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Abridged literature review August 17, 2009

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I turned in RSH9101B Activity 7 Abridged Literature Review to Dr. R today, having worked on it some over the weekend and some today. I think the hardest part was consolidating the ideas into one whole and having it make sense.

First, I provided an overview, sort of like an introduction to the topic. I was not sure if this was “how” to do the abridged lit review, but to me it made sense to identify how the topic has moved from simply being fashionably green to being academically green

In the overview, I indicated that attention to the topic was found as far back as Malthus’ 1798 An Essay on the Population in which he considered the influence of rising population on society. I mentioned Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring and The Limits to Growth (1972). A report entitled Our Common Future from the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) outlined one of the most-quoted and earliest definitions of the concept of sustainable development. I then introducted the triple bottom line (3BL) proposed by John Elkington in 1994, and later developed in 1997’s Cannibals with Forks.

My overarching sentence to pull the topic together is:

A brief review of scholarly articles reveals the introduction and development of the concept of supply chain, traces the integration of supplier collaboration, the rise of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and the interweaving of sustainable initiatives.

Then I jumped right into discussion peer-reviewed articles regarding supply chain, collaboration, CSR, and sustainability, relating those topics to my proposed dissertation study. I am pleased with my kicker sentences (the last few sentences).

The assignment states the paper should be 2-5 pages in length – but a lit review like that would have to be super-abridged. Mine was 8 pages and to honest I could have easily done 8 more. As a matter of fact, once I got going it was really hard to stop and conclude logically.

The next assignment is the Topic Paper, in which the parts are assembled into the whole. Essentially, I take what I have done already in RSH9101-B, fix the things Dr. R recommended (including comments in the abridged lit review she is grading now), and pull it together into one Topic Paper. Right now, I am more concerned about whether a table of contents is required or not!

Here’s the syllabus verbiage for Activity 8 Topic Paper, 20 points:

Assemble and submit your topic paper. Use the sample outline to assemble an introduction, abridged literature review, problem statement, purpose statement, research questions, and summary.

Topic Paper (Components and Order)
Abridged Literature Review
Problem Statement
Purpose Statement
Research Questions

In developing the topic paper, review and as necessary, update your problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions to reflect your current perspectives and understanding of the problem, purpose, and research questions. The topic paper should reflect a clear and logical linkage among the problem, purpose, and research questions.

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1. Al R. Cablay - September 12, 2009

Greetings, Al Cablay here, fellow NCU PhD Learner (soon-to-be Candidate). I am just finishing RSH9101B Activity 7 too. I happened on to your website because I usually do “search for samples”, etc. (a great way to compare!).

I see now how this process can “drag on”…I do not have that luxury as my Employer is paying for ths & I am anxiously wanting to retire from my career & move-on to teaching & consulting (sleeping in too!).

In any case, good luck to you & I will keep visiting your site to g=check in once in awhile.

Regards, Al Cablay

2. thinkphd - September 13, 2009

Hi Al, Nice to meet you! I certainly know what you mean by searching to see samples – often the information in the syllabus is open-ended. Unfortunately, now that NCU has revised the diss sequence, we are now the ones clearing a path for those who come after us. Don’t hesitate to contact me directly at thinkPhDatYahoodotcom to discuss future assignments. I need the encouragement and I bet you do, too!

3. Marty Negron - October 6, 2009

Hello, Marty Negron here, I’m currently enrolled in the same course with NCU. I’m working assignment 7, trying to see different examples of Abridged Literature Review. Please let me know how was your outcome and putting everything all together. Thanks for your site and info.

4. Jack Davis - October 14, 2009

Hi, I, too, am curious about the results of your Abridged Literature Review. I’m working on one right now for RSH9104B, I had completed RSH8901-8904B and they decided I had to switch to the new format. It calls for modifying my Topic Paper, etc. In my case, the format is so very different that it’s basically a re-do, not a modification.

Best of luck to everyone!

5. Rebecca Morgan - January 3, 2010

I just happened to do a search of Abridged Literature review and happened to come across your site! Interesting enough.. I am a student working on my doctorate at NCU as well. Small world.

6. Hari Dhungana - January 4, 2010

Happy New Year to you all!
I am too a student at NCU and working on my doctorate in Educational Technology and E-Learning. While I was searching a sample for Abridged Literature, I happend to see your posting. Thanks for sharing. Please let us know how your assignment turned out to be. Thanks.

7. twaite - February 20, 2010

I am very happy to find this blog and this site — thank you all. Although I feel things have gone well, I am still unable to see light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you all and I hope this keeps going. Very helpful to have an off the grid (sort of) community of learners to talk about pure nuts and bolts.

8. Steve Gutierrez - September 1, 2010

As a NCU learner (RSH9104), I also came across your site while searching for examples. The NCU’s PhD Dissertation Handbook was not too informative in this area. I appreciate your guidance and input. What I have gleaned thus far in key points are a short intro of what you are investigating followed by what you have uncovered in factual evidence (summary of valid studies) and how they collaborate your research aim to illustrate & support your contribution to the game of research.

9. Robert - December 29, 2010

Your information is the essential factor and approach to complete this assignment. To many other things to write. You did good! Your assistance is highly appreciated. 7 more NCU courses to complete PhD program. Keep in touch.

10. Angela - August 27, 2011

How amazing is this! I also am a PhD student at NCU in RSH9101B and was also looking for a sample of an abridged literature review!! Guess it’s true that great minds think alike, huh? This info actually does help & gives me a sense of direction–thanks for putting it here–and wow, very small world!

11. Jon - September 12, 2011

I am also a student at NCU, although I am completing an EdD in Educational Technology and E-Learning. I appreciate the information to help clarify my thoughts.

12. Teresa Perkinson-Lewis - November 14, 2011

Hi All,
I am just starting RSH9101B at NCU as a PHD-Bus. student and as I flip through the syllabus, I notice activity 7 and it calls for an abridge lit review. Did not know how to construct one properly, but now I do. I will return again for updates. Thanks for the help!

13. Patricia - November 15, 2011

Hi All,

I am excited to have found this site, while too looking for samples of an abridged lit review. I find it very useful and really appreciate the comments from other learners. I am pursuing my Ed.D at NCU and find it to be a challenging task with all the changes and the degree of commitment to achieve such a feat.

14. Cathy - November 29, 2011

I am also working on my Ed.D at NCU. I am taking RSH9101E and working on the abridged lit review before I do the topic paper. I also stumbled on this blog searching for an example of an “abridged” lit review. By the time I take the research noted in my annotated biblio, I’ll be fine! I suspect the “unabridged lit review” is what is found in the dissertation. Good luck all! It is certainly an interesting journey!

15. Nina - January 3, 2012

Hi all,
Happy New Year!
Like you I am an NCU doctoral learner, PhD in EDU. I am finishing the final activity for EDU 7002 (research) and I was searching for abridged lit review examples for my topic paper . Small world indeed!
thinkphd TY for posting very helpful. It’s nice to know I am not alone!

16. Rhonda - January 13, 2012

Hi guys. Thanks so much for blogging your experiences. I am also working on my Ed.D at NCU. Just trying to finish the RSH9101E class…and had no clue how to begin an abridged lit review. After reading your blog and all the comments…I don’t feel so lost and alone on this struggle with the unknown. I keep telling myself…not long now..not long now! Can’t wait to check back for other helpful posts.

17. Johnnyne Sharp - October 21, 2012

I too am a doctoral candidate at NCU and have no clue as to what an abridged literature review is. Your site is very helpful in clarification as we did not have an assignment geared toward this element of the topic paper. I thought it was a condensed annotated bibliography but now know it is not. Thank you for your enlightenment.