Identify a skill that you learned in this course, and explain how you can apply it to increase success as a DBA student.
The question that troubled my mind before I started my DBA program would take me to succeed in the long run. While I did not find the correct answer from the word go, I later learned that, as a DBA student, I must possess specific skills and qualities to become successful. One of these competencies is a skill that falls under critical thinking: problem-solving. According to Brodin (2016), approximately all doctoral students acknowledge and appreciate the importance of critical thinking and creative thinking skills in their student-student and student-professor engagements and projects. Concisely, I am no exception to this finding because my learning experiences have allowed me to recognize and incorporate problem-solving into my research project.
Problem-solving is critical in present-day society and business; I plan to apply my doctorate studies’ skills to achieve much-needed success. DBA is an advanced program that requires me to handle complex ideas. To address such assumptions, facts, and concepts, I would have to remain a problem solver, asking the 5Ws: why, what, who, how, and when. Problem-solving is inextricably linked to intense curiosity and focus. The skill would allow me as a DBA student to conduct a solution-driven project (Sambrook & Stewart, 2008). For instance, my doctoral study revolves around investigating a real-world business problem, focusing on a specific multinational firm. Like any other MNC, the business enterprise is characterized by wide-ranging organizational and corporate level challenges, such as achieving and maintaining the competitive edge in its respective industry. In response to these business problems, I would apply problem-solving to my project by brainstorming and researching to provide evidence-based solutions.
Brodin, E. (2016). Critical and creative thinking nexus: Learning experiences of doctoral students. Studies in Higher Education, 41(6), 971-989.
Sambrook, S. & Stewart, J. (2008). Developing critical reflection in professional focused doctorates: A facilitator’s perspective. Journal of European Industrial Training, 32(5), 359-373.