The following is an exemplary thesis or problem statement from one of the award-winning dissertations we studied. In his study, evaluating the influence of stakeholder relationships on corporate performance, Finch (2010) takes care of all of these issues directly and concisely.
Researchers have argued that relationship capital is intrinsically linked to shareholder value (Bontis & Serenko, 2009; Daum, 2002; Kaplan & Norton, 2004; Lacey, 2007; see also Ledingham, 2003; MacMillan et al., 2004; Porter, 1985, 2008; Prior, 2006, 2007). The problem is how to understand the empirical relationship between the quality of a firm‘s relationship with its stakeholders and shareholder value. To confront this problem, I designed and tested a statistical model and instrument that enables researchers to empirically link stakeholder generated relationship capital to shareholder value. (p. 6).
What makes this examplary and how can you emulate it?
The problem statement should be one to two paragraphs long, requiring, therefore, that all of the following are given 1 to 2 sentences each.
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