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DoctorateHub | 2021


The Research Problem and the Solution Bias


The Research Problem and the Solution Bias

Location: Online
Start date: Saturday, 01 May 2021 11:00 GMT | 12:00 UK time

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Start date

Saturday, 01 May 2021

11:00 GMT

12:00 UK time

Finish date

Saturday, 01 May 2021

12:00 GMT

13:00 UK time


Given that this is recurring issue we figured we run another webinar dedicated to the research problem and the solution bias.

We actually kicked off our webinar series back in 2017 with a webinar dedicated to the Research Problem Statement and almost each webinar is picking on the research problem and solution bias in the one way or another.

And while many of the regulars at the DoctorateHub express a raise in their awareness in sticking to a problem focused work, they equally express frequently on how quickly and easy it is to fall back to the good old solution framed habits.

Therefore, and to keep up your awareness, we decided to run another webinar providing some contrasting information on how to stay focused on the research problem and avoid a drift into just gambling for random solutions.

This free interactive webinarwill be starting at 12 noon UK (GMT+1). 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. Understanding what a research problem is.
  2. Staying focused and on track in their research.
  3. Raising their awareness of the solution bias.
  4. Overcoming the solution bias and how to read information with a research problem lens.


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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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