PhD research proposal development in business sciences
Brief Description
The course entitled: PhD research proposal development in business sciences, focuses on themes in the fields of:
•entrepreneurship and/or innovation; social entrepreneurship
•supply chain management;
•business management and strategy;
•international management;
•rescue and turnaround;
•leadership; and
•communication management
The course adequately prepares the candidate to develop and defend a comprehensive research proposal towards applying for a doctoral degree.
A relevant Masters degree is required to enrol with evidence of conducting independent research on the required NQF level.
It will furthermore align potential international applicants with the necessary requirements to apply for a PhD in the business managerial domain in South Africa.
Learning Outcomes
Four core learning outcomes are achieved:
1. Topic statement submission and evaluation (feedback included)
2. Draft research proposal (literature review) submission and evaluation (feedback included)
3. Final research proposal submission and evaluation (feedback included) 4. Presenting final research proposal defence (evaluated by a panel of PhD scholars)
Course Content
Themes to be covered:
  • Theme 1: What is expected of a PhD student?
  • Theme 2: Managing the PhD logistics
  • Theme 3: The role of theory in PhD research
  • Theme 4: Answering the “What? And ‘Why?” Questions- Deciding what to research
  • Theme 5: Conducting a more extensive literature review with theory building for your PhD
  • Theme 6: Answering the “How?” question - An overview of the fundamental methodological decisions you will have to make as a PhD student
  • Theme 7: Planning the research design of a quantitative PhD and in the methodology of a Proposal
  • Theme 8: Planning the research design of a qualitative PhD and in the methodology of a Proposal
  • Theme 9: Methodological decisions and Writing workshop (candidates are assisted to complete the final research proposal - targeted towards defence readiness)
  • Theme 10: Ethical considerations
Entry Requirements
Masters degree (MCom, MPhil or MSc)
Evidence of research output obtained in successfully completed masters degree

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Business Management and Entrepreneurship
Who Should attend:
Any potential PhD candidate in the broader field of the business sciences domain, holding a Masters degree at a reputable university.
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