A Review of the Professional and Academic Literature
This is the section where you will report the literature regarding your theoretical/conceptual framework. The approach to this section may vary by the specific purpose. For example, if your study will be grounded in transformational leadership theory, you are examining or exploring your phenomenon through a leadership lens. You want to report on extant research that was grounded in transformational leadership theory. You would want to report on the literature that is as close to your topic/phenomenon as possible. In addition, you will want to include the literature for any key variables, if you are conducting a quantitative study. Consult Appendix A in the DBA Doctoral Study Rubric and Research Handbook for an outline with minimum requirements for a quantitative study. In addition, follow the guidance in the Literature Review section of the DBA rubric in the handbook.
Critical analysis and synthesis of the literature will be an important piece of the review. The review of the literature is not to be a regurgitation of what you have read. It is also not to teach about a topic; rather, it is to show your mastery of the research on your topic and provide a comprehensive up-to-date literature review of your topic. Start with an introductory section and then report the literature. This should be an exhaustive review of the literature using the chosen theoretical/conceptual framework and consist of the key and recent writings in the field. Repeat this approach if you are using more than one theory or conceptual framework. In addition, there must be a critical analysis and synthesis for each variable in quantitative studies.
This section summarizes Section 1 and the gives an overview of the next two sections. Do not introduce any new material in the summary.
Section 2: The Project
Provide a one or two paragraph introduction to Section 2. This introduction should provide a clear outline of the Project section.
Simply cut and paste the Purpose Statement from Section 1.