Assignment Overview
In this assignment we will discuss the similarities and differences between Doctor of Philosophy program in Business Administration and the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) which is the program you are pursuing.

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Here you have an example adapted from Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2012) “Research Methods for Business Students” 6th edition, Pearson Education Limited.

Required Reading
Academic Writing at the Doctoral Level
Trident Writing Workshop (2016). Available in MyTLC under My Resources or at 
Writing Style Guide. Trident University International. Available in MyTLC under My Resources or at
Deegan, A. (2016). Graduate Writing Handbook. Trident University International. Available in MyTLC under My Resources or at
The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tips and Tools. Resources available at
Murray, N. (2008). Writing up your university assignments and research projects: A practical handbook Open University Press. Chapter 6: What are the different components of a research project?. Available at Trident Library.
Find an eBook or a Book Chapter in Trident’s Digital Library.
Applied Research
Banerjee, S. and Morley, C. (2013). Professional Doctorates in Management: Toward a Practice-Based Approach to Doctoral Education. Academy of Management Learning & Education. 12(2) 173-193. Available at
Preston, J. C. (2014). Online Doctoral Programs: Can They Produce the Business Scientists and Leaders Needed for the 21st Century?. International Journal of Leadership and Change, 2(1), Article 5. Available at
Optional Reading
How to Read Journal Articles
Cherry, K. (n.d.). How to read (and understand) a psychology journal article. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from
Literature Review
School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington (2013). How to recognize plagiarism. Retrieved from
Cornell University Library (2013). Distinguishing scholarly from non-scholarly periodicals: A checklist of criteria. Retrieved from
CQ University Library (2013). Evaluating books, journals, journal articles and websites. Retrieved from
Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries (2017). Evaluating information found on the Internet. Retrieved from
Cummings, S. R., Browner, W. S., & Hulley, S. B. (n.d.). Conceiving the research question. Retrieved from
Mongan-Rallis, H. (2014) Guidelines for writing a literature review. Retrieved from
University of North Carolina (2017). Literature Reviews. Retrieved from
The George Washington University (2007). Tools for Preparing Literature Reviews. Retrieved May 2014 from
Case Assignment
After reading the required background material and finding at least two other resources on your own, write a 5-7 page paper discussing the topic:
Applied Research in Business
In your paper, you should answer the following questions using your own evaluation and critical thinking.
Compare and contrast theoretical (fundamental) research and applied research.
Discuss in more detail the characteristics of Applied Research in the context of a D.B.A. program.
Assignment Expectations
Length: The written component of this assignment should be 5-7 pages long (double-spaced) without counting the cover page and reference page.
Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.
Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. We encourage you to use tools such as and proofread your paper before submission.
When you write my paper, make sure you do the following:
Answer the assignment questions directly.
Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
Use evidence from your readings to justify your conclusions.
Be sure to cite at least five credible resources.
Assignment-driven Criteria: Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.
Critical Thinking/Application to Professional Practice: Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem, and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.
Business Writing and Quality of References: Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant literature at the doctoral level.
Citing Sources: Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in text citations and the reference list.
Professionalism and Timeliness: Assignments are submitted on time.