Disseration IV – BUSI 990

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is the last step in the DBA program. Doctoral Candidates will defend their dissertation and finalize their dissertation manuscript for publication.

Prerequisite

BUSI 989

Rationale

BUSI 990, Dissertation IV, is the final step for DBA doctoral candidate to develop and complete the dissertation. It provides the opportunity for the student to defend the dissertation and publish the completed manuscript.

Mission/Vision/Philosophy

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. Defend the research study, edit the final manuscript, and publish the dissertation.
  2. Interpret biblical principles in relation to the research study.

Course Assignment

Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Professional Editing

Dissertation Publication