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bachelor thesis


02.10.2018, Abschlussarbeiten, Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten

Bachelor thesis in social entrepreneurship at the Chair of Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship – balancing the importance and the intensity of social and economic logics

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging scholarly field which requires a strong applied focus. Previous stud-ies have investigated triggers of social engagement, value creation as a main purpose of social entrepre-neurs, the transformation of social needs as a venturing opportunity, social ventures’ dual social and busi-ness identities, and different ways of organizing. However, this study seeks to explore the antecedents of the importance and the intensity of social entrepreneurial ventures’ pursued social and economic logics. This study seeks to better understand how specific individual determinants impact the balance of social entre-preneurs’ defined social and economic logics. The thesis will apply an explorative, qualitative research ap-proach.

Hence, the student will study social entrepreneurs using already available interview data, which will be tran-scribed by the student. The interview data can be enriched by additional data, for instance, (social) media reports or the ventures’ website content. The student will be expected to make the topic his/her own, that is, he/she will identify a new, interesting, and relevant research question which guides his/her final thesis.

What we offer
Participation in an interesting and relevant research topic
Committed supervision and regular interaction
Guidance on the method and structured thesis process

What we require
Commitment to high academic standards
Excellent command of German (preferably mother tongue) and English
Participation in our institute’s final thesis seminar (for next available dates, please see TUMonline)

Knowledge/experience in qualitative research methods
Keen interest in social entrepreneurship

Next steps
If you are interested, please send a full application including a motivation letter, current CV and an up-to-date transcript to Alexandra Mittermaier (alexandra.mittermaier@tum.de). Please also contact Alexandra Mittermaier for any further questions on this topic.

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Kontakt: alexandra.mittermaier@tum.de