You have been writing your thesis for some time and now you are slowly beginning to despair. Then you have put the topic too far or the supervisor criticizes you all the time and you just don’t know what to do? I would like to give you two tips on this.

Tip 1: take a little distance!

Most of the time you are in tunnel vision yourself and can no longer think clearly. You’re stuck and can’t really come up with a meaningful idea. My tip would be to take a break for 1-2 days and go for a drink with friends. Then talk to your supervisor in peace and watch the work from a distance.

Tip 2: less is more!

I often notice that the students keep the subject far too ready and complex. Interviews should be paired with a survey, which lead to an ultimate framework. This framework is so ultimate that it solves all business problems. However, it doesn’t solve any problems; it drives you to despair.

My tip is: limit the topic! Less is often more. The point is that you research ONE issue meaningfully and deeply. So if you are researching 5 aspects, then limit yourself to 2. Look how you can narrow down the topic and where you can take complexity out of the work.

An example would be that you want to look for success factors for agility in companies and want to record the implementation using a framework. It is sufficient for a bachelor thesis if you look for success factors and say in the outlook that someone could now make a framework out of them.

Reading tip: Thesis effort

Conclusion

I get a lot of calls that the thesis is frustrating and desperate people. Yes, it is very complex and students often stress themselves by demanding too much.

The tip is: Take complexity out of your work: It is not important to revolutionize the whole world, but to use research methods sensibly and to get a degree in the end. You can always change the world afterwards.

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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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