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DoctorateHub | 2020


Issue Identification, Problematizing and Research Question Framing


Issue Identification, Problematizing and Research Question Framing

Location: Online
Start date: Saturday, 09 January 2021 12:00 GMT | 12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 09 January 2021

12:00 GMT

12:00 UK time

Finish date

Saturday, 09 January 2021

13:00 GMT

13:00 UK time


This webinar focuses on problematizing and articulating the underlying research problems, and on how to subsequently derive corresponding research questions and ensure that these are actionable.

The webinar will also look at matters such understanding the difference between a problem as such, and a problem to you; and how to frame research questions in a way that they explore a problem instead of working towards random solutions.

These skills are essential across a broad number of stages; including crafting a research plan, executing your research, or once writing your thesis and communicating the research findings. 

This free interactive webinar will start at 12 noon UK time (GMT+0).

To maximise the learning for participants, questions may be posted to the webinar discussion board after your registration. These will be addressed during the webinar.

Key Take-Aways

This webinar will assist doctoral students in: 

  1. Learn how to identify and articulate workplace-based issues. 
  2. Practice how to problematize and articulate research problems. 
  3. Derive corresponding research questions and ensure these are actionable. 
  4. Draw on literature to identify and adapt research methods and instruments. 
  5. Build an understanding about the potential conflict between outcome expectations (such as a wanted solution), the research problem (the actual issue at hand) and the research question (that determines the focus and research actions). 


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I am one of the DoctorateHub’s Co-founders with a particular focus on strategic development and building up of the various DoctorateHub support services that we provide.

I have been a portfolio worker for most parts of my career and I am constantly looking for opportunities where to apply my knowledge and analytical skills, which also lead to the DoctorateHub back in 2016.

Since 2012, I have tutored, mentored and coached beyond 500 professional doctoral students (mid to seniors, aged 35 to 70) both with the University of Liverpool Management School’s Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program (UK), and since 2016 also with DoctorateHub. 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 allows for quite some learningit also has shown to me that very often it is quite exhaustive for such grown up and seasoned research novices. In response to this, we thus decided to set up the DoctorateHub, 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’. 

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