3.0. How to structure a business dissertation
Abstract: A summary of the dissertation
Table of Contents
Introduction: Introduces the study and summaries the state of area prior to the research. This section outlines the problem(s) to be investigated, the aims and objectives of the research and describes the methodologies used. Additionally, an outline of the overall dissertation structure may be included. Literature Review: This accounts the previously written, published and unpublished literature on the selected research topic. The purpose of conducting a review on the existing knowledge and ideas on the topic is to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the research area whilst defining a guiding concept for the dissertation. To achieve this, four important steps must be followed: concentrate on the relevant theories; break down the topic and define key terms; examine recent research in the area; and conclude with the research questions that will be resolved in the study. Methodology: This section is designed to give the reader a coherent, clear and precise account of how the study was conducted. The section is composed of number of sub-sections which should include: research philosophy, research approach, research strategy, data collection and any problems encountered in the data gathering process, data reliability, validity and generalizability, and finally, ethical issues and possible limitations with the research. Results: An essential tip for this section is to only report the findings of the study in the most appropriate manner, resisting in the process the temptation to interpret or draw conclusions. Discussion: The interpretation of the results is undertaken in this section. The first task is to state what the results of the study are by outlining the findings. Account for the findings by indicating whether or not the research hypothesis has been supported. The second task involves linking the results with the evidence discussed in the literature review. Finally, explore the implications of the findings with regards to the research questions together with consideration of the direction and form that future research should take. Conclusion: This section provides a summary to the overall study and final comments and judgements. The final comment should entail making suggestions for improvement and speculations for future research. References: Approval should be sought from University for appropriate layout Appendices: This section contains graphs and diagrams used when writing the dissertation. The purpose of appendices is essentially to enable the expansion of information only included in abbreviated format in the body of the dissertation. Make sure that vital information is not mentioned here for the first time. Social Entrepreneurship
The concept of ‘social entrepreneurship’ has been rapidly emerging in the private, public and non-profit sectors over the last few years, and interest in social entrepreneurship continues to grow. Currently, the non-profit sector is facing intensifying demands for improved effectiveness and sustainability in light of diminishing funding from traditional sources and increased competition for these scarce resources. At the same time, the increasing concentration of wealth in the private sector is promoting calls for increased corporate social responsibility and more proactive responses to complex social problems, while governments at all levels are grappling with multiple demands on public funds. In light of this, social entrepreneurship is emerging as an innovative approach for dealing with complex social needs. With its emphasis on problem-solving and social innovation, socially entrepreneurial activities blur the traditional boundaries between the public, private and non-profit sector, and emphasize hybrid models of for-profit and non-profit activities. Promoting collaboration between sectors is implicit within social...
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