Critical Perspectives on the European Mediasphere. The intellectual work of the 2011 European media and communication doctoral summer school.

Title chapter: Exploring the foundations and theoretical distancing required for a PhD thesis: an incursion into the backyard of research
Author: Bertrand Cabedoche
Keywords: research process, France Telecom, suicides, analytical framework
Abstract: This article looks into the key requirements of a PhD thesis. A research work can be initiated from a social or institutional demand, as often for ICS (Miège, 2011), as for our first report for Berlin. To become a research work, however, the request must be rewritten with the help of the following essential components: 1. A problematic which refers to a particular scientific discipline; 2. Hypothesis that reveals scientific issues; 3. An empirical area, built according to the founding paradigms of the chosen scientific discipline; 4. Rigorous methodologies; 5. A logical plan; 6. Open instead of closed conclusions.
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