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Master's thesis

  • How Management Accounting Techniques Develop in Organisations over Time

    How Management Accounting Techniques Develop in Organisations over Time

    In this master thesis, the students will examine how management accounting innovations (MAIs) develop in specific organizational contexts over an extended period of time. This will involve in-depth case studies of one or two organizations. Because we are interested in developments over several years, interviews will typically be done with employees who have worked in the organizations for a longer time. Furthermore, the thesis will build on a similar thesis in progress during this semester, which specifically examines the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) in organizations over time. The thesis for fall 2018 could add to the previous work by using other interesting organizations with BSCs, or by examining a different MAI, such as for example costing systems, enterprise resource planning systems, or customer profitability analyses. Some of the organizations could be located in other areas of Norway. Travel expenses will be covered.

    Contact person: Daniel Johanson, Daniel.Johanson@nhh.no

  • Boards of Directors, Information and Digitalisation: Implications for Corporate Governance

    Boards of Directors, Information and Digitalisation: Implications for Corporate Governance

    In this master thesis, the students will examine the design and use of accounting information by company board members. This topic has been perceived as important but limited research has been done, partly due to problems of access. However, by focusing on mid-size and smaller companies and/or by interviewing retired board members, such access problems could be overcome. Particular focus will be on what type of information board members use (management accounting or financial accounting information). The thesis will build on the article by Johanson (2008), publ. in Journal of Management & Governance, and the few other more recent studies on this topic. The implications of the new developments within digital technology and big data analytics will to some extent also be addressed. The research method can be quantitative (questionnaire) or qualitative (in-depth interviews), or a combination thereof.

    Contact person: Daniel Johanson, Daniel.Johanson@nhh.no

  • Use and effects of big data and social media in organizations

    Use and effects of big data and social media in organizations

    In this master thesis, the students will examine how organizations utilize big data and technology-enabled networks like social media. The study will involve in-depth case studies of one or two organizations. Interviews may be conducted with employees on several organizational levels, and with various professions in the organization. However, we are most interested in the role of management accountants: how involved are management accountants in work related to use of big data and social media? How are big data and information from social media used in decision-making processes, and what are the concurrent effects? These are some of the questions pertinent to this thesis. In general, scholars call for more empirical evidence on how organizations are using big data, and how this might become a resource. The aim of this thesis is to contribute with insights to this area. Furthermore, the thesis will build on an ongoing research project, which examines what type of information organizations extract from social media and how such information is used across professions. The selected organization(s) could be located in other areas of Norway. Travel expenses and other relevant expenses will be covered.

    Contact person: Dan-Richard Knudsen, dan-richard.knudsen@nhh.no

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?

  • Your advisor will be very dedicated to the topic and your work. People will be waiting to hear the results (advisor, research team and industry people)
  • We have established relationships with corporate partners and networks, so in most cases we can help you with access. Although not all topics require access. Sometimes you can write your thesis on existing data.
  • You’ll become a part of a team. A team of researchers and a team of master students. We arrange meetings for you to network, and to challenge and support each other.

 The deadline for applying is March 15th.

 

INTERESTING?
CHECK OUT BLOGS ABOUT EARLIER MASTER'S THESES

 

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Interested in in-depth studies
  • Preference for students within the Strategy and Management (STR)International Business (INB) profiles, and Business Analysis and Performance Management (BUS).
  • Excellent communication skills. Students are expected to present their results to the research group.

CONDITIONS:

  • 30.000 NOK per thesis for travelling and other expenses.

APPLICATION

  • Please send in an application (max 2 pages) with argumentation for why you think this is an interesting theme and why we should choose you + CV and grades.
  • Send it to the relevant supervisor
  • Deadline for submission of application: March 15th 2018
  • If your application is accepted, contact your supervisor who will provide more information about the thesis.