Project management skills and activities that doctoral candidates use to manage their dissertation work successfully

by Pinis, Georgia A.

Abstract (Summary)
This case study investigated the project management skills and activities that doctoral candidates used to complete their dissertations successfully. The research was grounded in the project management body of knowledge. Eleven doctoral graduates were interviewed over a period of three months regarding which skills and activities helped them complete their doctoral dissertations in a timely manner. A focus group of interview participants was also utilized. It met to discuss the data used in this study plus suggestions for improving the doctoral program particularly the professional seminars. Although a dissertation is a major undertaking, most doctoral candidates had little or no project management training. The participants without formal project management training learned throughout the dissertation process. Through trial and error, he or she gained the skills needed to complete this major project. Communication, problem solving, and the ability to accomplish tasks were mentioned as the most commonly used project management skills. Time estimating and activity sequencing were mentioned as the most commonly used project management activities. The participants also cited the importance of the advisor and committee in completing the dissertation process successfully. Fewer project management activities were planned than were actually used. This research indicates that project management training would help doctoral candidates complete a dissertation.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:university of cincinnati


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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