November 08, 2019
In this webinar we have been looking at the difference of research and development, how it is the R can earn you the doctorate, but not the D; and how to align both.
For the start we discussed why students are often getting caught by the D. One reason is of course that doing D is associated with getting to the desired solution and outcome expectation. But given that there is always some development happening in the work environment, given that we talk about a living organization, how shall we best approach such development from the perspective of our doctoral research? As we have been discussing, and as illustrated in the image below, such alignment is quite feasible as long as done carefully and being well aware of the whole situation.
With this we have been also looking at the differences of Doing Research so to examine problems, and Doing Research related to Development and targeted at potential solutions. Or let us put it differently: ever thought about how the Action Research Cycle [Research] and the Deming’ PDCA Cycle [Development] might serve so to allow for a common vocabulary and shared views that facilitate your role as a researcher in your organization and to communicate with your development focused colleagues so to align your R with their D efforts?
Towards the end of the webinar we then took a critical look on how the different parts of the [Research] and [Development] process could be leveraged into your thesis, how and where to draw your boundaries, and so to decide what goes into the thesis and what is out.
Following is a sample of the slides from the webinar. The full slide set is available here.
As always, we welcome your thoughts on topics that would be valuable to you or others going forward.