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Research Fundamentals

Master Class Research Fundamentals - Overview


C-MAT Research Fundamentals originated from the need for a basic training program for researchers wishing to obtain a PhD in supply chain and / or a career in research consulting.

With this course, containing 4 separate parts, we want to help (PhD) students, public servants and professionals from transport-related companies and organizations (shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, airlines, airports, etc.) become top-notch consultants and researchers.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will (have/be able to):

  • differentiate between the different fundamental research methods and understand their strengths and weaknesses when applied to real-world problems;
  • you will be familiar with system thinking framework, process and compositional approaches for research design, including identification of research questions and formulation of hypothesis;
  • use multimethodologies to approach complex problems with quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • a thorough understanding of the basic microeconomic components of structural industrial organization models (IO), i.e. consumer behavior (demand), firm behavior (costs), and competition between firms;
  • interpret and criticize the assumptions and results of quantitative studies published in IO field journals, working papers, and consulting reports;
  • execute simple but rigorous regression analysis studies of demand, costs, market power and program evaluation;
  • theoretically and empirically investigate market outcomes and assess the welfare effects of horizontal and vertical integration;
  • analyze government policies in the transport sector using the tools of modern welfare economics: social welfare functions, cost-benefit analysis, methods to evaluate welfare reform, etc.;
  • understand and critically evaluate existing studies;
  • perform evaluation studies independently based on available information, and to communicate the results to policy makers;
  • familiar with a number of modelling and forecasting techniques that are key to research in transport economics;
  • match the perspectives of the software engineer and the transport economist. Transport economists understand the problem they want to study and have an idea about what they need from models, but they are not always up-to-date with the possibilities in other fields such as engineering, and vice versa.
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