Discussion: Qualitative Designs for DBA Research
During the first course of this program, you considered your “why” for beginning your doctoral program and began exploring what it means to be an independent scholar who conducts research in the field of business. As you continue to plan for your Doctoral Study, keep in mind that one of your objectives should be to think and function in an action-oriented manner, so business owners and leaders can apply your research findings in practice. Consider what it means to conduct research that will effect change in everyday business practice.
As a doctoral independent scholar, you are undoubtedly concerned with the time and cost associated with conducting your research. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the variances between the case study and phenomenological research designs is valuable to your decision of selecting an appropriate research design, taking into consideration time, cost, and appropriateness to your applied research question.
To prepare for this Discussion, review this week’s Required Readings and consider the similarities and differences between case study and phenomenological research designs. Be sure to focus on the benefits of case study design in terms of time and cost within the context of DBA doctoral research.
By Day 3
Post an assessment of case study design versus phenomenological research design for doctoral research. Your assessment should include the following:
- Compare and contrast case study and phenomenological research designs, including commitments of time and cost for each design.
- Explain the benefits of using a case study for DBA doctoral research, including an example from scholarly research that supports your assertion.
Be sure to support your work with a minimum of two specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and one or more additional scholarly sources.
Saunders, M. N. K., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2015). Research methods for business students (7th ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Unlimited.
- Chapter 5, Section 5.5, “Choosing a Research Strategy or Strategies” (pp. 177–200)
- Chapter 6, Section 6.2, “Issues Associated with Gaining Traditional Access” (pp. 222–226)
- Chapter 10, Section 10.2, “Types of Interview and Their Link to the Purpose of Research and Research Strategy” (pp. 390–393)
Yin, R. K. (2014). Case study research: Design and methods (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Chapter 2, “Designing Case Studies: Identifying Your Case(s) and Establishing the Logic of Your Case Study” (pp. 49–67)
Boblin, S. L., Ireland, S., Kirkpatrick, H., & Robertson, K. (2013). Using Stake’s qualitative case study approach to explore implementation evidence-based practice. Qualitative Health Research, 23, 1267–1275. doi:10.1177/1049732313502128