An overview of the assumptions, theories and processes of qualitative and quantitative contemporary applied business research methods, with an emphasis on blending them to investigate practice-anchored research problems.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Applied doctoral research projects often require the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods to ensure the reliability and validity of the results being presented. This course provides the student with an understanding and ability to explore the theoretical and practical application of various research methods and designs.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Distinguish between the different methods of research (Analysis, DBA PLO 1).
- Choose appropriate alternatives based upon research data (Evaluation, DBA PLO 2).
- Formulate a research plan (Evaluation, DBA PLO 3).
- Construct a Thematic Integration of Faith and Learning Paper which integrates course concepts with a biblical worldview (Synthesis, DBA PLO 4).
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, this course requires 5 distinct discussions. Please refer to the Discussion Assignment Instructions provided for each discussion.
Creating Problem Statements Assignment
At the end of the DBA program, the final product produced will result in either a case study or a consulting project. In order to complete this task effectively, one of the first steps is to write properly phrased problem statements. This exercise will allow for an initial practicing of developing a general problem statement and a specific problem statement.
Creating Research Questions Assignment
Based upon the research conducted for Creating Problem Statements Assignment, the student will create research questions for the problem identified.
Annotated Bibliography Assignment
The student will create an annotated bibliography using all of the resources they have used throughout the term. Please note that annotations are not merely summaries of the work; rather, the best annotations provide an evaluation of the work, and they also inform the researcher how that resource could be used for their research study.
The mini-proposal is similar to a concept paper that one would do for a dissertation/project proposal. The paper should include the following elements in order: general and specific problem statements, a research question (choose either quantitative or qualitative), a selected design, and an appropriate method.