Welcome to the oikos Research Hub!
This is an online platform to share research on sustainability in economics, finance, and management among bachelor, master and PhD students worldwide.
Writing a thesis is an important milestone in our time as students. It is also a key element in our studies that we have significant influence on: choosing a thesis topic puts us in the driving seat in defining our own curricula! A growing number of students in economics, finance and management are making sustainability an integral pillar of their thesis. They are not only shaping their own research agenda, but are also providing important impulses and inspiration for others to move in that direction.
The oikos Research Hub is designed to support this dynamic by providing a platform to share finalized or ongoing research on sustainability in economics, finance and management, to explore what others are doing in the field – and to be informed, get involved and make a difference!
The oikos Research Hub provides information about theses on sustainability in economics, finance and management to students and other interested parties around the world. The most recent uploads are listed below. All theses are available in our “Publications” section.
Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Risk and Opportunity Analysis for Oil and Gas Companies, Investors and The Future Energy Sector – Lessons from the US
The present Masters (MEng) thesis aims to analyse both qualitatively and quantitatively, the risks and opportunities arising from shale gas development in the US. The thesis draws upon multiple studies in order to identify the most prominent shale development impacts and most pressing risks. Through the literature review and Scopus database analysis, the thesis illustrates both the exponential rise in shale gas related research in the past few years and the fact that academic research has yet to catch up with the numerous challenges this industry poses. Next, risks are quantified at the company level, regional level and US wide level. A case study on shale gas development in Pennsylvania (PA) is illustrated through production, wastewater and shale... »
Sustainability Knowledge Management in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Investigating the Effects of Sustainability Management Tools
This PhD thesis examines the connections between sustainability knowledge management (SKM) and sustainability management tools in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). While previous literature has established that knowledge is essential for the application of sustainability management tools, the effects of such tools on knowledge management are under-researched in the sustainability context. Drawing on multiple academic papers and utilizing various research methods, including a systematic literature review, several quantitative surveys and a multiple case study approach, the thesis systematically examines how such tools can facilitate the identification, acquisition, conversion, application and retention of sustainability knowledge, and potentially lead to the improvement of SKM effectiveness in SMEs. Furthermore, it examines how support functions for sustainability management tools and SKM correspond... »
Conceptual analysis of the international logistics of Daimler Trucks under the assumption of a 2° target policy
At the example of Daimler Trucks, this thesis aims at raising awareness for highly possible changes in the business environment of every major company that uses sophisticated logistic networks in order to enhance competitive advantage. Excessive emissions of GHGs, especially CO2 trigger these developments and are at the center of the thesis at hand. Part one will comprise the whole theoretical background by first introducing strong arguments of avoiding a temperature rise above 2°C. Afterwards, the importance of identifying GHG externalities as an economic parameter is emphasized and thus, government regulation of emissions is justified. Thereafter, the thesis will focus on the freight transport sector, which will be hit especially hard by respective government regulation. Freight demand and... »
In this research we evaluate the environmental economic impact of shipping from the perspective of CO2 emissions by implementing Marine Emission Trading Scheme (METS), as defined. This trading scheme is based on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) program with adjustments for the shipping industry’s needs. First, we evaluate the socio-economic cost of carbon emissions from seaborne trade activity per borne ton and per consumed ton fuel in both Business as Usual (BAU) and METS state. Then we continue to evaluate the relative socio-economic effect with regional segmentation, transportation mode, and the expected effect on the shipping industry from both the economic and environmental perspective. The METS economic model is calibrated with the Fuel Consumption data (FC), forecasted... »
Investments are the key driving forces for the progress of our society. A new trend is being developed with impact investments, ensuring the societal value creation of the financial capital invested. Within this context, this paper introduces and critically characterizes a new product called Social Impact Bond (SIB). Reviewing the mechanism in the first part, the research raises the question about further practical implementation and benefits of this financial mechanism in the centre of continental Europe, specifically in Switzerland. This feasibility study raises the questions if (1) an interest for such mechanism exists in Geneva and (2) if a launch in 2015 could be taken into consideration. Examining the question in depth with a SIB expert, a local... »
All theses are available in our “Publications” section
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