CEC Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches and Lectures


Acquiring and enhancing research skills: The professor-doctoral candidate perspective

Event Location / Date(s)

Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria / June 25-28, 2014

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Presentation Date


Conference Name / Publication Title

Proceedings of the 2014 Knowledge Management Conference


One of the key fundamental cornerstones of Philosophy Doctorate (Ph.D.) programs is to provide the graduate with the appropriate skills to conduct research on their own. As Ph.D. programs have been evolving over the past three decades to include hybrid (on-campus & online) or even fully online programs, such programs attracts more and more working professionals. These working professionals primarily wishes to advance their understanding deeper, seek a Ph.D. to obtain an academic position, or need such degree to pursue higher positions even within their own organizations. While these working professionals have significant skills in the Information Systems (IS) field, however, they have limited skills when it comes to conducting research. This paper will highlights the three integral components of a generic skill. For the purpose of the discussion, we will extend the definition of skill found in literature (Boyatzis & Kolb, 1991, 1995; Levy, 2005) to define research skills as the combination of knowledge, experience, and ability to conduct research well.


Conference website: http://iiakm.org/conference/