Additional topics for Bachelor and Master Theses 

You can find specific suggestions for Bachelor and Master theses, based on various thematic topics, on the websites of the different chairs. Please note that some chairs currently have waiting lists and therefore a proposal may not be accepted immediately. Those who wish to start their thesis without being placed on a waiting list may consult the list of general topics in the list below. Please contact the professors, or their assistants, directly by e-mail for further information.


Prof. Dr. Stephanie Teufel (English or German)

Combine your bachelor thesis and working on your own business idea!


The international institute of management in technology (iimt) offers students a unique opportunity to combine their bachelor thesis with testing their own business ideas.
Topic: Application of the lean start-up and design thinking methodology to your own business idea
Requirements: In addition to a strong motivation and an entrepreneurial mind-set, students should already have a first idea of what their business idea should look like. While students are not expected to start the project with a mature business idea, applicants should have a general vision of the direction they would like to go before contacting us. One step towards creating such a vision could be identifying relevant problems (see: "Pains" in the Value Proposition Canvas). While this offer is mainly designed bachelor theses in mind, the iimt is also open to consider master project proposals (subject to sufficient justification by the applicant).


Prof. Dr. Paul Dembinski (French or English)

Contact : Prof. Dembinski

Topics for Master Theses


Prof. Dr. Martin Wallmeier (English or German) 

Requirements: sucessful attendance of a BA course (Bachelor theses) or MA course (Master theses) in the domain of Finance.

Contakt for preliminary discussion: Prof. Wallmeier or Christoph Iseli.

Further subjects can be found on:

Other, own subjects are possible. 

Topics for Bachelor Theses: 

  • Sustainable Investment Funds – a Market Survey about Capital Investments following Ethical, Social, and Ecological Investment Criteria
  • 25% Return on Equity ? Published Business Targets of Banks before and after 2007
  • „Smart Beta“ – Concept and Critical Discussion
  • Set-up of an Integrated Financial Planning System in Excel  (example industry or company to specify)
  • Investment Suggestions in Print Media: Information or Entertainment? 

Topics for Master Theses: 

  • Hedge Funds as Company Owners – Greedy Grasshoppers ?
  • Active Investors – „Missing Link“ of Corporate Governance?
  • "There will be sunshine after rain"? – Mean Reversion of Corporate Profits
  • Identifying “Earnings Management”: a Critical Analysis of the Jones-Model
  • Foreign Exchange Rate Sensitivity of European Share Prices


Prof. Dr. Markus Gmür & Prof. Dr. Hans Lichtsteiner 

The aim of the following list is to provide some ideas for current research topics at the VMI. It is based on requirements for master students. It is also possible to submit your own suggestions for topics related to NPO management (please also see the guidelines for writing papers and theses interested are initially requested to contact Prof. Markus Gmür or Prof. Hans Lichtsteiner via email.
Topics for Master Theses:
A) Third Sector and Social Entreprises 

  • Social entrepreneurship in selected sectors and/or countries
  • Differences between social entrepreneurship and business entrepreneurship
  • Risk profiles of social entrepreneurs ? Literature review of social entrepreneurship typologies
  • Non-profit organizations in the evolution of society – The impact of individualization and increasing international mobility on NPOs
  • The role of membership associations in society – an international comparison
  • The role of charitable foundations in society – an international comparison
  • The role of civil society co-operatives – an international comparison
  • Development of international NPO research – a co-citation analysis based on selected academic journals (bibliometric analysis)
  • Comparing voluntary commitment of students from different countries – motivation, recruitment and social background
  • Donation markets in international comparison
  • Recent developments in social investing 

B) NPO Management 

  • Specifics of NPO management in selected countries or regions (e.g. Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa)
  • Performance measurement in non-profit organisations using the example of a chosen sector (e.g. trade association, charity, museum, foundation)
  • Finance strategies and finance mix of nonprofit organisations
  • Mergers & Acquisitions in the Third Sector: What are the specific challenges of close co-operations or mergers between NPOs?
  • How can the value of an organization be calculated (similarly to the capital value of a stock company) even though it isn’t traded on the capital market?
  • Comparison of compensation systems for boards in npo that fulfill the needs of their members and npo fulfilling the needs of third parties
  • Knowledge management in voluntary membership associations
  • Software solutions for the management of Swiss NPOs