A Reflection on my Doctoral Study



A Reflection on my Doctoral Study



Tutor’s Name

12th, December 2012



In this paper, I will give a summative discussion of the progress I am making in my doctoral study. This mainly focuses on my study concept, as well as details of how I have developed and established it to its current standing. In addition, I will discuss the importance of my doctoral concept in the business world. The importance of this concept in management will as well be highlighted. I consider my doctoral study concept as important to me at my personal level, and equally important at the societal level. Personally, this study will make me a better scholar-practitioner, as it has exposed me to great experience in the scholarly world. Similarly, the society will benefit from this through the positive social change that my study concept aims at achieving. In the business world, my study findings will be effective in boosting the productivity of companies, as a solution will be offered to one of the problems affecting employees’ productivity at their workplace.

The Development and Establishment of the Study

            My study has already covered considerable steps in its process toward completion. During the initial days of my study, I lacked a wealth of information on how I would handle the problem in the study. However, with each passing day, I familiarized myself with relevant sources, which were also authoritative, and these have greatly contributed to the progress of my study. I particularly found my course texts of great importance as they guided me on the essentials of a qualitative study, thereby equipping me with the knowledge of how to go about my doctoral study (Creswell, 2007). To a greater extent, my instructors have been my stronghold as they have mentored me in the course of my doctoral study. Nonetheless, this course continues to enlighten me, especially in the area of qualitative study. I still have quite a long way to go; therefore, I purpose to adopt the most effective ways of approaching my doctoral concept, so that my project will be reliable and applicable to the outside world.

The Study

            The primary focus of my study is the use of yoga as a strategy for back pain prevention at the workplace. This will be helpful in lowering the absenteeism level of employees, because of back pains, and in return, boost productivity of companies. Back pain is a problem experienced by most adults, especially those who work for long hours, sitting, or standing, and it is regarded as a problem that emanates from civilization (“EhealthMD” 2012.) Physical therapy modalities, including yoga are among the suggested solutions for back pains (Patel & Ogle, 2000). By disseminating the research findings to the corporate world, managers can incorporate yoga programs in their work places, a practice that will serve as a preventive strategy of back pains among the employees. This strategy will lower the rate of employee absenteeism, thereby, increasing their productivity. Yoga programs in work places will therefore be a worthy investment considering its benefits to both the employees and the company.

This study concept has the general delimitation of achieving considerable lowering of employee absenteeism and boosting company productivity. However, it also has a limitation, which is inevitable. The fact that the study suggests yoga only as the preventive strategy for back pains is quite restrictive. Different employees have varying beliefs and perceptions about yoga, therefore, not all employees will accept to participate in the yoga programs, as those who are conservatively opposed to yoga will decline. Nonetheless, this study will achieve a positive change in the work place, by increasing employee productivity. This influences positively on society through the positive social change that is experienced. Additionally, the completion of this study will mold me into a better scholar.



“EhealthMD.” (20 March 2012). “What is Back Pain?” Retrieved December 12th, 2012


Creswell, J. (2007). “Qualitative inquiry & research design: Choosing among five approaches.”

(2nd ed.). Sage Publications, London.

Patel, A. & Ogle, A. (2000) “Diagnosis and Management of Acute Low Back Pain.” American

Family Physician. 15; 61(6):1779-1786.

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