The problem statement must include four specific components to include the (a) hook, (b) anchor, (c) general business problem, and (d) specific business problem. The Problem Statement is not to exceed 150 words. Use the Word Count feature in Microsoft Word (on the Review tab) to ensure your word count does not exceed the 150 maximum word requirement. More important, ensure the problem statement reflects a business problem; avoid rubric creep (i.e., when the problem statement does not reflect an applied business problem ). You must ensure you map to the rubric requirements. This is the most critical component of the doctoral study and will be highly scrutinized in the review process. Again, the problem statement is not to identify causes for the problem, solutions to the problem, or any other superfluous information. A well-written problem statement can be presented in four or five sentences. Please review the training video (see link below) developed by the DBA methodology team to aid in writing your problem statement. It will help add clarity and save you time. The Problem Statement Video Tutorial can be found at http://youtu.be/IYWzCYyrgpo.
DBA students are seeking a degree in business and must ensure the problem statement is business focused. It must not represent a problem that has a social, psychological, educational, or other discipline specific emphasis. A business problem is something that is a problem for a business from the perspective of the business managers or the industry’s leaders. Therefore, it is important to adopt a management perspective, and not that of social advocates. The perspective must be from the position of the managers and leaders of business who can address the problem.
To ascertain whether a problem addresses a business issue or has rubric creep/rubric drift, please consider the following:
· A key component for a business-related problem is that the specific business problem relates to a business process that organizational leaders need to address to effectively meet the organization’s mission.
· A business problem fits within a business critical success factor (CSF). Business leaders use business processes to function effectively to complete one or more CSF’s needed to carry out their business mission.
· A business problem is one that a business leader can solve.
The purpose statement must include the following components: (a) methodology, (b) design, (c) independent and dependent variables (for quantitative studies only), (d) specific population and justification for using the chosen population, (e) geographical location, and (f) the study’s potential for effecting social change. The purpose statement is not to exceed 200 words. Use the Word Count feature in Microsoft Word to ensure your word count does not exceed 200 words. The purpose statement is to be a concise statement and must not include detailed design information (e.g., sample size, data collection). Please be sure to map to the rubric. Review the purpose statement video at http://youtu.be/pLP4r0mfT9A to help prepare your Purpose Statement section.
The purpose statement consists of six elements:
1. Research methodology.
2. Research design.
3. Variables (quantitative study only).
4. Target population.
5. Geographical location.
6. Social change.
For more detail on these six elements and examples of qualitative and quantitative purpose statements, consult the DBA Doctoral Study Rubric and Research Handbook.