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DBA Degree

DBA Proposal Outline

Nelson Mandela University Business School's Research Office will only assess proposals that meet the below requirements:

  1. The cover page must include your name and surname, as well as a clear envisaged study topic AND Business School research theme.
  2. The length of the proposal: 2 pages EXCLUDING the reference list. Proposals that exceed the required length will not be considered.
  3. Font size: 12 Font type: Arial or Times New Roman.
  4. Spacing: 1.5 Margins: 2.54 cm (top, bottom, left and right)
  5. Preferred referencing style: APA Referencing Style


Proposal Content

The concept proposal must address the problem area and background/rationale/motivation of the study as clearly as possible:

• Introduction – problem area background/ rationale/motivation

• The research questions and sub-questions

• Purpose, aim or objectives of the study

• The hypotheses to be investigated (only for quantitative studies)

• Research design – research approach / envisaged sample selection method / sample size / unit(s) of analysis / measuring instruments / data collection analysis as well as interpretation techniques and tools

• Possible ethical issues and how it will be dealt with

• Definitions of concepts – only those used in a special way / motivated from literature and referenced

• Preliminary literature study – a selection to substantiate the theoretical/conceptual framework the research will be grounded   in, the importance of and need for the research and to verify concepts used in a special way

• Outline of chapters

• Research plan of action / Time-frame

• Envisaged budgetary needs (if any)

• List of References – only those referenced in the proposal

• Researcher’s previous qualifications and research experience