The day has come. My grand plan has failed and now it's time to admit defeat and start over. Time is up and I failed to get approval for my dissertation study. Nobody said no...the problem is nobody said yes. The failure is the same. Now it's time to look for something else - something that I can do without approval from a company. Something I can do independently...no bureaucracy involved. The only thing I can think of is a qualitative study where I can solicit people for interviews. Data is data is data. I can do the analysis and statistics. I just need the data.
A year of work...hopefully it's not all for nothing. I learned a lot....not sure it matters at this point. Perhaps the most valuable lesson is that I should never depend on anyone else for anything..including my mentor. I get a two-week winter break from this dreary class I'm in. If I can take a day or two off work during winter break, that's a big chunk of time to research another topic. Perhaps something will come to me in a dream tonight.