Week 3 Report

Looking ahead in your DBA program, the final step in the course sequence is a comprehensive exam. Students must successfully pass the comprehensive exam before moving on to the dissertation phase.

Your preparation for the comprehensive exam should have already started via your study in previous courses, self-documentation of your learning, and completion of the reflection journals with your mentor.

For the Week 3 paper, you will provide an annotated outline that:

  • Segments the OB field into at least three broad categories. You may have more than three categories, but the minimum for this assignment is three. For example:
    • Individual
    • Group/Team
    • Organizational/Environmental
  • Provides a set of core topics beneath each of the broad categories. At this point in your doctoral development, you must have at least five core topics for each category (thus, a minimum of fifteen total). You may have more than five topics for each category (and eventually you will in your preparation for the exam!) but the minimum for this assignment is five topics for each of your categories (or, at least a total of fifteen topics if you have more than three categories).
  • Integrates one annotated resource (key author—with brief description or bullet points of important points the author makes about the topic) for your fifteen core topics. You may provide more than one resource per topic, but you must have at least one resource each for a minimum of fifteen topics.
  • Synthesizes key learning from working on the guide, next steps you will take working on your guide, and potential benefits beyond comprehensive exam preparation.

Sample Structure:

Summary assessment of your three (or more) part schema. What is it? Why is it an appropriate way to view the OB field?

First Category (e.g., Individual Level of Analysis)

  • Topic 1:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 2:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 3:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 4:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 5:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source

Second Category (e.g., Group/Team Level of Analysis)

  • Topic 1:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 2:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 3:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 4:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 5:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source

Third Category (e.g., Organizational/Environmental Level of Analysis)

  • Topic 1:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 2:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 3:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 4:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source
  • Topic 5:
    • Brief definition, description, and overview (2–3 sentences)
    • Key resource:
      • APA formatted reference
      • Summary of key insights about the topic from the source

Synthesis of the key learning so far from building your study guide, next steps for working on your guide, and potential benefits beyond comprehensive exam preparation.

Submission Details:

  • Complete your analysis in a 6–8-page Microsoft Word document, using APA style.
  • Name your document SU_MGT7115_W3_LastName_FirstInitial.doc.
  • Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

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