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Conceptualization of a Behavior Modification Tool for University Systems and Doctoral Students

Kavita, N and Mathew, Mary (2014) Conceptualization of a Behavior Modification Tool for University Systems and Doctoral Students. In: Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology (PICMET, JUL 27-31, 2014, Portland Int Ctr Management Engn & Technol, Japan Chapter, Kanazawa, JAPAN, pp. 1541-1547.

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This paper describes a university based system relevant to doctoral students who have problems with themselves, their peers and research supervisors. Doctoral students have various challenges to solve and these challenges contribute to delays in their thesis submission. This tool aims at helping them think through their problem in a pre-counseling stage. The tool uses narratives and hypothetical stories to walk a doctoral student through options of responses he or she can make given the situation in the narrative. Narratives were developed after a preliminary survey (n=57) of doctoral students. The survey indicated that problems they experienced were: busy supervisors, negative competition from peers and laziness with self. The narrative scenarios in the tool prompt self-reflection and provide for options to chose from leading to the next scenario that will ensue. The different stages of the stimulus-response cycles are designed based on Thomas-Kilmann conflict resolution techniques (collaboration and avoidance). Each stimulus-response cycle has a score attached that reflects the student's ability to judge a collaborative approach. At the end of all the stages a scorecard is generated indicating either a progressive or regressive outcome of thesis submission.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Series.: Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the IEEE, 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Management Studies
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 07:26
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2015 09:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51752

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