Nature of the Study
â˜ Provide a brief discussion of the methodology and design to include a description of the data collection procedure and analysis. Do not include specific details regarding why the methodology and design were selected over others.
â˜ Cite the seminal works related to the selected methodology and design. Avoid references to general textbooks such as those by Creswell and Trochim.
â˜ Indicate why the selected research methodology and design are the best choices for the study by explaining how they align with the problem and purpose statements as well as the research questions. Do not simply list and describe various research methodologies and designs.
â˜ Devote approximately two pages to this section.
Significance of the Study
â˜ Describe why the study is important and how it can contribute to the field of study.
â˜ For applied studies, explain how the results might both be significant to leaders and practitioners in the field and contribute to the literature. For doctoral studies, explain how the results advance the guiding framework and contribute to the literature.
â˜ Describe the benefits of addressing the study problem, achieving the study purpose, and answering the research questions. Whereas the problem statement should articulate the negative consequences of not conducting the study, this section should highlight the positive consequences of completing the study.
â˜ Devote one page for the section.
Definitions of Key Terms
(The Motivations and Routes for Career Progression in Project Management)
â˜ Alphabetize and bold terms directly related to the dissertation topic and not commonly used or understood.
â˜ Paraphrase the definitions of the terms using complete sentences and provide a citation for each one.
â˜ Do not define theories, conceptual frameworks, statistical analyses, methodological terms, or the variables/constructs under examination.