Dissertation Proposal Sample Management

Example research proposals are listed by category below.

History of Education


Karen Marais, 2005, EdD

From finishing school to feminist academy: the impact of changing social constructions of gender on education in a private girls' school in Western Australia, 1945 - 1997.



Ian Melville, 2006, PhD

An historical analysis of the structures established for the provision of Anglican education in the Diocese of Perth, Western Australia between 1917 and 1992.


Qualitative Longitudinal Study


Karen Anderson, 2005, EdD

The novice experience: Western Australian primary deputy principals' first year in school leadership and management.


Stefania Giamminuti, 2005, PhD

Documentation as a tool for co-constructing situated communities of learners: a case study of early years, educational environments in Reggio Emilia and Western Australia.


Jasmine McDonald, 2005, PhD

How parents deal with the education of their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: a constructivist grounded theory study.


Shardlow Mignon, 2005, PhD

Teaching the watchdogs of democracy: The professional formation of journalists through Australian university study and early employment.



Point Qualitative Study

Debra Shilkin, 2005, EdD

Why we suspend: teachers' and administrators' perspectives on student suspensions.


Multiple-question Qualitative Study

Theresa Martin, 2006, EdD

Qualifications in education for TAFE lecturers in Western Australia: background, functions and concerns.


Quantitative Study

Jolee Boakes, 2005, PhD

Development and validation of the test battery to evaluate employability skills.


Charles Chew, 2005, EdD

Effects of biology-infused demonstrations on achievement and attitudes in junior college Physics.


Richard Hewison, 2005, EdD

Predictors of tertiary level performance in non-English speaking background students.


David Kwok, 2005, EdD

Profiles of high-performing call centre agents.


Joseph Njiru, 2005, PhD

Self-regulated learning in working with information and communication technology (ICT).


Delphine Shaw, 2005, EdD

Thinking patterns, pupil engagement, and understanding in early childhood.


  1. Before a defense of the dissertation proposal may be scheduled:
    • All members of the dissertation committee (also known as advisory committee) must receive a complete draft of the first three chapters of the dissertation (i.e., introductory chapter, literature review / theory development / hypotheses chapter, and methods chapter), review these chapters, and judge them as ready to be defended. Committee members will have at least one month to review these chapters.It should be noted that the final version of the first three chapters of the dissertation may differ from the version approved in the dissertation proposal. However, the three chapters submitted at the dissertation proposal stage should represent a best attempt to justify the study, cite relevant literature, propose new theory and hypotheses, and describe the study’s methodology (e.g., population, sample, procedure, instruments, and analysis) prior to data collection and analysis.
    • The chair of the dissertation committee (also known as major advisor) must receive a condensed version of the first three chapters (i.e., about 15 pages), written in a style similar to that used in Academy of Management Journal articles, and judge it as ready to be circulated to all doctoral faculty and students in the department. This document must be circulated to Management doctoral faculty and students at least one week prior to the defense.
  2. After the above two conditions have been met, a letter that has been signed by all committee members must be sent to the Director of the Management Ph.D. Program, who will then schedule the dissertation proposal defense.
  3. After the dissertation proposal defense has been held and any final changes have been made in the proposal as specified by the committee, the final proposal will be submitted to the Graduate School with an approval form signed by all committee members. (See the form, “Dissertation Proposal for the Ph.D. Degree,” for complete Graduate School instructions.)

This procedure will be effective for all students who have not defended their dissertation proposal by December 1, 1999.

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