D.B.A. Program Structure and Resources Case

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In this assignment we will discuss the similarities and differences between Doctor of Philosophy program in Business Administration and the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) which is the program you are pursuing.

In order to complete this assignment review this video on comparing and contrasting.

Here you have an example adapted from Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2012) “Research Methods for Business Students” 6th edition, Pearson Education Limited.

Fundamental/Theoretical research Applied research
Purpose
  • Expand knowledge of phenomena related to business and management.
  • Results in universal principles relating to the process and its relationship to outcomes.
  • Findings of significance and value to society in general.
  • Improve understanding of particular business or management problem.
  • Results in solution to problem.
  • New knowledge limited to problem.
  • Findings of practical relevance and value to manager(s) in organization(s).
Context
  • Undertaken by people based in universities.
  • Choice of topic and objectives determined by the researcher.
  • Flexible time scales.
  • Undertaken by people based in a variety of settings including organizations and universities.
  • Objectives negotiated with originator.
  • Tight time scales.

Sample table: Differences between fundamental and applied research

Case Assignment

After reading the required background material and finding at least two other resources on your own, write a 5-7 page paper discussing the topic:

Applied Research in Business

In your paper, you should answer the following questions using your own evaluation and critical thinking.

  1. Compare and contrast theoretical (fundamental) research and applied research.
  2. Discuss in more detail the characteristics of Applied Research in the context of a D.B.A. program.

Assignment Expectations

Length: The written component of this assignment should be 5-7 pages long (double-spaced) without counting the cover page and reference page.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. We encourage you to use tools such as grammarly.com and proofread your paper before submission.

When you write your paper, make sure you do the following:

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Use evidence from your readings to justify your conclusions.
  • Be sure to cite at least five credible resources.
  • Make sure to reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  1. Assignment-driven Criteria: Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.
  2. Critical Thinking/Application to Professional Practice: Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem, and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.
  3. Business Writing and Quality of References: Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant literature at the doctoral level.
  4. Citing Sources: Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in text citations and the reference list.
  5. Professionalism and Timeliness: Assignments are submitted on time.
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