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Selecting A Research Topic: A Framework For Doctoral Students, Andy Luse, Brian E. Mennecke, Anthony M. Townsend Jan 2012

Selecting A Research Topic: A Framework For Doctoral Students, Andy Luse, Brian E. Mennecke, Anthony M. Townsend

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This article provides an explanation of the process for selecting a research topic. The article uses Kuhn’s classic work on scientific revolutions to delineate the steps in developing theoretical research within an area. The paper provides methods for preparing to develop a research topic, steps for approaching a research problem, as well as methods for problem theoretical development. We end the article with pitfalls that can occur when selecting a research topic as well as bright spots with regard to doctoral students beginning research in an area. Our hope is that this research will help beginning doctoral students start ...


The Mean Business Of Second Life: Teaching Entrepreneurship, Technology And E-Commerce In Immersive Environments, Brian E. Mennecke, Lesya M. Hassall, Janea Triplett Sep 2008

The Mean Business Of Second Life: Teaching Entrepreneurship, Technology And E-Commerce In Immersive Environments, Brian E. Mennecke, Lesya M. Hassall, Janea Triplett

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Second Life is a three-dimensional multi-user virtual environment with a vibrant economy, where avatars (virtual representations of users) can engage in innovative and unique business and collaborative activities. The immersive nature of this application creates ample authentic opportunities for teaching entrepreneurship, technology and ecommerce.

This article describes a Masters of Business Administration elective course, in which Second Life was utilized to teach strategic and managerial issues related to ecommerce. The collected data indicate that the students in this course experienced a steep learning curve with regards to the complicated interface of Second Life, its complex social canvas and non-traditional framing ...