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MBA Thesis Manual

MBA Thesis Manual - German University in Cairo Faculty of...

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German University in Cairo Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research Master of Business Administration Program Thesis Manual September 2011
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2 Table of Contents MBA Thesis ........................................................................................................................ 4 Part I: Thesis Content Recommendations ........................................................................... 5 Cover Page ...................................................................................................................... 5 Abstract ........................................................................................................................... 5 Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 5 Literature Review ............................................................................................................ 6 Research Question(s) ...................................................................................................... 8 Research Methodology ................................................................................................... 9 Results ............................................................................................................................. 9 Discussion ..................................................................................................................... 10 Limitations .................................................................................................................... 10 Recommendations ......................................................................................................... 10 Conclusion .................................................................................................................... 11 Part II: Thesis Formatting Style Requirements ................................................................. 12 Recommended Printing Houses .................................................................................... 12 Paper ............................................................................................................................. 12 Font ............................................................................................................................... 12 Spacing .......................................................................................................................... 12 Margins ......................................................................................................................... 13 Headings ....................................................................................................................... 13 Page Numbers ............................................................................................................... 13 Language ....................................................................................................................... 14 Parts and Sequence of the Manuscript .......................................................................... 15 Cover Page .................................................................................................................... 15 Dedication ..................................................................................................................... 16 Acknowledgements ....................................................................................................... 16 Abstract ......................................................................................................................... 16 Table of Contents .......................................................................................................... 16 List of Tables and Figures ............................................................................................. 17
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3 List of Abbreviations .................................................................................................... 17 The Text ........................................................................................................................ 17 Tables and Figures ........................................................................................................ 17 Placement of Tables and Figures .................................................................................. 18 References ..................................................................................................................... 19 Arabic Translation of Abstract ...................................................................................... 20 Appendix ....................................................................................................................... 20 Use of Copyrighted Material ........................................................................................ 20 Academic Integrity ........................................................................................................... 20 Part III: Thesis Registration and Graduation Procedures ................................................. 21 Thesis Registration ........................................................................................................ 21 Writing of the Thesis .................................................................................................... 21 Submission of the Thesis .............................................................................................. 22 Thesis Defense .............................................................................................................. 22 Graduation ..................................................................................................................... 23 Appendix…………………………………………………………………………………24
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4 MBA Thesis 1. The thesis is the culminating activity in the MBA program. As such, the thesis should only be started after the student has completed all courses successfully. Through the thesis, the student should demonstrate that he/she is able to conduct a scientific investigation of business question/problem. The thesis need not contribute new knowledge or insights; however it must be coherent and well organized. 2. The amount of time exerted in the thesis project should not exceed a total of 120- 160 hours, while the document itself may range from 50 to 100 pages. 3. Although pure or fundamental research is accepted, students are encouraged to work on applied research that solves a business problem. More specifically, we recommend that the student use a scientific research methodology to systematically investigate and solve a business problem in his or her workplace. As such, many research methodologies including case studies are welcomed. 4. The criteria used to evaluate the thesis are: a. Clear and precise research question(s). b. A literature review that covers some of basic and state of the art relevant literature. c. A methodology section that discusses sampling, instruments and procedures. d. Use of proper scientific analysis methods. e. Conclusions based on findings. f. The document must be formatted according to the guidelines provided in the thesis preparation manual. g. Document free of language error. This document is composed of four parts. The first part provides some recommendations related to the content and language of the thesis. The second identifies the required formatting style of the thesis document. The third explains the thesis registration and graduation procedure. The last part (the appendix) contains all the necessary forms.
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5 Part I: Thesis Content Recommendations Cover Page
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