Research and Development
"In theory, theory and practice are one. In practice, they are not." Albert Einstein
Managers are frequently required to undertake in-depth studies involving one issue or a series of interrelated business problems. These necessitate a high degree of research-based activity. We deliver a basis for systematically transferring results, knowledge and skills from research projects into our taught modules by involving our students in business research activities.
As preparation for the Research Project and the Master‘s Thesis, students undertake a research skills module comprising workshops in research methodology. After gaining a sound basis of research design skills, our students undertake the Research Project which ensures that they can exercise analytical and critical skills to identify significant business problems. They are invited to determine appropriate methodologies for their problem-solving strategies including data collection, data analysis and evaluation of relevant literature in order to reach evidence-based conclusions. The work on the Research Project is fixed at 15 ECTS and equips students to tackle their Master‘s Thesis thereafter.
All MSc IM students write a Master’s Thesis at the end of their master’s programme. The thesis is the outcome of a major group research project (Practice Oriented Research Project/ PORP). At the Master of Science level, the students choose the topic of the thesis and formulate the research question. It is the purpose of the Master‘s Thesis to develop our students’ ability to relate objectives, evidence and conclusions in a coherent and rational manner. Students must apply scientific theories and methods. The work on the Master’s Thesis is fixed at 15 ECTS and corresponds to three months’ full-time study.
Each student will have a research supervisor (dual degree students will typically have two supervisors, one from each partner university) for advice and for the discussion of problems arising during their research activities.
We are seeking to conduct research projects relating to international companies (focus on Switzerland, UK, and BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Our institutes have close links with major companies and organisations.