General Guidelines For Writing An Outstanding MBA Dissertation

Completing your MBA is going to be a process that you need to prepare for as much as you can prior to starting. It is going to be stressful, but it will all be worth it in the end. These are a few very general guidelines to help you along.

First things first

  • Take the time to read through the instructions and requirements for the completion of your dissertation.
  • Look at submission dates for the various stages.
  • Start now to look for a really good proof-reader.

The Proposal

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to think about your topic and what aspects you would like to explore. Try brainstorming a few ideas. Make sure that your ideas are business topics.
  • Arrange to meet with your professor to run some of your ideas past them. Make notes to take with you to the meeting or ideally email them your notes a few prior to the meeting to give them chance to think about your ideas and their response.
  • Start using a project diary. This will help you put all your ideas and notes in one place. This does not have be notebook and pencil diary you could also your tablet or laptop, just as long as you keep everything in one place and not on scraps of paper.

Literature Review

  • Your professor may have given you a few suggestions for your work and may have even helped you to focus on a target research paper. If you only get one hard copy of a research paper during this project make sure it’s your target paper.
  • Make a list of key words that you will be focussing on. These will help you find other supporting work. If you cannot locate all the information you need then visit the Library.
  • Focus on how you will present your Literature Search. Decide on the headings you will use and manage them so as the Literature Review follows a logical progression of ideas. Your may need to read through your work several times to tweak it. Remember that the Literature Review is the background evidence to support your topic.

Dissertation Paper

  • At this point you may need meet with your professor, just to clarify any issues. Also check the headings that you need to use in the final document.
  • When producing such a large and in depth document, it is advisable that you do not leave the Reference section until last. It can take a considerable amount of time. This task is best done alongside your document as you will be able to spot any inconsistencies.
  • Write your Abstract. This should always be left until the last. It may require several drafts. Choose your key words very carefully. Now your document is ready to go to your Proof-reader.