Tips for writing an MBA thesisChen Wan Lim
An MBA thesis is probably the hallmark of your MBA journey and serves as written evidence of all your hardships in enduring this two year journey. The thesis is also an official document declaring a candidate’s belief about a particular topic, stating that belief at the start of the thesis and subsequently using scientific methods to test the belief and to finally state the conclusion of the results. Here are the top seven tips as compiled by STUDYMASTERS.MY on writing an MBA thesis:
Tip 1: Carefully choose a research topic
The most exciting part about starting on an MBA thesis is the topic. The topic must firstly be of interest to you, and must also be able to be relevant in the vocation you are in (or intending to be in). But candidates need to be wary of choosing topics where data and information are hard to come by. Of course, the MBA thesis is unlike any other elaborate essays where candidates simply compile, analyse and regurgitate facts and figures. At the end of the thesis, candidates must be able to successfully display a graduate level understanding of concepts and draw viable conclusions to the theories.
Tip 2: Get your proposal approved before starting work
It is highly recommended to get your thesis proposal approved by your course director before starting work. Typically, an MBA thesis will consists of the introduction, literature review, methodology, presentation of data, analysis of data, discussion, and conclusion. This basic structure is of course dependent on your actual research and can be modified accordingly. However, it is advisable that you draft out the thesis framework and discuss it with your course director. His or her input is crucial as they would be able to advise you on the viability of the thesis, the potential challenges associated with your topic of choice and also the availability of data in relation with the area of research.
Tip 3: Data collection
The most mundane and tedious part of writing a thesis is often the data collection stage – but this stage could also be the most interesting part of the entire writing process. Be creative and employ creative methods in collecting data. For example, the traditional method is by sending out questionnaires and waiting for feedbacks. However, with the advancement in technology, candidates can use social media tools to collect data, conduct interviews via Skype and send out electronic questionnaires.
Tip 4: Displaying good understanding in research methodology
A master’s level thesis is an avenue to display your ability as a good researcher. Be sure to master a few research methodologies such as data sampling and analysis to successfully draw scientific conclusions based on your observation to prove your hypothesis. It is therefore advisable to pay extra attention to courses involving quantitative and qualitative research methods and to do additional readings on other research methods. The proper application of research methodology is crucial for the overall success and scoring of your thesis.
Tip 5: Keeping track of your bibliography
In the course of your writing, you will come across a huge amount of data, journals, articles and research. To avoid getting lost in the sea of data and information, practice a good record keeping practice by recording every reference in an orderly manner using a reference management software such as EndNote.
Tip 6: Checking and rechecking your work
As your thesis is essentially the reflection of your journey throughout your MBA course, every fact and argument contained inside must be as accurate as possible and every argument has to be thoroughly supported with a strong set of evidence. As such, it is of utmost importance to check and to recheck your work, including, and especially grammatical errors as many times as possible. Get your trusted knowledgeable friends or family members to go through it. If need be, get a professional proof-reader to also proof read your thesis – this is especially crucial if you are not a native English speaker. Mistakes in a thesis, no matter how small it is will not bode well for the overall scoring of your work.
Tip 7: Follow the approve formatting guide
Every university has its own preferred format – follow it. Generally, the line spacing range from 1.5 to 2.0, while the font size is 12 on an A4 size paper. The approved format is meant to standardise all the essays and thesis while making it easier for examiners to read and to grade the thesis. Be sure to check the approved formatting before submission.