I am happy to report that I have been asked to present a prospectus study at the Academy of Business Research conference in San Antonio, TX October 24-26, 2018.
This study, exploring which traits Generation Z possesses which may influence organizational sustainability, is a collaboration project with a fellow doctoral student I met last year.
If you are interested in attending the conference, here is a link to their main page. This conference is a great "starter" conference for doctoral students or recent graduates who are new to the academic world. ABR hosts a few journals and three conferences each year. I have had nothing but positive experiences with this group and I am looking forward to presenting with them for a second time.
One of my mentees and I will be presenting at conference this fall (more on that later). We began discussing their dissertation study and the issue of scope creeping. The problem statement is perhaps the most important concept to understand and acquire as a researcher. Learning how to avoid scope creep is part of that.
I first heard about scope creeping from Dr. Holly Rick at my first doctoral residency. She explained that too often students will try to address a problem too broadly - or rather, the problem they identify is too broad to effectively design a research study.
Picture it like an hourglass: the background of the study is broad (establishes the environment in which a problem exists). The research problem identified is specific, concise, and addresses one facet of a greater issue. The study that you conduct exists within the scope of the problem. However, once the study findings are disseminated, they can potentially be applied back to the larger phenomenon which exists. In fact, a thorough discussion of findings would include the implications of those findings on professionals, scholars, society, etc.
Scope creep can be identified through editing, reflection, peer review, and practice.