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  • Welcome to the Creative Sustainability _ Business thesis seminar


    Welcome to the Thesis Seminar of the Creative Sustainability masters programme at the School of Business. These pages have been created by using existing text content and materials from the Thesis seminar of Department of Management Studies and the content is credited to Saija Katila. When needed, content has been altered to reflect the objectives of the Creative Sustainability programme and the principles of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

    Below, you can find the course syllabus. This course is divided into several sections, and you are advised to proceed in the seminar following the order of the sections: 1) Introduction, 2) What is a good master’s thesis, 3) Choosing a topic and formulating research questions, 4) How to search for literature and write a literature review, 5) Research ethics and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The sections are visible in the menu on the left side of the page. 

    In addition to these pages, the course will make use of online resources that are produced for the purposes of the school in general. The document Instructions for Thesis Writing will give you a comprehensive view of the thesis as a piece of writing. Please follow the instructions in accessing and using these external pages. They offer you excellent resources that will ease your thesis journey.

    The seminar includes 

    - Two classroom meetings on Fridays 12.1. and 16.2. at 10-12

    - An online-only extra non-mandatory tutoring meeting on Friday 12.4. 10-12 

    - Classroom (also available online) opportunities for non-mandatory interim presentation and feedback on 26.4. at 12-13 or 15-16, and on 14.6. at 13-15 

    In case you do not yet know what you would like to do in your thesis, you can link your thesis to a research project. Please familiarise yourself with the research pages of the department, the Sustainability-in-Business -research group as well as research done by the faculty members of Creative Sustainability in other Aalto Schools including NODUS research group in the department of design. Researchers and research projects may be able to offer thesis topics, data and collegial support for the thesis process. Also, note that you can do the thesis as pair work. More information on these possibilities can be found in the Introduction section.

    Whenever you have questions concerning the course, please ask them via the General discussion forum (not by email) so that other students with similar concerns can make use of the information delivered. It is your responsibility to stay informed of all the advice given through this discussion forum as well. Thus, please make sure your MyCourses settings are set in a manner that you will also be notified of the discussions on the General Discussion forum.

    Warm welcome to the course, 

    Mikko Jalas