ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Getting inside the mind of an expert management researcher
Your learning through the two-way process of academic discourse
Who do we think you are?
Who do you think your audience is?
What’s distinctive about researching management?
Induction into a western tradition of academic scholarship
What’s your ‘academic comfort zone’, and how could you expand it?
Official expectations that you will develop your critical frame of mind
Expectations check-up
How well does your work match-up to your assessors’ expectations?
Are you a more critical thinker than you realise?
Experiences of thinking critically in your academic work
Helping yourself learn to think like an expert management researcher
Comparing lists of Dos and Don’ts
Maximising your learning by linking critical reading with self-critical writing
Helping yourself learn to think like an expert management researcher


The more aware you are that your academic work presents you with opportunities to learn consciously how to think like an expert management researcher, the more you can make the most of these opportunities. Equally, you can avoid missed opportunities or doing things that might otherwise inhibit your learning. If you are in a position to interact with other students in your community, you will probably be aware what an important source for your learning they can be, just as your contribution can help them.

In other words, you can maximise the speed of your learning by 'learning how to learn': actively seek and make full use of every individual and collective learning opportunity.

To reinforce your thinking about helping yourself to learn, try completing this table. List up to:

  • six significant things you can do (‘Dos’)
  • six significant things you can avoid doing (‘Don’ts’) - whether working on your own or with other students or academics - to maximise your learning to think like an expert management researcher 

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