Culture, learning and surviving a PhD: a journey in search of my own path.

  • Camilo Villa
Keywords: knowledge management, development, research, culture, Colombia, Netherlands


This story describes my current work on a PhD thesis examining the relations between culture and learning in small firms in a Colombian city. Doing a PhD implies a double quest. On the one hand, it is an academic exercise with theories and data in search for descriptions or explanations. On the other, it is a search for a personal path within the appropriate academic community. This story describes my steps, struggles and moves forward in such journey. It reflects on such a journey, aiming to provide both insights on the culture-learning relation and research tips to cope with the challenges emerging from the PhD process. By reflecting on the different phases and elements involved in this processes over the past four years, the story offers some tips on how to manage such a challenge.