In this chapter, three categories of data were considered by reference to a Dissertation
Profile and a detailed review of the Nature of Strategy Research Continuum as applied to
strategy research in education. The Dissertation Profile was broken into components and each
aspect of the profile was discussed and analyzed in sequence. After analyzing the data contained
on the Dissertation Profile, certain tendencies became evident. For the purposes of this study, a
tendency is defined as occurring when a variable exceeds 65% of the total of a particular
category of variable. Such tendencies are summarized in Appendix D.
In the Dissertation Profile, there are three top-tier variable categories (within each top tier
there are lower tier variable categories), which are as follows:
Tier 1 – Dissertation Source Variables
Tier 2 – Research Methodology
Tier 3 – Dissertation Subject Variables
In tier 1, Dissertation Source Variables, three subcategories of variables had relative frequencies,
in excess of 65%. The three variables, which occur most frequently, are as follows:
A) Dissertations are produced mostly from “large institutions;”
B) Institutions are mostly “not members of CPED;” and
C) Students tend to seek doctoral degrees in education that are “other than PhD” degrees
(practically-oriented degrees like EdD or EdLD).
For Tier 2, research methodology, no variable category exceeded 65% in relative frequency
(a % of the total in any given category). The majority of the dissertations (56.9%) were
qualitative compared with 22.1% quantitative and 21.0% mixed method. In the final category of
the Dissertation Profile, the Tier 3 Dissertation Subject Variables that occur most frequently are
1) Dissertation subjects tend to be organizations;
2) Dissertation subjects tend to be “public sector” institutions;
3) Dissertation subjects tend to be in “Pre-K through 12” level of education; and
4) Dissertations tend to focus on practically-oriented strategy research.
The tendencies mentioned above serve to collectively describe the 408 dissertations that were
reviewed in this study.
In addition to the above-mentioned tendencies, certain variables are noteworthy in that
relationships were found. First, in Table 30 (Strategy Research and Research Intensity of Source
Institution), which is a cross-tabulation table, a statistically-significant difference was found
between the number of dissertations published from institutions with differing research intensity
and classified as strategy research that was either practical, hybrid, or academic in nature.
Second, the institutions tended not to be members of the CPED. Over the same two periods
considered in this study (Period 1=2005 through 2009 and Period 2 = 2010 through 2014),
dissertations from CPED member institutions increased from 22 in Period 1 to 54 in Period 2,
with a 145.45% increase from Period 1 to Period 2. The number of strategy-related dissertations
from “CPED members” increased (145.45% increase) at a faster rate than “not a member of
CPED” (38.85% increase). While institutions do not tend to be members of CPED, a 145.45%
increase in strategy-related dissertations produced at CPED member institutions is noteworthy in
that no other variable category on the Dissertation Profile increased from Period 1 to Period 2
with such magnitude.