Dissertation I – BUSI 987

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is the first step for DBA Doctoral Candidates in the process of developing and completing their research study and dissertation. Doctoral Candidates will develop Section 1 which includes the Foundation of the Study to include a detailed Literature Review relevant to the proposed research study.


BUSI 700 and BUSI 710 and BUSI 730 and BUSI 740 and BUSI 750 and BUSI 755 and BUSI 760 and BUSI 770 and (BUSI 815 or BUSI 715) and (BUSI 820 or BUSI 720) and (BUSI 885 or BUSI 785)


BUSI 987, Dissertation I, is the first step for DBA doctoral candidates to develop and complete the dissertation. It provides a focused study of the problem, purpose, significance, theoretical framework, biblical integration, and important literature relevant to the proposed project.



The mission of the DBA program is to provide an opportunity for qualified students to attain academic, professional, and practical competence ‐‐ within the Christian Worldview ‐‐ which prepares students for opportunities, and corresponding additional responsibilities, beyond the master's degree level. The DBA program emphasizes practical and real‐world applications in both the course work and the major applied doctoral research project requirements.

The vision of the DBA program is to produce graduates intellectual and professional competencies in the following areas:

  • the ability to present and defend arguments based on theories, concepts and empirical evidence in matters relating to research methodology and research design as well as those relating to the business disciplinary domain in which the research is located;
  • the ability to demonstrate the capacity for reflective and analytical business thinking;
  • the ability to draw together relevant concepts and theories from different business disciplines in order to gain a better understanding of the organizational context in which particular problems or opportunities arise;
  • the ability to analyze problems and issues arising in business and management contexts, utilizing relevant theories, concepts, and empirical findings;
  • the ability to identify and analyze questions and issues in business; and
  • the ability to design, implement, and successfully conclude empirical research projects.

Each of the above will be considered in light of biblical principles, and be integrated within the Christian Worldview.

The DBA program philosophy supports both the program mission and vision, and is as follows. PhD programs in business focus intensively on preparing candidates for academic careers and to conduct highly specialized academic research, i.e., the development of new theory in business and other related business fields. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs focus on the application of theory rather than on the development of new theory. While also intended to prepare graduates for academic careers, the DBA, by virtue of its focus on application of theory, has more practical application in managerial settings than the PhD.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a clearly stated business problem to be addressed by the proposed research study.
  2. Determine the most appropriate research method and design for the proposed research study.
  3. Develop the conceptual or theoretical framework that informs the proposed research study and links it to the existing body of knowledge.
  4. Interpret biblical principles in relation to the proposed research study.

Course Assignment

Section 1 of the Dissertation

Students will complete section one of the dissertation, broken down into manageable milestones, following the guidelines set forth in the DBA Dissertation manual and template.

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