Limitations? What limitations?

A professorial friend called to find out how my doctoral research is going. We have lengthy academic chats which would possibly classify us as ‘old nerds’. But I enjoy the thought-provoking topics. She recently asked if I have been making a note of possible limitations of my study. Of course there are limitations, I respond: “Money, time, energy, courage etc … ”

On a more serious note there are of course limitations, a few are listed here as my thoughts flit through the doctoral experience to date:

  • Single case study methodology means the outcomes are not likely to offer generalizations;
  • Data collection is challenged by availability and willingness of participants – one respondent replied 3 months after the others;
  • Usual issues associated with the collection of qualitative data such as reliability of feedback are possible; and
  • There will be others …

But for now, I have parked them in a specific document until I write Chapter 5.

Know Your Limitations

A Milestone …


Am delighted to record that data collection was completed on Friday, 3 April. I have now put the plan together to move towards completion. Going to be tough a tight to get it all done but hell, I am going in that direction. Now to start the analysis of my data, leading to findings by the end of May.

Kafui says: “Just shut up and write … “

That’s the way to get it done. Avoid the “What-ifs”, “No-buts”. “I can’t” and do it. Start each day with at least one small writing slot. I have noted this makes a difference to the rest of my day as, instead of anxiety over what I have not done, I am aware of what has been started – the tendril of a rhizome has been sent out. The tendril spreads on its own thereafter … thanks my friend from Ghana.

Just Write