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25. April 2017

Semester Opening Colloquium of the SME Graduate School

The first Research Colloquium of the new semester was opened by the SME Graduate School Coordinators Dr. Sohaib Hassan and Dr. Christian Reuter, who gave the SME Graduate School fellows an overview of upcoming events for the summer term. Among others, the events planned include research colloquia, ring lectures and PhD courses.

After the introduction, SME Graduate School fellow Christine Weigel gave a presentation about the research projects she is currently working on and the progress she made so far. Furthermore Christine Weigel explained the future steps she is going to make in her research and gave the audience overall insights in her research with a focus on accounting in family firms and SMEs. After a short discussion of the fellow’s presentation, the scholars of the Graduate School discussed the exposé with Dr. Sohaib Hassan and Dr. Christian Reuter. Further topics discussed were possible conferences the fellows of the Graduate School might attend and the PhD courses offered by the House of Young Talents and the University of Siegen. At the end of the Colloquium there was a brief exchange of ideas about PhD courses and which courses might be especially interesting for the members of the SME Graduate School.

16. November 2016

Research Design and Research Methodology

The first part of the SME Graduate School meeting was also open to prospective and current PhD researchers of the faculty. It was co-organized by the House of Young Talents and SME Graduate School. Dr. Daniel Müller, head of the House of Young Talents, opened the third group meeting with his workshop on “Research Design and Research Methodology”. After an introduction to the general philosophy of science, Dr. Müller outlined several research approaches of different disciplines. Although the special focus was on quantitative and qualitative research and its ambivalence, he also introduced into the concept of “mixed methods”, which combines both research approaches and gave examples for application. Meanwhile and after the presentation, Dr. Müller answered many questions regarding this topic and also gave the opportunity to discuss his remarks. Subsequently, SME Graduate School member Christine Weigel defended her Master Thesis, which is about “The Role and Impact of Accountants: A Systematic Literature Review”. Besides Christine Weigel gave the SME Graduate School interesting insights in her methodological approach. With the defence of her Master Thesis, Christine Weigel obtained her Master Degree in Controlling and Risk Management.

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