Exclusive insights into the Master Theses of the Executive MBA

The participants of the Executive MBA focus on diverse topics in terms of their master theses. Most of them are embedded in a business context. This is the result of an intensive link between the contents of the EMBA program and the practical experience of the participants. Moreover, there are a lot of empirical studies among the master theses, often in combination with complex interviews or surveys.

In the following three diverse topics of master theses are presented

Many- if not all – of us, will have had the wish for a personal mentor. It doesn’t even play a role if the mentor is the charming casino thief Danny Ocean or the small green creature Yoda of Star Wars. The most important aspect of a mentor is a suitable combination of toughness, fairness, and coolness.

And what about searching for someone with potential and passing on knowledge and experience in order to achieve new levels of success together with a mentee?

The Master Thesis “Mentoring as a Tool of Personal Development” by Senior Social Innovation Manager Carsta Maria Müller (Class of 2016), who writes the thesis in the framework of the Executive MBA at the TUM School of Management, deals exactly with this topic.

During her research, Carsta Maria noticed that the mentoring programs in Germany are strongly connected to companies as well as religious or minority groups. However, given the need that every human should be entitled to have a mentor, Carsta had the idea to develop a mentoring program that is web-based and brings together mentors and mentees.

“On the one hand, my thesis addresses the theory behind the concept of mentoring, on the other hand, the study provides a business-plan for the idea.” explains Carsta Maria Müller. With the help of a survey, she evaluates the new concept and gains empirical data for the foundation of her thesis.

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The Master Thesis of Patrick Kemper (Class of 2015) dealt with the topic of non-monetary productivity measurement in the chemical batch production and builds a bridge between management and practice. The company was faced with increasing pressure from competitors and therefore tried to generate a continuous increase in productivity in all business departments. The former concepts of productivity measurement, however, failed due to the enormous complexity and product diversity of a chemical batch production. Patrick’s project aimed at developing a tailored concept of productivity measure that can be implemented in the business context.

The concept showed that the establishment of an understandable but still significant system is possible on the basis of available information of cost accounting. The system not only managed to visualize the current process efficiency on the basis of few productivity key figures, but also showed the weak points and capacity bottlenecks in the production. Furthermore, this new approach improved the data quality of cost accounting, investment and capacity planning as well as controlling.

What are the next steps? A practice-oriented project plan for a global implementation of the new key figure system will be developed. The practical realization has just started now.

Yanhua Chen (Class of 2015) already brings along a lot of practical experience in the area of IT, but is very enthusiastic about corporate finance and capital markets in general. She followed these interests and not only participated in the Executive MBA program, but also visited further lectures of Prof. Dr. Kaserer, Owner of the TUM Chair of Financial Management and Capital Markets and also Academic Director of  Customized and Open Programs at the Executive Education Center.

Executive MBA guest lecturer Dominik Asam, CFO of Infineon Technologies AG inspired her to write her thesis on „Capital Structure of XY: Practice and Alternative – A Corporate Finance Case Study in Semiconductor Industry. After Infineon AG announced the acquisition of US semiconductor manufacturer International Rectifier Corporation for approximately 3 billion Dollar in 2014, she decided to investigate the capital structure of Infineon AG in more detail.

Amongst other findings, she was able to demonstrate that after the acquisition in January 2015, Infineon AG reached a debt ration very close to the semiconductor median. After submission of her thesis, she presented the results to CFO Dominik Assam as well as the strategy departments and instigated interesting discussions.

The three master theses are just a selection but show the various possibilities and diverse topics our EMBA participants deal with. The participants devote their studies to business ideas or established organizations and often attain findings that can be essential for the companies or departments.

We are proud to enable and foster such master theses and wish all participants best of luck with their projects!

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