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Small groups from systems perspective

September 10th, 2010 · No Comments · dissertation

After a longer than acceptable hiatus, I am restarting my academic work. My immediate focus is on  developing an understanding of the academic landscape in the areas of small group collaboration. I am particularly interested in looking at problem-solving groups as self-organizing systems. Each member of the problem-solving group brings their own unique combination of […]

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New working title for my dissertation

November 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments · dissertation

  Swarms:  Spontaneous Collaborative Problem Solving Events

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Social ritual in collaborative problem solving

October 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · dissertation

One of the ideas for my research Unlike the well-structured traditional problem resolution process, the  collaborative problem resolution that I am  interested in is frequently ad-hoc. Groups self-organize around a problem, and dissolve after the solution has been identified (hence the “swarm”).  In fact, the most successful problem-solving  results are produced by highly diverse groups […]

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Reserach design draft completed

May 25th, 2009 · No Comments · dissertation, knowledge

I have finished the writeup for my dissertation research design (deliverable for KA 753B); here is an excerpt with the problem statement and the method overview.  This will go into my concept paper. (Full text here). Research Problem In most cases, when a person is faced with a challenge or a problem, he resolves it […]

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Dissertation timeline

December 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · dissertation

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KA702: Collaborative Problem-Solving and the Zone of Proximal Development

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments · dissertation, psychology

My presentation for the KA702: Collaborative Problem-Solving and the Zone of Proximal Development. Working on this paper helped me zero in on the core research interest for my dissertation: investigating how knowledge is co-created during the collaborative problem-solving events, and what is the experience of the participants in such groups

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Awareness and “curse of knowledge”

May 21st, 2008 · No Comments · dissertation, research

A recent discussion at my Doctoral Competency online seminar was about ethics in academic research. One of the students made a great point about  importance of awareness. I agree that we have a fundamental responsibility to have self-awareness – to understand who we are, where we are coming from, and how we may be impacting […]

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Tools for research

April 29th, 2008 · No Comments · dissertation, tools

  I am in my second month of the doctoral program, and still trying to settle on the best workflow and tools to be able to efficiently combine my academic work with my day job and my family life. I am sure it will take me another couple of months to get into the comfortable […]

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Statement of academic interest

March 25th, 2008 · No Comments · dissertation, knowledge

  (One thing is certain: this will change.) I am studying the knowledge capture, share and reuse processes within organizations, because I want to find out how teams collaboratively convert tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge, so that my readers can understand how knowledge systems interact with organizational systems.

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