The Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation invites to the "Brown Bag Research Seminar on Innovation". This series invites researchers from MTEC and other universities to present recent work or working papers. The intention behind the series is to accelerate exchange and learning.
Brown Bag schedule for the autumn semester 2014 is in the planning process.
Weinbergstrasse 56-58 / 8092 Zürich
Research and education at the chair of Strategic Management and Innovation is mainly focused on competitive strategy, innovation, and knowledge management. The following list of subjects and questions is meant to provide students with a feeling for focal topics. For more details, you can check profiles of SMI members .The students are welcome to define and propose their own theses topics within these areas in addition to the thesis topics offered below. If you have ideas for a topic, feel free to contact any of the team members. The diploma thesis can be conceptual/theoretical, focused on a particular industry, or oriented to solving a practical problem in a company.
You can also contact with our master thesis coordinator, Burcu Kucukkeles regarding any question about master thesis at SMI.
The details for MSc students and MAS students can be found on the corresponding program pages.
We are looking forward to working with you!
A Machine Learning Approach to Understanding Firm Performance
This project aims at applying state-of-the-art machine learning techniques on a rich mix of current and historical firm- level and market data, including information on—but not limited to—innovation activities, competition, strategic choices, and subsequent payoffs. In particular, this study seeks to provide novel methodological contributions that enrich our understanding of the drivers and dynamics at play in organizational performance. The overall goal of this thesis is to both assess the effectiveness of the existing methods and open new perspectives at the interface of computer science and management disciplines. This thesis is in collaboration with the Learning and Adaptive Systems Group at D-INFK. [More info].
Contact: Konstantinos Trantopoulos <ktrantopoulos.at.ethz.ch>.
Innovation in "Cleantech" firms
"Cleantech" as a concept and buzz word has been widely debated by policy makers, scientists, and the media. It is surprising, however, that some firms that have publicly been described and categorized as Cleantech, would prefer not to be called Cleantech firms, and even distance themselves from Cleantech. What are the reasons for their standpoints? What does Cleantech stand for in their view? And against this background, how can regional policy makers best support innovation in clean technologies? Data to answer these questions, or related questions of your own interest, could for example be collected through a firm survey or interviews.
Contact: Nina Geilinger <ngeilinger.at.ethz.ch>.
The following list contains ideas for thesis topics, which can serve as an inspiration for students to further develop ideas for thesis proposals.
New distribution channels in electronic media
The impact of internet services on the music industry.
Internationalization of Financial Services Firms
The key success factors of entry into the Chinese market
Sources of competitive advantage in investment banking
The case of foreign exchange transactions
Building competitive advantage for Swiss firms in the Global software industry
In search of new market opportunities
R&D alliances in the semiconductor industry
Selecting the right partners
Area of Free Revealing
Area of Knowledge Sharing
Area of Knowledge Creation
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