Postgraduate Workshop Announcement: SURVEY METHODOLOGIES: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS Professor Edward Lorenz

13 August 2015





Professor Edward Lorenz



DATE: 13th and 14th August 2015 (Thursday and Friday)


VENUE: Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Conference Room, 159 Nana Sita Street, Pretoria


Application: This workshop is aimed at students with a basic familiarity with statistics and/or research methods. Please send your CV and a short motivation to Mr. Lucas Madia, Senior Administrator, IERI. Email:


Background to the workshop:


This two-day workshop is designed to provide an introduction to survey design and data collection methods. The workshop aims to give students interested in carrying out their own surveys for PhD or Masters research a working knowledge of the elements that will affect how well their surveys accomplish their goals and how confident they can be  in the results and statistics based on their surveys. The workshop presumes no special background but basic knowledge of statistics and innovation studies research is a plus. The main topics covered are sampling and choosing the target population, methods of data collection and non-response, designing survey questions, survey interviewing, and preparing survey data for analysis. On day 2 of the workshop students will participate in an interactive exercise involving the design and testing of short survey questionnaires. The workshop will be conducted by Professor Edward Lorenz.


Edward Lorenz: Professor of Economics at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) and member of the CNRS-University of Nice research institute GREDEG. He is Assigned Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. His research focuses on the comparative analysis of business organisation, employment relations and innovation systems. He was co-director of the EU Coordinating Action project MEADOW (Measuring the Dynamics of Work and Organisation) designed to set up standards for collecting and interpreting harmonised data on organisational change and its economic and social impacts at the EU level.

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