New piece on: How to Guide Your Ph.D. Students


Editorial on: How to Guide Your Ph.D. Students

Our editorial discusses the issues and challenges of Ph.D. student supervision. Several academic colleagues with much experience in Ph.D. supervision were asked to contribute their thoughts on this important task. We present the tasks of supervision, including how these may be adapted depending on student characteristics such as extent of managerial experience. Then we explore the challenges faced by Ph.D. students, and discuss how these can be addressed. Following that, we examine the role of the supervisor in helping build student capabilities in publishing and teaching. Furthermore, we address the benefits of taking on supervisory responsibility. In the conclusions, we provide retrospectives on our own experiences as Ph.D. supervisors.

More specifically, we explore the following topics:

  • Meetings and supervision.
  • Transitioning to a career in research and teaching.
  • Supervision of conventional Ph.D. students.
  • Supervision of experienced professionals.
  • Challenges that Ph.D. students face.
  • Characteristics of capable Ph.D. students.
  • Characteristics of less capable Ph.D. students.
  • Characteristics of good Ph.D. supervisors.
  • Monograph vs. publishable articles.
  • Building teaching skills.
  • Contributions of a Ph.D. thesis.
  • To supervise or not to supervise.

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Di Benedetto, C.A., Lindgreen, A., and Ringberg, T. (2020), “Editorial: How to guide your Ph.D. students,” Industrial Marketing Management, Vol. 93,