For Professionals: Applied Research to help you become the leading authority in your field.
Managers: Develop and apply methodologies to answer fundamental questions about your industry and your organization, ,e.g., inexpensive experiments and other investigative techniques to test the effectiveness of marketing and other programs, tabletop exercises to determine crisis preparedness, audits to determine innovational and creative competencies, etc...
Faculty: Review research techniques and learn of new developments to help you and your colleagues publish insights on practice and education.
Since 2004, I've been teaching a series of five research workshops every semester for the University of Pennsylvania Organizational Dynamics program. For additional administrative information, write to the Organizational Dynamics office.
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- Identifying your Interests
- Mind Maps; Concept Maps
- Identifying your audience
- Understanding knowledge creation: How do we know what (we think) we know?
- The Research Process
- Types of Research
- Developing a research question
- Problem Formulation
- Developing a research thesis
- The Nomological Net: Concepts and Indicators
- Types of research projects and papers
- Types of Relationships
- The Unit of Analysis
- Appropriate Scope
- Choosing a Topic and Question for your Reseach Paper
- Coming up to speed on current knowledge
- Conducting a literature review
- Using the "Deep Web"
- Search techniques
- Evaluating sources
- Types of journals and journal articles
- Primary sources and secondary sources
- The nature of scientific evidence
- Types of data
- how to used and present data
- Validity and rigor
- Assertions and support
- Healthy skepticism
- Goals to consider in writing your paper
- The structure of a paper, how to organize it.
- Clear thesis; clear main supporting points
- Context & Connection: A hook for your audience
- The pyramid process: Using each section and each paragraph to support the main argument
- The structure and function of sections and paragraphs
- Understanding your paper from your reader's perspective Transitions between sections
- Specifics to make your writing compelling
- Steps in writing a research paper
- Closing: Discussion, conclusions, implications
Graphical & Numerical Display
- Principals of Visual Display
- Principals of Numerical Display
- Telling a Story with Pictures
- Telling a Story with Numbers
Case Study Research
- Designing Case Studies
- Preparing for Data Collection
- Collecting Data
- Analyzing Case Evidence
- Reporting and Publishing