An opportunity for NBS postgraduate research students to showcase their work An opportunity for NBS postgraduate research students to showcase their work

Norwich Business School runs an annual Doctoral Colloquium for its MPhil and PhD students. The series started in 2004, and provides an indispensable opportunity for NBS Postgraduate Research students to present their work to a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners.

Joseph PhiriJoseph Phiri

My name is Joseph Phiri, a third year PhD student in Norwich Business School. My research entitled ‘Stakeholder Expectations from Performance Management Initiatives in Public Healthcare' was given the Best Presentation Award during the just-ended joint NBS/BAM Doctoral Colloquium. The research is investigating how different stakeholder expectations may affect the impact and efficacy of healthcare programmes in the public sector. The background of the research emerges from antecedent experiences where initiatives intended for performance improvement and efficiency are perceived to have made no such impact but appear to have been adopted for legitimacy or symbolic purposes. Findings from this study will have important lessons to a range of stakeholders ranging from legislators and policy makers to managers of health services.

Reflecting on my presentation during the just-ended Doctoral Colloquium, I'm still trying to understand what could have enabled my work to receive the award of Best Presentation. One thing that comes out is that my approach to presentations is based on being simple, precise and concise. I have come to learn that presenting honest and accurate information tends to be more helpful and effective than trying to be complex and end up not being understood by the audience. I realise that a PhD is a game for the intellectually endowed but I also believe that the mark of an intelligent mind is to make complex ideas and concepts simple for the understanding of an average audience. I have also learnt over the years to admit when a member of the audience has observed something amiss in my work, rather than being overly protective using weak defensive mechanisms.

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Yichun WangYichun Wang

It was truly an honor to attend the joint Doctorial Colloquium of Norwich Business School and the British Academy of Management. As a PhD student with requirements for developing academic skills and networks, indeed, the Colloquium's schedule of seminars and presentations were both inspiring and motivating.

Becoming doctoral is a demanding and challenging process. An important part of this transformation involves interacting with our peers, the faculty, and a wider community. I feel it's rewarding to learn from other professionals' perspective on finance and broaden my own. It helps me understand the commitment that I'm making and what it will involve from the early stage of the research program. The opportunity gave me a first glimpse of learning and networking experiences that take into account continuing development in becoming an academic.

Apart from learning from great minds, another aspect that optimized the benefits was to introduce my work to the general audience. It is more of intangible skills that help me shape my work, highly personal to my own learning experience and needs. By presenting my work, I had a better understanding on how to carry everyone along with my talk. I built up more confidence in sharing my ideas and communicating with other academics. It also offered a self-reflective practice on the improvement of my current work and the refinement of presentation skills.

In summary, I feel that the colloquium was fruitful in fulfilling many of my goals and objectives, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. I am most grateful for being awarded a second place presentation by the joint colloquium committee, as well as for the enormous support and constant encouragement of my supervisory team.

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Cigdem GedikliCigdem Gedikli

My name is Cigdem and I am a third year PhD student in Norwich Business School. I have recently presented a poster which got the best poster award during the "Joint Doctoral Colloquium of Norwich Business School and the Performance Management Special Interest Group".

My research areas are in labour, gender and development economics. In my PhD thesis, I am aiming to explore the gender inequalities in the labour market in Turkey in the context of lower labour force participation rates of women compared to men, wage differentials and occupational gender segregation.

The poster that I have presented during the colloquium was based on a chapter from my thesis where I examine the role of traditional or conservative social norms and culture on women`s employment in Turkey. NBS doctoral colloquium offered a great opportunity to discuss my work and receive a valuable feedback from my colleagues as well as from the experts in my field. Many thanks for this opportunity and also for the best poster award!

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Ogbonnaya ChidiebereOgbonnaya Chidiebere

I am Ogbonnaya ​Chidiebere, a third year doctoral research student in Norwich Business School. I am doing research in organisational behaviour, evaluating the effects of High Performance Work Practices (HPWP) on employee attitudes and well-being. HPWP represent a group of human resource management practices that allow employees utilize their work-related skills and abilities in ways that drive organisational growth.

During the 2013 Joint Doctoral Colloquium of Norwich Business School and the British Academy of Management Performance Management SIG, I had the opportunity to share part of my research with experienced researchers and fellow students. I also designed a research poster, which earned me the 2nd best poster award. My presentation at the Colloquium was titled ‘Compensatory payment systems: Do they promote desirable employee attitudes or intensify work'. In this study, I investigated the effects of three compensatory payment systems (employee share-ownership, profit-related pay and performance-related pay) on employee attitudes (job satisfaction, organisational commitment and trust), and simultaneously examined the mediating role of work intensification in these relationships. My study is unique in that Multilevel Structural Equation Modelling (MSEM), as opposed to the more conventional ordinary least square regression procedure, was used to examine hypothesized assumptions.

The colloquium offered me a great opportunity to showcase my research and receive constructive feedback from research experts and peers.

2012 Colloquium

The 2012 Colloquium was held in the Thomas Paine Study Centre on 16th - 17th October 2012. The theme of the Colloquium was: 'To be like Einstein "passionately curious"'. For the first time, this year NBS doctoral students also prepared an open poster presentation session to share their research projects with other members of the Faculty of Social Science through a more visual and interactive medium.

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