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Session Type: PDW Workshop
Program Session: 222 | Submission: 11784 | Sponsor(s): (MC)
Scheduled: Saturday, Aug 11 2018 8:00AM - 12:30PM at Hyatt Regency Chicago in Columbus IJ
Improving Doctoral Research: Harnessing Disruption and Transformation
Improving Doctoral Research

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Chair: Nancy Wallis, Claremont Graduate U.
Facilitator: Steven Munkeby, Colorado Technical U.
Presenter: Jean E. Neumann, Tavistock Institute
Presenter: Peter Sorensen, Benedictine U.
Presenter: Therese F. Yaeger, Benedictine U.
Presenter: Joanne Preston, Joanne C. Preston & Associates
Presenter: Lyle Yorks, Columbia U.
Presenter: Kurt Motamedi, Pepperdine U.
Presenter: David Brian Szabla, Western Michigan U.
Presenter: Carole Lalonde, Laval U.
Presenter: David Coghlan, Trinity College Dublin
Presenter: Cara T. Miller, Inquiry Partners Coach - Minds at Work Consultant
Presenter: Emmanuel Monod, Shanghai SUIBE U.
Presenter: David Jamieson, U. of St. Thomas
Building on frameworks from our previous doctoral consortiums, this year’s Consortium explores disruption and transformation in our dissertation topics, subjects and sites, methodologies, and ourselves as researchers. Since disruptors are a “motivating force” for changing what currently exists, what may seem to be going well, and does not appear to need change, disruptive innovations and technologies will often create challenges, processes, and products with different values from what is considered the common and acceptable approach to long-term sustainability. According to Christensen, the Theory of Disruptive Innovation is a process that disrupts current technologies and management practices onto a path of different values, breakthrough technologies, and “something new” that persons may recognize as a displacement of what they currently use. Since the disruptive process happens over time and requires new models of understanding, the pending disruptions can be a surprise, or, better yet, systems can be informed by disruptive intelligence through research that expands perspectives and therefore increases the likelihood of understanding and leveraging such disruptive technological trends. Using insights from the recent three consortiums (1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person perspectives) and their integration in this exploration of disruption, we seek to increase our understanding of how system-oriented issues can be part of the efforts to find connections between academia and practice. We will explore new ways of dealing with disruption and transformation that inform new possibilities for research. How might we become more aware and comfortable with all the ways disruptive innovations and technologies might show up in the researcher’s efforts and methodology? For a doctoral student, a systems- oriented approach to disruption might involve understanding the chosen system (i.e., literature review), introducing a disruptor consideration (i.e., problem, purpose, and research question), collecting data on the feasibility, benefits, and limitations of the disruptor from literature, interviews, and/or secondary data; and a conclusion on the analysis of the disruptor’s influence. The design of this Doctoral Consortium will allow participants to:  Explore how might one's research be undertaken so as to leverage disruption and transformation that may occur naturally in the doctoral process  Identify practical ways to address disruption and transformation in the conceptualization of research, the design of methodology, and data analysis  Increase understanding about the application of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person inquiry practice as ways to manage disruption and transformation in the doctoral process
Most participants need to pre-register via the Chair before the meeting. On the day, doctoral students may sign in on condition of being present for entire session which starts at 8:00am sharp. Pre- registration is required for this session. To register online, please visit Please contact the Chair,, to obtain the approval code. The deadline to register online is July 30, 2018. Breakfast will be offered from 7:30 - 8:00. Come early to eat and network before we start at 8:00.
KEY TO SYMBOLS Teaching-oriented Teaching-oriented   Practice-oriented Practice-oriented   International-oriented International-oriented   Theme-oriented Theme-oriented   Research-oriented Research-oriented   Teaching-oriented Diversity-oriented
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