Research report: Schedule

I like these one-on-one meetings. I find myself in the zone, asking
questions and figuring things out. I had another good meeting with
Mark Chignell, my research supervisor. This
time, we worked on my research plan. I’m happy with the result, and I
think IBM will be happy as well. We’ll do a historical
pseudo-experiment looking at factors that may have affected the
adoption of social computing across subgroups within IBM. I’ll see how
I can visualize the data.

Some considerations:

Mark will be in Japan from January to mid-March, and again from April
to June. Options for masteral exam:

March
I’ll be able to make it to June convocation, and I might have a few months of vacation before real work.
I’ll be under stress because of the tight schedule, and I probably couldn’t take spring classes.
August
Less stress from schedule, can take additional courses in spring, more time around tech scene here.
Need to renew my visa, which is not a bad thing. I’ll miss the June convocation, and will need to make it to November convocation instead. If I find myself working in Canada, then I can still probably graduate with pomp and circumstance. ;) My parents won’t like winter, though, but hey… If I’m not working in Canada, then no pictures or ceremony. Oh well, s’okay. Must check fellowship.

Here’s the March schedule:

August Resume my commute to IBM. (Waah!) Find as many sources of data as I can.
September Data analysis. Start applying theoretical framework to IBM as a whole.
October CASCON. Start on subpopulation analysis.
November Analyze technology diffusion across subpopulations through interviews.
December Write up research.
January Vacation in the Philippines!
February Write up research.
March Possible date for exam because Mark will be in town?
April Pass thesis just in time for June Convocation
June Graduate
July Vacation
August Vacation
September Work

Here’s the August schedule:

August Resume my commute to IBM. (Waah!) Find as many sources of data as I can.
September Data analysis. Start applying theoretical framework to IBM as a whole.
October CASCON. Apply theoretical framework to IBM as a whole.
November Analyze technology diffusion across subpopulations through interviews.
December Analyze technology diffusion across subpopulations through interviews.
January Vacation in the Philippines!
February Write up research.
March Write up research. Paper 1 (thesis).
April Study #2: case study of Dogear
June Study dogear adoption.
July Write up research.
August Write up research. Paper 2 (dogear case study).
September Review papers. Exam.
October Something happens.
November Graduate
December Work?

Whichever schedule we choose, my next action is to hunt for as many
data sources as I can and figure out how to mash them up. I need to
decide which schedule to follow before I go on my Christmas vacation,
because I’ll probably renew my US visa then. (That is, unless I can
renew my visa from Canada.)

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