Centre for Entrepreneurship

Master Theses

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management offers the possibility to write master theses on current research topics, related to the current research areas of the department. Before submitting requests, please check with your examination regulations for program-specific requirements and details. 

EIM Chair provides...

1) supervision of master students and master theses.

2) supervision of posted topics (see below).

3) the module "EIM Thesis Accelerator" (required).

EIM Thesis Accelerator & Supervision

Writing your thesis at EIM is associated with participation in the "EIM Thesis Accelerator" module. Participation in the EIM Thesis Accelerator module is only possible if a supervisor along with a topic has been agreed upon beforehand. This should be done before the semester starts in order to prepare for the course and the Thesis registration.

Supervision capacities are primarily allocated to support the posted topics.

For Summer Semester 2023, please send all requests directly to the supervisor of the respective designated topic (see below).

  • Informal email with a short introduction
  • Justification of interest and suitability for the topic.
  • If you have your own topic that is relatable, you can make a request with in expose (to be attached to the mail).

Available Topics for Master Theses

#X Research Group - Sustainable Entrepreneurship - Culture and Contexts

Currently seeking to form a research group of 3-5 students interested to gain expertise and conduct research in sustainable entrepreneurship. Particular focus is placed on culture and ecosystem contexts, as well as considering North-South comparisons.

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Entrepreneurship is known to be a driver of economic prosperity and job growth, and can also be used a catalyst for sustainable development. However, it is not clear if the established economic aims are able to address current social and environmental issues such as those named in the Sustainable Development Goals, and foster transformative change (cf. Schot and Steinmueller, 2018). Entrepreneur’s sustainability orientation is as much related to the contextual factors of their environments as it is to personal characteristics. The contextual factors can be influenced by institutions and external conditions, as socio-economic pathways prioritize SDGs based on prevailing immediate needs and as well as the capability to target goals that are measurable. The majority of research and best practices in the area of sustainable entrepreneurship occurs in the Global north, which may skew the usefulness of results and implications given the contextual causal linkages.

Ideas for Investigation:

  • Exploring the role and effects of academic institutions and incubation practices in Egypt on entrepreneurial intention and sustainabiltiy orientation
  • Exploring contextual factors of sustainable entrepreneurs's success, lighthouse engagement, and "recyclability" propensity in entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • How does culture affect sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems? (see Lee and Peterson, 2000, Gupta et al., 2004; Liñán and Chen, 2009)
  • How to define attributes of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems? How sustainable entrepreneurs develop their practices according to their local ecosystem and how does it affect the entrepreneurial ecosystem? (see Spigel, 2017)
  • Bibliometric literature review of sustainable entrepreneurship in Global South. 

Seeking 1-2 Students with high motivation to work in a team that are available to travel to Egypt for up to 2 months, to collect data-- fully funded within the ISI4Egypt Project. High self motivation and independence is required. Arabic culture or language knowledge is a plus!

Seeking 1 Student to conduct literature review. 

Interested? Email Paul Wolf.

#Y Research Group: Positive psychology, positive business and design thinking.

Currently seeking 3-5 students interested in working on topics related to positive psychology, positive business and design thinking in a research group. 

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Karina Cagarman karina.cagarman(at)tu-berlin.de