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Petra Liedl Dissertation Topics

Petra Liedl's current focus in teaching and research are sustainable transformation processes in an inter- and transdisciplinary environment. She has been dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of culture, climate, buildings, and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. As faculty co-advisor of the NexusHaus, she was supporting the UT/TUM's entry for U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 competition, where they won several awards. The goal was to design, develop and build a modular, prefabricated, affordable water and energy efficient accessory dwelling unit as a new housing product, ensuring the viability and compatibility of its integration into the existing infrastructure of the neighborhood.

Liedl has been Visiting Professor at Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany from 2016 to 2017 and Assistant Professor and Director of the Thermal Lab in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin from 2012 to 2017. She has been Fellow of the Insitute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at TUM since 2016 and member of the board of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) since 2017. Petra received her Dr.-Ing. in Architecture in 2011 from TUM and was awarded the Dr. Marschall-Award of the Faculty of Architecture for outstanding doctoral theses. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Liedl was a research associate at the Department of Building Climatology and Building Physics, TUM and received a Ph.D. grant from IGSSE at TUM from 2007 to 2011. She served a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship in the University of Texas at School of Architecture 2012-2013. 2005 to 2015 she has been founding member and member of the board of the non-profit association ClimateDesign. From 2008 to 2009 she was Associate in Neue Verantwortung, a foundation and think tank developing new socio-political ideas and practical solutions for Germany.

Interdisciplinary orientation and practical relevance is the basis for Petra Liedl`s work. She has extensive teaching and research experience. Petra has been developing user-friendly planning tools particularly for the conceptual stage of integrated planning projects in an international context. These tools allow architects and investors to follow the interaction between climate and building parameters and help them to evaluate their design with respect to comfort and energy in a fast and cost-effective way.


  • Study of Architecture, Diploma, TUM (2001)
  • Ph.D. scholarship, International Graduate School of Science and Engineering, TUM (2007-2011)
  • Dr.-Ing., TUM (2011), Summa cum laude


EnergyXChange. Austin and Munich: regional centers of sustainabel innovation. Beuth (2016)

Buildings to suit the Climate- A Handbook. Birkhäuser (2012)
Klimagerecht bauen- Ein Handbuch. Birkhäuser (2012)

ClimateDesign- Solutions for buildings that can do more with less technology. Birkhäuser (2006)
ClimaDesign-Lösungen für Gebäude die mit weniger Technik mehr können. Callwey (2005)

ClimaSkin-Konzepte für Gebäudehüllen, die mit weniger Energie mehr leisten. Callwey (2007)
ClimateSkin- Building-skin Concepts that Can Do More with Less Energy. Birkhäuser (2007)

Einführung in die Bauklimatik: Klima-und Energiekonzepte fur Gebäude. Ernst und Sohn (2003)

Organisational Behaviour Dissertation Topics

Organisational behaviour research deals with the actions, plans and programmes, either proactive or reactive, that a firm undertakes in order to achieve pre-defined objectives and accomplish its mission. Organisational behaviour is predominantly influenced by factors internal to the firm as well as the competitive dynamics in the sector in which it operates. Some suggestions for management dissertation topics on organisational behaviour are outlined below.

• Can Tesco replicate the momentum of its Fresh & Easy brand in the American market?
• How can Tesco maintain its dominant market position in the UK?
• What organisational actions does Morrisons need to pursue to increase its market share in the UK? An assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.
• How can Carphone Warehouse ensure a successful cooperation with its joint venture partner Best Buy in the European market?
• Can Ryanair retain its competitive advantage as a low-cost company following the completion of Brexit?
• How can Ryanair maintain its dominance in the European low-cost airline market?
• What organisational changes are needed for financial services firms to remain profitable?
• The case of Enron explained through stakeholder theory.
• How do a lack of business ethics and CSR impact societal welfare? The case of BP oil spill.
• Assessing the advantages and disadvantages of mergers and acquisitions: The case of RBS’s acquisition of ABN Amro.
• What are the key organisational actions needed by RBS to remain competitively advantageous in the UK market?
• How can Sainsbury’s compete successfully with Tesco in the food and non-food categories of its product portfolio?
• How can the ‘big 4’ UK supermarkets (i.e. Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s) effectively compete with discount supermarkets (e.g. Lidl, Aldi)?
• How can companies promote ethical behaviour and organisational citizenship behaviours? The influence of corporate ethical values.
• What are the organisational implications for Barclays Group of bringing in the foreign sovereign wealth funds as new equity stakeholders?
• How can easyJet continue to maintain its profitability and market share in the low-cost airline sector?
• How can easyJet organise the firm in order to be flexible in the increasingly dynamic low-cost airline sector?
• An evaluation of the impact of Brexit on international firms’ Human Resources.
• The impact of talent management, work-life balance and retention strategies in the hospitality industry.
• The impact of diversity and globalisation on international firms’ ability to foster commitment and performance in the workplace.
• Do organisational support and perceived organisational competence influence employees’ affective commitment?
• Evaluating the relationship between leadership style, job satisfaction and culture of the organisation
• Employee empowerment and internal marketing: How do they influence workplace performance?