March 19, 2018
On Wednesday, 14th March 2018, a webinar on The Structure of the Thesis was presented to yet another appreciative group of Doctoral students from across the globe. Being in all time zones, finding a single optimal time will always require some of us to attend in the middle of the night.
We were taken through answering the structural questions around purpose, audience, selling your idea, and the structure to use, which differs between a PhD and DBA. By providing a clear understanding of our work, the roadmap of our contribution, the structure should lead the reader to the answers to the research question. As such, the table of contents is crucial to guiding the reader and should not be treated lightly.
In academic terms, the thesis structure addresses the purpose, existing subject knowledge, comparison of our research design to our field of study, original findings, achievement of objectives, and the recommendations, limitations and further research areas. As such, chapters typically follow an introduction, literature review, methodology, results and findings, discussion, and conclusion/implications/ contribution. Action research chapters may differ, following introduction, methodology, literature review, cycles of action/reflection/sensemaking, evaluation and outcomes, conclusion/reflection/implications. In an action research thesis, first (individual), second (organisational) and third (wider community) person practice should be addressed. It is the student’s choice on sequence, depending on their topic and approach being taken, with action research articulating our personal journey and learnings.
This was one of a series of live webinar being held by the Doctorate Hub team as part of a suite of services available to Doctoral students and Post-Doctoral researchers. The next webinar topic will focus on the Chapter Content and Order and led by myself. Register here. We welcome your thoughts on topics that would be of value to you.
Feel free to explore the Doctorate Hub for the offerings, both free and fee-for-service based. The Doctorate Thesis Discussion is an area to exchange ideas and support each other through our Doctoral journey.