Probably not, yet the implications from the research should transcend the student’s personal desire to hold a doctorate.
The purpose of the research may be to satisfy a personal or professional curiosity regarding a problem, yet the overriding purpose of earning the doctorate might be for career advancement, increased academic credentials, and opening doors to new opportunities.
Determining, recognizing, or remembering the purpose for enrolling in a doctoral program requires self-reflection, inspirational thoughts, and sometimes a good memory because of academic criticism and life events that tend to cloud one’s sense of recollection.
Failing to remember the formal, written purpose statement holds little to no negative consequences, yet forgetting the true purpose of pursuing the degree holds the potential to derail the entire process.
When the critique of reviewers becomes overwhelming, and the challenges appear insurmountable, the successful doctoral scholar reflects back, remembering the answer to the question, “Why am I pursuing a doctorate?
” Consider two written purpose statements: one that describes the purpose of the study and one that reminds you every day of why you are devoting time, money, energy, and resources to earn a degree.Completing a doctoral project requires an extra measure of patience, motivation, perseverance, and endurance.Doctoral students should have a good answer to the question, “Why is earning a doctorate important?In other words, the formal purpose of the study and the personal purpose of earning the degree are likely two distinct concepts.Writing the official purpose statement is a function of mechanics; describing the rationale, method, and processes undertaken to conduct research.Ali Shantia (Information Systems and Operations Management) - Charles Boissel (Finance) - Elena Fumagalli (Marketing) - Elena Plaksenkova (Strategy and Business Policy) - Jiachen Yang (Management and Human Resources) -...Read more Congratulations to Dr Elena Plaksenkova who successfully defended her thesis on May 27, 2019.” A self-centered desire to have a professional prefix before one’s name is unlikely to be a sustaining, inspirational reason to undergo the grueling process of successfully completing the study.Can every doctoral student conduct research that results in changing the world for the better?Elena will join Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business (USA) as Assistant Professor.Read more by Thomas Roulet , HEC Ph D 2014, senior lecturer at University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and ranked 5th in the Thinklist of most influencing academics in social media published by Bath CBOS.