|November 29, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Education, Management, Research||
Are you considering a doctoral degree? Have you considered narrowing your area of interest prior to entering a program to facilitate dissertation-related research? If you have your PhD, how did you arrive at your dissertation topic? Did you have it in mind from the moment you bought your first set of graduate-level textbooks, or were there 2 or 3 or 14 iterations before you found one that “worked”?
At her blog Nonprofit Leadership 601, Heather Carpenter, offers thoughtful guidance on selecting a dissertation topic (Ms. Carpenter is pursuing her PhD in Leadership at the University of San Diego) – a crucial decision point that sets the stage (and often the tone) for the rest of your research. Arming yourself with knowledge from those who have been through similar situations is an excellent method of coping with the intense pressure of planning and delivering your dissertation.
Heather Carpenter offers writings and resources on a variety of nonprofit topics at her website.