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RSM IBA/BA Bachelor Thesis 2013

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We, BA and IBA students graduating in 2013 from Rotterdam School of Management, question the general design and procedures of this year's Bachelor thesis at RSM and request programme management to enter into a confidential discussion with our representatives. Our issues are the following: 1) We are being forced to utilise a radically new type of statistics for our research, which has not been accepted as standard practice in academics nor business yet. Therefore, we question the practical relevance for graduating BA/IBA students in the near future, either in managerial research or academic research (e.g. Master thesis). 2) We notice how our coordinator of the Bachelor thesis, dr. Tony Hak, stands alone among his peers in his – allegedly recently acquired – devotion towards the new statistics. To add to that, various professors have already shown to reject his views on statistics and have expressed their doubts regarding the usefulness of the new statistics across different disciplines of science (e.g. psychology, marketing, finance, or accounting). Therefore, we fear our Bachelor thesis is being used for his personal cause, rather than developing competencies relevant after our graduation. 3) We have understood how under current procedures, little room exists for quality discrimination via the use of grades. Apparently, the 7.50 average grade within the research topics is being held onto very strictly indeed, possibly resulting in a lack of fairness if thesis quality among different research topics varies or when a number of groups within one research topic have to be downgraded in order to achieve the 7.50 average grade. Since the Bachelor thesis marks the finalisation of our IBA/BA-programme here at the Rotterdam School of Management, we request programme management to take this matter seriously and to enter into a confidential discussion with our representatives.

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