Bachelor and Master Theses At the Gottlieb Duttweiler Chair for Retail Management students of the University of St. Gallen have the opportunity to write their Bachelor's or Master's Thesis under supervision of Prof Thomas Rudolph and his research team. Please pay attention to the specific regulations of the University of St.Gallen. Fall 2020: Application start: September 01, 2020 Application stop: September 22, 2020 Kick-off meetings: October 07 and October 14, 10:00-12:00 Registration at the student administration: until October 30, 2020* Latest submission: November 22, 2021* Spring 2020: Application start: January 15, 2020 Application stop: February 11, 2020 Kick-off meetings: February 18 and 20, 2020, 09:00-11:00 Registration at the student administration: until May 1, 2020* Latest submission: May 25, 2021* (*Please double check with the dates on StudentWeb.) Important Information: Prerequisites: Applicants who have attended at least one course offered by the Institute of Retail Management (Prof. Dr. Thomas Rudolph) will be given special consideration. In addition, we expect all applicants to be familiar with the basic rules of academic writing (e.g. citation rules). Finally, we expect that all students complete their final thesis within two semesters after the kick-off meeting. Topics: We ask you to carefully study the list of topics on our website. We do not accept applications with self-developed topics. Please apply for only one topic. Timing: We will supervise about 10 theses every semester. Every semester you can apply for one of these topics during 1.5 month or until all topics are taken. For the spring semester, applications will open mid-January until the end of February and for the fall semester, from mid-august until the end of September. We will notify all applicants after the application period has ended. After a successful application, we invite you to concretize your topic together with Prof. Rudolph and a PhD-student during a 20min Kick-off meeting. Application Process: Familiarize yourself with our application process and important information above. Carefully chose a topic from our topic list that interests you. Send your application (CV, grades, thesis application form) to handelsmanagement<at>unisg.ch. Please consider the application deadlines (see timing). After you have been notified about your acceptance (one week after application deadline), we will contact you to schedule the Kick-off meeting with Prof. Rudolph and your assigned co-supervisor. We will offer you limited time slots for this meeting (see above). The 20min-slots will be assigned on first-come first-served basis. We therefore ask you to block at least two of those time slots. During the kick-off meeting, you will discuss and focus your topic together with Prof. Rudolph and a PhD-Student from the IRM. You will officially start your thesis after this meeting. Please bring the official application form and our publication permission to this meeting. Please note: Our internal process does not replace the University’s official thesis process. You will still have to officially register your topic at the student administration. Writing Process: Familiarize yourself with the IRM information sheet. There you will find a detailed description of the writing process and our requirements for excellent theses. After the first meeting with Prof. Rudolph and your co-supervisor, start with your literature review. As soon as you have gained a good overview over the literature, you will start writing the disposition (structure), the problem definition (two pages) and the approach (one page) of your thesis. Send this document at least 2 working days prior the meeting to your supervisor and schedule a meeting with her/him. She/he will give you feedback in a 30min meeting. The second meeting should take place not later than six months after you have started with your thesis. Here again, you should send the required documents (introduction/disposition of the main part/theoretical framework/methodical approach) at 2 working days prior the meeting to your supervisor via email. Finish and hand in your thesis. Topic List Prof. Dr. Thomas Rudolph: Bachelor Thesis no topics in English Prof. Dr. Thomas Rudolph: Master Thesis 1. Retailing in the 21st Century - Definition and Consequences Based on an existing working paper on a new 'retailing' definition and existing review notes, a modern definition of a retail activity is to be developed. The work aims at submitting an article to an English-language B-journal. The author should be interested in such a publication. Dr. Marc Linzmajerno topics available at the moment. Prof. Dr. Johannes Bauer no topics available at the moment.