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Novak, Ralph S.||Green, Gerald G.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Management


Business education--Research; Dissertations; Academic


The study was to discover the benefits derived from writing a thesis to Master's graduates in business administration. A questionnaire with cover letter was sent to ninety-three graduates. Twenty-one benefits that could be attained through a thesis were evaluated. An attempt to determine the most difficult obstacles, gratifications, limitations, and practical value provided by the thesis was also made. Sixty-eight of the ninety-three selected graduates participated. In general, the majority of the survey members felt their thesis an extremely valuable experience. The benefits were evaluated as "very useful," "useful, ""little value," and "no value." Receiving the most responses in each respective category were the following: "providing planning and organization to one's thinking," "aid to resourcefulness and ingenuity," "increasing ambition," and "making more efficient use of time." "Writing the content," "finding a problem," and "defining the problem," were the highest ranking obstacles. Deemed as the biggest gratification was that it "provided a sense of accomplishment." "Time" gathered the most responses as the biggest limitation. Educational maturity was an apparent result of the thesis experience. A discipline in creative thinking seemed be obtained that generally could not be gained if one were to take additional course work instead of a thesis. The experience of writing a thesis was concluded to be the best educational tool for developing the art of "communication." Although the "time" factor is a great limitation for a Master's candidate, the consideration should be more for the instructor than the student. Finally, the general consensus was that the benefits derived from a thesis are such too valuable for sore course work to replace it.


Includes bibliographical references.


iv, 65 pages




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