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.
December 11, 2013
Adam Tatarynowicz (Tilburg University)
Room: WEV H 326 at 12:00
December 18, 2013
Joachim Henkel (TUM School of Management)
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. The students are welcome to define and propose their own theses topics within these areas. If you have ideas for a topic, feel free to contact any of the team members. The diploma theses can be conceptual/theoretical, focused on a particular industry, or oriented to solving a practical problem in a company. We are looking forward to working with you!
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 backgroud, 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. Please contact Nina Geilinger at ngeilinger(at)ethz.ch for more information.
Swiss SMEs: the importance of external learning in their journey to innovation
Learning from external sources (collaboration among regional companies, collaboration among sectoral counterparts, shared knowledge, access to university research, access to decision makers, access to R&D initial funding, influence of public policy concerned with science and technology, etc) has an important influence on the innovation capability of SMEs.To discover the key factors that influence the capacity of learning and creation of new knowledge that leads to innovative solutions is an essential part of the study. The scope of the research question will be specified by the student based on the literature review.The type of industry remains open.The student will manage the relations with all stakeholders, develop the literature review and perform the interviews. Access to companies will be facilitated by Pablo Hafner from Hafner & Partners GmbH (www.hafnerandpartners.com). If you are interested in conducting your Master Thesis on this topic, please feel free to contact Zeynep Erden.
Knowledge networks and knowledge transfer in water supply sector
SMI together with AGUASAN and RWSN invites MTEC students to investigate knowledge sharing practices in water supply sector. There are three topics available. For more information please see the thesis proposals. If you are interested in one of the topics contact Zeynep Erden for further information.
Knowledge creation and transfer between public and private institutes in Switzerland
SMI together with CSEM invites MTEC Master students to shed more light on the topic of knowledge creation and transfer between public and private sector in Switzerland (see pdf). If you are interested, feel free to contact Fotini Pachidou for further information and details.
Value Networks in TV production
The media business is a fast-paced industry. Mergers and acquisitions characterize this market as has been seen in the past jears. Production companies of different size deliver their products to TV stations. What are the key success factors of an outstanding company within this rapidly changing marekt? To what extend does a company need to be interwoven in production networks to sustain their market share?
Outperforming national economics - what fertilizes the success of Second Life?
Second Life is currently the fastest growing economy even before China. What is it that makes Second Life so interesting not only to hobby gamers but to real companies earning money in this virtual world? How is Second Life to be distinguished from its incumbent competitors like Blaxxun? Is the Intellectual Property Rights Regime (IP) of Second Life the key factor to this uniqueness?
Doing real business virtually - opportunities and threats in Second Life
Business journals worldwide dedicate articles to Second Life, the currently fastest growing economy appraising the benefits of doing virtual business. What are the actual threats and opportunities companys have to face within the world of Second Life. How could appropriate business models look like? What do companies have to consider to be a) profitable and b) maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.
Internship or Master Thesis at HILTI
HILTI AG offers positions for master theses or internships in Schaan (ETH departments: MTEC, MAVT, or similar; starting date and duration negotiable). If you are interested, please contact HILTI directly.
Internship at Geberit
Topic "Globale Wasserindustrie"
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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