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Participants in this eight-weeks course will learn how to build up their thesis problem statements, how to derive matching research questions, and how to relate these to the literature.
This course is suitable for participants in the following Thesis stage:
While we prefer a minimum of 3 participants per course, we understand that the doctorate is a very individual undertaking. Therefore, we are open to deliver courses at an individual level.
Participants in this eight-weeks course will:
1. Learn how to identify and articulate scientific and workplace-based issues,
2. Practice how to problematize and articulate their research problems,
3. Train how to derive corresponding research questions and ensure that these are actionable,
4. Build up an understanding about the potential conflicts in between outcome expectation (such as a wanted solution), the research problem (the actual issue at hand) and the research question (that determines the focus and actions of the research).
This eight-week course will cover the following topics:
Week 1: What is the issue? What is the issue and what is known from the literature about it?
Week 1 attempts to bring out the issue the research is tackling and what is already known from the literature about it.
Week 2: What is the problem? What are the exact problematics within the current situation?
Week 2 will call on the researcher’s perception aimed at bringing out the exact problematics within the current situation.
Week 3: What is the question? What are the research question/s the problem asks for and who has previously asked these?
Week 3 will work out the research question/s that the problem asks for and will attempt to identify literature sources that have studied such research question/s before.
Week 4: What’s next? How to start off the research?
Week 4 is dedicated to deriving possible next actions based upon the techniques and methods identified in the earlier three weeks.
Week 5: What are the stakeholder perceptions? How could these stakeholder perceptions guide you in your research design?
Week 5 is a ‘hands-on’ week that asks for engagement with those to whom the issue and problem relates to advance the issue and problem understanding and use this understanding as a guide for your research design.
Week 6: Is it the question, or is it the answer?
Week 6 aims at evaluating how well the week 5 answers correspond to the initially developed issue and problem statements and the derived research questions.
Week 7: Issue identification, problematizing and research question framing revisited
Week 7 draws on the outcomes of week 6 and asks you to revisit the initially developed issue and problem statements, and the research questions.
Week 8: Problem/issue progression report
This final week will wrap up the lessons learnt through this course and asks you to present these in either (1) a poster, (2) a presentation, or (3) an abstract.
Dr. Andreas Meiszner
I am one of the Co-founders of the DoctorateHub and with a particular focus on strategy development and to the building up of the various DoctorateHub support services and offers that we provide.
I have been a portfolio worker for most parts of my career and am constantly looking for opportunities where to apply my knowledge and analytical skills, which also lead to the DoctorateHub that I have been founding together with colleagues back in 2016.
Since 2012, I have tutored, mentored and coached beyond 500 professional doctoral students (mid to seniors, aged 35 to 70) with the University of Liverpool Management School’s Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program (UK), and since 2016 also with the DoctorateHub.com. This allowed me to understand how to tackle problems at scale, be it the tame, the complex, or the wicked. 500+ students also implies 500+ workplace-based problems which I had the chance to look at. And while working with such an array of problems can be quite fascinating, let me tell, it is also quite exhaustive for such grown up and seasoned research novices. In response to this, we thus decided to set up the DoctorateHub.com, so to provide training, mentoring, and coaching services to all those that struggle to get their workplace-based issues identified, analysed, understood, written up in a thesis, and ultimately resolved.
In addition to this, I am also an active research fellow who has an interest in applied research, have more than a decade of global experience as a contract researcher in the areas of Innovation, ICT and the Internet, Education, Management, and Economics. I have a track record as Principal Investigator in the development and management of research, training and capacity building projects within Europe and across the globe; managing in-house teams and globally distributed external research, development and training teams, and have worked for a number of leading academic institutions, such as the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), who has been ranked as one of the global top 3 institutes in its domain next to Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the London School of Economics.
As for my educational background, I obtained my PhD in 2011 from The Open University (UK) for work carried out at the Institute of Educational Technologies and that is titled ‘The Emergence of Free / Open Courses - Lessons from the Open Source Movement’. I am also holding three higher education degrees in management from universities in France, Germany and The Netherlands, and with majors in ‘International Management’ and in ‘Human Resources and Organizational Management’.
Dr. Ana Faria
Ana has been joining the DoctorateHub at the very early stage back in 2017 and is heading the DoctorateHub office.
Ana holds a PhD from the Engineering and Innovation Department at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University UK, that has been awarded for her thesis on “The role of behaviour in the transition to more energy efficient use at home”. Her research combined positivist and constructivist paradigms, so to allow for both: statistically analyse the data, whilst also allowing for an exploration of the complex set of variables that influence human behaviour. With this her research used a mixed, multi-method research methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative research procedures. Quantitative research aimed to gain insight and identify issues for the subsequent qualitative phases of the empirical work, while the qualitative research aims to explore attitudes, behaviour and experiences through such methods as interviews or focus groups.
In addition to this Ana received a degree in Economics from the Universidade do Minho (PT), a degree in International Management from the RSM Erasmus University (NL), and a Master in Business Administration in International Industrial Management from the Esslingen University of Applied Science (DE), a MBA program that had been developed to cater the needs of international senior staff from local enterprises such Behr, Bosch, Daimler, Festo, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kärcher, Porsche or Siemens.
Ana has over a decade work experience as a Project Manager, Business Developer and Management Controller in the field of the Rational Use of Energy, Sustainability, and Smart Cities. Ana has been responsible for the coordination and management of European Funds, or the development of strategic action plans for local municipalities, such as the SEAP (Strategic Action Plan) under the Covenant of Mayors Initiative. As a member of the Finance Group of the European initiative Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform she also improved her experience in the identification, adaptation and implementation of alternative financing models and sustainability models related to smart cities.
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