Race for students

Race 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 the FOCUS RaCE research project. You may write in English or Norwegian.


  • Leadership during a coopetition for innovation strategy

    Leadership during a coopetition for innovation strategy

    Coopetition, when companies cooperate and compete at the same time, may lead to innovation. This has become an important strategy for companies to survive – and thrive. However, in coopetition relationships, it is an inherent paradoxical tension that collaboration for value creation takes place at the same time as competition for value acquisition. How do leaders manage this tension? We invite Master Students @ NHH - You - to take part in studying this in one the four Innovation Clusters in Bergen: Media, FinTech, Seafood & Ocean Technology where many exiting companies innovate together. You will be collecting qualitative (and perhaps quantitative) data, including observations and interviews that will give you insight into leadership roles, challenges and opportunities related to coopetition and innovation in these highly dynamic contexts. The case studies in each of the clusters are part of a larger data collection comparing ‘coopetition for innovation’ leadership over time and across clusters.

    Contact person: Synnøve Nesse

  • Digital leadership

    Digital leadership

    Technology is changing the business landscape and leadership face challenges with how to unlock the leadership role in the next wave of digitalization. In this project the aim is to examine how leadership drives radical change in established firms and enable creativity and innovation and to explore the role that leadership play in unlocking growth and value in the new digital environment.

    Contact person: Alexander Sandvik

  • HR in digital times

    HR 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. Furthermore, it may allow new ways to recruit, control, and reward employees. We want to address how technological changes affect the organisation of work, including digitalisation of HR activities and the use of HR-analytics.

    Contact person: Karen Modesta Olsen

  • The role of external partners for innovation in established firms

    The role of external partners for innovation in established firms

    Technological development requires that well-established firms renew and innovate. Established firms are increasingly looking for new ways to cooperate with external actors and firms to increase their own capacity to innovate and change. We are interested in different types of open innovations including ecosystems, corporate ventures, crowdsourcing and others. We are  therefore seeking master students who can assist in developing a series of case studies aiming to describe one of these innovation solutions, analyze how it can be effectively implemented, and develop insights on if and how it creates capacity for change and innovation.

    Contact person: Christine Meyer

  • Team Dynamics

    Team Dynamics

    Teams are often used to ensure efficient deliveries and sharing of highly specialized knowledge. However, globalization and modern technology imply increasing reliance on more “dynamic” and agile forms of cooperation. What makes teams work effectively in these settings? For example, how do relationships between team members form and develop over time, and how can leaders facilitate for trust and a psychological safe work climate?

    Contact person: Vidar Schei

  • 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, as well as an extended role of labour market third parties through digital work platforms. These developments transcend traditional 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/independent contractors 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 engineers/professionals in different work arrangements (employee, external consultant) 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/work arenas.

    Contact person: Torstein Nesheim, mob. 922 54 892

  • The Knowledge Firm

    The Knowledge Firm

    Firms respond to environmental changes through development projects, team- and matrix-based structures, agile organization as well as the use of external labour. While such means may enable more flexibility and adaptability on part of the organization, it also challenges existing hierarchies, traditional human resource management, and raises a number of organizational dilemmas. We invite master theses on the following themes:

    1. Challenges of team-based organizations: Agile, aligned, coordinated, empowered?
    2. Allocation of personnel resources to projects and changing tasks: Aligning firm objectives and knowledge workers’ preferences.
    3. Innovation projects and day-to-day operations: Integration or structural separation?
    4. Organizing for flexible allocation of personnel and innovative problem solving in the state sector.
    5. Combining knowledge integration and knowledge development in project-based firms.
    6. Challenges of the role of resource owner in matrix-like organizations.
    7. Challenges of network organizations: Staffing and organization of firms that combine long term employment and short-term contracts (examples: film, media, culture).

    We welcome empirical studies of organizations across industrial sectors. Contact person: Torstein Nesheim, mob. 922 54 892


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.

The application deadline is 15 March 2020.



  • 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.
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