Master’s Thesis SCM

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode EBM720B20
Vaknaam Master’s Thesis SCM
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II (en semester I)
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Master’s Thesis SCM
Leerdoelen The student must show the capabilities to execute a scientific research project and to write a Master's thesis in the field of Supply Chain Management.
Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
1. formulate a problem definition and related research question
2. indicate the academic and societal relevance and innovative character of research projects
3. critically discuss and use scientific literature to identify a research gap and build your arguments
4. propose a research design by selecting in a concise manner the appropriate research methods needed to effectively address research questions
5. design and plan a research proposal and make a project plan
6. perform the actual investigation of the research question(s)
7. draw conclusions, discuss findings, make recommendations, generalise findings and identify limitations of the research
8. report on the project by means of a research proposal, an academic paper and presentations
9. reflect on the research process and product
Omschrijving The student has to complete an individual scientific research project in the field of Supply Chain Management. The project can be executed either within a company or as a subproject of a university project. Details will be discussed in a special meeting on the Master’s thesis SCM.
With the Master thesis you give proof of your academic ability. This last phase of the study offers you the opportunity to produce an academic piece of work in the area of Supply Chain Management and to explore this area in-depth. In your thesis, you demonstrate and report in a systematic, objective and verifiable way, on the knowledge you have acquired and contributions you made in line with academic research.
Writing a clear research proposal is the first essential step in this course. Guidance is offered by means of five lectures, related to all components of a successful scientific proposal, such as defining the problem definition and research questions, stating the significance of the research, critically discuss the literature, selecting and motivating the appropriate research methods to answer the research questions, and planning of the project. The next step is to actually undertake the research (collect, analyse, and interpret quantitative and/or qualitative data with appropriate techniques) and draw conclusions, make recommendations, generalise findings and identify limitations. You will report on all aspects mentioned by means of a master thesis and presentations. In the Master Supply Chain Management, research themes will be formulated. Groups of students with a similar theme will be supervised by a lecturer in group meetings in a structured way following deadlines set by the faculty.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm afstudeeropdracht
(Students can start with the Master's Thesis SCM both in Semester I and II)
Toetsvorm individuele beoordeling
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. C.T.B. Ahaus
Docent(en) Individual supervisor ,prof. dr. D.P. van Donk
Entreevoorwaarden Bachelor programme and 20 EC of the SCM Master programme. Students need to apply for a master thesis theme. Students are allocated to themes of their first choice as much as possible.
Opmerkingen Check instructions on the Nestor Community. For more information please contact prof. C.T.B. Ahaus Phone: +31(0)50 3637078 E-mail:
Secretary office: Dui-631 Phone: +31(0)50 3637020 E-mail:
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Supply Chain Management/SCM  (basisprogramma MSc SCM) 1 semester II verplicht