KEY FEATURES: A focus on the actual process and value of shared learning is emphasized with the inclusion of research from peer learning groups, contributed narratives, and the authors’ own programs. Inclusion of themes such as joy, experimentation, and creativity serve as guideposts for doctoral learning and ease anxieties regarding performance. End-of-chapter lists of practical tips summarize the main learning points that can be drawn from each chapter. Cross-disciplinary applicability makes the book appropriate for use in such fields as education, political science, and business administration.

Originality and Contribution

Lene Tanggaard Charlotte Wegener


Purpose: The purpose of the present chapter is to address how novelty aspirations must be balanced with humbleness and involvement in traditions of the field.

Central message: A creative and original contribution can be achieved by critically using models and knowledge that are already present in the field. First of all, experience and talent take time and hard work.

Takeaways: Creative research can be achieved by means of habits for fine-tuning research skills. Developing habits includes strategies for enhancing experiment; self-reflection; and critical dialogue with others, with theory, and with data.

Keywords: Making an impact, novelty, originality, humbleness, discipline, traditions, habits, powers of expression, voice, practice, moving on to the edge of ...

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