PhD Progress & Thoughts

Conducting Research with Integrity

I used to downplay the importance of personal integrity when I was younger because, I suppose, the stakes were much lower and I didn't fully appreciate what professional integrity looks like in practice. Well, now I do. When it comes to conducting my research, I personally uphold three principles for ensuring that I work with… Continue reading Conducting Research with Integrity

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Culture Studies · PhD Progress & Thoughts

If My Father-In-Law Doesn’t Have to Wear Makeup, Neither Do I

The other day, it struck me that my father-in-law has never been expected to wear makeup his entire life. He's 72 this year, and a respected businessman within his company. Standards for professionalism, and how he's expected to dress, start and finish with the quality of his clothes and whether his hair is brushed. After… Continue reading If My Father-In-Law Doesn’t Have to Wear Makeup, Neither Do I

Culture Studies · PhD Progress & Thoughts

The Different Dynamic Between Two Different Supervisory Teams

Well, I'm one of the few people who are unfortunate enough to have to change my supervisory teams. Partially because one of my supervisors left the university, but also because I required a better fit for my stakeholders. What I noticed, on top of the quirks present in the new college I am a part… Continue reading The Different Dynamic Between Two Different Supervisory Teams

PhD Progress & Thoughts

Feeling Vindicated – When Academic Authors Publish A Paper on What You’ve Been Doing All Along

What's the Paper? This; (Open Access Paper) Boaz, Hanney, Borst, O'Shea & Kok (2018). How to Engage Stakeholders In Research: Design Principles to Support Improvement. Health Research Policy & Systems. 16(60). This paper illustrates, in essence, the fact that collaboration with the stakeholders who are intended to use the output of research increases the likelihood of… Continue reading Feeling Vindicated – When Academic Authors Publish A Paper on What You’ve Been Doing All Along

Culture Studies · PhD Progress & Thoughts

Not To Be Contrarian, But…

How many issues in academic research could actually be solved by acknowledging social loafers, or people who just don't do their job properly due to laziness and/or a bad attitude? I suspect there's an unmeasured variable here somewhere and I'm not sure it would be a popular study to undertake, should this idea gain momentum.… Continue reading Not To Be Contrarian, But…

PhD Progress & Thoughts

When to Use Risk Management and when to use Crisis Management

So, have I told you about my opinions on Risk Management and Crisis Management yet? No? Then allow me; I am of the school of thought that postulates that Risk Management is not a cure-all for risky situations, and that Crisis Management needs to be implemented in its place in many areas of leadership and… Continue reading When to Use Risk Management and when to use Crisis Management