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Dissertation Topic

  • 1.  Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-27-2020 08:47 PM
    Hey everyone,

     I need some help. I had planned on do a case study to conclude my DBA program, but that has fallen through. I was hoping someone might have a good idea for a good accounting dissertation topic?

    Glenn McGuire
    LA Follette TN
    United States

  • 2.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-28-2020 05:25 AM
    Can you really do DBA after CMA. Don't you need a masters before it?

  • 3.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-28-2020 07:27 AM
    Internal controls interest me, so it would be interesting to see how effective SOX legislation has been at curbing unethical and illegal accounting practices.

    Craig Crawley CMA
    Honea Path SC
    United States

  • 4.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-28-2020 07:11 AM

    The True Cost of Divorce---tax wise, economic wise, etc.




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  • 5.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-29-2020 12:41 PM
    Hi Glenn,
    My answer is more of a question. This framework is inspired by Jim Collin's hedgehog concept in Good to Great (link below).

    1. What are you passionate about? While "accounting" narrows it down, what brought you into accounting? What's your why? What about the work got you to do a DBA in the first place? Are you more of an internal processes guy, a technical specialist, a business leader who happens to have a strong functional skill set? Perhaps ask yourself which IMA persona - steward, champion, advisor, etc. - you want most to express in your research. What research that you've read gets you excited?

    2. What do you have the potential to be best at? Play to your strengths. Again, "accounting" narrows it down, but the further you can refine this, the more you can differentiate yourself.

    3. What does the market value? And that's where the IMA community can most help. I'm already seeing some great ideas. Also, what journals are you reading? Do you see any gaps in the research, any logical next steps of inquiry?

    I'm asking myself some of these same questions as I review my own career and prepare for an MBA. Best case, your dissertation turns into your calling card for decades of great work (for example, Fred Smith wrote a hub-and-spoke paper and later built FedEx).

    Ryan Holden CMA
    Greater Seattle, WA
    United States

  • 6.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-30-2020 10:21 AM
    I second what Ryan said. You should also consider a work experience that you have found interesting. I see that you are a controller. There must have been something at work that could warrant study - budgeting, inventory control, performance measurement, etc. There are volumes of books and academic articles on topics such as these.

    Suzanne Lowensohn
    Associate Professor of Accounting
    The University of Vermont

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  • 7.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-30-2020 09:37 PM
    Thanks everyone for your help!

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  • 8.  RE: Dissertation Topic

    Posted 03-30-2020 12:18 PM
    Secondary Data doesn't cancel so if you have some you feel comfortable with you can do that. Also, consider a case with secondary data.

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