I recently got approved by the thesis committee at college to do some research in financial services, and leadership styles. The paper would have revolved around particular styles of leadership required of PMs. This type of research would have been new in both the area (financial services), as well as in Ireland in general.
However, today I got an email, from the leading academic in the field, saying that the research questionnaire is no longer available, as the author has retired. Further, they suggested that there is no questionnaires, now available, that deal with this topic in any meaningful way.
I'm now left with the prospect either finding a new topic, or ...... I'm not sure what?
I'm currently in a bit of a tailspin, as it is still early Monday morning, and not the way I hoped to start the week. Obviously, I'm not the first person to have this happen. I realise that I need to contact my supervisor ASAP, but I'm wondering what else I can, or should, be doing?