Thesis cooperation with a company

Thesis cooperation with a company

Curriculum and formalities

When writing an assignment in collaboration with a company you must always write the assignment according to your curriculum and the formalities surrounding your study programme. If you have any doubts concerning your assignment living up to standards, please contact your guidance counsellor.

 

Your own considerations

When writing your exam paper/thesis in collaboration with a company it is essential that you consider what makes your problem statement relevant. It is not enough that the company finds it relevant for their own purposes; it must be relevant for you as well. Please consider:

  • The practicality of a certain theory
  • What kind of job you would like after graduation
  • How the project can lead you into the field of business that you are interested in
  • How you can connect to the people that inspire and motivate you professionally

The thesis will not just mark the end of your studies, but it will be a conscious move towards your dream job.

Uninvited approaches 

Literally hundreds of companies are also waiting for a student to approach them. What is different is that they have not put forward any specific problem. When approaching these companies uninvited, it is very important to prepare, thoroughly. Approaching a company for a project collaboration is like applying for a job. Please consider:

  • What specific problem statement interests you in connection to this company?
  • Why is this exact problem statement relevant to the company?
  • Why should the company collaborate with you – what are your 3 main arguments?
  • Why and how is this project going to improve the company in the end?

AU students often cooperate with private companies or organisations when writing their papers/theses. In this connection, these external partners may have an understandable wish to prevent any third party from getting access to confidential information.
For this reason, Aarhus BSS has established a set of rules with procedures and obligations committing School of Business and Social Sciences as an institution in connection with a confidentiality request.

If you are in need of counselling or help on how to approach a company, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Uninvited approaches

Literally hundreds of companies are also waiting for a student to approach them. What is different is that they have not put forward any specific problem. When approaching these companies uninvited, it is very important to prepare, thoroughly. Approaching a company for a project collaboration is like applying for a job. Please consider:

  • What specific problem statement interests you in connection to this company?
  • Why is this exact problem statement relevant to the company?
  • Why should the company collaborate with you – what are your 3 main arguments?
  • Why and how is this project going to improve the company in the end?

AU students often cooperate with private companies or organisations when writing their papers/theses. In this connection, these external partners may have an understandable wish to prevent any third party from getting access to confidential information. 
For this reason, Aarhus BSS has established a set of rules with procedures and obligations committing School of Business and Social Sciences as an institution in connection with a confidentiality request. 

If you are in need of counselling or help on how to approach a company, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Project cooperation - tips and tricks

  • Find a subject/field you would like to focus on
  • Take a look in the jobbank to see if there is a project that interests you
  • If you would like to find an organisation yourself you should be aware that you have to SELL your idea to the organisation, almost as if it was a job or internship. Therefore you must be specific in your proposal
  • Your project should add value to you and the organisation
  • Remember to consider both academic and practical problems
  • Your supervisor shall approve your project
  • It can be more timeconsuming writing a thesis in cooperation with an organisation
  • Please be aware that a project cooperation DO require resources from the organisation
  • To write a project in cooperation with an organisation strengthen your network at the job market
  • Use the Career Centre to find contact persons among our partner companies
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