Book review: “Finish – Give yourself the gift of done” by Jon Acuff

I am in two minds about Jon Acuff's 'Finish - Give yourself the gift of done' (no affiliate link). On the one hand, I find the writing style a little bit off-putting (dad jokes galore… it is a bit too much). I also think that, at £13.96 (price on Amazon, at the time of writing) this … Continue reading Book review: “Finish – Give yourself the gift of done” by Jon Acuff

The writing group

It’s the ultimate irony: as an academic, you need to write to get promoted (or to even keep your job). Yet, doing the job leaves you no time for writing. So, you just agonise in silence, thinking that everybody else is managing this whole thing better than you. An effective counter-measure to these feelings and … Continue reading The writing group

Writing when there is too much going on

April just flew by! Well, at least for me. What about you?   For me, April was marked by assignment marking, group presentations and visiting LUISS in Rome, as part of their internationalisation programme. The LUISS visit was very energising and gave me lots of food for thought research-wise, even if I did not get … Continue reading Writing when there is too much going on

Reflection on AcWriMo 2012

Phew! I survived AcWriMo 2012, a month long initiative of focused academic writing (more information here). My pledge for AcWriMo was to write 100 minutes every day and to produce 6 specific outputs, including revising and resubmitting one paper, writing a book review and working on other articles. In the end, I wrote an average … Continue reading Reflection on AcWriMo 2012

If Darwin were a marketer he wouldn’t publish in a top journal

‘If Darwin were a marketer he wouldn’t publish in a top journal’ – that’s the observation made by a member of the audience at a recent presentation on the criteria for publishing at top marketing publication, Journal of Marketing. In a refreshingly frank and pragmatic session, Professor Gary Frazier, editor of the Journal of Marketing, … Continue reading If Darwin were a marketer he wouldn’t publish in a top journal

‘A good beginning makes a good end’ – Thoughts on getting the best possible start on your PhD

UPDATE: I posted a revised and updated version of this advice here.  Some tips if you are thinking about doing a PhD… or are starting one… or, indeed, have been doing one but are not making as much progress as you wanted to. Recently, I co-chaired the ICISO2010 doctoral consortium, and was reminded that while … Continue reading ‘A good beginning makes a good end’ – Thoughts on getting the best possible start on your PhD