January 31 | Brush up your research design


Course information

  • Type: Course (2,5 ECTS)
  • Dates:
    January 31 (Tuesday) 2017
    February 7 (Tuesday) 2017
    February 14 (Tuesday) 2017
    February 21 (Tuesday) 2017
  • Time: 13.30 - 16.30
  • Location: ISS campus The Hague (directions), room 4.01
  • Course fee:
    free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
    € 420,- for non-members
    Consult our enrolment policy for more information
  • Contact:
    Menno Verbeek (enrolment-related questions) verbeek@egs3h.eur.nl
    Vincent Homburg (course-related questions) homburg@fsw.eur.nl 
  • Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)

The objective of this course is to support you in designing (or brushing up, or revising) your research project in such a way that you will achieve your research aim. The course will provide you with a set of procedures and criteria (tips and tricks) that, in a structured manner, will help you to make decisions about your research design and methods that are consistent with your research aim.

The logic of this approach follows the usual phases of an empirical study, from the specification of its aim against the background of an evaluation of previous research, through case/sample selection and measurement decisions, to the production of the study’s results, their interpretation and their reporting. You will practice this approach by applying it to your own research project.

About the instructor
<link people vincent-homburg>Vincent Homburg is associate professor in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently, his research focuses on e-government (both as a national, Dutch phenomenon, as well as in comparative research). He also actively contributes to the public management and information systems literature and has over eighty peer-reviewed publications. 

Vincent co-supervises several PhD candidates working on a variety of topics and employing diverse methodologies. In 2010 he received the best PhD supervisor award, awarded by the Netherlands Institute of Government’s (NIG).