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Pre-Doctoral Workshop


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 with 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.

For Who

The workshop is targeted at individuals who are considering enrolling in any doctoral programme in business and management.


  • Class preparation: Participants must read 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 encouraged 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 PhD programme.


For more information, contact Nelson Onyinkwa on, or +254 (0) 703 034 585 (Tel)/ +254 (0) 726 859 556 (Tel) .

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Date: 6th -10th April 2020

Cost: Kshs. 74,500

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