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Master's Thesis

Approach of the IMG Chair

We welcome Master students who wish to write a thesis in English, can work well independently and have an interest in one of the topics in the research and teaching area of the IMG Chair.


  • You must have submitted an exposé (1-2 pages);
  • The thesis should be written in English;
  • The processing time is 3 months;

There is no accompanying seminar for master students, but you will be supervised through individual appointments.
For a comprehensive overview of our requirements and the writing process, please read our thesis guidelines. All further information on the application process can be found in the following documents.

Choice of thesis subject:

We encourage you to find a topic for your thesis yourself. As support, however, you will find a list of possible topics that are of particular interest to us. The topic of your bachelor/master thesis should consist of a combination of topics - either consisting of a "research objects"-"sectors" combination, or a "research objects"-"geography" combination.

Research object:

  • Large MNEs
  • Medium-sized MNEs
  • FDI
  • Governance and Policies in relation to FDI and MNEs


  • Manufacturing
  • Services


  • Emerging Markets (especially China)
  • EU (especially Germany)
  • USA

You might also choose one of the topics listed below for your thesis. These are topics that we at the IMG Chair currently find particularly interesting and relevant.

Emerging market multinationals

  • Acquisitions by Emerging market MNEs in developed countries, post-merger integration and capability upgrading
  • Internationalization of Emerging market MNEs and the impact of home country institutions
  • What does "mutual benefit" and "win-win" stand for in the Chinese outward FDI context?


FDI and institutions

  • Co-evolution between the internationalization of (Emerging market) MNEs and institutions
  • Impact of volatility and change of (home/host country) institutions/policies on FDI (e.g. how does the change of the outward FDI approval process effect the internationalization of Chinese firms?) 
  • FDI and host country impact
  • Intellectual property rights and MNEs


State-owned multinationals

  • State-owned enterprises’ internationalization
  • Impact of (state-owned) MNEs on institutions/policies


Theory and methods

  • Comparative perspectives on international business theory
  • Exploring and comparing alternative measures of MNE activity