Final Thesis

We mainly offer topics that are related to our current research activities, the methodological focus is on empirical work.

Topic Areas

User Innovation, Open Innovation Processes, Commercial Open Source Software, Patent Infringements
Venture Capital, Technology Transfer, Patents and Brands
Renewable Technologies, Economic Aspects of Synthetic Biology, Interdisciplinary Engineering Topics
Markets for Technologies
IP related Modularity in Software Products, Platform Strategies
Management of Intellectual Property
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

Open Topics

Please find a list of open topics below. Follow the link for detailed information. If you are interested in one of the topics, please directly contact the respective supervisor.


Measuring Interdisciplinarity Using Natural Language Processing - Claus Schöttl

Business models of start-ups in the AI space - Michael Vetter

What can we learn from initiatives and alliances in the AI space about the adoption of AI?  - Michael Vetter

The value of data - evaluation methods and empirical observations - Michael Vetter


Bachelor Thesis

  • Highly recommended: Empirische Methoden and Technology and Innovation Management: Introduction*
  • Application includes: Current transcript of records and CV

Master Thesis

  • Highly recommended: Empirical Research in Management and Economics and one additional course in the area of Technology and Innovation Management*
  • Application includes: Bachelor certificate, current transcript of records and CV

Diploma Thesis

  • Focus area: Technology and Innovation Management
  • Application includes: Vordiplom certificate, current transcript of records and CV

* Equivalent courses can be acknowledged after consultation.

Application and Registration

Finding a topic

We usually have open topics available (see above).

You can also suggest a topic which is related to our research topics: Please provide a proposal of your project with your application (between one and two pages)

  • Clearly define the main research question
  • Outline methods and data to be used
  • Make visible why the research question is interesting

You can write your thesis in cooperation with a company or write a purely research-based thesis.


Applications for a final thesis at the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management can be submitted at any time. Every two months we will review the applications and assign supervisors to successful applicants. The application deadlines are therefore as follows: 

Starting dateApplication deadlineFeedback (acceptance or rejection)
January, FebruaryNovember 15thNovember 20th
March, AprilJanuary 15thJanuary 20th
May, JuneMarch 15thMarch 20th
July, AugustMay 15thMay 20th
September, OctoberJuly 15thJuly 20th
November, DecemberSeptember 15thSeptember 20th


Please send your complete application documents (see Requirements) to Juliane Wissel. You will receive feedback on your application in our next feedback round.

Please note that this process does not apply for open topics. If you want to apply for an open topic, please directly contact the respective supervisor.

Hand-over of the final thesis

The following documents are required, please comply with our style guidelines:

  • At the examination office (Noten- und Prüfungsverwaltung der Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Room 1566, Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München): 3 hard copies of the final thesis (including a signed declaration of authorship / "ehrenwörtliche Erklärung"); after 4 pm it is possible to hand in the thesis in a closed envelope, addressed to TUM School of Management, Administration (Room 1566), Arcisstraße 21, at the main entrance at Arcisstraße 21
  • At the chair: Electronic versions of the final thesis (Word and PDF), electronic version of the final presentation (for Diploma thesis), Stata files (data, syntax), Endnote/Citavi literature files


If you are looking for additional forms or German versions of these forms, please refer to the faculty website.