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DoctorateHub | 2020


Formulating Research Questions - some basics, techniques and practical Examples


Formulating Research Questions - some basics, techniques and practical Examples

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Start date: Saturday, 21 March 2020 12:00 GMT | 12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 21 March 2020

12:00 GMT

12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 21 March 2020

13:00 GMT

13:00 UK time


Once you have identified your research problem statement, developed a Doctoral Thesis Proposal and worked through the intended structure of your thesis, it’s time to consider the formulation of your Research Questions. Are they quantitatively, qualitatively or mixed-method focused? This will have a direct impact on the way you undertake your thesis. 

Research questions need to relate to the problem statement and be based around the research method selected. This allows the doctoral candidate to explore the problem through, for example, a central one-ended question and associated sub-questions for qualitative, or central question/s and hypothesis for quantitative. This aids the clarity of articulating the relationship between the problem statement, research question and outcome or expectations.

In this webinar we will address such aspects so to assist students on developing this valuable skill.

Once registered, participants will be forwarded the webinar link to dial into. To maximise the learning for participants, questions may be sent to the DoctorateHub to: These will be addressed during the webinar.

Key Take-Aways

This presentation aims at introducing the basic principles of Formulating Research Questions, and it can be applied generally to both quantitative and qualitative studies. However, in this presentation there is some particular focus on qualitative research. 

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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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