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Journal Article

A Review of Factors and Activities Contributing to Proficient Academic Business Researchers  pp117-127

Adrian France

© Oct 2018 Volume 16 Issue 3, Editor: Ann Brown, pp103 - 172

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The role of academic faculty is research, teaching, and service. In an environment that requires research, there appears to be little published discussion of the scholarly activity conducted by proficient researchers. There are few researched and published papers on researcher’s activities and habits to conduct research. The lack of research on the activities of researchers leads to the practice of research viewed as mysticism. An exhaustive search of research into the factors and scholarly activities of academic business researchers is presented in this paper to understand what researchers do to generate and produce research. The review is intended to capture current ‘best research practice’, as guidance for developing researchers who are themselves seeking to become established. A framework of factors and activities impacting on the tertiary institute researcher is developed, and journal papers are reviewed. The review indicates that researchers are influenced by daily activities, personal characteristics, career stages, and institutional environments. A number of environmental factors appear to affect productivity of researchers and personal qualities of researchers are also found to be important. Career, time allocation, and performance assessment impacts are discussed.

 

Keywords: Academic development, research, university, significant research, publication

 

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Sources of Research Topic Generation: Lessons From Proficient Researchers of Business Management Disciplines  pp74-85

Adrian France

© Jun 2019 Volume 17 Issue 2, Editor: Paul Griffiths, pp55 - 101

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Abstract: Journal publications are an output of research though there is little research into the process that led to the outcome and the lack of discussion and debate surrounding the process leads to an allure of mysticism. This paper studies the norms of research through investigating how successful business researchers choose their research topics. In‑depth semi‑structured interviews were conducted with business researchers. Generating topic ideas by successful researchers were separated into two general sources: ‘Professional Capacity’ and ‘Individual Motivators’. The main Professional Capacity sources were students and previous research. These Professional Capacity sources can be used by an established researcher. The most valuable Individual Motivator is to read. Researchers also revealed that they chose topics they found intrinsically interesting rather than topics that would necessary have a significant impact on the literature. To achieve research and publication success, it is important to make research part of your routine and read, attend conferences, submit your work for review, and persevere.

 

Keywords: Research topic, significant research, publication, generation, initiation

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 16 Issue 3 / Oct 2018  pp103‑172

Editor: Ann Brown

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Keywords: mixed methods, pragmatism, paradigm wars, abduction, empirical phenomenon, case studies, Academic development, research, university, significant research, publication, research, design, pragmatism, criticisms, bilingualism, New Caledonia, nickel mining, critical discourse analysis, Appreciative Inquiry, Organisational Change, Lean Management, World café, Story-telling, Participative Action Research.

 

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Volume 17 Issue 2 / Jun 2019  pp55‑101

Editor: Paul Griffiths

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Keywords: Researcher, PhD, Academic, Career, Success, Challenges, Research uptake, Research quality, Viva voce examinations, the Defence, examination goodwill, viva voce reform, examination bias, rewriting dissertations, Research topic, significant research, publication, generation, initiation, Delphi Method; research method; information system; literature review; qualitative research

 

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