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Research Workshops

Conducting Applied Research in the Field and Workplace

page last modified: 10/15/2018 01:08 PM

Since 1998, I've been teaching applied research workshops for professionals, managers and university faculty as well as for students.

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.

Inquire now about joining or scheduling a research workshop

Since 2004, I've been teaching a series of five research workshops every semester for the University of Pennsylvania to help Masters students identify and develop their Capstone projects. For additional administrative information, write to me at my upenn email address.

For writing examples, teaching notes and related messages, join the yahoo Research Papers group. For further discussion, join the LinkedIn Applied Research group.

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Sample Workshops

Sample Workshops

 Choosing a Research Topic

  • Identifying your Interests
  • Mind Maps; Concept Maps 
  • Identifying your audience

Getting Started on Research

  • Understanding knowledge creation: How do we know what (we think) we know?
  • The Research Process
  • Types of Research

Developing a Research Question and Thesis

  • 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
  • Variables
  • Hypotheses
  • The Unit of Analysis
  • Appropriate Scope
  • Choosing a Topic and Question for your Reseach Paper

Library and Web Resources

  • 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

Obtaining and Analyzing Data

  • The nature of scientific evidence
  • Types of data
  • how to used and present data
  • Validity and rigor
  • Assertions and support
  • Healthy skepticism

Organizing and Presenting your Work

  • 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


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