Comparison of Dissertation and Research Project
A dissertation should:
- Summarize and integrate pertinent research and theory in its topic area. Review of related research should concentrate on work that has been published in the past five years.
- Make a contribution to knowledge in the topic area. For example, this can be done by: conceptualizing an issue or problem in a novel and useful manner; collecting new data through quantitative or qualitative research; demonstrating the applicability of a new method or treatment; synthesizing and interpreting existing data to gain new insights; or expanding the application of a theory or previous conclusions to a new area.
- Show how a topic area is illuminated, expanded, or changed by the development of a new perspective.
A research project should:
- Embody a comprehensive instructional approach in which applied research interacts with real work business challenges.
- Demonstrate how grounded scholarly content is supportive of practitioner-researcher development. For example, this can be done by: extending the application of an existing process or theory; developing new applications for existing business theory; proposing counter arguments to existing theories or principles; or developing and demonstrating how improvements and cost-effectiveness can be integrated into existing business methods and procedures.
- Illustrate how exposure to applied research principles and techniques prepares business professionals to adapt and apply the skills of applied research in their profession.