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unrelated published paper in your CV: better that nothing?

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unrelated published paper in your CV: better that nothing? [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 11:35
hi,
imagine you have two published papers about marketing, for which major you are applying for PhD. They are published in 2009 and 2010. You also have a published paper about organizational behavior in 2008. Would you rather include the last one in your CV? It increases quantity and better depicts your research experience? good, huh? But it also may make you seem unfocused in your concentration though your most recent two papers are in marketing. what do you think? include OB or hide it? Is it another field adcom may wish for "diversity"?
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Re: unrelated published paper in your CV: better that nothing? [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2011, 11:32
I'd definitely put it in. Worst-case scenario: it doesn't get noticed, or someone skimming through your CV thinks it's a marketing paper. Best-case scenario: someone is actually reading your CV, thinks it's peculiar and asks you about it during the interview, in which case you can reaffirm that you really want a marketing PhD but that you also like other stuff.

Unfocused can be thrown around a lot but one must really differentiate "curious" (as in, I like OB too) from "indifferent" (I just want a PhD, I don't care which field).
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Re: unrelated published paper in your CV: better that nothing? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 15:59
For sure include it. I've been admitted to a number of very good programs based on the strength of my research record in pure math.
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Re: unrelated published paper in your CV: better that nothing? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 15:58
I agree with the others that you should include this.
Re: unrelated published paper in your CV: better that nothing?   [#permalink] 27 Feb 2011, 15:58
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