The 2016 edition of the BPS Managing Your Dissertation Workshop, organized by Johan Chu, brought together 79 doctoral students and 11 faculty members. Finalists of the BPS Best Dissertation Award from the previous year organize the workshop, which offers doctoral students concrete advice on how to manage the dissertation process and the transition to faculty. Eunice Rhee shared ideas on getting started, selecting a topic and defending the proposal. Johan Chu discussed the process of forming and managing a committee. Asma Fattoum focused on research design, methods, and data collection. Tiona Zuzul shared advice on seeking a job and preparing a job talk, Dimitrios Georgakakis offered his thoughts on defending the dissertation, and Lionel Paolella offered tips on the life after the Ph.D. Senior faculty members Feng Zhu, Mark Mizruchi, Mary Tripsas, Winfried Ruigrok, and Rodolphe Durand provided their perspectives on managing doctoral advisors, seeking a job and preparing a job talk, the myths and reality of the job market, using dissertations to get careers started, and managing the journal review process. Participants and faculty also took part in breakout sessions focused on a variety of issues.

The next Managing Your Dissertation Workshop will take place during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Atlanta, Georgia. Further details will be included in the Spring BPS newsletter. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ulya Tsolmon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).