Pages with name of project, research and supervisor,
dedication and appreciation
Abstract (not part of word count) Summary of the entire project generally presented in
one paragraph (not part of word count)
• Problem definition
• General area of content
• State main findings
• Brief critical evaluation
• One side of A4 single-spaced covering:
o What was the management issue
o Talk about the company/organisation
o How was it explored i.e. research
process characteristics
o What was discovered
o Any subsequent recommendations
Table of Contents Including lists of tables, figures, photographs (not part
of word count)
Chapter One – Introduction 1000 words A brief introduction to the entire thesis or report
• Outline of problem being investigated
• Organisation history/background
• Some description of how the phenomenon is
known about, why worthy of investigation etc.
/ Rationale
• Research aims and objectives
• Dissertation organisation
Chapter Two – Literature review 1800
Contains the theoretical framework for the research
• The result of an academic literature search;
primarily derived from recognised ‘academic’
sources e.g. Books and peer reviewed journals
• ‘Themed’ literature review – as opposed to
chronological, alphabetical etc.
• Translate ideas into your own words – limited
use of direct quotations – “Synthesised”
• “Integrated” – draw contributions from varied
authors around identified common themes
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Chapter Three – Research methodology
1200 words
Contains the methodological framework for the
research project
• Put this in an academic context derived from
the research methods literature e.g.
o Theoretical stance – ontology,
o Inductive or deductive
o Qualitative or quantitative
• Demographic Data on Participants including
sampling method
• Instruments used: questionnaires, interview
questions derived and/or adapted from with
sources, etc…, including reliability and validity
(refer to questionnaire/interview plan sample
in appendices)
• Analysis used (what, why, …)
Chapter Four – Data analysis and
discussion 2000 words
Contains the analytical framework for the research
• What are the results of your data?
• How will you illustrate them (tables, graphs,
diagrams, …)
• If interview derived – often actual quotes may
be used to support particular points raised (see
research articles as example)
• If questionnaire derived – we would expect
some quantitative analysis (see research
articles as example)
• How do your results relate to findings of
previous research/theories/models?
Chapter Five – Conclusions and
recommendations 1000 words
Contains the fully-developed, well-conceptualised
conclusions from the research and usually a bullet point
list of the recommendations drawn from the
• Draws conclusions from previously analysed
discussion and relate to research question
• Summative findings; extract and emphasis the
key issues discovered
• Discuss if the study has taken the literature one
stage further – have you added to, challenged,
or re-enforced existing theory and/or
• What are your recommendations to address
the management issue which was identified in
the Introduction?
• Reflect [limitations] on the appropriateness of
adopted methods.
• Suggest possible areas for new or further work
References A complete list of all sources used within the text in
Harvard Referencing style (not part of wordcount)
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Appendices Each appendix contains a document/table/figure
relevant to the research, and references and discussed
in the research. Typically copies of letters seeking and
granting permission for the research are contained in
the appendices; copies of forms designed for the
research such as informed consent form; copies of any
data collection methods used in the research, for
example a copy of the questionnaire, interview/focus
group schedule. Long lists, and large tables and figures
can be placed in appendices. (not part of wordcount)

Type of service: Dissertation services
Type of Assignment: Dissertation
Subject: Business
Pages/words: 26/7000
Number of sources: 0
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: Harvard
Line spacing: Double
Language style: UK English

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