Tips And Ideas For Writing A Doctoral Dissertation In Management
Undertaking a doctoral dissertation is probably one of the most difficult things that you will do in your lifetime, so it’s a good idea to get as much help as possible! Below are listed some tips and ideas for how to tackle your management doctoral dissertation with less stress and more fun than you thought possible and still come out with a fantastic grade and a feeling of success.
Write a plan
This is the step that everyone knows about, but everyone ignores! It is such an important part of any writing, particularly one as long and as complicated as a doctoral dissertation. You need to know exactly what you are going to tackle in each chapter. This way you know, even before you start, the amount of research and reading you are going to need to complete before you put pen to paper. So, start by deciding how many chapters you can fit into the word count (Don’t forget the introduction, conclusion and other parts like table of contents and bibliography if they are included in the word count.) even before you start your research!
Don’t overlap reading and writing too much
Really, the first part of getting your doctoral dissertation ready is reading around the subject you hope to tackle and then if necessary, performing experiments or, as is more likely with management, doing research. This is a huge part of the work that you’ll need to do, and at least most of it should be out of the way before you start writing a word. It doesn’t matter if you need to go back occasionally to check where you read something or to find a quote, but most of the information should be in your head before you start.
Do the bibliography as you go
This includes the table of contents and other paraphernalia, too. It can be so easy to leave these things until the very end when all the research and writing have been done. However, then you have to trawl back through all the books you quoted in order to get the references sorted. It is much less stressful to jot down references as you quote, so that they’re all there, ready for you to organize them and format them correctly. The table of contents, too, should be organized as you go - the last thing to edit is the page numbers, which will constantly move around until you’ve absolutely finished the dissertation.