Help MBA dissertation: An MBA dissertation can seem a daunting prospect at the best of times but when you have to write it in a language that is not your mother tongue sometimes you feel like giving up before you’ve even started. Of course, your supervisor is there to help and advise you but there time is often limited to answering a few emails and meeting you a couple of times.
This is why many students, especially those writing in English as a second language, seek the help and guidance of a professional. This short article summarises some of the areas in which I can help including proofreading, editing and writing.
Choosing the topic
Sometimes you can spend days even weeks thinking and rethinking the particular topic you want to write on. Or perhaps you know the general area but can’t narrow it down to a precise research question. It can be frustrating as the time ticks by and your supervisor keeps asking you if you have decided. Sometimes the difficulty arises when there are simply too many possible options. Here it can be a really good idea to bring in another mind to help you finally pin down your topic and research question(s); this is especially useful if you have to manage your study time around a busy career.
Framing the Research questions and hypotheses
A research paper without a research question is not research, simply as that. Also, it really needs to be a question that needs to be answered and one that will have significant implications for practitioners. There is no strict rule as to how many research questions are permissible but often excellent dissertations are built around one question. Using a hypothesis is also optional. Framing the questions and/or hypothesis can be difficult, especially if English is not your first language. You can also get help with this.
Selecting the method
If you put a number of methodology sections next to each other on a table you would soon notice that they are quite similar. That is because the methodology chapter is rather formulaeic with a limited number of recognised sources to cite. The heading and subheadings are fairly standard and would be well known to your advisor. They can help you select the most suitable methodology and the exact research instrument; they can also advise on what a suitable sample size is.
Many studies use a questionnaire, either a paper one or an online version. The wording of your questions is absolutely crucial. One wrong word, or even a piece of bad punctuation, can change the meaning and invalidate the results of the question. If English is not your first language you really must get help with this!
Editing the chapters
It could make a major difference to your grade to have your chapters edited by a professional, a good MBA dissertation will need a lot of editing work and at least one of these edits should be done by someone else. The editing will include:
- Ensuring the right content is in the right chapter and sub-section.
- Making sure your content is always relevant to your research question.
- Checking you have correctly interpreted results.
- Making long boring passages more concise and to the point.
- Logical paragraphing.
- Reducing wordcount when necessary.
Paraphrasing other sources
Some topics have dominant sources that require a lot of citing. This can leave you with the problem that overuse of the source can show up as plagiarism. Paraphrasing, rewriting a sentence so the word order and the some of the vocabulary changes but the meaning stays the same is a precise skill and even the most advanced users of English can find it impossible. Again a professional can do this for you quickly and effectively.
Proofreading the final draft
When the writing and editing is done and you think the dissertation is ready to submit then it is time for proofreading. This proofreading should include:
- Grammatical corrections
- Syntax/ Sentence Structure
- Vocabulary improvement
- Spacing etc.
Checking for plagiarism
There is only one reliable way of checking your dissertation for plagiarism and your adviser should be able to do this for you either free or for a small fee. If your report highlights any problems these can be quickly put right.
So to conclude, having a coach/adviser/editor to help you with your MBA dissertation (or any other dissertation) is something you should seriously consider. If English is not your first language it is probably essential. They can give you help on a specific item among those listed above or they can be with you throughout the whole process; sometimes just knowing someone is there when you get stuck is completely priceless.
If you need help with any or all of these things then contact me today!