Now that you’ve made this your dissertation topic, there are certain things you ought to know. You must first anchor your dissertation on original, in-depth research to ensure your success. 

Second, your dissertation outline should have at least three detailed chapters; Introduction, the body paragraphs, and conclusion. In practice, a topic like this has an essay’s structure to build an argument by analyzing various veritable sources.

Before starting on it, consult with your professor on laid out guidelines and expectations. But in the absence of such guidelines or for the sake of adding to your knowledge, read these handy tips I’ve penned with examples to guide you. 

Writing your dissertation: A guide on your dissertation outline

1.   Introduction

This is your first chapter and the point you establish your topic to your audience. To connect with your audience, relay its purpose, relevance, and expectations in the essay. Here’s an example of an apt introduction for your topic;

Culture refers to the way of life, thinking, mannerism, and beliefs of a group of people. Together these different groups have a cultural diversity that could be a boon to workplace productivity. Since its onset, globalization’s impact on cultural diversity has been massive. 

Consider that we now have LGBTQs, women, minorities, expatriates, and more at the helm of major global brands and organizations with significant turnovers. Workplace diversity ranks high in corporate strategies as business leaders realize its impact on innovation and creativity. 

With such a start continue, to bolster your introduction with factual information backed by statistics to give context to the topic. Further to these, include your overall aim and research objectives or questions as shown below.

  • The overall aim

This essay paper aims to explore and explain cultural diversity in detail. That is, by exploring its pros and cons, how it increases workplace productivity, and ways to promote its integration.  

  • Research objectives

The objectives of this essay paper are to find out the impact of workplace diversity. The focus is on two well-known corporate organizations as case studies. These organizations have proven results from workplace diversity. and this paper will seek to:

  • Establish how they made it work 
  • Know challenges faced 
  • Understand how they made it a business strategy

Your introduction should be factual, distinct, and relevant to your topic and research. It should give your audience clarity on the what, why, and how of your research. At this point in your writing, don’t fuss too much about grammar, phrasing and wording. There’ll be time for thorough essay editing and proofreading to ensure your dissertation is coherent and polished.

2.   The body paragraphs

In this chapter, you’ll move your dissertation’s trajectory in a convincing delivery from introduction to conclusion. A proper dissertation has this section divided into:

The literary review:  This is a detailed survey of all relevant sources of your topic. It analyzes, combines the best, and puts them forth to give clarity on your topic.   The steps to developing your literary review are; 

  • The search for information (books, journals, and relevant websites) relevant to your topic and research. Look out for high citations, as this means they’re credible sources worthy of your literature review.
  • Sift through the information to establish the best combinations for your topic. For this particular topic, take a long view by exploring the evolution of globalization over time.
  • Then, write your literature review by giving an overview of each source’s main points and weaving them into a sensible narrative. Here is a short example of what your literature review should look like;

Globalization has had the most significant impact on workplace diversity, as outlined in an analysis by Debrah and Smith (2003). They state that globalization has gathered pace since the last century and is set to transform the workplace, change employment relations, and even our way of life. 

In another perspective, Martin (2014) believes cultural diversity in the workplace has grown as a trend over time due to the advancement of globalization. One positive effect is that employees belonging to different cultures usually have different ways of thinking and can thus analyze a matter at hand from various perspectives. 

The methodology: In this chapter, you’ll show your audience the validity of your research. You’ll do this by revealing the research done, data collected, selection process, and analysis. Further to this, Include tools or materials used and your rationale for using the methodology. There are three methodologies you can use:

  • Quantitative: This methodology is keen on ranking, measuring, and quantifying. Examples are surveys, polls, and questionnaires.
  • Qualitative: This methodology is keen on details and gaining in-depth information. Examples are one on one interviews, focus groups and case studies.
  • Mixed (quantitative and qualitative): Some types of research rely on both methodologies.

For example, if you opt for a mixed methodology, you can state as follows:

The survey had eight multiple-choice questions and ten questions for one on one interviews. The aim was to conduct the research session with each CEO at their company premises over two days.  Participants had ten minutes to review and respond to the eight multiple-choice questions and thirty minutes for the one-on-one interviews.

The Results: Your methodology paves the way for results, and this is the chapter you divulge the results. You’ll share the actual findings and not what you’d consider the ideal (without bias, speculation, or interpretation). Start with a lucid statement of your findings in resonance with your dissertation’s objectives. Case in point:

This chapter presents the findings of the survey conducted with the CEOs of two leading global organizations. The findings focus on the variables of interest, in this case, the real impact of cultural diversity on their workplaces and how they’ve integrated them into their business strategies.

Draw your audience’s attention to your findings by presenting them in; figures, charts, tables, or other suitable media that can show evidence of factual or statistical data. 

The discussion: Once your audience reviews the results, they’ll expect your interpretation. This chapter, therefore, helps you analyze and explore the meaning of your findings to the research objectives. Here you’ll interpret the results in detail, share whether they met your expectations and how suitable they are for your research topic. Start by restating the aim of your research and share an outline of the contents of the chapter. For example;

The purpose of this research was to ascertain the impact of workplace diversity on corporate organizations. This chapter will discuss the findings of the survey conducted with the CEOs of two leading global organizations. Also included is a discussion on connections to this survey, workplace policies, and business strategies. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the limitations of the survey, areas for future research, and a summary.

3.   The conclusion

This is the final section of your dissertation outline and summary of your research’s achievement. It’s your chance to prove that your dissertation is a success by achieving its intended goals. For example;

This research set out to ascertain the impact of workplace diversity on corporate organizations. It sought to explore and explain cultural diversity in detail. By exploring its pros and cons, how it increases workplace productivity, and ways to promote its integration. 

Based on a survey of two leading corporate organizations, this research concludes that workplace diversity is indeed a boon to productivity in corporate organizations. The results indicate that employees tend to open up in environments that accept their diversities. 

Apart from these six key chapters, remember to include the title page, acknowledgments, abstract, and reference list.

Final thoughts 

As long as you have a suitable topic and a dissertation outline ready, the work on your dissertation is halfway done. Remember a good dissertation consists of six distinct chapters. All designed to take your audience through the genesis of your research problem to its conclusion.