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DBA Program: Writing Your Dissertation

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Researching and Writing the Dissertation

The Literature Review this LibGuide will help you:

  • Understand what a literature review is
  • Develop a framework 
  • Ask the right questions 
  • Organize the literature review
  • Avoid some common mistakes

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Academic Honesty

ACADEMIC HONOR CODE Values: Excellence, Respect, Integrity

Saint Leo University holds all students to the highest standards of honesty and personal integrity in every phase of their academic life. All students have a responsibility to uphold the Academic Honor Code by refraining from any form of academic misconduct, presenting only work that is genuinely their own, and reporting any observed instance of academic dishonesty to a faculty member.

Please consult the Academic Catalog for Academic Policies.

The Process:

The Process:

The doctoral candidate will be required to call upon the knowledge gathered throughout his or her preceding courses of doctoral studies to:

  • Prepare relevant research questions
  • Formulation of the foundational review of the existing literature
  • Propose his/her own research in a relevant field of study

Your dissertation proposal will consist of the first three Chapters of your dissertation. It will need to be approved. It will:

  • Display substantive knowledge in the field
  • Review the appropriate literature to provide the committee with accurate analysis and review of current theory and research in the field
  • Outline appropriate proposed qualitative and/or quantitative research techniques and statistical methods

Your completed dissertation will:

  • Consist of 5 Chapters
  • Be a written record of the research conducted for the dissertation, including the literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions
  • Be in keeping with guidance prescribed by the Institutional Review Board, University policy, School of Business policy, and the rules of ethics
  • Emphasize social responsibility, innovation, and accountability to foster a new form of leadership focused on creating vibrant and sustainable organizations