Ch 4: Doctoral Mentoring and Research Leading to Emerging Technologies
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. IX: Effective Business Practices in Leadership and Emerging Technologies


Approximately 40 to 60% of doctoral students do not graduate (Cochran, Campbell, Baker, & Leeds, 2014, p. 29), validating that retention, graduation, and persistence in higher education remain topics of interest within academia (Linden, Ohlin, & Brodin, 2013). College and university administrators continue to search for methods and processes to better support students during doctoral programs, including improved mentoring techniques designed to facilitate successful and accelerated program completion (Brill, Balcanoff, Gogarty, Land, & Turner, 2014). This chapter includes an overview of our team’s collective doctoral experience through the overarching lens of mentorship, while bringing forth the various developmental improvements and emerging technologies related to four doctoral research studies. The research incorporates foci related to the nursing, pharmaceutical, public benefit flying, and aerospace industries. Business process improvements manifested in emerging new technologies, facilitated by a strong mentor/mentee relationship. The mentorship model emerging from our team incorporated new processes and methodologies designed to improve communication, engagement, motivation, and progress. This partnership evolved to facilitate accelerated program completion, along with the formation and development of meaningful research leading to new and emerging technologies in the business realm. A sound mentoring relationship proved to be a primary catalyst of our team's successful doctoral program experience.