Refractive Thinker:Vol II: Effective Research Method and Design for Doctoral Scholars: Ch3

Dr. Ronald Jones (Author), Dr. Cheryl Lentz (Author), Jim Kouzes (Foreword), Barry Posner (Foreword)

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Chapter 3: Researching Close to Home: Using Refractive Thinking to Examine Professional Colleagues by Dr. Ronald Jones and Dr. Cheryl Lentz

Examining the behavior of ones colleagues under a microscope is a daunting leap of faith in the interest of learning. Jones (2013) completed the study entitled Examining Leadership Styles and Financial Performance within Rural Electric Cooperatives while serving as President and Chairperson of the Board of a rural electric cooperative and serving on the board of directors of an electric generation and transmission cooperative. Numerous participants were professional colleagues; all were general managers of rural electric cooperatives. By describing the research method, procedures, and problem-solving philosophy, Jones used in conducting research involving colleagues, other doctoral scholars may find practical solutions to meet the challenge and overcome the obstacles associated with researching close to home. Completing the capstone study of a doctoral degree is a demanding process with many obstacles. Maintaining a philosophy of never giving up regardless of the challenges, required revisions, or academic criticisms is essential. Doctoral researchers should recognize that completing a study is a team effort. Although the formal team consists of university committee members and academic advisors, doctoral students can access the expert knowledge of refractive thinkers to move beyond the obstacles. Refractive thinkers do not just think outside the box, they redefine the box, and never relinquish the pursuit of knowledge because of problems, frustrations, or barriers.

The Refractive Thinker series provides doctoral scholars with a collaborative opportunity to promote and publish their work in a peer reviewed publication, which meets the university standard. Our goal is to provide an affordable outlet for scholars that supports the tremendous need for dynamic dialogue and innovation while providing an additional clout and recognition for each contributing author. Unlike most academic books that merely define research, The Refractive Thinker offers unique application of research methodologies from the perspective of multiple authors each offering a chapter based on their specific expertise.

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Publish Year 2013
Language English
Number of Pages 51