I'm so glad to finally have found this avenue where I can seek some advice related to my Phd. I wonder why it took me so long to stumble on this.
Let me give a brief of my situation:
I'm a Phd student in management Science discipline (My research area is - Management Information System & Decision Making ) well into 4th year with little progress to speak of. The thing is, I made 2 biggest blunders at the outset about which I cannot do anything at this point:
- Getting into an University without considering whether it's suitable for the topic I'm interested in
- Not changing my topic even after figuring out that my supervisor and the whole faculty aren't really comfortable with it.
I plead guilty.
I'm the first scholar assigned to my supervisor. So, he doesn't have any experience guiding research. He is also not knowledgeable about my research area. As such, I have received nothing from him in terms of suggestions, guidance or direction in all these years. The other faculty are also not very helpful either regarding the topic or the research in general. I'm only looking for some intellectual discussions and guidance related to how to perform the research.
Nevertheless, I finally came up with the research proposal, which finally (after 2 years) "seemed" to satisfy all the faculty. I'm not entirely happy with how it turned out because I believe that with good guidance, it could have been way better.
All these years, I continuously tried to contact other people for help - academicians, practitioners and the like for support with only meager results.
Due to personal reasons, I moved to a different country a few months back (USA) and I have deregistered from the university. But I still want to finish my phd and get the degree. The system works like this: I can work on my own and when I think I'm almost done I can re-register (before a stipulated time) and submit my thesis within an year of re-registration.
So, now I'm completely cut-off. Not that I fared any better while I was with the University.
I did some literature survey (not sure it's exhaustive), identified some variables, started working designing questionnaire, but still am stuck on how to address one of the research objectives.
I am looking for people researching in the related field ( Phd students, academicians) , with whom I can discuss ideas/bottlenecks. And I'm seriously in need of advice regarding survey design and analysis. How can I find and approach such people? Where do I need to look for support? (I tried reaching several professors, researchers with no avail. No friends of mine are knowledgeable about MIS/Research) Anyone on this forum who can help me? What should be my strategy now?
I'm really passionate about my research. Given my constraints, I want to do as decent a work as possible.