Comparing lists of Dos and Don’ts
be as many of these lists as there are people who compile them!
is our list for maximising one’s learning to think like an
experienced management researcher.
what can be learned from models of good practice in the
literature by working out how the authors structure
argument and express themselves clearly.
into writing for assessment without thinking through how
structure it so as to build up a clear argument that
communicated and convincing to the assessors.
on making your writing style as fluent as possible, so
the assessors can easily grasp the argument that you are
trying to put across.
to impress your assessors by adopting a dense writing
relying on long complex sentences, in case it fails to
communicate your argument to them.
up the habit of asking questions and refining them to
that they focus tightly on what you need to find
that you know precisely what you are going to find out,
try to confirm your prejudices rather than check them
through your investigations.
to learn enough about the range of research methods
available to be able, when designing research, to make
informed decisions about which will best fit your
so hard on learning about substantive areas of the
management field that you fail to understand how
prepared to contribute your thinking in discussions
involving students or academics, having thought
about what you’re going to say.
so talkative in discussions involving students or
that you miss out on opportunities to learn from their
yourself in the position of your assessors and
your own writing from their point of view, to see how
meets the criteria that the assessors will be
so self-absorbed that you focus only on what you want to
in your writing for assessment, and so fail to take into
account the criteria the assessors will be referring to
judging your work.
If you have your
list, comparing it with ours may help you to reflect further on how
can capitalise on the learning opportunities available to you. Our
is far from exhaustive, but it does link to our account of following
logic of enquiry as applied to the management field.
One way of
about the relationship between Dos and Don’ts is to view them as
opposites. This is what we have done. But not every Do need
be seen as the flipside of a Don’t. The important learning point for
is to gain a strong sense of how you can actively promote your
learning to think like an expert management researcher, by
harnessing the incidental as well as formal opportunities that
experiences as a student or an academic may present.