Master of Business Administration

RES‐603 : Thesis Supervision

Course Description

 

The MBA research and thesis consists primarily of individual research or the development of a business
plan, under the supervision of qualified professors who provide a broad range of expertise as well as an
international reputation. Every selected student will receive a rigorous and tailor‐made coaching.
Thus, every student shall be appointed a supervisor within a maximum of 2 weeks after beginning their
thesis.

 

Course Objectives

The program can cover traditional research topics in fields such as management, finance, marketing,
organizational behavior, as well as non‐traditional topics depending on students’ needs. Virtually all
topics are accepted as long as the research is connected to management.
The thesis supervisor will interact on an individual basis with students, for a total of 8 hours. These
interactions can be on‐ground, or via any other mean deemed satisfactory by UBIS’ administration.


Learning Goals

Students and their supervisors must communicate to the Academic Dean a detailed Thesis Writing Plan
(TWP)
The purpose of the TWP is to let students plan how they intend to write their thesis. The TWP includes a
detailed Research Proposal as well as a precise number of words that must be written every month.


Everyone is different, and students should have the right to manage their work their own way. However,
we know from experience that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” What is important when writing a
thesis is to write early, to write often and to commit to the initial plan.

A MBA candidate is required to show his or her ability to:
1. Conduct original investigations;
2. Test, apply and examine his or her own ideas as well as others;
3. Understand the relationship between his or her theme and a wider field of knowledge.


Candidates are also required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problemsolving

 


Academic integrity

Students are required to read UBIS Rules and Regulations on plagiarism and to acknowledge the
multiple forms that plagiarism takes along with the sanctions that can go as far as school
exclusion. Every infraction will be reported to the disciplinary board which will analyse the
situation and circumstances, and decide on the sanction to apply.


Academic dishonesty may take the forms of: 1. Plagiarism, i.e. copying the ideas or work of
another person without citing the source. This includes books, extracts of articles, tables,
diagrams and material from internet or other electronic sources. 2. Submission of work more
than once, including work submitted at a prior institution, unless prior approval has been
obtained. 3. Cheating on an examination. 4. Submission of work that is not your own without
citation. 5. Adding your name to work to which you have not contributed or allowing another
student to do the same. 6. Unauthorized or inappropriate use of computers, calculators and
other forms of technology in coursework, assignments or examinations. All these can lead to
disciplinary sanction.


Please refer to your student handbook for full details.