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Do you want to be a part of an ongoing research project at NHH?

The topics for writing the Fall of 2019 will be updated in January/February. Below are previous topics for inspiration.

Master's thesis Topics for Spring 2019:

  • Managing Radical Change and Innovation

    Managing Radical Change and Innovation

    Technological development requires that well-established firms innovate and develop new business that potentially cannibalizes the existing business. One way to deal with this is to establish an ambidextrous organization, referring to a separate organizational unit with responsibility for innovations. An underlying premise is that the new unit develops distinct capabilities, processes and a separate identity. This research project seeks to understand how new unit leaders build the new units’ legitimacy within the corporation and the challenges they meet in this endeavor. 

    Contact person: Inger G. Stensaker, inger.stensaker@nhh.no

  • Taking an Employee Perspective on Robotisation of Tasks

    Taking an Employee Perspective on Robotisation of Tasks

    Many organizations are improving work processes by using robotic software to perform manual tasks. Repercussions of this might range from employee redundancies and loss of jobs, to providing employees more time to value-creating and desirable tasks. This research project aims to gain insights into how employees respond to the robotisation of tasks and how management can effectively manage such change processes.

    Contact persons: Julie Salthella Ågnes & Inger G. Stensaker, julie.agnes@snf.no

  • HRM in a Cross-country Perspective

    HRM in a Cross-country Perspective

    Technological changes, such as digitalization, accentuates the notion of life-long learning, because employers’ need for skills are changing. These changes may take different forms across industries, occupations, and countries. One main challenge for firms is to provide employees with skill development, autonomy, and security. This project aims to study the development in Human Resource Management (HRM) systems from the perspective of the employees. In particular, we are interested in how Scandinavian countries meet the current changes. We address these issues by analysing existing survey data.

    Contact person: Karen M. Olsen, karen.olsen@nhh.no

  • Managing Human Resources in New Organizational Structures

    Managing Human Resources in New Organizational Structures

    When firms respond to technology challenges, market complexity and new customers’ demands through structural changes - such as by introducing ambidextrous organizations, flat structures, project-based organizations, matrix-like organizations, internal networks, outsourcing, inter-organizational relations and non-standardized work contracts – this puts demands on human resource management. In this project, we examine the drivers and intentions behind such structural changes, as well as the content, challenges and consequences of new structures, contracts and relations on human resources. The goal is to conduct case studies in various industries such as the media industry, petroleum industry, state sector etc.

    Examples of specific themes:

    • Mechanisms for effective allocation of personnel resources to projects and changing tasks in the organization
    • Innovation projects and ambidexterity: Structural separation or integration with operations?
    • Digitalization: A threat to geographical based organizational units?
    • Knowledge management in the context of downsizing of firms.

    Contact person: Torstein Nesheim, torstein.nesheim@snf.no 

  • Team Leadership and Relationships in Teams

    Team Leadership and Relationships in Teams

    Teams are often used to ensure efficient deliveries and sharing of highly specialized knowledge, but as people are required to work closely together, conflicts and other issues also emerge. What makes teams work more effectively and how do relationships between team members and team leadership form and develop over time?

    Contact person: Vidar Schei, Vidar.Schei@nhh.no

  • Mission-Driven International Firms

    Mission-Driven International Firms

    Laerdal Medical is a unique Norwegian-based multinational firm with a distinctly pro-social mission to “Save Lives.” This mission has the potential to engage Laerdal Medical employees in the pursuit of goals and outcomes that are larger than the individual and have greater social worth than simply making money. This research project seeks to better understand “how the mission moves the people” across national borders and in an effort to explore the impact of Laerdal Medical’s mission on outcomes at the individual, team and organizational levels.

    Contact person: Alexander M. Sandvik, alexander.sandvik@nhh.no

INTERESTED?

Please fill out the online application form to apply to the program, where you include grade transcripts and a brief application letter (max 1 page) with information about your background, motivation to study the topic(s) of interest, preliminary research questions, and date for thesis submision.

The application deadline was 15 October 15 2018. Next deadline is 15 March 2019.

Interesting?
Check out blogs about earlier Master's theses

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Average grade B.
  • 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:

  • Thesis advisor from the research project.
  • NOK 10.000 per thesis for travelling and other expenses.

APPLICATION:

  • Please fill out the online application form to apply to the program, where you include grade transcripts and a brief application letter (max 1 page) with information about your background, motivation to study the topic(s) of interest, preliminary research questions, and date for thesis submission.
  • Deadline for submission of application: 15 October / 15 March