A thesis focused on development is based on a concrete existing task, for which you are looking for a solution during your thesis process. The purpose of the thesis is to develop, implement, and evaluate new products, services and practices.
A thesis focused on development usually involves an activity-based element based on working life, resulting in output. The output can be a concrete product, instructions, a packaged service, a sector-specific plan, an R&D or planning project, an event, a publication or multimedia product, a concept, or modelling.
A thesis focused on development often has an external commissioner (partner), but it may also concern your own company or business idea.
The written report of a thesis focused on development describes the knowledge base and presents the output. In the report, you must describe the activity-based element, i.e. the phases leading to the development of the output, consistently following the phases of the project or development process, for example. The justifications for the choices related to the content and implementation of the output are described in connection with the development process.
A thesis focused on development requires a research problem or question related to the theme and the use of appropriate research or development methodology. Several data collection methods can be used, including literature, manuals, workshops, interviews, or observations.
The report must present the evaluation of the output relative to the knowledge base. An activity-based thesis can also be started by processing the output(s), followed by the compilation of the knowledge base. In some situations, both can be processed at the same time.
An example of a development-focused thesis process: