Chapter 11: Reading academic papers: visiting and re-visiting old friends
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When I started as a doctoral student, I used to believe that I could read a paper once and fully absorb the key learning. Oh, my goodness! How I have re-calibrated that opinion. After nearly six years in post-graduate education, there are papers in my files that I have re-visited not just once but twice or three times. I can tell how my reading of a paper has changed and developed with each re-reading by looking at the highlighting and marginalia that I leave behind. I’m looking now at the seminal paper by Weick and Roberts, ‘Collective mind in organizations: Heedful interrelating on flight decks’. When I first read this paper, my focus was very intentionally on the literature the authors used to support their argument and all the comments to myself focus on following through on salient pieces that I think might help me to formulate my research question.

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