The Art and Science of PhD Research



New book for PhD students and researchers by Waffa Karkukly published by Friesen Press

2 November 2018 – Ontario, Canada – The Art and Science of PhD Research: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving a Doctorate Degree and Conducting Academic Research, a new book authored by Waffa Karkukly has been released by Friesen Press.  This book aims to increase the success rate of academic research in general and PhD research specifically.

The book provides scholars, researchers, and students with the knowledge pertaining to planning and executing the art and the science of academic research, and PhD research in particular, to successfully deliver the expected outcome. It provides insight into motivations and the challenges associated with academic research and illustrates these motivations and challenges by sharing the results of a survey that expresses the views of PhD students.

By leveraging project management techniques to help the researchers to break down and structure dissertation work, the book provides a ready-to-use toolkit for the required research deliverables. In addition to templates, it offers sample work from the author’s dissertation as practical guidance.

The book offers tips on how to write the dissertation and prepare for the defense as well as providing an insightful summary into the evaluation criteria used by the defense jury. It takes the reader, step-by-step, through all the stages and aspects of the PhD research journey. It will thus serve as a useful and insightful manual or guidebook.

For more about the book, click here.


Dr. Waffa Karkukly is the President and Managing Director for Global PMO Solutions. During her career, she has been involved in managing technology and project management offices for fortune 100 as well as small size organizations. She is a strategist and change agent transforming organizations through alignment between strategy and operation and delivering through projects, programs and portfolios.

Waffa is the author of three books on project management office (PMO), and contributor to a chapter in a fourth book. One of her books is used as a reference for the PMO course by the University of Toronto (U of T). She is a coach, a frequent speaker and panelist at the various conferences, and a guest lecturer at project events globally. Waffa launched a “self- tech” online courses pertaining to PMO, PPM, Agile, OCM, and many other courses; in addition, to be an academic supervisor to PhD and Masters’ students at Skema business schools, overseeing thesis pertain- ing to Project management, PMO, Agile and strategy implementation. Through the “Art and Science of PhD Research,” Waffa looks forward to providing her students, and other students with valuable insights to execute and deliver academic research successfully.

Waffa has a BSC in Information Systems from DePaul University and an MIT from Northwestern University, and a PhD from SKEMA School of Business. She is a (PMP) and (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), as well as a Change Management Practitioner (CMP).


Editor’s note: Ms. Karkukly has previously contributed articles for the PM World Journal, which you can find on her author showcase page in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-waffa-karkukly/


Call for Participation for 13th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium



Opportunities for both paper and poster presentations offered for 2019 project management conference in north Texas

20 October 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has issued a call for participation for their 2019 Project Management Symposium. The 13th UT Dallas PM Symposium, under the theme “Project Management in a VUCA World”, will be held during 21-22 May 2019 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA (just north of Dallas).  This is the premier project management conference for organizations and professionals in North Texas, so mark your calendars.

The term VUCA was coined by the U.S. Army War College to describe the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of the world after the Cold War. VUCA has taken root in the corporate world to express emerging ideas in strategy, leadership and vision. The relevance of VUCA today relates to how people view the conditions under which they make decisions, manage risks, plan for the future and solve problems.

Important Dates

Proposals due January 14, 2019
Selections will be announced by February 15, 2019

Proposal Formats

Proposals are sought for presentation in the following formats:

Research Papers

  • Paper submitted
  • 45-minute presentation with 15-minute Q&A

Poster Session

  • Poster submitted
  • One-hour presentation


Of greatest interest are new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following topics:

  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Change Management
  • Project management during crisis
  • Agility
  • Opportunities during disruption
  • Team collaboration and virtual teams
  • Cyber security
  • Project management’s impact on the bottom line
  • Innovative or new project/program management approaches and techniques
  • Digital transformation of PM processes
  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Entrepreneurial project management
  • VUCA impact on stakeholders
  • Minimizing complexity, maximizing value

To see full Call for Participation, click here.

For more information or to submit a proposal, click here.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, telecommunications, local government and others.  The 2019 UT PM Symposium is expected to attract 400+ participants.  More information on the conference website.

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind-review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free. It’s also reasonably priced. See keynote presentations and papers from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2019 symposium will be held in world-class facilities in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include keynote speakers, professional paper and poster presentations, interactive sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, and a networking reception.   Attendees can receive up to 13 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive far more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.  UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management.  To read the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.