The purpose of this Workshop is to expose participants to fundamental principles and methods of research in social sciences. As such, the workshop has a dual aim: at a broad level, it aims at providing participants a basic understanding of what research at the doctoral level entails; and at an operational level, the workshop aims at familiarizing participants with the tools needed to develop a concept paper and/or a research proposal.
The workshop is targeted at individuals who are considering enrolling in any doctoral program in business and management.
At the end of this workshop, participants will have developed a basic understanding of:
1. Basic principles of research design;
2. How to review the literature;
3. What is good theory and why it is necessary;
4. Fundamentals of case-based research;
5. Principles of measurement;
6. Fundamentals of survey-based research;
7. How to evaluate research articles.
8. What is a concept paper;
• Class preparation: Participants must read the all of the assigned materials before the Workshop starts. Reading should be an active process. To assist in this process, each set of readings is accompanied by some questions. These are not meant to act as constraints but to spark thinking. Participants are encourage to identify other interesting issues to bring into class discussions.
• Class discussions: Morning sessions aim at gaining an understanding of the assigned readings. The format will be participative discussions led by the instructor.
• Research development: Afternoon sessions aim at helping participants advance their research ideas. The format will be based on a combination of individual work and group discussions with feedback from the instructor.
Participants of the pre-doctoral workshop will be selected by a committee, based upon a submitted one page write up indicating their potential research question and their motivation to pursue a Ph.D program.