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For students

Do you want to be a part of an ongoing research project at NHH? We are looking for master students who are interested in being a part of and contributing to our research project. You may write in English or Norwegian.

Master's thesis

Topics for autumn 2018:

CiBiViCi:

  • 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

  • HRM in Global Organizations

    HRM in Global Organizations

    Globalization implies that organizations and individuals increasingly interact across countries. We investigate HRM challenges in organizational settings characterised by globalization, and in particular, organizations containing a highly educated workforce. The topic embraces a broad range of research questions, including how managers facilitate knowledge sharing, commitment, and performance, as well as retain employees in the organization. We are interested in studying these questions from different angles. Data may involve survey or qualitative interviews.

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

  • Managing Human Resources in New Organizational Structures

    Managing Human Resources in New Organizational Structures

    Many firms respond to technology challenges, market complexity and new customers’ demands through structural changes, such as introducing flat structures, project-based organizations, larger and more flexible sub-units, matrix-like organizations, internal networks, outsourcing, inter-organizational relations and non-standardized work contracts. 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. Methods: Mostly case studies in various industries such as the media industry, petroleum industry etc.

    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

  • 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

 

ACtIon:

  • 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

 

 

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: March 15th 2018

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.