My Notes from the Dissertation Journey Panel Session 24 Jun 2015

These are notes I used to prepare for the GW dissertation panel session I participated in 24 Jun 2015. There will probably be some overlap with the panel session in which I participated in 2016, but it is too much work for me to collate all the information into a single blog post.
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Organizing Graduate Study Class Materials

I collected, managed, and updated all class materials electronically using Evernote, text files, and tools to make pdfs searchable. This post describes my system and a few related ideas.
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Reflections on My Dissertation Journey Through Chapter 4: Findings

These are thoughts I put together to prepare for a panel session at GW organized for Cohort 25 as they embark on their dissertation journey. It addresses dissertation strategy, motivation, keeping a dissertation journal, tools and techniques, field journal notebooks, general dissertation tips, and some lessons learned that are not in my other dissertation blog posts.
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Dissertation Proposal Defense Preparation

This post is about how I prepared for my dissertation proposal defense. My dissertation is in the social sciences, so this may not be applicable to other disciplines. I discuss a preparation checklist that I uploaded. While I have heard horror stories about people behaving badly at defenses (both doctoral students and academics) but I am not going to address them here.
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Dissertation Data Collection Lessons

This blog post represents my personal reflections on the dissertation data collection process for people doing social science dissertations. The lessons I have drawn from my experience may or may not help others. This post is primarily a way for me to get my thoughts in order about the experiences I have had. Any other impact is a bonus.
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Checklist for an Effective Bibliographic Search Strategy

I think one of the key skills an aspiring academic researcher should develop is retrieving research relevant to your research question. I cannot say how well this is taught at any particular academic institution, but a recent paper by Goodman, Gary, & Wood, Bibliographic Search Training for EBMgt Education (2014) notes that many novice researcher struggle with this. I constructed a checklist for myself for future searches that others might find useful.
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George Washington University Executive Leadership Program

The George Washington University accepts applications each year through 1 Feb 15 for the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program. I finished classes in August 2014 and am working on the dissertation. This is an amazing educational opportunity that I highly recommend to anyone willing to do the work (it is a lot of work). The faculty are top notch, the program is 25yrs old and exceptionally well designed. They are accept applications each year through February 1, 2015. Prospective students can reach the Recruitment Coordinator, Samantha Coughlin at elpnow@gwu.edu or 703-726-8396. The program brochure is in the Files Available for Download, GWU directory, ELP Program Brochure 2014.pdf
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Learning Experience of Tough Cases Dissertation Proposal

Abstract: Large numbers of workers will be retiring in the next decade, leaving significant experience and expert knowledge gaps in many organizations. One of the most significant workforce challenges in the future will be training less-experienced workers quickly to become experts. The methodology to address the research question will be a case study at an organization that does tough case training.
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Advice and Suggestions for First-Year GWU ELP Cohorts

The GWU Human and Organizational Learning (H&OL) Executive Leadership doctoral Program (ELP) is divided into Cohorts as opposed to class year. I am a member of Cohort 24. This blog post is a collection of my lessons from the first year that might be of some interest to members of future cohorts (or anyone else starting graduate school). Topics include: Group collaboration tool (wiggio.com), Listserv warning, Notetaking, Strategies for dividing the reading (aka "cooperate to graduate"), Software tools I use, Create systems/process for everything, Assignments, Study hours and efficiency, Cohort 23 "Pearls of Wisdom", Other quick notes
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GWU Human and Organizational Learning HOL Program Overview

I am in my second year of the GWU Human and Organizational Learning (H&OL) doctoral program, an interdisciplinary approach, studying individual/organizational effectiveness, combines leadership, management, sociology, biology, psychology, and anthropology (the acronym I created is either P-LAMBS or B-LAMPS). It balances theory, research, and practices relevant to interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning, organized around three constructs (Organizational Development & change, leadership development, learning): organizational development and change; leadership development; and learning (individual, group and organizational). I chose this program because I am more interested in how people and the human systems they design approach and adapt to solve the complex problems that interest them. I am less interested in finding a "sharper tool" to solve problems. 
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