Attending SPSS Workshop and what to expect out of it.

Hi, everyone. I got a chance to attend a workshop on SPSS and I thought of sharing what I learned, what we should expect and how can you retain what we learn in a workshop. It was a ten days workshop. We started with an introduction as usual and fortunately, our tutor was highly experienced and he was aware of the nerves of both SPSS and our level of understanding.

Tutor and other faculties tried their best to explain to us what they had experienced over the years. It was effective and smooth. It gave a long-lasting learning. However, any workshop attended is always time, resource and people constrained in nature.

Let’s break it here now. I will tell you in points what was the overall learning.

1. As tutors are always great in the workshop you can expect to learn good outcomes

2. Tutors have enough knowledge that you can get almost any query answered.

3. You can discuss your research problem if you want to.

4 Without keeping on practising you will only retain the name of tutor and workshop.

5Workshop are meant to bring enthusiasm, time-bound learning and fruitful future commitments

6 Workshops give you glimpses of very out of box knowledge of your specific area so keep making notes

7 Workshops also help you develop the network and create your own research peer group to discuss problems in future also.

8 It also helps to gain knowledge of the new source, new data sets, new techniques etc

I would like to conclude with this point that a researcher must attend a few of the good workshop. These effectively help a researcher to refresh and bring new determinations and commitment to research. I will be waiting for your comments and responses.

Thank you all


If you dare, there can always be new ways of approaching research questions, although the method proposed by Alvesson and Sandberg may not, for obvious reasons(!), be suitable for young researchers at all and as all university professors tell their students, “don’t try to take on too ambitious projects at first. Read the post below ”

A good argument: the thesis of the thesis

It informs in brief on structuring arguments for doctoral writing.

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By Susan Carter

It is easy (and sounds self-evident) to say that a thesis needs a thesis—i.e., an argument—but it’s easier said than done to produce that thesis in doctoral writing. This post proposes that the thinking done through writing is perhaps the most powerful route to developing a good argument. I’ll begin by considering the qualities of a good argument before pondering on ways to tell whether an argument has really developed to its best iteration. Often it is only once the whole project is completed that the author is able to say defensibly what the findings of the project mean. This means just before submission they need to make what is usually called an argument.

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Making the First Step towards Academic Writing: Learning to Write or Writing to Learn?

“In research, you write to Inform not to Impress”  This was the statement of Prof. Sashi Misra a senior faculty at EDII.  He is a renowned scholar and prolific writer in the field of social psychology, Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management and a man of few words.

Without an iota of doubt, I can convincingly say that writing a manuscript for a top class journal (featured in the FT50 list) is a dream for every researcher. But then during the process to achieve it, we started to realize that, writing academically is a lot different than writing casually or the way we were writing till today.

As a researcher, I have also gone through the pain of academic writing and It made me a keen observer. Like others, I started to read many researh articles published in the best journals and tried to develop one. I was enthusiastic and wrote with a lot of fervour and submitted to a journal. and It was rejected. I got frustrated and allowed my emotion to take control of me. After a while, I introspected and realised the flaws. This was a lesson worth remembering.

I realised emulating a writing style of another author is easy, but the difficulty lies in content, comprehension and building a logic, and these are unique to the authors.

It is said ‘life’s best lessons are learned from the failures’ I realized I have to start fresh and with a difference. I started by writing an annotated bibliography of a research article and it gives me a lot of confidence to go forward.

Soon,  I found another way while reading a journal (Family Business Review) in my research area. it is known as FBR Precis. Although precise writing was not new to me, as I used to write them for proses in High school. The FBR precis is written on a research study featured in FBR and get published in the weekly edition of the FFI Practitioner. The Precis are written within 1000 words and cover three areas; an introduction, findings of the study and implications.

Reading a couple of precis gave me the confidence to write one, and I will suggest others to give it a try.  Now, it is not the only method, there are other methods as well as plenty of resources available to help a researcher to learn to write academically but then, academic writing is a skill and can only be acquired through hands-on experience i.e you have to write first in order to learn.

For those interested to read a precis. I am writing the link below

Hope you give a try for writing one soon.

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Who will study and review Public Policies and Schemes? Is this a researcher’s job?

The government of every country and state bring policies and schemes for the welfare of society and the nation. These governments implement policies and schemes through their departments and sometimes they assess them with either own departments OR external agencies.  This assessment process has nothing to do with:

What new theories are evolving while implementing the scheme or policy?

Why the existing theories or not working while implementation or in it’s impact?

Why global research findings are not matching?

What was the initial flaw in terms of conceptualization of the policy or scheme? ‘ etc…

In the entire process from policy or scheme conceptualization to implementation, the concerned government department or agency does not see a possibility of theorizing a phenomenon or identifying a theoretical relationship with field-level data. And they assume, ‘it is not their job’.

So whose job is this? Is this a researcher’s job who is either in a doctoral course or post-doctoral assignment, a faculty who is studying public policies/schemes or a consultancy firm who reads/analyzes the data and based on the analysis floats some project?

As a teacher, I see students struggling while exploring their research areas – either for their doctoral dissertation, post-doctoral research or a research paper. They explore with zeal and confidence by reviewing the existing literature – mostly referring research articles published in top-tier journals, but these researchers have no interest in studying the Public Policies or schemes with a view to understanding theoretical grounding of policy or schemes.

Why they do not see this as an opportunity for research? I think these researchers assume that ‘understanding a policy or schemes in not academic job’.  If this is that assumption, I do not agree with that.

In fact, data on these policies and schemes are available to any researcher who wants to study. Most importantly – concerned government department or agency will be happy in supporting them since these arms of government would learn significant findings of the policy they implemented and would know what kinds of policies and schemes be required in the country.

In a true sense, this kind of attempt by a researcher would help the government and country in a bigger way.

Should the focus be ‘Publication’ or ‘Reading’?

The academic research programs across the globe are focusing on research publications in top-tier journals-, especially doctoral programs. Every student who joins research program wishes to get through ‘A*’ or at least ‘A’ grade publication to secure the post-doctorate job in good institutions. However, the data on the number of top graded publications is not so satisfying. Also, the correlation between “yearly student enrollments” and “top rated journal publications by research students” are not justified. Why?

The governments of countries and states have been increasing the allocated budget on ‘Student Research’ year on year; still, the country like India faces difficulty in getting through top-rated research publications. Why?

I was listening to one scholar – who has published many seminal research works and continues to contribute good quality publications – says, “it is not the focus on publication that helps you to publish top-rated journal articles, but, it is all about your reading and grasping the power of learning from reading the scholarly and path-breaking works”.

He further says that ‘the Doctoral program students should be guided and enabled to understand ‘what is a good piece for reading’ and ‘what is not’. In libraries, you find every kind of books, magazines, journals and research articles, but what to read is all about your understanding and discretion about your subject’.

After listening to him I can say that good and impactful reading enables the student to conceptualize a good ‘research question’ and an ‘answer of good research question’ in terms of scholarly contribution (viz. articles, book and research paper) can be easily published in top-rated publication.