The unit has been designed with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality in the field of business studies. As the research component of the DBA, the unit has been developed for students who have successfully completed a year of research foundation studies in the coursework component of the DBA.
The unit requires the students to demonstrate an ability to identify and apply appropriate modes of analysis, evaluation and comparative critical frameworks to a chosen research plan, and to communicate their research findings in the form of a final thesis.
A satisfactory pass of the thesis by a panel of examiners forms the sole criteria for awarding the DBA.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Throughout, the student will demonstrate substantial progress through formal meetings with their supervisors, who will provide feedback, and through annual progress monitoring, a written formal progress report. On completion, the dissertation will be assessed by a panel of examiners.
The thesis should demonstrate deep engagement with research, the capacity to formulate and investigate complex problems in business, and the ability to clearly communicate research findings within a word length of between 45,000 and 60,000.
Materials for use in and out of supervision will be provided using VU Collaborate.
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.