About the book
Taking up a doctorate sets you apart from the rest. If you are at a turning-point stage in your corporate or management career, where you are actively thinking of attaining the highest level of educational degree to create that extra edge in your career, then this book is for you. In this book, Dr. Raman K Attri shares his personal experience through his 2 doctorates. Dr. Raman will guide you through how to plan for this daunting path effortlessly. This book will provide you with key strategies to address behind-the-scenes challenges and complete your doctorate with reasonably less efforts. Through several reflective questions embedded in the book, you will be able to assess if taking up a doctorate path is the right decision for you. In this book, you will be able to identify the skills, competencies, and expertise required to undertake successful doctorate research, leverage your current and previous practice-based experience and translate that into doctorate research.
This book is meant for working professionals like employees, managers, and executives who think taking up Ph.D. is a daunting journey.
I have set up this book as a journey that has four segments:
In the first segment, the book explains why we wish to take up this journey.
In the second segment, I discuss how long the overall journey will take, how difficult it is, the other challenges you will face, and the other aspects that you ideally need to know before you embark on that journey.
In the third segment, the skills/virtues to be assessed, such as whether you have what it takes to complete the doctoral journey are described. That is because there are several skills that you’re going to need to embark on this journey.
In the fourth and the last segment, guidance is offered about “if all goes well, how do you start your journey?”
Table of Content
1.1 ONE-WAY JOURNEY
1.2 KEY TAKEAWAYS
1.3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1.5 FINAL THOUGHTS
UNDERSTANDING YOUR MOTIVES AND DRIVERS
2.1 UNDERSTANDING THE WORTH
2.2 SMART CHOICES
2.3 SET THE IMPRESSION
2.4 START WITH WHY
2.5 KNOW THE VALUE
2.5.1 VALUE TO YOU
2.5.2 VALUE TO ORGANIZATIONS
2.6 DEFINE THE VALUE
2.6.1 VALUE FOR YOUR PRACTICE OR CAREER
2.6.2 LONG-TERM VALUE (>14 YEARS)
2.6.4 MAIN PRODUCT
2.7 MAKING SMART CHOICES
NAVIGATING THE ANATOMY OF A DOCTORATE JOURNEY
3.1 CHOOSING THE STRUCTURE
3.1.1 BY FOCUS
3.1.2 BY TENURE
3.1.3 BY STRUCTURE
3.1.4 BY ASSESSMENT
3.1.5 BY MODE
3.1.6 PhD vs PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE
3.1.7 CONSIDER ALL FACTORS
3.2 ESTIMATE THE TIME
3.2.1 THESIS WORK
3.2.2 ASSESSMENT WORK
3.2.3 PREPARING FOR A BOOK
3.3 ASSESS THE LEVEL OF EFFORTS
3.3.1 LEARNING NEW SKILLS
3.3.2 WORK-LIFE BALANCE
3.3.3 READING ARTICLES ENDLESSLY
3.4 FIGURE OUT THE SKILLS
3.4.1 PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
3.4.2 PERSONAL SKILLS
3.5 STAY OPEN TO FEEDBACK
ASSESSING YOUR BEST BETS AND LEVERAGES
4.1 KNOW YOUR PERSONALITY
4.2 LEVERAGE YOUR BEST BETS
4.2.1 GOAL-ORIENTED MANAGEMENT
4.2.2 PRAGMATIC APPROACHES
4.2.3 SYSTEMS THINKING
4.3 FIND THE KEY LEVERAGES
4.3.1 TECHNOLOGICAL LEVERAGES
4.3.2 ECOSYSTEM LEVERAGES
4.3.3 PERSONAL LEVERAGES
4.4 PERSONALITY & ECOSYSTEM
HOW TO START THE JOURNEY WITH THE END IN MIND
5.1 CHOOSE THE RIGHT MODE
5.1.7 THESIS SUPERVISOR
5.1.8 LIBRARY RESOURCES
5.2 SELECT A CREDIBLE AREA OF RESEARCH
5.2.1 SIGNIFICANT CAREER STREAMS
5.2.2 TOP-NOTCH SKILLS OR SPECIALIZATION
5.2.3 AUTHORITY, EXPERTISE, OR CREDENTIALS
5.2.4 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CREATED
5.2.5 AUTHORSHIPS OR PUBLICATIONS
5.2.6 PASSIONS OR MOTIVATIONS
5.2.7 FUTURE PROSPECTS
5.3 SELECTING A REWARDING TOPIC
5.3.1 TOPIC AUTHORITY: WHY YOU?
5.3.2 RESEARCH AUTHORITY: WHY THIS WAY?
5.3.3 MOTIVATIONS AND DRIVERS: WHY DO IT?
5.3.4 ECOSYSTEM: WHY ONLY THIS?
5.3.5 EFFORTS: WHY NOT THIS?
5.4 MAKE SMART CHOICES
WHAT IS NEXT?
6.1 RESEARCH FRAMEWORK
6.2 ONLINE COURSE