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

Master's thesis Topics for fall 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,

  • 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,

  • Navigating in the ecosystem during change

    Navigating in the ecosystem during change

    Over the past 20 years, the term ecosystem has become pervasive in the field of strategy. Ecosystems reflect that organizations are interdependent on a number of actors and institutions outside the boundaries of the organization. In the strategic change literature there is substantial research on how to manage change inside the organization, but scant research on how leaders orchestrate change to take into account the actors and institutions outside the organization. The aim of the research project is two-fold; to map the ecosystem for a chosen organization, and to study how the leaders navigate in the ecosystem during change processes.

    Contact person FOCUS RaCe: Christine B. Meyer,

  • Teams in the Age of Digitalization

    Teams in the Age of Digitalization

    Teams are often used to ensure efficient deliveries and sharing of highly specialized knowledge. However, globalization and modern technology imply increasingly reliance on virtual forms of cooperation. What makes teams work effectively in these settings and how do relationships between team members form and develop over time?

    Contact person FOCUS RaCE: Vidar Schei

  • HRM in digital times

    HRM in digital times

    Technological changes, such as digitalisation, may influence the organisation of work in profound ways. Digitalisation may replace work tasks and create demands for new skills. In addition, it may allow new ways to recruit, control, and reward employees. We want to address how technological changes affect the organisation of work, as well as how these changes may take different forms across industries, occupations, and countries.

    Contact person FOCUS RaCE: Karen M. Olsen

  • 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,

  • Freelancers, independent contractors and the organization of work

    Freelancers, independent contractors and the organization of work

    The last decades have seen a growth in the number of freelancers and independent contractors, transcending organizational and employment boundaries. We invite master theses on the following themes:

    1. Are there specific managerial challenges in coordinating teams and project work when freelancers/contractors and internal employees work together, and how are these challenges handled?
    2. What is the function/business model of third parties and digital platforms, who mediate between freelancers and customer organizations?
    3. What is the function and impact of social networks, professional associations and digital communities as regards knowledge development and market development for freelancers/independent contractors?
    4. How do freelancers experience and handle their position as liminal subjects in a project setting?

    The research may target various knowledge areas/skills as well as various customer sectors.

    Contact person FOCUS NFR:

  • The Knowledge Firm: Allocation of personnel, flexibility and knowledge development

    The Knowledge Firm: Allocation of personnel, flexibility and knowledge development

    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.

    We invite master theses on the following, and related, themes:

    • Challenges in matrix organizations: Allocation of personnel resources to projects and changing tasks; knowledge development; performance appraisals
    • Developing a new business area in a multidivisional firm: Balancing autonomy and integration

    We welcome empirical studies of organizations across industrial sectors.

    Contact person FOCUS Equinor:


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 is 15 March 2019.

Apply to the programme


  • 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.
  • You'll have access to up to NOK 10.000 per thesis for travelling and other expenses.
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.