Developing your Programmatic Research Strategy - Part III

Developing your Programmatic Research Strategy - Part III

Greetings, hope you discovered our new blog and read the first posting last week.  We hope you did.  There were a few glitches getting everything set up and working but I think we are now fully operational.  Please consider joining our ongoing topical discussions.

This week I plan on discussing some additional personal experiences on the last four of Arnaudova’s suggestions for developing a programmatic research strategy.

7. Collaborate.  Arnaudova, encouraged collaboration and I do as well.  I just reviewed my CV and discovered only 6 of my 45 publications were done solo.  I have benefited from the many interests and areas of expertise developed by my colleagues.  I have found the give and take that happens when conducting collaborative research to be valuable and a great way to learn and explore new areas.  We now have that opportunity in the UOPX research centers and in the topical groups forming for that purpose. 

8. Present your research as a narrative.  Arnaudova’s advice to step back and examine your writing for themes that integrate your presentation is good.  I was lucky to have a dissertation chair who was a good writer and who was able to teach me some ways of identifying organizing themes.  I still draw concept maps De Simone (2007) and think about my papers from different perspectives using De Bono’s “six thinking hats.”  Recently, I have been learning how to use EndNotes which is my bibliographic database manager with NVivo the leading qualitative analysis program to do concept coding of the articles I reference. Using these tools, I have discovered some valuable perspectives that otherwise I had overlooked.  I recommend the process as described on the QSR international website. 

9. Be persistent but know when to quit.  It can be very hard to know when to quit.  I have found myself stuck several times when a series of studies did not pan out.  It seems we don’t want the effort to go to waste so we commit more time and energy to it, even when we sense that will not pay off.  Although others have been successful publishing negative results, I have not. 

10. Be a researcher.  I did not begin to truly identify myself as a researcher until I had been in practice for about 10 years.  I started to feel outdated and needed to reconnect with the research in IO.  Becoming a published research became a valuable process for motivating me to accomplish that identity shift.  I found many opportunities working with clients to do research for them and to support my work with them by research on the processes and effects of the work we did together.  My new focus led to others seeing me as “the researcher” in the firm which had the additional benefit of getting me assignments they were not interested in pursuing. 

I believe Arnaudova’s suggestions are all good ones.  The most important one is the one that provided the theme for the article and this blog.  It is to develop a programmatic line of research.  I can see now that doing that is a way to have your research have more impact than when it stands alone in a number of small, independent studies.  Your dissertation can provide a great base for such a programmatic line of research.

As the basketball season ends today with the NCAA Championship (GO Badgers!) and baseball’s opening season games start, what better next topic than BEER!  That’s right, our next blogger, Jenni Mastal Adams is also known as “the Beer snob” from her blog of that name.  Her contributions for the month of April with address Women and Minorities in the Craft Brewing Industry. Prost !

References

Arnaudova, I. (2014). Ten tips for developing a programmatic line of research. APS Observer, 27(9), 31-32.

De Bono, E. (1985). Six thinking hats: An essential approach to business management. New York, NY: Little, Brown, & Company.

De Simone, C. (2007). Applications of concept mapping. College Teaching, 55(1), 33-36.