CMP9400B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination-Business

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Question:

Q 1: Theory

The role of theories is crucial in organizing research, making sense of it, and guiding it.

Although theory-building and theory testing are extremely important in your field of project management, there is not a common definition of what a theoretical concept is.

Your dissertation must contribute theory. You must be familiar with the various theories and types of theories and understand how they work.

Part 1

Discuss the scholarly views of theory using Gelso (2006) and Harlow (2009).

Compare at least three perspectives of what constitutes theory, including the one you will use for Part 3.

You must distinguish theory from other concepts such as paradigm, model, hypothesis, and concept.

Part 2

Ellis & Levy (2008), Harlow E. (2009) and five other peer-reviewed articles will be used to review the scholarly literature about the relationship between theory, research, and the contributions that research can make to theory.

At least three ways that research can help to develop theory are discussed.

Part 3

Choose a theory (in the view of what constitutes theory you identified in Part 1) that is of current interest to your dissertation topic.

If there have been articles on the theory in the last five years, it is considered current interest.

Use at least 10 peer-reviewed, published research articles.

Describe how the theory can help us understand your research topic and/or project management field.

Analyse and discuss the literature in relation to two areas of controversy, or unanswered questions.

Q2: Practical Application

Your dissertation research should contribute to theory.

Your dissertation research must contribute to theory.

It is certain that your dissertation topic has a practical application.

Part 1

Discuss the relationship between theory, application or practice by referring to at least five peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly books.

What can a theory do to guide or inform practice

How can theory be translated into practice?

Keep in mind the different theories you have discussed in Question 1.

Part 2

Referring to at least five peer reviewed journal articles, describe in detail a theory of current relevance in your area.

If there have been articles on the theory in the last five years, it is considered current interest.

This theory could be different from the one you studied in Part 1 of Question 1.

Please describe a current view of this theory. This does not include the founder’s view.

Your answer shouldn’t exceed three pages.

Part 3

Identify at most five articles published in the past 5 years that discuss how the theory discussed in Part 2 was actually applied.

Draw on Part 1 to explain what you mean when you say that a theory is applied to a real problem or situation.

Critically assess the suitability of the theory’s application.

Consider this: Does the theory and its scope are understood clearly?

Are the applications “expanding” the theories?

Does the reasoning connecting theory and application sound solid?

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