Research - A Way of Social Life

5 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2019

Date Written: May 25, 2019


The goal of research is to create or modify knowledge. But whose knowledge? It isn’t productive to do research and then keep the outcomes to yourself; part of the aim is to make others aware of what you have found. The purpose of research can be viewed as being intended to have impact, that is, to change the minds of others. Successful research influences people to behave differently and undertake new activities. Do not be daunted by the task of “writing up”. Work on the text as your PhD takes shape, remember that all writers need editing, and help yourself by using these basic tips to make life easier. Read what great writers say about how to write before you start, and take their advice to heart. There is no dark art to clear, concise work; it is mostly a result of editing, and editing again. Thesis must demonstrate logical, structured, and defensible reasoning based on credible and verifiable evidence presented in such a way that it makes an original contribution to knowledge, as judged by experts in the field. The dissertation or project should demonstrate knowledge of the relevant literature; show that the student has executed a substantial piece of advanced individual work and should bring together the independent work with the knowledge gained in the literature and theory. Where creative work is involved this should be informed by and be related to the theoretical aspect of the work. Recognize your own motivation for carrying out research Identify your belief system that underpins your view of knowledge. Appreciate the broad nature of the research process within a research community.

Suggested Citation

Murthy, Psr, Research - A Way of Social Life (May 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Psr Murthy (Contact Author)

University of Madras ( email )

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600005

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