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Using SIPOC to Define Your Research Agenda: A Tool for Junior Faculty

Abstract: For a tenure track faculty member, building a focused, goal directed program of research is a priority. However, it can be difficult to craft a cohesive strategy which will help a faculty member maintain his or her accountability to self, to the department, to the university, and to the community of researchers. Furthermore, describing the research agenda for the tenure package can be challenging. This article shows how to use suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers (SIPOC), a Six Sigma tool, to construct, refine and continuously improve a research agenda.

Keywords: Career Development - Higher Education Brief

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