Is Your
Doctoral Work
Drifting?

Thank you for coming, we will
start in just a moment
We will start in just a moment
PhD Drift: What is it? Where does it happen?

Today we will cover
1. Elements of drift
2. Where it shows
3. How to recover
Time is Not Your Friend
1. Ideas drift: change
with policies/
innovations, etc.
2. Require constant
updates with
literatur...
Drift During Planning
1. It is not a good idea
not to know where
you are going for too
long = loss of
momentum and
motivat...
Drift During Writing
the Proposal
1. = loss of momentum
and motivation
2. Universities change
the goals/standards
Where does it show up?
1. Topic drift
2. Writer chasing the
rules rather than
building an argument
3. Loss of internal
con...
Specifically…
1. More than one topic/
often not from the
same family.
2. Problem statement vs.
lead in, context, ideas
in ...
What is the wood your
work drifts against?
1. University guidelines
2. Model dissertations or
thesis
3. Feedback from
prof...
How to recover?
1. Focus
2. Have a good pit crew
1. Reading
2. Editor
3. Supervisor

3. Self belief –
champions
4. Motivat...
What are you
favorite tools for
recovery?
• Groups?
• Tools?
• University level help?
• ????
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Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Drift: Are you a victim?

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Part of our ongoing free webinar series at https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctoralnet/conferences, DoctoralNet.com discusses drift - what it is, how to recognize it and how to recover. This session was recorded at https://www.bigmarker.com/doctoralnet/room89 during which one of the participants had a very useful example of drift in his research on outsourcing in the automotive industry. Go there if you want to hear that example

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Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Drift: Are you a victim?

  1. 1. Is Your Doctoral Work Drifting? Thank you for coming, we will start in just a moment We will start in just a moment
  2. 2. PhD Drift: What is it? Where does it happen? Today we will cover 1. Elements of drift 2. Where it shows 3. How to recover
  3. 3. Time is Not Your Friend 1. Ideas drift: change with policies/ innovations, etc. 2. Require constant updates with literature
  4. 4. Drift During Planning 1. It is not a good idea not to know where you are going for too long = loss of momentum and motivation 2. Also not good to change to meet requirements without understanding them
  5. 5. Drift During Writing the Proposal 1. = loss of momentum and motivation 2. Universities change the goals/standards
  6. 6. Where does it show up? 1. Topic drift 2. Writer chasing the rules rather than building an argument 3. Loss of internal consistency 4. Poor review between iterations of methodological design
  7. 7. Specifically… 1. More than one topic/ often not from the same family. 2. Problem statement vs. lead in, context, ideas in lit, etc. 3. Research questions, purpose or are not consistent 4. Theoretical foundation no longer supports the methodology
  8. 8. What is the wood your work drifts against? 1. University guidelines 2. Model dissertations or thesis 3. Feedback from profs/mentors
  9. 9. How to recover? 1. Focus 2. Have a good pit crew 1. Reading 2. Editor 3. Supervisor 3. Self belief – champions 4. Motivation – outside sources of inspiration.
  10. 10. What are you favorite tools for recovery? • Groups? • Tools? • University level help? • ????
  11. 11. Upcoming News/Events NOTE: Always Sign in First! 1. Last week or so for 30% off from Sage on the new book: http://www.sagepub.com/ vip/james/ Doctoral Group Space 3. Know anyone else who might want our services? Sign up as an affiliate and earn a free 30 minute consultation as a “Thank You.” Send out notices using your affiliate code and anyone signing up using it earns you either money or services – your choice. http://www.doctoralnet.com/idevaffiliate/index.p hp 4. Do you read our blog? http://www.doctoralnet.com/professors-blog.html 5. Bundles of Help: For proposals http://promos.doctoralnet.com/proposal-fordissertation/ For writing http://promos.doctoralnet.com/academic-writing/ 6. Conferences: https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctor alnet/conferences • Sat 9th – Chapter 1 • Sun 10th – Linking lit and methods • Sat 16th Writing Chapters, Paragraphs, etc • Sat 17th All about abstracts • Sat 23rd APA • Sun 24th Inspirational Stories

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