Module 2 SLP: Business Research Process

The purpose of this assignment is for you to familiarize yourself with the minimum requirements needed to complete the DSP and graduate from the Trident DBA program. You will need to identify at least three minimum requirements for the DSP and build your ability to recognize how these requirements are integrated into applied research studies. To complete this SLP, review the following material:

Chapter 1: Introduction, in:

Guzman, I., & Linski, C. (2021). The doctor of business administration (DBA) program handbook 2021. Available in the Trident DBA guide at

Trident University (2021). Published doctoral study projects. Available in the Trident DBA guide at

The DBA Handbook is an essential resource that outlines the DBA program and the graduation requirements. Chapter 1 of the DBA Handbook provides an overview of the purpose of the doctoral study project (DSP), key differences between the DSP and the Dissertation, types of research designs used in the DSP, and the minimum requirements of the DSP. Please review Chapter 1: Introduction with particular attention to the key differences between the DSP and the Dissertation.

Next, please visit the DBA guide and review one of the published DSPs that is of interest to you and related to your potential research topic. You may access each study by copying and pasting its title into the Trident Library search bar on the Trident Portal page.

After reading the required background material and your selected published DSP, write a 3- to 4-page paper (not counting the cover page and the page with references) on the following:

  1. Using Chapter 1 of the DBA Handbook, select three minimum requirements needed to complete the doctoral studies project.
  2. Describe and explain what each requirement is.
  3. Identify and discuss how your selected published DSP study met each requirement of the DSP.
  4. Discuss how you as a future researcher might complete a similar study using the minimum requirements you selected in your doctoral studies project.

SLP Assignment Expectations


The written component of this assignment should be 3-4 pages long (double-spaced) without counting the cover page and reference page.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. We encourage you to use tools such as and proofread your paper before submission.

As you complete your assignment, make sure you do the following:

Answer the assignment questions directly.

Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.

Use evidence from your readings to justify your conclusions. Be sure to cite at least five credible resources.

Make sure to reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See Trident’s Introduction to APA guide, including the

References/Citation Examples tab. Another resource is the Writing Style Guide, which is found under My Resources in the TLC Portal.

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

Assignment-driven Criteria: Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.

Critical Thinking/ Application to Professional Practice: Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem, and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.

Business Writing and Quality of References: Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant

literature at the doctoral level.

Citing Sources: Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in text citations and the reference list.

Professionalism and Timeliness: Assignments are submitted on time.

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