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Chileshe, N (2005) PhD in construction management research: what is original contribution to knowledge? the case of TQM. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 21st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2005, London, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 1267–78.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: construction management; knowledge; research methodology; PhD research; TQM
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 902896 93 8
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2005-1267-1278_Chileshe.pdf
The ultimate test of any PhD is how it contributes to knowledge. However, other criterion must still be met in order to satisfy the requirements of a PhD in Construction Management. In order to demonstrate the process undertaken towards contribution, this paper highlights the two steps of the research process that were utilised, the positivist and phenomenological approaches as two distinct methodologies. The aims of the paper are two fold. First to highlight the general requirements of meeting the PhD criteria in Construction Management research, and second, to match the specific criteria of contribution to knowledge with illustrative examples by exploring the application and theory development. Using the topic of 'Total Quality Management' in the fields of ' Operations Management' and 'Construction Management' as prime examples, the research undertaken and contribution made in achieving in obtaining the PhD are presented. Examples of the required criteria are illustrated. This paper can be of benefit to researchers in the writing up phase of the PhD in clarifying what constitutes the contribution to knowledge.