individual-level data

Executive Compensation

  • Individual level pay, personality, attention, and turnover
  • Firm level financial and environmental (ESG) performance, characteristics
  • Stakeholder in pay design (consultants, blockholder, peer groups)

Working from home during the Covid-pandemic

  • Individual-level dataset of employees and their partners
  • Experiences of working from home during the pandemic: satisfaction outcomes, loneliness, types of commuting, work-home spillovers, spatial situation at home, division of housework, etc.

Under this category, you find current announcements of topics for Bachelor and Master theses that can be written in cooperation with an industry partner. Alternatively, you may use your own contacts and suggest a topic. Please note that we need to check if the topic is suitable for a Bachelor or Master thesis.

At the moment, we do not offer any current cooperations, but encourage you to get in touch, when you have the opportunity to conduct empirical research through your own contacts.

Students in the ETD can write their master thesis at the Institute for HCM. Please contact Ingo Weller if you are interested. Potential topics, among others, may be (the list is not conclusive but provides a few examples):

  • Strategy and Human Resources
  • Strategic Organization Design
  • Employer Branding and Recruitment
  • Talent Management
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Flexible Working Arrangements
  • HR Analytics


Bachelor and Master theses with the grade "very good"
In our "house journal" HCM Proceedings, we publish final theses that have been graded "very good", because we would like to reward very good work more strongly and at the same time provide this as inspiration for future students.
Sara KappelhoffMultiple Team Membership and Work-Family Conflict (PDF, 172 KB)
Julia MorkelThe Role of Privacy in Performance Assessment - Employee Behavior on Observation (PDF, 82 KB)
Maximilian StadlerCompensation Complexity and Social Comparison (PDF, 306 KB)
Hannah MairGender, Top Executive Compensation, and Risk Taking. A Mediating Model (PDF, 123 KB)
Laura Emma MolinariTeam Diversity and Team Performance: The Role of Communication (PDF, 120 KB)
Moritz GoretzkiPathways from Corporate Social Responsibility to Employees’ Socially Responsible Behaviors Outside of Work – A Conceptual Model (PDF, 372 KB)
Lisa RaithAttractiveness through CSR: How Signaling Theory explains the Link between CSR and Employer Attractiveness (PDF, 125 KB)
Michelle Solea WolfPersonality-Team Composition in Multiple Team Membership (PDF, 310 KB)
Sandra DeckerPathways from Role Identification Level to Attention Residue in Multiple Team Membership (PDF, 139 KB)
Sophia OberloherHiring Discrimination: The Moderating Effects of the Big Five Personality traits on hiring discrimination against foreigners (PDF, 128 KB)
Remy GoldsteinThe Effect of the Investor-Founder-Relationship on Founders’ Compensation (PDF, 515 KB)
Maria KleinCorporate Social Irresponsibility as a Threat to Work Identity: How Employees react to Greenwashing Scandals in their Organization (PDF, 358 KB)
Felix DietrichThe influence of pay transparency on organizational citizenship behavior (PDF, 124 KB)
Paula HafnerSocial Comparison of Complex Pay for Performance Contracts (PDF, 82 KB)
Leonard LechnerStrategic Compensation Design: Equity and Stock Option Compensation Effects on Firm Performance and the Contribution of Risk (PDF, 96 KB)
Sara StanjekThe Effect of Working From Home on Loneliness (PDF, 127 KB)
Benedikt ReitingerWhen Computers Update Your Team: Team Socialization of New Members Hired by AI (PDF, 321 KB)
Tobias BurkhardInconsistencies in Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts and Employee Organizational Identification: A Moderated Mediational Model through Perceptions of Hypocrisy (PDF, 165 KB)
Madeleine TiefenthalerAn exploration of the interplay of main job role centrality and hybrid work in the motivation to hold multiple jobs (PDF, 162 KB)
Juri WührBoundary conditions of the relationship between open offices and employee performance (PDF, 151 KB)
Michael GschwendtnerCompensation Disclosure and Pay-for-Performance in Top Management (PDF, 124 KB)
Julia ThalerTransparency in Organizations: How Narrative Feedback Influences the Emotional and Behavioural Responses to Transparent Numerical Feedback (PDF, 125 KB)
Frederik JesseRemote Work and Ageism in Organizations (PDF, 88 KB)
Katharina AblaßmeierBiases in Recruitment and Hiring: A Literature Review (PDF, 123 KB)
Kathrin Leeger (Master)The relevance of soft skills in an agile organization (PDF, 124 KB)