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Forging a Diverse Research Community by Marrying an Odd Couple: Qualitative Research and Business-Oriented Project Management Processes
Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education (2010)
  • Joan Fee
  • Jody Piro
  • Sandra Prohlman
  • Jay Thomas
Abstract

While team-building and project management are common to business culture, the practices are less prevalent in the university environment. At teaching colleges, finding faculty time for research is a continuing struggle. In response to the time obstacle, faculty at a small, Midwestern university shared the load of a high-interest research project by dividing labor among a diverse 22-member faculty-staff team. They managed the project with Project Management Institute (PMI) processes, borrowed from business and government. This evaluation analyzes the research process itself, study - ing the impact of combining prescribed project management processes with traditional qualitative methods. It analyzes the health of the PMI-qualitative marriage in terms of (1) project quality and efficiency, (2) individual and organizational learning, (3) collegiality, and (4) team-member satisfaction with the research experience.

Keywords
  • collaborative research,
  • higher education
Disciplines
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Joan Fee, Jody Piro, Sandra Prohlman and Jay Thomas. "Forging a Diverse Research Community by Marrying an Odd Couple: Qualitative Research and Business-Oriented Project Management Processes" Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education Vol. 6 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jody_piro/15/