Jan 2009: start of sabbatical, and start of preparing set up of research and theme(s).
Aug 2009: found Prof. Dr. W.F. (Fred) van Raaij, professor in Psychology of Economic Behaviour at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tilburg, prepared to be my doctoral supervisor.
Nov 2009: first four chapters set up in concept (introduction, delimitations, questions, definitions). Research started, 3 months ahead of schedule. Initial focus: the USA, suppliers
Dec 2009: first website launched!
Dec 2012: both surveys closed, with very high response rates - 1,100 suppliers, 3,100 consumers.
Mar 2013: desk research closed. 75% of manuscript written.
Apr 2014: first manuscript (of 600 pages) submitted. Received 26 pointers for change and improvement. Most important: reduce volume to 300 pages. Can be achieved by putting most case studies in appendix (and reducing font ;-).
My suggestion: publish dissertation online. However, print copies remain necessary for libraries and university.
Aug 2014: Facebook page launched for updates and case studies.
Dec 2014: blog about findings started. Also published in other social media (LinkedIn, YouTube), and my website, with references on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest.
Dec 14: Dr. Gert Hekma and Dr. David Bos have agreed to be on the committee for the opposition. Bob Witeck will be special member. I am honoured! Two more members will be invited.
Jan 15: volume of the thesis condensed from 600 to under 300 pages (other material, mostly case studies, will be published separately)
June 15: received a (final?) set of revisions from my supervisor. This means the final ceremony will not be this year anymore (lead time is 6 monhts).
2016: for reasons of work and health, progress has been slow.
2017: due to the retirement of my doctoral supervisor I will have to find a new professor who could and wants to steer me in the right direction. This will not be easy, as it took me 10 months to find the first one.
July 2018: have found a new supervisor at Erasmus University: Prof. Arjo Klamer, who teaches cultural economy. Submitted my manuscript for evaluation.
July 2019: agreement on way forward. 90% of manuscript is now ready, the rest will be based on the book "Doing the right thing; a value based economy" of my supervisor, which ties all elements of my research together.
Oct 2021: my supervisor retired from Erasmus and took up a tenure at VU university in Amsterdam. He promised to take me and my thesis with him, and arrange for a promotion at the VU. We also discussed some final re-writes and the general direction of the thesis. The end is near.
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