The Influence of professional doctorates on practice and the workplace

Boud, David ORCID logoORCID:, Fillery-Travis, Annette, Pizzolato, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: and Sutton, Brian ORCID logoORCID: (2018) The Influence of professional doctorates on practice and the workplace. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (5) . pp. 914-926. ISSN 0307-5079 [Article] (doi:10.1080/03075079.2018.1438121)

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This paper investigates the influence that undertaking a professional doctorate has on the practice of the graduate and their workplace or organisation. There is a growing literature on how undertaking such advanced development influences the individual graduate at the personal and professional level but there is little evidence of a wider impact on practice in general or at the organisational level. This study seeks to address this issue through a qualitative study of practitioners from a range of professional arenas and sectors who have graduated from a professional doctorate within the past 10 years. Through thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews and the candidates’ project reports we explore their experience of applying their learning within their workplaces providing insight into the level and degree of influence such development can have on organisational contexts. The paper does not focus on the academic or personal impact of their experience as the intention of these particular doctoral researchers is the creation of new knowledge embedded in practice.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 23658
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 12/04/2018, available online:
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Depositing User: Nico Pizzolato
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 14:18
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:57

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