Universität Wien FIND

040301 SE Bachelor Seminar (incl. Bachelor´s Paper) (2021W)

International Business

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 24 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Thursday 11.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Monday 06.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 09.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 10.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 13.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 26.01. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 27.01. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to writing research texts in preparation for their Bachelor thesis. The course is divided in three important segments as follows;
(I) Choosing a Topic
Deadline for the submission of the topics for the Bachelor thesis: 05.11.2021
Deadline for the submission of Synopsis/Extended Proposals along with the list of the literature: 26.11.2021
The submissions are to be made through Moodle.
Suggested Topics
The following list is by no means an exhaustive one. Students may opt any other relevant topic with a prior consent of the lecturer

1. Corporate Governance of the MNE
2. International Market Entry Strategies
3. Management Control in Alliances
4. Relational View of the collaborative organisation
5. The Agency Perspective
6. International Joint Ventures
7. The Configurational Approach to Organisational Design
8. Evolutionary Theory of the Firm
9. Ethics and the global business
10. International Strategy and the Organisation
11. Global Supply Chain Management
12. Culture and Organization of the MNE
13. Functional Strategies of the MNEs
14. Knowledge Transfer between Headquarters and Subsidiaries
15. Inter-organizational Collaborations (The Cooperative Strategy)
16. Impact of digitalisation on global business
17. Innovation & Creativity in Management and Organisational Design
18. Portfolio Strategies in Strategic Management
19. The impact of global pandemics on SCM
20. Emerging Forms of Organizational Structures


(II) Presentation
Final proposals are to be presented in the duration 6 - 13.12.2021
The PowerPoint slides must be sent to the lecturer at least a couple of days before the presentation
N.B. Even though the presentations are planned to take place on-campus but if the situation requires so, these may also be organised digitally

(III) Bachelor Thesis
Deadline for the Submission of the Bachelor theses: 15.02.2022.
It would be submitted through Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participants will be assessed on the basis of the presentation of research proposal, bachelor thesis, and in-class participation.

The proposal for the bachelor thesis has to be presented in class (on-campus or digital). The presentation has to cover (a) a description of the problem and the specific research questions, (b) a summary and the highlights of the review of relevant literature, and (c) an outline of the research methodology.

In their bachelor thesis, the participants should demonstrate a profound knowledge of the chosen topic. Based on a thorough literature review, students not only summarise their findings, but also develop an own perspective on the chosen topic.

The course is designed to be interactive. Therefore, class participation would be valued.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• 60 % Bachelor Thesis
• 30 % presentation
• 10 % in class participation

Minimum Requirements: For a successful completion of the course, the following conditions must adequately have to be met;
1. At least 75% attendance in all sessions conducted on-campus and/or digitally
2. Presentation of the proposals
3. Submission of the Bachelor Thesis

Examination topics

To the delight of all involved parties, including myself, there is no exam.

Reading list

The primary resource (or learning material) would be articles published in top tier journals discussing key aspects of the various phenomena enumerated in the above sections. Though a brief list of some seminal works in each of these areas of investigation would be provided separately, however, students are required to make a literature search and review for additional articles for their respective term papers. David and Han (2004) methodology for searching specific literature using academic databases could help the students in finding the most relevant and appropriate literature for their respective term papers. The methodology and relevant guidelines would be provided in the course material.

Useful Databases (E-Resources)

1. ABI Informs (ProQuest)
2. ScienceDirect
4. EBSCO/EconLit
5. The Economist

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 19.11.2021 16:27