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Supervisor Seminar related topics/ Sample topics of dissertation
dr hab. Monika Klimontowicz, prof. UE
Department of Banking and Financial Markets    

Seminar related topics:
Contemporary banking; Commercial banks’ innovativeness; New technologies in banking; Banking innovations – implementation, adoption, acceptance; Banks’ business models; Commercial banks’ market strategies; Competitiveness on banking markets; Banking sector in Poland and Europe; Market activity of nonbank entities (e.g. FinTechy, BigTech, PayTech)

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Banks’ business models
2. The bank’s reputation and its impact on market performance
3. Banks’ marketing strategies
4. Crowdfunding as SMEs alternative source of funding
5. The importance of innovative payments for retail payment market development
6. Customers’ preferences in e-banking
7. New technology adoption in payment transactions
8. Innovations as a determinant of customers’ financial decisions
9. Digitalisation in banking  

dr Krystyna Mitręga-Niestrój
Department of Banking and Financial Markets   

Seminar related topics: 
• Global finance and global economy – contemporary problems and challenges.
• Functioning of the international financial system - financial institutions and financial markets – different aspects.
• Drivers of change in global financial system – technology, regulations, demography, politics, globalisation/deglobalisations, financialisation, capital flows.
• Financial crises and financial stability.
• International corporate finance. Currency risk – hedging – instruments. Financial analysis of a company.
• Multinational corporations and global financial system – relations, problems.
• Money laundering. Financial crime.
• Other problems/topics – are also possible.

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. World gold market during the Covid-19 pandemic.
2. The economic crisis in Venezuela – analysis of situation from 1999 to the present times.
3. Brexit – analysis of the effects of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.
4. Assessment of the financial situation of Starbucks Coffee Company in the years 2017-2019.
5. Financial analysis of Netflix, Inc.
6. Islamic banking and its institutions – the case of Saudi Arabia.
7. Modern distribution channels of banking services – mobile banking in the offer of selected banks.
8. Tax havens and their use by multinational companies – the case of Nike and Apple.
9. Franchising as a mode of doing business – the case of Żabka chain stores.
10. Motives and effects of mergers and acquisitions. The case of Reebok acquisition by Adidas. 

dr hab. Bożena Frączek, prof. UE
Department of Banking and Financial Markets   

Seminar related topics:
Personal finance management; Financial Education; Financial Inclusion; Financial Analysis of Enterprises; Elements of Behavioral Finance; Savings and Investment (capital markets, traditional and innovative financial instruments).  

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Savings/Investments of households (taking into account the impact of Covid-19, Russian invasion of Ukraine, inflation, etc.)
2. Borrowing money in households (e.g. problem of debt spiral, bankruptcy of household)
3. Financial Pyramids
4. Analysis of chosen behavioral bisases
5 Analysis of chosen investment instrument(s)/strategy(ies) in chosesn period of time
6. Alternative investments (selected instrument (s)/asset(s)/strategy(ies))
7. Elements of financial analysis (efficiency, liquidity etc. or full analysis) on the base of selected enterprise(s) 

dr hab. Joanna Błach, prof. UE
Department of Corporate Finance and Insurance

Seminar related topics:
Corporate finance: Capital structure decisions; Dividend policy; Working capital management; Financial analysis; Innovations in corporate financial strategy; Sustainable goals in the corporate financial strategy; sustainable reporting; risk management & risk reporting; investor relations & corporate governance; financial markets & instruments; alternative investments

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Assessment of the financial situation of company x
2. Financial liquidity management on the example of company XXX
3. Income tax optimization
4. Fundamental analysis as a tool of investment decisions in the stock market
5. Performance of alternative investments on the example of cryptocurrencies
6. Risk management and risk reporting on the example of company XXX
7. The role of corporate governance in financial management
8. Innovations in the payment instruments
9. Green bonds as a financing instrument
10. Crowdfunding as a new way of financing

dr hab. Monika Wieczorek-Kosmala, prof. UE  
Department of Corporate Finance and Insurance  

Seminar related topics: 
Climate risk, risk management, Corporate finance  

Sample topics of dissertation: 
1. Risk Management and firm performance
2. Management of financial liquidity

dr hab. Anna Doś
Department of Corporate Finance and Insurance

Seminar related topics:
Corporate finance
Corporate governance
Sustainable finance
ESG in financial market
Ethics in finance   

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Networking for building financial knowledge among SMEs in Silesian voivodeship
2. Artificial intelligence as a tool necessary to develop ESG ratings
3. Performance budgeting in social welfare centers: developing and implementing of performance indices
4. Social responsibility in healthcare industry - survey results.
5. Sources of competitive advantage in extraction industry.
6. Financial management in family businesses.
7. Corporate governance in insurance companies.
8. Conflicts of interest in investigative audit.
9. Crowdfunding for social projects.
10. Alternative investment as an element of wealth management.  

dr Jolanta Gałuszka
Department of Public Finance

Seminar related topics:
Tax law in the national and international dimension:
- the taxation aspect of natural persons who do not conduct business activity
- the aspect of taxation of persons conducting business activity subject to personal income tax, taxation of legal persons.
- international aspects of taxation of natural persons performing work under an employment contract, mandate, or managerial contracts.
- Tax aspects of doing business outside the country.
- Globalization of doing business
- Crypto currency- tax aspects in business and privet life
- Local taxes.

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Taxation of economic activity of natural persons
2. Simplified forms of business taxation
3. International relations of business entities - withhold tax, withholding tax.
4. E-commerce as a modern form of business activity - tax aspect
5. Organizational and legal forms of business entities - tax and legal consequences
6. Transformation of the organizational and legal form of business activity - tax consequences
7. Contribution to business activity - tax consequences
8. Organized part of the enterprise - the essence and tax consequences
9. Forms and methods of building a tax strategy
10. Globalization of tax strategy - myths vs reality
11. Business abroad versus tax and legal restrictions B2B as a modern form of employment - disadvantages, benefits
12. The potential of economic development in changing the forms of employing employees - the tax aspect International initiatives against building aggressive tax strategies  

dr Anna Kuzior
Department of Accounting

Seminar related topics:
1. Polish and international financial reporting standards
2. Financial accounting
3. Measurement and recognition of assets and liabilities. Accounting policies choices 
4. Analysis of financial statements
5. Small and Medium - sized entities and their tax and accounting books
6. Cost accounting

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Depreciation of fixed assets in a concept of accounting and taxation, on the example of manufacturing and trading company Lena Lighting inc.
2. Tangible assets – measurement, presentation and disclosures based on selected financial statements of listed companies
3. Financial investments based on companies from the fuel sector listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
4. Influence of accounting policy on financial results of a company on the basis of selected companies from the Warsaw Stock Exchange
5. Different lease accounting standards and their impact on financial statements
6. Financial accounting and reporting of agricultural company
7. The activity of an accounting office based on example of commercial law company
8. The border between creative and aggressive accounting in a case of domestic and foreign companies
9. An analysis of the liquidity risk in the aviation industry based on example of ‘Boeing’ and ‘Airbus’
10. Evaluation of financial position of the “Nestlé” company based on financial statements
11. Labour costs in Poland on the example of accounting office LCC
12. Reflecting the environmental issues of the company's performance in the financial reports 

dr hab. Ewa Maruszewska, prof. UE
Department of Business Informatics and International Accounting  

Seminar related topics: 
financial reporting and analysis, accounting ethics, cost & management accounting, tax issues in accounting  

Sample topics of dissertation: 
1. Critical analysis of accounting policy in the scope of.... (e.g., long-term assets, provisions, incomes & expenses)
2. Application of budgetary control mechanisms in
3. Assessing book-keeping practices of tangibles/intangibles/.... - an example of XXX entity
4. Awareness of confidence among young accountants
5. Determinants of outsourcing bookkeeping among small and medium enterprises
6. Effect of ethics on preparers of financial statements
7. Evaluation of liquidity of entities entering public market. Comparison of before-after going public.
8. Business combinations accounting - present practice and future challenges   

dr Rafał Buła
Department of Investment  

Seminar related topics: 
1. Technical, fundamental and portfolio analysis in making investment decisions.
2. Financial modelling using MS Excel and VBA.
3. Efficiency of financial markets.
4. Construction and effectiveness evaluation of investment strategies.
5. Business valuation.
6. Assessment of the effectiveness of real and financial investments.
7. Investment and financial activities of enterprises.   

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Financial analysis of CD Projekt as a speculative bubble
2. Banking sector during the global financial crisis: risk assessment failures and changing strategies
3. Profitability analysis of diversified stock portfolio based on Price/Earnings ratio
4. Investing in art on the Polish and world market as an example of alternative investments
5. Effectiveness assessment of investment strategies based on technical analysis (example of companies from the WIG.GAMES and WIG-Banki indices)
6. Company valuation using comparative and income methods - example of Dino Polska Capital Group
7. Investigation of the propensity to invest among students of the University of Economics in Katowice
8. The role of a real estate broker
9. The impact of nominal and real interest rates on the rates of return of stock exchange indices and selected commodities  

dr hab. Monika Foltyn-Zarychta, prof. UE
Department of Investment  

Seminar related topics: 
1. Investment activities
 Enterprise, local authority & government investments: growth dynamics and structure of investments – mezzo- and macro- level

2. Capital investments evaluation
Financial methods of appraisal
Social appraisal: Cost-Benefit Analysis and non-market goods valuation

3. Financial investments evaluation
Socially responsible investing – trends and evaluation
Fundamental analysis of financial investments, enterprise valuation
Technical analysis of financial investments

4. Investment risk 
Sources of investment risk and uncertainty
Investment risk evaluation methods and risk management

5. Financing of investments
Management of sources of financing, cost of capital of investment projects
Growth dynamics and structure of sources of capital for investment activities – mezzo- and macro- level   

Sample topics of dissertation: 
1. Investment activity of local authorities in selected years
2. Directions of public investments
3. Investing activities of companies on an example of …
4. Infrastructural investments in Poland
5. Investment project appraisal on an example of …
6. Comparison of selected methods of investments evaluation
7. Cost-Benefit Analysis of …
8. Sources of financing for the investment activity of the enterprise / local authority on an example of …
9. Fundamental analysis of selected companies
10. Valuation of a company on an example of …
11. Technical analysis application for building an investment strategy
12. Socially responsible investing in …  

dr hab. Ewa Dziwok, prof. UE
Department of Applied Mathematics  

Seminar related topics: 
portfolio analysis, risk measurement and management, monetary policy, fixed income instruments, derivatives, green finance, alternative investment

Sample topics of dissertation:   
1. Greening the markets - new green asset and it role in finance
2. ESG investment - environmental aspects of investment
3. Fixed income asset management
4. Alternative investments and their role  

SupervisorSeminar related topics/ Sample topics of dissertation
dr hab. Joanna Błach, prof. UE
Department of Corporate Finance and Insurance

Seminar related topics:
corporate financial strategy; financial analysis; financing decisons; financial management; risk management and risk reporting; dividend policy; corporate governance and investor relations;financial markets and financial instruments; financial innovation

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Crowdfunding as a source of finance for SMEs;
2. Financial liquidity assessment and management;
3. Currency risk management in a company;
4. Dividend policy and its impact on corporate value;
5. CSR activities and reporting in a company;
6. Application of fundamental analysis in the stock market;
7. Investment strategy of hedge funds

dr hab. Andrzej Piosik, prof. UE
Department of Accounting

Seminar related topics:
1. Cost accounting systems, Methods and instruments of management accounting; Financial analysis; Financial reporting; Earnings management Cost accounting systems - identifying product costs, cost allocation, variable costing, activity-based costing, life-cycle costing, target costing;
2. Methods and instruments of management accounting (variable and fixed costs,standard costing, CVP analysis, budgeting, budgetary control, measuring and managing performance, capital budgeting, decision trees);
3. Financial Analysis;
4. Financial reporting (according to Polish standards and IFRS, valuation of assets and liabilities, consolidated financial statements, intangible assets, revenue recognition, financial liabilities, financial assets, deferred income tax, statement of comprehensive income, cash-flow statement, non-current tangible assets, provisions);
5. Accounting policy, accounting and real earnings management - determinants and instruments of earnings management, income smoothing.

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Mergers and acquisitions in CEE area;
2. Liquidity and profitability relationship analysis – case of WSE automotive industry

dr hab. Monika Wieczorek-Kosmala, prof. UE
Department of Corporate Finance and Insurance

Seminar related topics:
COVID-19 impacts in economic and financial dimensions; Corporate finance: (capital structure, sources of funds, liquidity & cash management, bankruptcy threat, operating risk, financial risk); Risk management (risk reporting, ERM, risk analysis, methods of risk management, insurance); Corporate governance corporate financial strategy; financial analysis; financing decisons; financial management; risk management and risk reporting; dividend policy; corporate governance

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. COVID-19: impact on SMEs performance;
2. Implementation of Enterprise Risk Management in Poland;
3. Environmental risk reporting in Poland;
4. Lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion – a risk management approach;
5. Crowdfunding as a source of financing innovative ventures;
6. Money laundering in Poland;
7. The architecture and implementation of Solvency II Regime;
8. Risk reporting in banking sector.

dr hab. Wojciech Dyduch
Department of Entrepreneurship 

Seminar related topics:
1. Strategic management, strategic analysis, strategy formulation and implementation
2. Corporate entrepreneurship, measuring entrepreneurship, innovativeness.
3. Creativity in organizations, creative strategies.
4. Firm performance, effectiveness-related topics.
5. Intangible assets measurement; social, organizational, intellectual capital.
6. Value creation and value capture.
7. Survival factors in companies under COVID-19 crisis.     

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. Modern forms of organizing in relation to the development of world-class e-commerce. The analysis of the WeChat application in China (Dissertation awarded 1st place in the IB dissertation contest).
2. The influence of strategy based on organizational creativity on value creation.
3. Measuring the level of entrepreneurship in start-ups.
4. Implementing the international strategy in the export company.
5. Value creation and value capture on international markets: The example of innovative companies networking in the consumer electronics sector.
6. Opportunity identification on international markets.
7. Stimulating creativity and firm performance: The case of white goods producer.
8. The level of entrepreneurial management in the company.
9. Talent management by stimulating creativity in organizations.
10. Reputation management in international family companies. 

dr hab. Monika Klimontowicz, prof. UE
Department of Banking and Financial Markets

Seminar related topics:
1. Polish banking sector
2. European banking sector
3. Financial institutions’ management
4. Credit institutions’ management
5. Competitiveness on banking market
6. Competitive strategies on banking market
7. Banks’ marketing
8. Banking products and services
9. Financial institutions’ marketing
10. Banks and financial institutions’ business models
11. Consumer financial decisions and behavior
12. New technology implementation on banking market
13. Payment innovations
14. Retail payment market development 

Sample topics of dissertation:
1. The role of banks in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Poland
2. Mortgage loans as a source of a real estate purchase
3. The importance of payment innovations (technology) for the development of cashless transactions
4. The deposit guarantee system in Poland and the EU
5. Money laundering
6. Importance of bank reputation for a market value
7. Banks' marketing strategies
8. Promotion of banking services as an element of the bank's market strategy
9. Credit risk management in commercial banks
10. Preferences of banking users in Poland

dr hab. Iwona Pawlas, prof. UE
Department of International Economic Relations   
Seminar related topics:
Implementation of selected EU policies
International trade relations
FDI in the world economy
Internationalization of companies     

Sample topics of dissertation: 
1. Poland (country X) as a beneficiary of EU policy of Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
2. Cohesion Fund as an instrument stimulating transport infrastructure development in Poland (in country X)
3. Cohesion Fund as an instrument stimulating environmental protection in Poland (in country X)
4. Trade relations between Poland and the EU (between country X and Y)
5. The importance of the inflow of foreign capital in the form of direct investment for the development of automotive industry (Y industry) in Poland (in country X)
6. Internationalization of Polish enterprises of food industry (automotive industry / metallurgical industry)