Are you undertaking (or thinking of doing) a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or other professional doctorate (PD) in business and management? Or perhaps you’re supervising and delivering one of these programmes? This is your complete - and practical - guide to succeeding on this course. A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management has been written by a team of experts with experience of the challenges faced in both studying for and supervising professional doctorates in business and management. Inside they address the key issues faced, in particular how these courses differ from a traditional PhD, and the different skills and approach needed for success. Chapters explore the nature and importance of PDs as leading change in the professional world of practice, and how they need to differ from traditional forms of doctorate such as PhDs. The guide also offers practical guidance on researching in this particular mode, and through writing and publishing a thesis, making a valuable contribution to professional knowledge.
Chapter 5: Enacting the action modes of research
Enacting the action modes of research
We begin with Karl Marx (1845, published 1888: 15), who wrote: ‘The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it’ (emphasis added). To this, we might add another quotation from Kurt Lewin (1952: 169), who noted: ‘There is nothing more practical than a goodtheory’ (emphasis added).
These quotations indicate the direction of travel for any student undertaking a DBA. That is, the study must be rigorous but it must also be relevant to practice, and such relevance is proven by action that makes a difference. Second, in seeking to capture both rigour and relevance, there is an inherent tension and dynamic between two opposing ...