Draft Doctoral Study Proposal

Draft Doctoral Study Proposal

Order Description

Prepare a 3 page double-spaced paper in APA format. The paper should have ?1? margins all around, 12 point font, Times New Roman, pages numbered in upper right corner,

running head and proper citations within the body of paper in APA format. The paper should include a cover page and reference page in APA format which is not include

in the page count. This is a DBA in Business Administration course. The title of the course is Qualitative and Case Study Research for Business Analysis. Please write

this paper as if it is your own assignment. The paper has to be scholarly written. This assignment will be submitted to turnitin. Please do not use information from

another paper. Please use peer-reviewed references no older than 5 years old. Please us at least 6 of the references below. The assignment is due by March 27, 2015 by

3PM EST. Please do not copy and paste from another paper. Please paraphrase more. I will upload the rubrics.

Course Description

The D.B.A. capstone project requires that students know how to collect, organize, and interpret data. In this course, students broaden their research and general

analysis skills as they further explore methodology and project types to incorporate into their doctoral study. Students engage in coursework focusing on qualitative

and case study research methods, through which they learn to focus their analysis on efforts to improve the quality of an organization and its performance. Students

examine techniques for thinking in an action-oriented manner, as if they were consultants, so that they can apply their own doctoral study in the real world. Finally,

students engage in an iterative process of writing a proposal, incorporating feedback from peers and the course instructor. Ultimately, the proposal is offered by

students as a document for review for consideration by potential mentors for their doctoral study.

Focusing Your Qualitative Study and Collecting Data

One factor in the success of your doctoral study will be reflected in your ability to present a coherent and well-written argument. You have already begun framing your

argument by developing and refining your business problem statement and establishing and aggregating resources to support your argument; however, it can be challenging

to demonstrate critical thought through writing?even for the most experienced business writer.

This week, you will refine your business problem statement and have the opportunity to apply lessons learned and hone your scholarly writing skills by using the

Available Faculty for Chair/Committees matrix and drafting and submitting your Prospectus/Chair Request Form. You will also compose an initial draft of your own

Doctoral Study Proposal.

Please complete the DBA Prospectus Chair Request form using information from the Available Faculty for mentors and Committees. Email it to

DBAProspectusChairSelection@waldenu.edu with a copy to somdocadvising@waldenu.edu. Use the Available Faculty for Mentors and Committees list to request three choices

to serve as your Chair. Note: those Faculty in the list that are shaded gray are NOT available at this time.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this week, you will be able to:
Refine your business problem statement
Submit the prospectus/chair request form
Compose an initial draft of your Doctoral Study Proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, background, central research question, and

conceptual/theoretical framework

Application 4: Draft Doctoral Study Proposal- Background, Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, Research Question, Theoretical/Conceptual Framework, Significance of

the Study, minimum of 10 references in correct APA format

This assignment is worth 30 points.

This assignment will prepare you for presenting your doctoral study proposal in week 8. In addition, you will submit a DBA Prospectus Chair Request form this week;

this assignment will provide you with the preponderance of the information required to complete the form. The DBA Chair Request form is a key document used to match

you with the appropriate chair and aid ensuring you have a viable business problem and not one of a social, educational, or other non-business discipline.

Be sure to use the mandatory ?Week 4 Application Assignment Template Rubric? file for this assignment (located in the Rubrics tab). The template/rubric contains

helpful notes which you will remove and insert your content. The scoring rubric is directly below the application content area. You will submit the entire document;

application assignment and rubric. Your instructor will enter your score in the rubric. You will be able to map your score for each application criterion directly to

the application. Your instructor is required to give you embedded feedback for any criteria where you did not receive full credit!

Please contact your instructor regarding ?any? criteria area where you were deducted points and there was no embedded feedback for that area in the application

assignment portion of the graded document.

This final draft must include the following main elements (use template to ensure you are in compliance):

Problem Statement
Purpose Statement
Central Research Question
Theoretical/Conceptual Framework
Significance of the Study
Minimum of 10 peer-reviewed references

Using the doctoral study rubric, Week 4 Application Assignment Template/Rubric (located in the ?Rubrics? tab), Problem Statement, Purpose Statement and

Theoretical/Conceptual Framework video tutorials (located in the course Webliography), write a draft of your own proposal and submit to the assignment area.

It is strongly recommended you review the Week 4 Application Rubric (located at the bottom of the week 4 assignment template) prior to starting the assignment.

Reviewing the rubric requirements will aid you in understanding the content and grading requirements for this assignment.

Note: You must have at least 10 peer-reviewed references listed in proper APA format.
Your paper and reference pages should be in accordance with APA 6th Edition guidelines.

Course Materials

Required Readings

Course Texts

Creswell, J. W. (2013). Qualitative inquiry & research design: Choosing among five approaches (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yin, R. K. (2014). Case study research: Design and methods (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

American Psychological Association, (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

(Note: You should have received this reference text for a previous course. The APA Publication Manual will be used as a resource throughout this program.)


(Unless otherwise noted, from the Walden Library online databases)

Ryan, G. W., & Bernard, H. R. (2003). Techniques to identify themes, Field Methods, 15(1), 85?109. Retrieved from Sage Journals database.

Quisenberry, W. L. (2011). Common characteristics and attributes of self-managed virtual teams (Doctoral Study). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses



(Note: All document handouts are either provided via a link in the weekly learning resources, or located under Doc Sharing in the online classroom.

The following DBA Program documents are located on the Walden University Center for Research Support website, https://researchcenter.waldenu.edu/:

Chair Process Overview

Chair Request Form

DBA Prospectus Form

Doctoral Study Rubric

Research Ethics Review Application (IRB Application)

Completing Your Small-Scale Qualitative Research Project (Interview) for This Course

How to Record With Audacity

Preparing a Good Qualitative Study Within the Walden DBA Context and FAQ

Research Design Considerations Flowchart and


Small-Scale Qualitative Research Project: Interview Guide Template

The Doctoral Student-Doctoral Study Chair Relationship


Week 4: Focusing Your Qualitative Study and Collecting Data

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s video

resources, please use the streaming media player below.


Laureate Education (Producer). (2012). Literature reviews [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes.

This program explores the purpose of a literature review and points out common errors to avoid when undertaking a literature review.


Course Texts

Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches

Chapter 8, “Data Analysis and Representation”
This chapter describes the data analysis strategies used in qualitative research and then provides information on how to represent that data.

Case Study Research: Design and Methods
Chapter 5, “Analyzing Case Study Evidence: How to Start Your Analysis, Your Analytic Choices, and How They Work”

Knowing how to analyze a case study can help you while doing your research. This chapter illustrates several ways to do this.

American Psychological Association, (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

(Note: You should have received this reference text for a previous course. The APA Publication Manual will be used as a resource throughout this program.)


Ryan, G. W., & Bernard, H. R. (2003). Techniques to identify themes. Field Methods, 15(1), 85?109.
Retrieved from Sage Journals database.
This article provides information on coding data from qualitative interviews.


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