Thesis Writing in Business Administration

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UMEÅ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

LATEST CHANGE: 2012-01-09

Umeå University

Thesis writing in Business Administration
Thesis work is often perceived as fun, rewarding and challenging; you get to choose the topic and immerse yourself in your own area of interest. However, you will also face large demands on independence and analytical ability. If you write on commission, you can also experience the fulfillment that the knowledge you develop will benefit others. The work is very different from other courses; you will be trained to plan and carry out a project during a limited period of time. This text is a general introduction to thesis writing in Business Administration at Umeå School of Business. You should be able to use the table of contents to quickly find the information you are looking for. Although the text covers many different issues, it does not cover all possible issues; rather it constitutes a common ground for the variety of theses written at Umeå School of Business and Economics. In many areas, such as references, you can find additional instructions on the Internet and in various books. The instructions provided in this manual are primarily focused on thesis work, but the formal requirements, reference system, etc. are applicable to all written assignments and project works in Business Administration. Good luck with your thesis!

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INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................. 1 1.1 Basic Rules for Thesis Writing .................................................................................................... 1 1.2 Required activities in the thesis course ....................................................................................... 1 SUPERVISION AND SUPERVISORS ...................................................................................................... 2 2.1 The Role of the Supervisor .......................................................................................................... 2 2.2 The Supervision Process.............................................................................................................. 3 2.3 Work-in progress seminars.......................................................................................................... 4 2.4 Writing on Commission ............................................................................................................... 4 2.5 Ethical Guidelines for Thesis Work ............................................................................................. 5 THESIS TYPES AND SYLLABUSES ...................................................................................................... 6 DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THESIS TYPES ............................................................... 7 THE FINAL THESIS SEMINAR ............................................................................................................10 5.1 Before the Thesis Seminar ..........................................................................................................10 5.2 After the Thesis Seminar .............................................................................................................11 OPPOSITION .....................................................................................................................................11 6.1 Principles for Opposition/Critical Examination ........................................................................12 6.2 Course Requirements: One Main Opposition.............................................................................14 6.3 Course Requirements: 2 or 3 Side-oppositions ..........................................................................15 6.4 Opposition – Examples of Questions ..........................................................................................16 GRADING...
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