Prof. Robert Gutsche, Ph.D. Robert Gutsche studied Accounting and Finance at the Freie Universität in Berlin (FUB) and at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid (UFV). He finished his doctoral studies in 2012 and obtained his Ph.D. in February 2013 from the University of St.Gallen. During his doctoral studies, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute for Accounting, Controlling & Auditing (ACA). From August 2012 to July 2013 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Accounting Department of the Columbia University in New York. Until completing his postdoctoral phase in July 2015, Robert Gutsche was employed as a lecturer for Accounting at the School of Management of the University of St.Gallen. Since August 2015, he is an Assistant Professor (Finanz- und Rechnungswesen) at the School of Management (SoM). Since September 2015, the Institute of Operations Research and Computational Finance is pleased to welcome Prof. Robert Gutsche, Ph.D. on board. Application for Master's and Bachelor's Theses If you are interested in writing a Master's and Bachelor's Thesis in the fields of Fundamental Analysis, Corporate Finance, Valuation Trading (Commodities and Equities) Accounting Standards (IFRS, US-GAAP, OR, FER) please feel free to send me a short proposal of your thesis. Use the attached proposition template (based of Faff, 2015): Proposition Template Send the proposition template at least two weeks before the deadline of the HSG student administration office. Please see the student web link for the applicaiton form: for a Bachelor's thesis: http://studentweb.unisg.ch/en/bachelorstufe/leistungswesenbachelor/bachelorarbeit for a Master's thesis: http://studentweb.unisg.ch/en/masterstufe/leistungswesenmaster/masterarbeit?sc_lang=de For the identification of important research in your area of interest, please take a look at papers published in one of the following journals (focus on the A+, A journal papers): Accounting: http://vhbonline.org/service/jourqual/vhb-jourqual-3/teilrating-rech Finance: http://vhbonline.org/service/jourqual/vhb-jourqual-3/teilrating-ba-fi/ You can access the journals via VPN or at the University Computers, using the following link: http://rzblx1.uni-regensburg.de/ezeit/fl.phtml?notation=&bibid=UBSG&colors=7 Please also note, the general structure of the approx. 50 (bachelor) or 30-60 (master) pages long thesis is as follows: Introduction (1-3 Pages) Theoretical Framework (5-25 Pages) (The concept behind your analysis and development of your research question: theories, theoretical relationships and empirical findings in the literature) Empirical/ Applied Part (5-25 Pages) Discussion (2-8 Pages) (based on the theoretical framework) Conclusion (1-3 Pages) For the organization of literature of your thesis, you must use Mendeley (ideally with the Word Add-In from Mendeley), see link: https://www.mendeley.com/download-mendeley-desktop/ and Chicago 16. It makes also sense to provide us with some more details about your academic track, so that we get a good understanding of your areas of interest and courses taken so far. If you completed the template, we are looking forward to meeting you for a discussion of your proposal. Please also have a look at the following documents: Writing Tips for Ph. D. Students The Elements of Style Recommendation Letter Policy: Please note my new recommendation letter policy: (1) I only issue recommendations if you attended at least two of my courses or if you attended one of my courses and you prepared the thesis under my supervision. One of the courses or the thesis must have been awarded with 6.0 and your average grade in all your courses should not be lower than 5.3. (2) I will only issue one recommendation letter for one program at a university abroad and I will send the recommendation letter only directly to the university per email, via web upload, or sealed letter.