Dissertation defense

After successfully defending my dissertation this past week, I can’t help but recall one of my favorite lines from the movie Tommy Boy:

Tommy: “Did you hear I finally graduated?”
Richard: “Yeah, just a shade under a decade too, all right…”
Tommy: “You know a lot of people go to college for 7 years.”
Richard: “I know, they’re called doctors.”

I started my doctoral program in January of ’06, working on my dissertation off and on since that time, and made the final “push” to finish things up this year. While there isn’t a summer graduation at NIU, I think that having time on the weekends again to golf and enjoy the summer will be more than reward enough for me. I’ve shared the deck I used for my defense presentation below, for those interested.

My topic examined critical success factors (CSFs) for KM, and the major product of the research is a framework of CSFs for KM that (I believe) should be contribute to both research and practice. I have a few journals in mind I’d like to publish this in, and I’ll be making a less-academic version of this presentation to share soon as well.

Until then, I’ll be enjoying this long Independence Day weekend technology-free (well, the Kindle won’t be hooked up to wifi, anyway…). Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

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