The Conference: Finagle Gets Educated About Research (A Case Study)


  • Céleste Grimard Université du Québec à Montréal
  • James M. Tolliver
  • Daniel F. Coleman University of New Brunswick


Ian Finagle, a doctoral student, wants to know how to become a productive researcher. At a conference, he and some colleagues from his Alma Mater discuss various tactics and strategies. Finagle receives considerable, but conflicting, advice. This case study asked learners to consider which advice is helpful and what advice is potentially unethical. As a result of reading and analyzing this case study, Ph.D. students and junior faculty members should have a better idea of the tactics they can employ to increase their research productivity.