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Journal Article

Proposals for Designing and Controlling a Doctoral Research Project in Management Sciences  pp31-38

Jacques Lauriol

© Nov 2006 Volume 4 Issue 1, Editor: Arthur Money, pp1 - 66

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Analysis of available literature on the design and control of a doctoral research project has led to the updating of a certain number of "constants" concerning the difficulties PhD students encounter during this process. These "constants" revolve around the crucial yet arduous issue of what comprises a "good thesis". The present article offers a response to this question. It begins by highlighting the characteristics of the institutional context in which a doctoral study is carried out before offering three topics for thought (definition of the research project, deployment and evaluation of results). It concludes by focusing on the tension underlying all scientific research between "dissidence" (i.e., the ability to question "normal science") and "conformity" (the study's fit in an institutional context).


Keywords: Designing and controlling a research project, doctoral research in strategic management


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