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The aim of this book is to present student perspectives (via case studies) on doing a Ph.D. and thus give potential or current Ph.D. candidates an insight into �real life�. Most of the literature in the area focuses on academic models of learning and gives clinical advice on how to achieve the �content� of a Ph.D. However, a doctoral degree requires many additional skills. This is a light-hearted approach which looks at the everyday interpersonal, social and environmental issues associated with doing a PhD from application through to graduation. ..
Jane Matthiesen is Lecturer in Strategic Management at Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK. She received her doctorate from Aston University in October 2005.
Mario Binder is a Project Manager at an international management consultancy in Berlin, Germany. He also holds a Visiting Research Fellowship at Aston Business School, where he received his PhD in March 2007.