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.

Making the Most of Obstacles

Lene Tanggaard Charlotte Wegener


Purpose: The purpose of the present chapter is to examine how one can best apply creative processes to PhD work.

Central message: Rather than considering creative processes as more or less self-generated, we argue that resources for creativity must be found in the research landscape.

Takeaways: Creativity grows from repeated routines and practices, but these have come under pressure in various contexts in modern life. The chapter challenges the reader to use “deviation” and experiments to become more creative as a researcher.

Keywords: Creative research, deviation and obstacles, inspiration, everyday life research, stumbling data, absorption and Facebook, Friday detours.

Research as a Creative Endeavor

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