2021 CAPSI/WITS PHD Writing and Methodology Workshop

Workshop Dates: 3 – 9 October 2021

Venue: Wits Rural Facility, Acornhoek Mpumalanga

The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at Wits Business School hosted a PhD Writing Retreat for approximately 30 PhD students across Africa. The writing retreat included both workshops and presentations of paper/proposals by successful applicants.

All registered PhD students at the Wits Business School and across African universities were cordially invited to apply to participate in a Writing and Methodology Workshop. To apply, students were required to submit the following documents:

  • A motivation letter indicating how the workshop would be beneficial
  • Proof of registration from their University
  • Letter of support from their supervisor
  • Their current research proposal/ draft thesis

The workshop had the following objectives:

  • Improving writing skills
  • Planning and developing each chapter
  • Developing research questions and conceptual frameworks
  • Writing the problem statement
  • Planning the literature review
  • Developing the research methodology – quantitative and qualitative
  • Individual coaching on your own research study
  • Ethical considerations and preparing for ethical clearance
  • Writing for academic journals
  • Project management for the thesis

Winners of Presentations

The final day of the retreat allowed the students to present their thesis work and they were assessed on the following criteria:

  • A well-defined research problem substantive contribution to knowledge
  • Sound and appropriate use of theory and methodology                                              
  • Comprehensive Methods                                                         
  • Ability to use technical and academic language                                               
  • Ability to engage with the audience        

Our winners and their topics were:

Albert KagandeAn alternative model for the financial sustainability of local NGOs in the social services sector in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Tabea KabindeA Model to Complement Legislation in Accelerating Employment Equity In South Africa. An alternative view to dealing with the impasse created by power in the successful implementation of employment equity.
Sylvester Senyo HorveyEnterprise Risk Management, Corporate Governance and Insurers Risk-Taking in Ghana and South Africa: Evidence from Dynamic Panel Threshold.
Edward NgubaneCloud Computing adoption and SMME development in South Africa.
Ntsoaki MokalaInvestigating teachers’ narratives of their teaching experiences of learners with hearing impairment in a special school.


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