Thesis

2018-2019

Course Objective

Being the last of your core IBA courses, this course both builds on, and
integrates previous courses. In this course you will individually design
and perform a basic academic research and write your BSc Thesis under
supervision.

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH

ACADEMIC SKILLS (THREE AS)
After successfully completing this course, the student :
• can analyze and demonstrate an understanding of problems from
different perspectives (Analysis)
• is able to recognize fundamental structures and to leave out
irrelevant information (Abstraction)
• is able to put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view,
both in spoken and written format (Argumentation)

RESEARCH SKILLS
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• is able to critically reflect on (the quality of) academic research
• is able to translate academic research into practically relevant
outcomes
• is able to translate practically relevant problems into academically
relevant research questions
• can apply all the research skills needed to complete a research
process in full, with either quantitative or qualitative methods (or
both).

BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE

KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning
the relevant areas in international business administration
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• has specialized, in-depth knowledge and insights within the discipline
of your thesis topic
• is able to relate, contrast, and compare between theories, models, and
concepts within that topic

BROADENING YOUR HORIZON - STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO REFLECT ON THE ETHICAL
AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL DECISIONS
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• has a strong sense of ethics and integrity
• is fluent in English, both in speaking and writing

SELF-AWARENESS – STUDENTS CAN EVALUATE OWN LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE AND
ACTIONS
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• is able to recognize the results of his/her own actions
• takes responsibility for his own learning
• has made well-founded decisions and can support those choices
• can reflect on his/her personal development

Course Content

Being the final course of your IBA degree programme this course builds
on preceding courses and challenges you to both integrate and improve
the business knowledge and research skills you have acquired so far. To
that end you will individually perform an academic research project on a
specific international business topic of your choice.

We distinguish two main thesis trajectories that encompass several key
stages of the research cycle. Note that the type of trajectory and
related methodology (e.g., systematic review / qualitative or
quantitative design and analysis) is determined by the topic of
investigation. Each discipline provides a number suggested topics you
are able to work on for the bachelor thesis. Alternatively, you can
develop your own topic, however, this topic needs to be approved by the
thesis track coordinator (based on level, fit with the discipline,
research tradition, etcetera).

(1) Systematic Literature Review (trajectory 1): your task consists of
identifying and formulating a specific research question regarding an
international business issue and conducting a systematic literature
review to answer this research question. You will systematically analyze
published articles to answer your research question. You will then
design a detailed research proposal addressing methodological, data
collection and data analysis issues.

(2) Empirical Study (trajectory 2): your task consists of developing a
research question regarding an international business issue and
conducting an empirical study that fits with that research question. As
such you may be involved in data collection, you will select the
appropriate method(s) to analyze your data and that will allow you to
answer your research question. Your thesis ends with the write-up of the
results, the interpretation of those results and a critical reflection
both the academic and practical contributions as well as your research
limitations.

Next to the writing of the thesis, you will finalize your thesis project
by presenting your research in video pitch which you discuss the
methods, results and potential implications of your research project.

Teaching Methods

group and individual meetings

Method of Assessment

Thesis - Individual assessment

Entry Requirements

Before the deadline for thesis registration (end of February or
beginning October) you need to have completed at least 120 EC, including
the compulsory courses:

• All first year courses
• 2.4 Business Research Methods I - Quantitative
• 2.5 Business Research Methods II – Qualitative
• 2.6 Integrative Research Project

Literature

Academic articles relevant to the topic of your thesis.

Recommended background knowledge

All IBA courses year 1 and 2
Courses of your selected specialization in year 3

General Information

Course Code E_IBA3_THESI
Credits 12 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. A.J. Porter
Examiner dr. A.J. Porter
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself