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Exploring Phd Students’ Concerns Regarding Doctoral Programs In Economics And Business Administration


  • Corina CARA

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, 11 Carol I Blvd, Iasi, Romania)

  • Tudor TOCILA

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, 11 Carol I Blvd, Iasi, Romania)

  • Adriana ZAIT

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, 11 Carol I Blvd, Iasi, Romania)


Tertiary education involves specific perceived issues among PhD candidates that lead to several self-destructive behaviors regarding the research process and the quality of the doctoral thesis. Studying the emotional mechanisms behind the process of doctoral research offers useful insights for both PhD candidates and PhD supervisors. A qualitative approach involving a concept analysis method was used to investigate the concerns about the doctoral process of a group of PhD candidates enrolled in the first year at the Doctoral School of Economics and Business Administration of Ia?i, Romania. Both spontaneous and induced responses were considered. The order of concerns and the fact that some of them were mentioned together were also taken into account. Most of the concerns are related to time-management. Results are discussed and several recommendations are made.

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  • Corina CARA & Tudor TOCILA & Adriana ZAIT, 2015. "Exploring Phd Students’ Concerns Regarding Doctoral Programs In Economics And Business Administration," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 15, pages 33-43, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:j:2015:y:15:carac

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    1. Giuseppe Lucio Gaeta, 2015. "Was it worth it? An empirical analysis of over-education among PhD recipients in Italy," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 42(3), pages 222-238, March.
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    PhD students concerns; economics and business doctoral program; content analysis;

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    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate


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