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Executive Doctoral Research Conference 2017

Executive Doctoral Research Conference 2017

Applying evidenced-based research to effective management

Purpose and Scale

The purpose of the conference is to deliberate on evidenced-based research, that contributes to business growth and competitiveness.

Background

“Meet with fellow doctoral students to discuss trends, share ideas and make new connections.”

One key factor hampering gains being made by today’s managers is the lack of evidence for proper decision making. The starting point for evidence-based management is that management decisions should be based on a combination of critical thinking and the best available evidence. And by ‘evidence’, we mean information, facts or data supporting (or contradicting) a claim, assumption or hypothesis. Evidence may come from scientific research, but internal business information and even professional experience can count as ‘evidence’.

Building on this notion the NiBS Doctoral Research Conference will be hinged on advancing the practice and sharing ideas and solutions based on evidence. The Doctoral Research Conference (DRC) is a doctoral meeting place that brings together not only Doctoral students, Researchers and Academics but also other key stakeholders that are interested in evidence based business and management research. The conference is the most preeminent venue for sharing and gaining in-depth knowledge into business and management research issues tailored made for practitioners and researchers alike.

The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and doctoral students to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of business and management. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field.

It is the aim of the DRC to provide outstanding networking, professional and educational opportunities for all who should partake in any of the sections.

Section 1 (Day 1) entails a full day academic conference gallery and
Section 2 (Day 2) comprises – a learning workshop for Doctoral students or researchers alike.

The conference will generate topics for future researchers and other stakeholders to investigate.

Doctoral Workshop
A Doctoral Workshop – Day two of the Doctoral Research Conference (DRC) – is highly developmental and geared towards PhD/DBA students who take part in learning workshops of different tracks. Students will also be able to present, discuss, and debate topics and methods key to the study of management issues from a critical perspective.

Submission Tracks

In particular, empirical and conceptual papers are invited (but not limited to) the following key concepts and topic areas

  • Business Accounting
  • Finance & Investment
  • General Business Research
  • General Management
  • Global Business
  • Globalization, Business and Systems
  • Marketing Theory and Applications
  • Organizational Behavior & Theory
  • Public Administration and Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management Policy
  • Supply Chain and Demand Chain Management
  • Technology & Innovation in Business Systems

Who should attend?

  • Current doctoral candidates (PhD/DBA) from any accredited university in the area of business, management, economics, finance and/or related fields
  • Doctoral students from NiBS
  • Scholars who are actively involved in business & management research
  • Executives in leadership positions interested in using theory to solve practical issues
  • Research Fellows and Assistants
  • Accredited not-for-profit organizations who require research for their work
  • Heads of public or private institutions of higher learning in research positions

Guest Speaker

Prof. Kwaku Atuahene-Gima
Kwaku Atuahene-Gima is Founding President & Executive Dean of Nobel International Business School (NIBS) in Accra, Ghana. Prior to founding NIBS in October 2014, he was Professor of Innovation Management & Marketing at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai for nearly 10 years; during which time he was also the Founding Executive Director of CEIBS Africa Campus in Accra, Ghana for five years. He was the Department Chair of Marketing at CEIBS for 4 years and Founding Director of the Centre for Marketing & Innovation funded by Dow Chemical. In June 2006, he was an invited faculty participant in executive education on innovation at the Harvard Business School. He taught at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and at the City University of Hong Kong, where he was Department Chair of Management for 4 years, a role in which he managed the Department in the transition from a Polytechnic to a University, and served as the founding director of the Centre for Innovation Management and Organizational Change. 

Speakers & Panelists

Dr. Obi Berko

University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
...

Dr. Hod Anyigba

NiBS, Ghana
Assistant Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Livingstone Caesar

NiBS, Ghana
Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior

Dr. Georgina Ahorbo

Walden University, USA
..

Dr. Mark Boadu

University of Education, Winneba
Gener: Rock!

Call for papers

All authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts and papers. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, business, management and marketing are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. The conference solicits contributions of abstracts and papers that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research materials

All submitted conference papers will be blind peer reviewed. The conference abstracts and proceedings will be distributed to participants after the conference via emails.

In particular, empirical and conceptual papers are invited (but not limited to) the following key concepts and topic areas

  • Business Accounting
  • Finance & Investment
  • General Business Research
  • General Management
  • Global Business
  • Globalization, Business and Systems
  • Marketing Theory and Applications
  • Organizational Behavior & Theory
  • Public Administration and Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management Policy
  • Supply Chain and Demand Chain Management
  • Technology & Innovation in Business Systems
  • Research paper
  • Conceptual paper
  • Literature review
  • Practitioner paper

Manuscripts should be submitted as MSWord documents. Submissions should not be more than 3500 words including abstract, tables, figures, references and appendices. Double-spaced font size 12, Times New Roman.

Full paper submission should not be more than 8 pages including references.

Abstract

The abstract which is a brief summary of the paper should not be more than 200 words long and should give the essence of the paper (the background, problem, objectives, methodology, findings and implication).

Key Words
The key words used for indexing/abstracting may be included at the end of the abstract. Three to five key words may be listed.

Tables
Tables and figures should be included in the main text with appropriate numbering.

Notes
Notes explaining points made in the body of the text should be indicated by numbering within the text and explained at the end of the main article just before the reference list. Explanations at the bottom of the page should be avoided.

Referencing

The American Psychological Association (APA) system of referencing should be used. All works consulted should be listed at the end of each article under the headline REFERENCES with authors listed alphabetically in the following order: surname, initials, year of publication, title of work, place of publication and publishing house.

 

The workshop seminars focus on the craft of conducting academic research. Specifically, the workshop has the following objectives and outcomes:

  • Equip participants with high-level problem solving, analytical and writing skills.
  • Provide participants with the necessary knowledge, theoretical understanding and study skills to undertake original academic work with a theoretical and/or professional outcome
  • Prepare a research proposal, conduct a literature review and produce a piece of academic research
  • Acquire the ability to critically evaluate and analyze complex issues and deploy evidence in support of a research output

Key questions produced in interaction between faculty and current PhD/DBA students, will inform the workshops under the guidance of an international faculty who have significant experience in conducting and published in both management and social science disciplines. They can provide examples from their own work and as they also sit on the boards of international journals they can also provide insights into the reviewing process.

The workshop provides awareness of the opportunities when doing academic research so that participants can make choices about conducting research on the one side. On the other side, it also identifies the skills and competencies necessary to undertake academic research.

Workshop Schedule

  • Venue: Tomreik Hotel, East Legon
  • 8:30 am -9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am -9:30 am: Welcome and introduction

9:30 am -1100am: Critically reviewing the literature – Dr. Hod Anyigba

Objectives: Participants will be introduced to the rudimentary techniques needed for a systematic review of the literature. Hence, the goal of the workshop is to provide students with insight into how to develop a substantive research proposal, one that includes a meaningful research problem that is grounded both in theory and in reality, a well-developed theoretical framework that is well-argued and that directly addresses the research problem, and a well-crafted research design. All these may become impossible when participants are unable to undertake a critical review of the literature.
 
11:00 am -11.15am: Coffee break

11.15 am -12:45pm: The conceptual framework and data analysis – Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima

Objective: This workshop has several educational objectives. The first objective is to broaden the participants’ knowledge concerning the various techniques that could be used in building the conceptual framework for a business/social science research. Another objective is to help students to identify appropriate tools and types of data analysis techniques to use for their own doctoral research projects. The objective of enhancing publication process based on doctoral thesis is among the educational objectives on this workshop. The workshop is built on prior reading, on-site action learning, consultative discussions and hands-on-exercises on how to build a sound conceptual model and analyze raw data. It consists of intensive small group work sessions and discussions, individual consultations, some lectures and presentations made by the students. Also, this workshop is designed to increase participant understanding on how to identify and read theories, as well as to apply theory building techniques in management.
 
12:45 pm -1:45pm: Lunch at the Tomreik Hotel Restaurant
 
01:50 pm – 03:20pm: Academic writing and the research methodology – Dr. Livingstone Caesar
 
Objective: This workshop is designed to expose participants to an intensive analysis of the principles of excellent academic writing for doctoral students and business executives preparing a range of texts including research papers, conference proposals, conference posters, book chapters, technical reports and dissertations. Workshop discussions will focus on the significant role of rhetorical positioning in the development of a clear, interesting, and rigorous science research paper. Also, participants will be introduced to the mechanics of setting up a rigorous methodology to conduct any type of research. The professor will address each participant’s methodological and methodical questions through consultations.
 
03:20 pm – 03: 35 pm: Coffee Break
 
03:40 pm – 05:00pm: Tying up the Whole Thesis – Dr. Obi Berko
 
Objectives: Successful writing and defense of doctoral dissertation, publishing of research findings in top academic journals as well academic career is closely related to the development of research competences which include deep understanding of research, theory building and testing capacities and appropriate writing and publishing skills.  The purpose of this workshop is to disclose the research process, the main criteria of good research paper and doctoral dissertation, and the most effective ways of writing up and publishing research findings.

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Important dates

Conference Paper Submission

  • Submission of abstract
 21st July, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of Abstract
 28th July, 2017
   
  • Final Paper Submission
 22nd September, 2017
Registration Deadline  
Conference Date 2nd  November, 2017

 

   
  • Doctoral Workshop  Date
3rd November, 2017

 

Conference Registration Fees

GHSFree

Doctoral students and scholars from Ghana

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

USDFree

Participants from outside Ghana

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

GHS Free

Students from Ghana

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

Free

NiBS Doctoral Students

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

Doctoral Workship REGISTRATION Fees

GHSFree

Doctoral students and scholars from Ghana

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

USDFree

Participants from outside Ghana

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

Free

NiBS Doctoral Students

Includes coffee break, lunch and conference materials

SPONSORS

To sponsor contact the Conference Chair on 0560 911 156 or email drconference@nibs.edu.gh

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Event Location

  • Event Location
    British Council
    Liberia Road, Accra
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Event Date & Time

2nd and 3rd November 2017
@10.00 am

Event Location

British Council
Liberia Road, Accra, Ghana