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


Bachelor Thesis

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

Master Thesis

  • Successful participation: 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 several 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.


Please send your complete application documents to Philipp Pfingstag. You will then receive feedback on your application as soon as possible.


Please download the registration form and send it to your advisor (via email). After the details have been approved by the advisor, hand in the signed registration form to Evelin Winands (room 2514).

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.