Learning the ropes: muddling through with Tim Wilson

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Purpose – It is common that junior researchers struggle in finding their own way of doing research. The purpose of this paper is therefore to use the theory of “Muddling through” in order to theorize about the junior vs senior researcher collaboration process.
Design/methodology/approach – The theory of “Muddling through” is used in order to reflect on the qualities of shared collaboration between a junior and senior research colleague.
Findings – The research process share the characteristics of policy making where goals many times are fuzzy, and the relationship between means to end is far from self-evident. The research process therefore demands from the senior colleague to act firm, fair and friendly in order to support and inspire junior research colleagues.
Research limitations/implications – It is a personalized single case study; still it provides advice for both junior and senior research colleagues that are in the process of research collaboration.
Practical implications – Junior colleagues need to have the courage of actively suggesting research
topics to senior colleagues; they also need to actively reflect on the quality of their shared research collaboration process.
Originality/value – The study provides the research community with a sensemaking example of coaching, inspiration and mentoring in the research collaboration process.
Translated title of the contributionLearning the ropes: muddling through with Tim Wilson
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)726-733
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • KOTA2014

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