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Christina Barss: Grow. Change. Flourish.

May 28, 2014 ·

What is the Doctor of Management program like? For me it is a string of wonderful positive memories, linked by educational pursuit and kept alive by lifelong friendships. The academic journey has been an emotional one; highs and lows, doubts countered with assurance, failures become the biggest teaching moments and ultimately lead to my greatest success. The curriculum is unique with a rigor that may seem impossible.

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Montressa L. Washington: Blog on DM Experience

May 28, 2014 ·

Humility, perseverance, and resilience…

My DM journey has been long and not without a few starts and stops.  My story is not one of seamless successes within a story book timeline.  I hope my words come across as authentic and heartfelt because they truly come from the heart. 

Let’s see…where shall I start??

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Robert Watt: DM Blog

May 28, 2014 ·

I was very excited when I got accepted into the DM program. I didn’t know what to expect when I first came to the DM program, my emotions went back and forth from angst to anticipation. Based on my conversations with previous students I only got positive feedback about the DM program which is true based on my experience over the last three years.

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Dale Hartz: Riding the Research Roller Coaster

May 28, 2014 ·

My season pass to the DM Amusement Park is expiring in just a couple of weeks and soon I will have to leave the park.  I bought the three year season pass and I was fortunate enough to never miss a day.  All year long, every year, the rides were open and the fun never stopped!

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Gabriel Berczely: My DM Journey in Discovering Ways to Improve the Capacity for Strategic Anticipation

May 28, 2014 ·

At the time I joined the DM program - and still today - one of the key challenges I was facing at my companies and at those I was serving at their Boards was the risk of facing strategic obsolescence. Most companies have some sort of strategies, more or less formal, and more or less sophisticated, which are based on some assumptions about the industry structure and trends. The key issue is that minor changes in the eco-system tend to have a big impact down the road. A lot has been written about strategic foresight and ways to rapidly adapt to the changes, but in my experience adapting is not precisely a solution, because it generally means being too late.

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Philip A. Cola: Top Ten Helpful Tips for Navigating the DM\PhD Program at Weatherhead

May 28, 2014 ·

I write this reflection one month away from final classes for the DM program at Weatherhead.  I will continue for a fourth year in pursuit of a PhD in Management and Sustainable Systems.  I have a year of independent study, reading, proposal writing, comprehensive exams, workshops, data analyses, dissertation writing and a defense of my research.  I feel a sense of obligation to give back to the program.  I have talked with many potential students for the program over the last three years, attended many dissertation defenses, and was recently invited to provide a few tips on successfully navigating the program to current first and second year students.  Here is that list in writing.

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Stephen P. Miller: Bridging the Gap

May 28, 2014 ·

The DM experience has been a journey of personal and professional discovery.  After a 35-year career as the senior non-family executive in a large privately-owned family business and six years as an adjunct professor of family business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I became keenly aware of the need to bridge the gap between the practitioner and academic worlds in which I lived.  Much of the decision making I observed in the practitioner world was based on anecdotal information and narrow personal experience, often characterized by making a decision and then seeking facts which would support the decision already made.  On the other hand, much of the academic research in my field was very narrowly focused and often seemed only remotely related to the issues faced by practitioners. 

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Timothy C. Summers: The DM Experience as a Journey of Existentialism

May 28, 2014 ·

I could talk all day about how this process has been tough.  I could tell you that it makes it harder to maintain relationships.  Or that it can completely erode your social life.  Sure.  I could tell you these things.  But they would distract you from the real reasons that any of us put ourselves through the DM experience.  On a superficial level, the DM experience is all about getting a terminal degree, becoming a scholar-practitioner, and maybe becoming an expert in some field.  In my opinion, the DM experience is about existentialism.  What does that mean? 

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Mariana Amatullo: Growth in Knowledge: New Learning in the Doctor of Management Program

May 28, 2014 ·

How might we capture the unique value designers bring to the emergent field of social innovation?  

This is the central research question that has guided my inquiry through the Doctor of Management Program at Weatherhead.  Given the interconnected nature and fast-evolving pace of the complex social and economic challenges we face as a 21st century society, understanding better “the return on design” (ROD) in the public and private sectors is a critical problem of practice with consequential implications for organizations of all kinds.  

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David Widdifield: Stretched Beyond Imagination

May 27, 2014 ·

Well it’s March and as I head into my last semester of the DM program, I find myself having thoughts similar to those I encountered at the end of my basic training days in the US Army Infantry branch. As my platoon and I cleaned our barracks and gathered our belongings to spend the last 2 days of our training on the concrete drill pad outside the barracks, we asked each other would we do it all over again.

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