Saturday, 30 June 2018 18:00
Saturday, 30 June 2018 19:00
Academics consider the ability to identify, apply and justify research methods should come naturally. Yet many doctoral students appear to struggle, even though we do it albeit in a different mode in our daily work lives. Often the methods appear to be known to us even before we manage to articulate the research problem. This thinking creates a crucial point in time where things could go wrong. This is because the chosen research method/s would normally be derived from and historically applied in the traditions from the field of study.
It is only where none of these methods are deemed to be appropriate to addressing the research problem, that another method might be selected. It may be for clear reasons that we need to investigate the problem in ways that have not been utilized in prior studies. While all of this appears to be quite easy and a straight forward undertaking on the surface, the struggles of doctoral students suggests that it is not.
To assist doctoral students in identifying and defending such research methods, the DoctorateHub are presenting an interactive webinar on How to Identify and Defend your Research Methods and Methodologies.
Participants in this webinar will gain a better understanding on how to:
(i) Understand that (a) identifying, (b) justifying, and (c) applying a research methods can be a straight forward undertaking.
(ii) Be aware that students often struggle simply because they want to select a method before they know (1) the research problem, (2) the existing studies of relevance to the problem, (3) and the wider literature in the research field.
(iii) Realise that the research methods should be derived from (ii), and be based on clearly articulated and objectively comprehensible/reproducible reasons.
(iv) Have a better understanding on how and where to present their research methods and methodologies within their thesis.
Dr. Andreas Meiszner
I am one of the Co-founders of the DoctorateHub and with a particular focus on stategy 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’.