2017 Doctoral Consortium

Creating Knowledge Responsibly During Doctoral Studies

Scheduled: Saturday, Aug 5 2017 8:00AM - 12:30PM at Hilton Atlanta in Room 304


Chair: Nancy Wallis, Claremont

Distinguished Speaker: Frank J Barrett, Naval Postgraduate School

Presenter: Jean E. Neumann, Tavistock Institute

Presenter: Peter Sorensen, Benedictine U.

Presenter: Therese F. Yaeger, Benedictine U.

Presenter: Joanne Preston, Joanne C. Preston & Associates

Presenter: Henri Savall, ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, U. Jean Moulin

Presenter: Veronique Zardet, ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, U. Jean Moulin

Presenter: Marc Bonnet, ISEOR, Magellan, IAE Lyon, U. Jean Moulin

Presenter: Lyle Yorks, Columbia U.

Presenter: Kurt Motamedi, Pepperdine U.

Presenter: David Brian Szabla, Western Michigan U.

Presenter: Carole Lalonde, Laval U.

Presenter: David Coghlan, Trinity College Dublin

The topic of this Management Consulting Division Doctoral Consortium is ‘creating knowledge responsibly during doctoral studies'. The framework for the Doctoral Consortium from 2015-2017 engages the transformative potential of collaborative developmental action inquiry from the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person perspectives. We seek to increase our understanding about 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person inquiry as it takes place in the doctoral process. In 2015 we explored the 1st-person perspective and reflective knowledge as part of the new knowledge created along the doctoral pathway. Last year we explored the 2nd–person, inter- subjective view that includes the influence of dialogue, collaboration, and other salient interactions in the relationships that students engage in during the research process including the dissertation chair, other committee members, research participants, administration, and students’ trusted colleagues.

This year faculty and students will employ 3rd- person action inquiry as a way of exploring doctoral research as it may seek to organize people, knowledge, and resources across space and time, with the aim of sustainability. How may one's research be undertaken so as to include others, even those who may never come to know one another, such that organizations, networks, and other systems may be transformed sustainably? How might the researcher use the special power of action inquiry - transforming power - such that the research is part of the transformation of an organization, network, or social structure? We will investigate what it means to undertake academic research in a way that allows for dedication to shared vision or intent; alertness to gaps among vision, strategy, performance, and outcomes in ourselves and others; and a willingness to play a leading role with others in organizational or social transformations, which includes being vulnerable to transformation ourselves. This intertwining of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person inquiry over this three-year period of the MCD Doctoral Consortium can create a holding environment for mutual inquiry on this topic that preoccupies scholarly practitioners and practicing scholars regardless of where they work or what they do as behavioral and social scientists during and after receiving their degrees. Our session wraps up with Guest Speaker Frank Barrett sharing his reflections on the role of responsible knowledge generation in his professional roles of researcher, consultant, professor, and colleague.

Frank J. Barrett, PhD is Professor of Management and Global Public Policy in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He held the Boer and Croon Chair of Change Management at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and has served on the faculties of Katholieke University of Leuven in Belgium, Penn State University Behrend College, Case Western Reserve University, Fielding Graduate University and Benedictine University. Frank has written and lectured widely on social constructionism, appreciative inquiry, organizational change, jazz improvisation and organizational learning. He is the author of Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz and co-author, with Ron Fry, of the best-selling Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity. He has consulted to organizations including Harvard University, Boeing, U. S. Navy, Ford Motor Manufacturing Division, GlaxxoWelcom, General Electric, British Petroleum, Nokia, Johnson and Johnson, and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He received his BA in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, his MA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. He is also an active jazz pianist. In addition to leading his own trios and quartets, he has traveled extensively in the United States, England, and Mexico with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Most participants need to pre-register via the Chair before the meeting. On the day, doctoral students may sign in on condition of being present for entire session. Pre-registration is required for this workshop. To register online, please visit http://secure.aom.org/PDWReg. Please contact the Chair to obtain the approval code. The deadline to register online is July 30, 2017.

Search Terms: Doctoral Studies | 3rd-person Action Inquiry | Applied Research