KM PhD Research Topics #research #learning


Stan Garfield
 

>From Mila Malekolkalami at 10:34am
>Hi everyone!
>I need to know some modern and new topics in KM for my phd thesis.
>Will you help me please?

Here is my response.  What else can other members suggest?
Getting a PhD in Knowledge Management, and 10 possible research topics


 

Hi Mila, 

As a graduate from a PhD program and current KM leader, i may recommend the following: 

- Focus on industrial/ engineering research question. 
- Open up the research scope to management sciences.
- Complement your proposal with a human-centric approach. 
- Discuss how KM has helped to better adopt your solution. 

Any KM topic can be revitalised with new perspectives, at the end this is what the scientific community expects from a researcher.

Hope that has helped.

Thank you
Rachad  


Murray Jennex
 

I have a couple of PhD students and their topics have been: KM in Agriculture (primarily using KM as a boundary object process in Ethiopia), KM in transportation (topic still being developed but mostly a case study of how to manage the transportation industry in Ethiopia), KM and AI (topic still under development), Using KM to do a census without actually interviewing anyone (a fascinating idea but fraught with privacy concerns), KM and Security (special security issues for KM and using KM to improve security), and my favorite was using KM and machine learning to identify victims of human sex trafficking (we actually were able to crack the emoji code used to market people).  

As editor in chief of the International Journal of Knowledge Management I see a lot of PhD dissertation research and some of the common topic: #1 is knowledge sharing/flow/transfer (all aspects), KM and innovation, KM and entrepreneurship, Measuring KM, KM and social networks, and all sorts of areas where KM is being applied to improve it such as KM and police work, KM in finance, KM and security, KM with indigenous peoples, see the KM topics I'm supervising above, AI and KM, ML and KM, Crowd Science and KM, KM and Project Management.

Also don't forget related topics such as Organizational Learning, Organizational Memory, 

There are probably more topics but these are the ones that stick in my mind.

Thanks for the question....murray jennex, Ph.D, P.E., CISSP, CSSLP, PMP, San Diego State University, Editor in Chief International Journal of Knowledge Management


-----Original Message-----
From: Stan Garfield <stangarfield@...>
To: SIKM <SIKM@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Nov 23, 2019 8:06 am
Subject: [SIKM] KM PhD Research Topics

>From Mila Malekolkalami at 10:34am
>Hi everyone!
>I need to know some modern and new topics in KM for my phd thesis.
>Will you help me please?

Here is my response.  What else can other members suggest?
Getting a PhD in Knowledge Management, and 10 possible research topics


Murray Jennex
 

To back up Rachad, my answer to this question included applying KM to various disciplines and what Rachad wrote is how this is done although the first step is generalized to focus on an applied discipline with a problem(s).


-----Original Message-----
From: Rachad Najjar <rachadbn@...>
To: SIKM <SIKM@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Nov 23, 2019 10:23 am
Subject: Re: [SIKM] KM PhD Research Topics

Hi Mila, 

As a graduate from a PhD program and current KM leader, i may recommend the following: 

- Focus on industrial/ engineering research question. 
- Open up the research scope to management sciences.
- Complement your proposal with a human-centric approach. 
- Discuss how KM has helped to better adopt your solution. 

Any KM topic can be revitalised with new perspectives, at the end this is what the scientific community expects from a researcher.

Hope that has helped.

Thank you
Rachad  


Arthur Shelley
 

Mila,

 

Doing a PhD is a smooth path and a joyous learning experience if you are researching something you are passionate about.

 

However…

If you are “doing a PhD” just to get a qualification and you don’t particularly care for the topic or have a deep personal and professional interest in, it will be a challenging journey for you.  I strongly suggest that you think about something you really care about and then find a KM angle on it. Start by looking at the World Economic Forum 17 sustainable development goals to stimulate your passion AND for topics that may make a better world. KM is in everything if you look – even if some people call it something else.  Have a look at what The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation is doing as another source of inspiration:

https://mbrf.ae/en/research/arab-knowledge-project

http://www.knowledge4all.com/

 

One thing I suggest to my PhD mentees is to look for the opportunity rather that “the problem”. Researchers tell you to “define the problem” you are researching and assume that the answer is “out there to discover”. One aspect of the reality of our modern world is that the best research is about hat is coming next and your PhD can be part of the cocreation of that. This divergent mindset will generate more options for you that trying to find something using convergent inward) thinking. It will inspire you more and as a result generate a higher quality (tangible) output in your thesis. More importantly, you will learn much more and get better (intangible outcomes, such as confidence, a sense of self achievement  and potentially more interest in your work. I know this worked for me and works for each of my PhD students.

 

I have attached a copy of a book chapter I wrote in 2018 about the future of KM which may assist you in your contemplations.

I wish you good luck and highlight that luck in not the most important element in your decision…

A PhD IS hard work, but worth it if you have the right outlook and mindset. We are here to throw reflective questions against.

Enjoy your learning journey!

 

Regards

Dr Arthur Shelley

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Author: KNOWledge SUCCESSion  Sustained performance and capability growth through knowledge projects

Earlier Books: The Organizational Zoo (2007) & Being a Successful Knowledge Leader (2009)

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From: SIKM@groups.io <SIKM@groups.io> On Behalf Of Stan Garfield
Sent: Sunday, 24 November 2019 3:07 AM
To: SIKM@groups.io
Subject: [SIKM] KM PhD Research Topics

 

>From Mila Malekolkalami at 10:34am

>Hi everyone!

>I need to know some modern and new topics in KM for my phd thesis.

>Will you help me please?

Here is my response.  What else can other members suggest?

Getting a PhD in Knowledge Management, and 10 possible research topics


Cindy Young
 

Mila,

I didn't get my doctorate in KM, but I did write my doctoral study about KM in support of earning my DBA, as opposed to a PhD, in Project Management. While there are great ideas for topics from our colleagues, I found it was best for me to research something I could enjoy through the years of writing my study as well as the work after I earned my doctorate.  When I first started writing and researching, I wasn't 100% sure about what to write and my Chair gave me some really good guidance along the way. Think about what you would like to be doing if you weren't in school and that should tell you what your interests are and then make your research support your future. Once you earn your doctorate, that research can support your follow on work since that will be something you need to have in your study anyway. If not, you'll just have a great piece of really expensive paper.

Regards,
Cindy Young


David Griffiths <david@...>
 

Hi Mila,

I think Arthur has given you a fantastic steer, in terms of the PhD experience. I dug this out of my legacy site, in the hope it might help your journey in some way: https://theknowledgecore.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/4-years-10-seconds-and-8-steps-my-phd-story/

I wish you all the best. Don't hesitate to reach out if you ever find yourself needing a doctorate chat :-)

Warm regards,

David


Bill Dixon
 

Mila and Cindy,

 

I received similar guidance when doing my research for a Ph.D.  My topic was information dispersal in a global organization which was enabled through technology.  Throughout the dissertation process I felt a ‘bit guilty because I got to spend so much time exploring a topic I really loved.    Don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

 

Bill Dixon

 

From: SIKM@groups.io <SIKM@groups.io> On Behalf Of Cindy Young
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2019 6:58 AM
To: SIKM@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SIKM] KM PhD Research Topics

 

Mila,

I didn't get my doctorate in KM, but I did write my doctoral study about KM in support of earning my DBA, as opposed to a PhD, in Project Management. While there are great ideas for topics from our colleagues, I found it was best for me to research something I could enjoy through the years of writing my study as well as the work after I earned my doctorate.  When I first started writing and researching, I wasn't 100% sure about what to write and my Chair gave me some really good guidance along the way. Think about what you would like to be doing if you weren't in school and that should tell you what your interests are and then make your research support your future. Once you earn your doctorate, that research can support your follow on work since that will be something you need to have in your study anyway. If not, you'll just have a great piece of really expensive paper.

Regards,
Cindy Young