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Doctoral Research Colloquium provides confidence boost to young researchers

Monday 28 October 2013

Yanqing LaiThe Kingston Business School Doctoral Research Colloquium took place last month and displayed the combined enthusiasm and passion of both research students and academic staff. Speakers included both PhD and DBA students who presented on their topics of research. Details of the full programme.

PhD student Yanqing Lai (pictured right) presented a paper on “Employee Job Attitudes, HR Practices and Firm Performance in UK SMEs” using a large matched employee-employer dataset from the latest Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS2011). Yanqing explained that “there is a direct and positive effect of HR practices on firm performance but the effect is moderated by high levels of job satisfaction and organizational commitment”.

Professor George Saridakis and Director of Doctoral Programmes said “The Doctoral Research Colloquium provided our research students with the opportunity to present their work to colleagues and academic staff. It included a combination of very interesting talks and was well received by all those who attended. The event proved to be a great opportunity to socially network with peers whilst simultaneously reviewing their academic process through feedback from attendees. We intend to continue supporting such events in the future since we view the work carried out by our research students as an integral part of our research culture and activity”.

John PereiraPhD Student and representative John Pereira (pictured left) said: “The Doctoral colloquium is a great place to present your research work to experienced academics within the Kingston Business School. Such events prepare you for tough conferences and serve as a good practice ground to sharpen your research presentation skills and thesis defence. The feedback was very relevant and provided an alternative perspective about my research findings, limitations and potential areas for improvement. This was certainly a confidence building exercise for young researchers like myself. I would recommend all PhD students, regardless of their research stage, to use this as a platform to highlight their work and put it to the test”.

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