The capstone is the summative component of the Master of Arts in Organizational Management program submitted by a graduate student. It is designed to demonstrate the in-depth learning and higher-order thinking of the student. The capstone activity is meant to be an analysis of knowledge --breaking the information down into its component parts, and also the synthesis of new knowledge -- assembling the parts into a new coherent whole.
The capstone is also meant to be practical and useful. The student should choose an area that is uniquely and personally important and research that area.
It is expected that the capstone will provide scholarly and practical contributions to the Concordia University community and to the learner’s workplace or the workplace in general, as well as expressing leadership for organizational change and a capacity for informal decision-making.
Various Kinds of Research
The capstone is driven by research and creative synthesis, but there are many different research methodologies. Concordia takes the broad view in defining research—believing that there are many ways of knowing and learning. These research methodologies include the following:
Action Research: to develop new skills or new approaches with emphasis on direct application within an applied setting.
Case Study: the intensive study of the background, current status, and ecological interactions of a given individual, group, or organization.
Causal Comparative: two or more existing groups of people are compared to study consequences and search for plausible causal factors.
Correlational: to investigate the extent to which one variable affects another, varying according to diverse factors, using correlation coefficients to describe the relationship.
Content Analysis: the contents of a communication are analyzed to look for possible relationships or patterns.
Descriptive: to describe systematically a situation or area of interest, analyzing it according to new or traditional theory.
Developmental: to investigate patterns and sequences of growth or change as a function of age or time.
Field Study: a study of group interaction or reactions in a real event or process, without experimenter manipulation of variables.
Historical: to reconstruct the past objectively and accurately, often in relation to the tenability of a hypothesis.
Quasi-Experimental: an approximation of true experimental research. Not all relevant variables are controlled or manipulated, but the experimenter takes these limitations into account.
Survey: information is collected to describe the characteristics of an individual or group.
True Experimental: investigating possible cause-and-effect relationships, by exposing experimental and control groups to manipulation of an independent variable.