Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ph.d Research and Development Methodology - Bulletin Board

Ideas, views, opinions and news related to R&D projects, funding agencies, Laboratories, methodologies,  achievements and research conferences .

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June 2017

Principles of Industrial Engineering - Taylor - Narayana Rao




Physiology of Organisations: An Integrated Functional Perspective

Cecilia Margaretha Dean
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 16-Jan-2013 - Business & Economics - 210 pages

Can we imagine organisations to be like human bodies? Modern medicine has advanced since the study of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile was assumed to explain how the body functions. Organisational science today is in a similar mediaeval position, with fragmented theories of structure, competitiveness and human resources, and no overall theory of organising. This book fills that gap by constructing a physiological theory of organising.

During the middle of the twentieth century, the anthropologist Radcliffe-Brown asserted that there should be a single branch of science for the study of human society. He maintained that a natural science, in the form of the study of the physiology of societies, was not yet available to form a link between theory and applied science. This research-based book explores the feasibility of studying the physiology of organisations, and determines whether this sort of knowledge can offer an improved perspective on organisational functioning. If we think about organisations in the same way that we think about human bodies, then we will be able to treat them when they are ill, and ensure that they work at maximum efficiency.

The first chapter has  good content on research methodology.


Development of a Method:  Treating depression with software
June 5, 2017

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function
Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.


June 2014

Research Methodology - NITIE Course 2014 - Course Page


Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Intellectual Capital: ISCTE Lisbon University Institute Lisbon, Portugal: 29-30 March 2010
Google Book Link, Preview facility available

Susana Rodrigues
1 Review
Academic Conferences Limited, 2010 - 761 pages

Interesting article
Theory Status, Inductive Realism and Approximate truth
Shelby D. Hunt, Professor Marketing

Psychology has a problem. We have no core theory to guide our research; no analogue to the theories of evolution or relativity.

epetri dish for cell culture studies

Cars featuring universal wireless standard Qi were exhibited in April 2011 Shanghai auto show.

International conference "Language Teaching in Increasingly Multilingual Environments: From Research to Practice"
16-18 September 2010
University of Warsaw, Poland
Conference announcement
We are pleased to announce an international conference “Language Teaching in Increasingly Multilingual Environments: From Research to Practice”, which will take place in September 2010 at the scenic campus of the University of Warsaw.
The aim of the conference is to provide a multilingual, international platform for exploration and exchange of research findings, perspectives, and experience in language teaching and language development in multilingual environments. The event will bring together academics, researchers, teacher trainers, materials writers, practitioners, and students concerned with foreign/second language acquisition and instruction. Special emphasis will be given to empirical research which can inform foreign language teaching practice. The event will combine plenary addresses, roundtable discussions, paper sessions in thematic strands, and a poster session.
Second call for papers

There are still a few presentation slots available. Proposals are invited for high-quality, original 20-minute oral presentations and posters that broadly fall within the following themes and topics:
A. language instruction, acquisition and learning, including CLIL, bilingual education, and TLA;
B. resources and technology, including native- and non-native corpus-based materials;
C. language assessment and program evaluation;
D. special education, including sign language and teaching students with a visual impairment.

Paper submission:

Please send two copies of an abstract of no more than 300 words (excluding references), in .rtf format, as e-mail attachments to Michal.Paradowski(at)uw.edu.pl by April 30, 2010. The e-mail should use the subject header “LTIME submission”, your last name, the language of your submission, the letter of your chosen thematic strand, and whether you intend to present a paper or poster
Information sent to Narayana Rao by Prof MBP Lee, A Knol Author.

A progesterone injection can help breast cancer patients

The research related to this discovery and prescription was carried out by Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Hospital. The research has a 18 year history. Dr. Badwe observed that women who were operated in the second half of their menstrual cycle had a  better outcome.
On 12th December 2009, Dr. Badwe presented his recent research paper that describes the validation of the hypothesis. The study was conducted on more than 1000 women.
Related Link
Primary Progesterone Therapy for Operable Breast Cancer
Some Research papers of Dr. Badwe

Does primary tumor location have prognostic significance in operable breast cancer?
Rajendra A Badwe & Mangesh A Thorat
Dr Badwe is first Indian to win the global cancer award in 2003


A fundamental hypothesis of science is that appearances are deceptive adn that there is a way of looking at or interpreting or organising the evidence that will reveal superficially disconnected ad diverse phenomena to be manifestations of a more fundamental and relatively simple structure.
A theory is the way we perceive "facts,' and we cannot perceive "facts" without a theory. -  Milton Friedman in Essays Positive  Economics.
What Friedman means by the statement  "A theory is the way we perceive "facts,' and we cannot perceive "facts" without a theory." is that unless a theory is developed by some scientists, many cannot perceive the facts appropriately. Only when a theory was proposed and empirically found to be acceptable, proper perception of the facts takes places.


What is Theory?

The purpose of any theory in an subject is to facilitate deduction of logical propositions that help us to predict the phenomenon related to the theory. Theories keep changing on the basis of research results. Sutton and Staw have pointed out that references, data, lists of variables or constructs, diagrams, and hypotheses are not theory. They point out that "theory is the answer to queries of why. Theory is about the connections among phenomena, a story about why acts, events, structure, and thoughts occur. Theory emphasizes the nature of causal relationships, identifying what comes first as well as the timing of such events. Strong theory in our view, delves into the underlying processes so as to understand the systematic reasons for a particular occurrence or non-occurrence.

4.6.2009 Doing research that makes a difference

An interesting reading for research scholars
Hackman, J. R.  1985,  "Doing research that makes a difference."  In E. E. Lawler, A. M. Mohrman, S. A. Mohrman, G. E. Ledford, & T. G. Cummings (Eds.), Doing research that is useful for theory and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  
You can request for a copy from the web page of Prof Hackman,

4.6.2009 Prof Kembhavi

Professor Ajit K Kembhavi will be the new director of the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

2.6.2009  1st Annual “Global Conference on Systems and Enterprises”


Research papers are invited  for the 1st Annual “Global Conference on Systems and Enterprises” jointly organized by NTU and Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, and to be held in NTU, Singapore Dec 2-4, 2009.
Deadline for submission of a full paper is July 15.
The theme for the conference this year is “Critical Infrastructure Systems and Enterprises.
Nanyang Technical University - NTU, Singapore

Descriptive Accuracy and Analytical Relevance in Theory Building

Milton Friedman says "ideal types" in the abstract models developed by economists have been regarded by some as strictly descriptive categories intended to correspond directly and fully to entities in the real world. Economists take the real world as it is, and construct "ideal types" to analyse it. Analysis means judgment regarding future outcomes. Marshall's perfect competition is an engine to analyse say, price formation in real world markets. An "ideal type" used in the model is not a photographic reproduction. Scientists have to focus on analytical relevance in theory building.

28.5.2009 Monsanto International Scholars Research Programme

Monsanto's Beacheli-Borlaug International Scholars programme to improve research and production in rice and wheat invites applications. To apply log onto www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars until May 31, 2009.

28.5.2009 - Talcott Parsons - Theory

Theory according to one view, would consist only in generalisation from known facts, in the sense of what general statements the know body of fact would justify. Development of theory would consist  entirely in the process of of modification of these general statements to take account of new discoveries of fact. The process of discovery of fact is held to be essentially independent of the existing body of "theory".  Discovery of facts is the result of some such impulse as "idle curiosity.

Against the above view may be set another. Theory most generally defined as a body of logically interrelated "general concepts" of empirical reference - in not only a dependent but an independent variable in the development of science. A theory to be sound must fit the facts but it does not follow that the facts alone, discovered independently of theory, determine what the theory is to be. Also one cannot say theory is not a factor in determining what facts will be discovered, what is to be the direction of interest of scientific investigation. 

(Source: The Structure of Social Action? Source to be verified)


14.5.2009 - INSA medals for Young Scientist 2009 

Indian National Science Academy declared INSA medals for Young Scientist 2009.

13.5.2009 Vodafone Essar-IIT centre of Excellence in Telecom

Twentyone research fellow ships positions at Vodafone Essar-IIT centre of Excellence in Telecom.
Kharagpur, India

11.5.2009 - Wikipedia is not allowing material from recent research papers

Read Wikipedia Inquisition a knol by Claes Johnson    . 

11.5.2009 - Prizes for R&D

Innocentive Inc. http://www.innocentive.com/  has posted hundreds of lucrative research contests, offering cash prizes up to $1 million.

A sample

INNOCENTIVE 8104947         eRFP      

Optimum-Cost Development Partner Search
The Seeker would like to identify optimum-cost development partner candidates around the world. The Seeker will be developing several liquid product dispensing platforms over the next several years. The dispensers will be modular and will contain functional modules that are standard across all dispenser platforms. We are looking for an optimum cost development partner who is capable of doing routine engineering work including designing, and prototyping future pieces of dispensing equipment utilizing the existing functional modules.
Kavli Foundation endow three $1 million prizes to recognize basic discoveries in astrophysics, neuroscience and nanoscience.

11.5.2009 - Bulletin Board Started

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