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.

MASTER'S THESIS TOPICS FOR spring 2020

  • Drivers for radical change

    Drivers for radical change

    Laerdal is a unique business organization with a distinctly pro-social mission “Helping Save Lives.” This mission has the potential to engage Laerdal employees in the pursuit of goals and outcomes. We want to examine drivers that engage employees in innovative behaviors at the workplace. We have collected survey data, and we are interested in supervising master students that could help us analyze the data.

    Contact person: Alexander Sandvik 

  • 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 three-fold; to map the ecosystem for a chosen organization, to get deeper understanding of the evolving relationships of coopetition between the actors and to study how the leaders navigate in the ecosystem during change processes.

    Contact person: Christine Meyer 

  • Managing Radical Change and Innovation through Organization Agility

    Managing Radical Change and Innovation through Organization Agility

    Technological development requires that well-established firms renew and innovate. Established firms are increasingly implementing so-called agile organizations aiming to increase the ability to quickly respond and adapt to unpredictable changes in the competitive market environment. The solution is depicted as non-hierarchical and as breaking down bureaucracy and organizational silos, however there is limited research-based evidence of the effectiveness of the agile organization. We are  therefore seeking master students who can assist in developing a series of case studies aiming to describe the solution, analyze how it can be effectively implemented, and develop insights on if and how it creates capacity for change and innovation.

    Contact person: Inger G. Stensaker  

  • Dynamic Teams

    Dynamic Teams

    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 and how do relationships between team members form and develop over time?

    Contact person: 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: Karen M. Olsen  

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

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

    Firms respond to environmental changes through (f.ex.) development projects, flexible organization structures (matrix-like or network structures), inter-organizational relations, as well as combining employees and external, short term labour. While such means may enable more flexibility and adaptability on part of the firm, it also challenges human resource management and raises a number of organizational dilemmas. We invite master theses on the following  themes:

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

    We welcome empirical studies of organizations across industrial sectors.

    Contact person: Torstein Nesheim

  • 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 engineers 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: Torstein Nesheim

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 submision.

The application deadline is 15 October 2019.

APPLY TO THE PROGRAMME

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.
  • 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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