Thursday 7 March 2013

New Place, Same Blog

As of 1st of March 2013, I joined the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. 


  1. Dear Professor MacIntosh,
    I started following your blog in Oct. 2012, that`s when I started my PhD at Glasgow University and found your blog link on your profile.

    I only met you once during a TCR session.

    I wish you all the best at Heriot-Watt University, my research area is in strategic management and I will -for sure- continue to read this blog to benefit from it in my study and beyond.

    Thank you kindly.

  2. I am glad to be back on your site, Dr. MacIntosh! You sent me the Management Modes (Mode 1 and 2) papers about 1 year ago. I am my last year, two classes to go. I am submitting my proposal in two weeks. Thank you for your blog!

    Best regards,

  3. Glad to hear that you are progressing Crystal ... it is a marathon not a sprint. good luck


  4. Dear Prof Macintosh
    I am registered for a phd in management of technology and innovation. My topic is on Demystification of nuclear technology: I want to start with my epistemological, ontological and philosophical views. Could you please assist

  5. Wow ... demystifying nuclear technology sounds a challenge. A lot will depend on what your intention is. For example, asking people how they make sense of their roles, the risks, the regulation that the industry is subject to, etc. would make for a fascinating PhD of one type. Whereas, trying to explain the physics involved would be a completely different thing. Read the post on the ologies, talk to your supervisor and try to figure out who you want to be speaking to in the literature. Good luck


  6. Hi Robert and Folks,

    My first post. "Stumbled" on to this blog site recently.

    Currently applying with Kent Uni, and Goldsmith Uni of London for my PhD in social work, Sept '13 start. Kent University is my preferred option. Live in London. My research interest is about challenging behaviour among people with autism and learning disability.
    However, my topic/question is still ambiguous and unclear in my head. I need to write a 1000 word proposal for my application.
    Tips would be appreciated.


  7. Yugocent

    the earlier posts give you my take on how to approach a proposal. I'd write the 1,000 words with particular supervisors in mind. Scour the web, see what they do, mimic their methods, engage with their recent published work and try to convey the sense that you (a) know the relevant literature (b) have a view of a workable and researchable research question (c) have thought about data, access and ethics and (d) you look like a no brainer for the potential supervisor because you'll help him/her build their own research trajectory in the area.

    Good luck


    1. Spot on! Thanks. Will look at the previous posting, and follow your advice.

  8. Dear Prof Macintosh,

    I'm so glad I found your blog.I'm a DBA student of Strategic Management.
    I would like to do about the Green University but I have not yet decided my topic.

    Could you please give me some advice?

  9. Be as specific as you can ... start by reading articles from top-tier journals and follow both (a) your tastes and (b) the citation trail to find a community of scholars with which to engage. Good luck


  10. Dear Prof Macintosh,

    Thank you very much for your advice, Prof Macintosh.I'm interested in Performance Management.
    I'm a Thai student and I'm glad for your reply.

    best regards,


  11. "PhD Dissertation Writing Service" is a rather worrying concept ...