The Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship during Covid19

February 16, 2021

The unforeseen crisis caused by COVID-19 is imposing a new reality on our personal and professional lives. In academia, conferences, meetings, and classes have been moved to a fully online environment which requires strong adaptation, especially in shifting to home-based work. This new setting had a substantial impact on students starting their PhD Programs, making their first year of learning and building connections even more difficult. With this issue in mind, we have asked PhD students and their supervisors to share how their relationship has adapted to this unexpected situation. Our first article provides the perspective of two IFERA members, Isabel C. Botero, Director of the Family Business Center and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville, and her research assistant and first year PhD Student, Juliana Binhote. Enjoy the reading!   Covid19 is challenging all our lives. How has your life changed during the pandemic? IB: The first change, I would say, is that I am working way more than before because the boundaries between work and life seem to have disappeared. Especially if you work from home, you must be very purposeful, for instance, establishing that after 5pm, you are not answering emails. Keeping this schedule is really hard especially when you have access to your phone all the time and you think “this is only one email; it only takes two minutes”. The second change is that I had to become much more organized because, when the boundaries between work and life get blurred, you can end up being distracted by your different roles.  During this year, I have tried to separate my tasks. For example, I must answer emails only twice a day instead of answering every time a new email comes in, otherwise I won’t be able to do all my other work. Another big change in my life is that I do not travel as much as before. For me travelling is a way to relax and I miss that a lot. As time goes by, I miss it even more. I cannot wait until the vaccine will come so I can get vaccinated, get on a plane and travel around the world to visit all the places I have not seen. JB: To start, my life decision to move to a new country and a new university has been on hold because of the measures imposed, including international flights restrictions. However, the University of Louisville and all its members have been very supportive and provided me the opportunity to begin my Ph.D. in a fully online format. Likewise, working from home in different time zones required changes in my daily routine and compromises with my family in order to allocate time to my Ph.D. activities. The biggest change during this pandemic is to actually find a work-life balance since it’s all in the same environment. Luckily, my family and Isabel have been a tremendous help in preventing me from working too much and encouraged me to focus in achieving a good work-life balance.   The choice of engaging in a PhD program is very demanding, both for a student and for […]

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How to Turn a Ph.D. Research into a Book

February 4, 2021

An interview with Dr. Alan Amling and Journey Sixty6 founders Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks Some of the best ideas never see the light of day. Or they see only a few moments of the daylight in the form of academic journals. In this webinar, two writing experts, Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks, interview Dr. Alan Amling, whose Ph.D. work centered on topic of innovation and disruption in large incumbent corporations. Dr. Amling spent his career at UPS, an American multinational package delivery and supply chain management company. In this last role at UPS, he served as a leader for its venture capital group. In a few months, Dr. Amling’s book called “Organizational Velocity” will be released. Dr. Amling worked with Dave and Melissa to translate the more technical writing and research, derived from his Ph.D. dissertation, into a trade book format that appeals to a much wider audience. Attendees of the webinar will hear what Dr. Amling has discovered over the course of the past year of writing, including • How he narrowed his dissertation into an engaging thesis for a book; • How he identified his core audience for the book; • The keys to translating ideas from academic research into more popular language; • How to identify key stories from the research and craft them into supportive material for the book; and • How to expand the core ideas from the dissertation into takeaways for the reader. DATE: February 26, 2021 TIME: 4.00  PM (CET) Free Resource to identify your primary reader: “Who Is My Reader”: Watch the video:

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