I'm a second-year PhD student in Management, and I'm wondering whether I should change my dissertation topic or not.
My topic is an established one, but it started to revive thanks to cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies in recent years.
Currently published papers consist of very complex methodological improvements based on artificial intelligence expert systems. When I embarked in my PhD, I wasn't experienced enough to realize that publishing in this research line requires heavy knowledge of artificial intelligence.
Therefore, should I manage to write my dissertation by examining a specific aspect of the matter, it will be a one-shot.
I know I cannot build my future career in this area of Management.
I've got almost two years left, and I haven't started working on my dissertation. I'm unsure whether to ask my supervisor to change the topic or not.
- On one side, I don't want my dissertation to be entirely useless for my post-doctoral position.
- On the other side, I don't know if asking my supervisor to redefine the topic might upset him or, even worse, result in lots of workload on a topic that is equally a dead-end. He is not a research-oriented Professor, but an established one who has very little more to prove to the academic community.
Disclaimer: I'm inexperienced, so maybe I'm putting a great emphasis on my dissertation and finding a specific research line. Maybe this is not how academia works. So please, I appreciate your most straightforward suggestions. Thank you all,