The aim of this unit of study introduces the topic of evidence based management to explore the links between research and professional practice. The unit highlights the core nature of the DBA as a professional doctorate and strengthens its relevance for industry transformation through evidence. The unit explores the twin challenges of leading the translation of management research to business practice along with those of conducting practice based research. At the conclusion of the unit, students will be in a position to use both evidence and their own leadership capability to influence the adoption of new knowledge to business practice.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply concepts of evidence based management and practice based research to a particular field of business research endeavor and critique as well as identify best practice examples of translating and linking business research to address industry needs;  
  2. Evaluate appropriate research undertaken in a selected field of interest to refine the knowledge of research principles and demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge in a selected field of interest;  
  3. Elucidate current research undertaken in the nominated field of interest, including trends, ranges of topics researched, methodologies used as a basis for scholarly independent work; and  
  4. Synthesise complex information and current research, including trends, ranges of topics researched, methodologies used and relevant literature in relation to contemporary Australian and international business practices in order to abstract creative ideas and solutions to wide ranging contemporary global business issues.  


The pass grade for this unit is 50%. However, progression to the thesis component would require a minimum 70% average across all coursework units.
Assessment type Description Grade
Report Written Risk Assessment on conducting, completing and translating your research. Written Business Plan to gain support for your research 3000 words 30%
Research Paper Written Literature Review Evidencing the Innovation and Significance in terms of policy practice, theory and empirical research.5000 words 40%
Portfolio Presentation Three Minute Thesis 3MT Reflection on Development Strategies 2000 words in total 30%
Total word equivalence is 10,000 words.

Required reading

The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management.
Rousseau, D.M. (Ed) 2012.
Oxford University Press. USA.

Leading with Character: Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles they Teach.
Sosik, J.J. 2015.
Information Age Publishing Inc.: Charlotte, North Carolina USA.

RECOMMENDED READING Texts Cooper, D. and Schindler, P. 2014, Business Research Methods, 12th Ed, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York. Tharenou, P. Donohue, R and Cooper, B. 2007, Management Research Methods, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

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