We are providing supervision for bachelor and master theses in the field of entrepreneurship, innovations and entrepreneurial dynamics. The studies can be divided into three main groups:

a) empirical studies based on secondary data or primary data,

b) theoretical work based on formal models, and

c) quantitative literature or meta-studies.

We are receptive to suggestions for topics that offer a link to the research focus of the Jackstadt Center. Theses at the Jackstadt Center are supervised by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Rupietta.

Subject Areas

  • Hybrid entrepreneurship: combining self-employment with an employed job
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and decision-making
  • Influence of dual vocational training on company innovation processes
  • Design and development of regional innovation systems
  • Drivers and barriers of circular business models
  • Influence of innovation management practices on corporate innovation performance

Information for Applicants

Thesis supervision for students is offered in both the winter and summer semesters. The following application deadlines apply to each semester:

  • The deadline for theses to be completed in the winter semester is June 15th of the preceding summer semester.
  • The deadline for theses to be completed in the summer semester is January 15th of the preceding winter semester.

The application documents should include a motivational letter, a curriculum vitae, as well as a current transcript of records. If you are planning a concrete research project, please optionally submit a short exposé (approx. 3 pages) outlining the intended theoretical and methodological approach. The documents can only be submitted electronically (jackstaedt{at}wiwi.uni-wuppertal.de).

4-6 weeks after the submission deadline, we will provide applicants with feedback on their application. Once the Jackstadt Center has accepted the offer of supervision, applicants have 2 weeks to accept or decline the offer.      

Completed theses (selection)

  • "Competitive Orientation and Entrepreneurship: An Empirical Investigation", Master's thesis (June 2015).
  • "Expatriation: Analyzing the Influence of Personality Traits on the Willingness to Expatriate Using the HEXACO Model," Master's thesis (April 2015)
  • "Intergenerational Entrepreneurship: Influence of Parental Self-Employment on their Children's Intention to Start a Business," Master's thesis (March 2015)
  • "Hope and the Path to Innovative Entrepreneurship," Master's thesis (March 2015).
  • "Career Goals and Entrepreneurial Behavior. The Role of Control Beliefs," Master's thesis (September 2014).
  • "The Role of Knowledge and Entrepreneurship in the Context of Endogenous Growth Theory," Master's Thesis (October 2013).
  • "Evaluating Start-up Support: An Empirical Analysis of Scientific and Economic Policy Approaches", Master's thesis (September 2013).

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