The Dissertation Topic

Taking the first step is often the most difficult towards one’s doctoral dissertation. This lesson provides key considerations for choosing a dissertation topic, including a review of some potential roadblocks to consider. The earlier these are identified and addressed, the better the chance for timely progress and success.

Here are a few of the dissertation titles that I have chaired (see About for full list):

  • ASSESSING CONTINUOUS DESCENT ARRIVALS AND INSTRUMENT PROCEDURES TOWARDS INCREASED RUNWAY LANDING CAPACITY
  • EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF INCREASED FAA OVERSIGHT ON PART 145 MAINTENANCE PRACTICES
  • ORGANIZATIONAL FACTORS AFFECTING BUSINESS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ALIGNMENT: A STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING ANALYSIS
  • A QUALITATIVE CASE STUDY OF PERCEPTIONS IN SECURE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
  • EXAMINING NON-PROFIT POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS’ VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE WITH THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT

The above dissertation topic titles share several common elements, which may not be obvious. Can you pick them out? Here’s a hint:

  • Adverb describing the type of research (e.g., “assess”, “examine”, and “explore”)
  • The phenomenon studied (business, IT, education, psychology, etc.)
  • The research method (e.g., qualitative or quantitative)
  • Optionally: The population, demographic, and/or geographic area

Selecting the correct topic is imperative to being on the path to doctoral success. Working with a dissertation coach can help ensure that all these elements are in place. As a dissertation mentor/coach, this is what I do – both as faculty for major universities and for Dissertation101 clients. Is this the type of help you desire or need to get on the right path for your dissertation? Rememember, completing a dissertation is more than hard work, but also working hard in the right direction. This is where I can help. If this reasonates with you, please contact me using any of the forms available on this website, or via email at drness@dissertation101.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Best success,

Dr. Lonny