The first research requirement is a dissertation proposal that creates a personal base of knowledge and scholarly skills. It consists of developing a research identity by identifying one’s research domain, defined in terms of a problem of practice, and joining with other scholars operating in the same domain; building a well-supported argument and working with academic literature, including that on management theory, to identify and digest concepts that inform one’s research proposal.
Written and Orla Comprehensive Examination
Students are required to take a comprehensive exam demonstrating adequate knowledge of the field's theories, research methods, and results. Upon passing the comprehensive exam, students are advanced to candidacy for the PhD degree.
The dissertation includes a detailed review of the topic, relevant research questions, methods of inquiry used, findings obtained, and their implications.