As mentioned in the notes describing the remits of the main research programmes above, AFRIHERO Research Reports lists all reports not yet published in journals or book forms. When these reports are published in these forms they are migrated to the AFRIHERO Publications site. The research reports typically include pre-journal work-in-progress papers, draft texts being edited and awaiting feedbacks toward final edit from selected academics and professionals, strategic reports on global organizations, among others. To respect all confidentialities, only the titles of these reports are displayed here, whilst the full reports are lodged in the AFRIHERO I-cloud Google Office, with access only to principal officers. It is intended in the near future to show the abstracts of the papers listed, to enable visitors appreciate the nature of the papers.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2015) In Search of Excellence in Nigerian and African Higher Education: Views onHow (Not) to (Miss) Educate Higher Education Students. AFRR|HE|2015|02


Abstract: This paper explores some critical questions which relate to current problems associated with Nigerian and African higher education (HE) systems, as regards curriculum design and delivery, the training of academics and students, and the nature of interventions which are needed to remedy the problems. The paper draws from related blogs releasedpreviously in the website of the African Higher Education and Research Observatory(AFRIHERO, UK, www.afrihero.org.uk). It also suggests related works which can be downloaded from the Research Reports section of the website. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2015) Moving Nigerian and African Higher Education to a New Place: Towards a More Professional and Compassionate Academic Work. AFRR|HE|2015|01


Abstract: This paper explores some ideas from two blogs originally published in the African Higher Education and Research Observatory website (www.afrihero.org.uk). The emphasis of the paper is on the need for sound professional training of academics in the scholarship of teaching and learning, despite their disciplinary specializations. The paper therefore suggests some academic development projects to support this objective, as well as further works which can be downloaded from the Research Reports section of the website. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Day Research Skills Training Programme for International Students in the UK: Making the Most of Your Study at British Institutions: Some Success Tips and Tricks that You Probably Won’t Get from the University Induction Week. AFRR/RSTP/2014/07

Grasping the Basics and Stylistics of Effective Literature Reviews and Academic Writing.

Abstract: This paper explores the mechanisms for structuring researchable topics, developing effective and critical literature reviews which links the aims, objectives research questions, and topic themes coherently, and writing up the review to high standards of research excellence. The paper covers in some detail the following contents: a) How to conduct effective review of literature in diverse disciplines; b) How to focus the literature review such that it is rich enough to cover the research objectives; c) How to use theoretical and conceptual frameworks in organizing the literature review and the research report; and d) How to write appealing manuscripts suitable for an academic audience. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Week Dual-Focus International School on Advanced Research Methods and Software Training for Academics, Postgraduate Students and Professionals. ARMDA-SWTR/2014/00

Chapter 0: Introduction to the research methods and software training school.

Abstract: This chapter introduces the international school on advanced research methods and software training. It sets the tone for the school by immediately implementing the active learning approach described in the school pre-pack, which requires delegates to the school to immerse themselves in Thinking and Doing Exercises that constitute the Portfolio of Structured Exercises (PSEs) for the school. This introduction extends the detailed notes on the pre-pack by exploring your initial motivations for attending the school. Discussions based on the chapter will enable us to examine the link between mastery of research methods and data analysis skills and effective production of wealth using disciplinary knowledge. The emphasis in such knowledge creation is how to use research skills to add value across key domains of a society in which academic and professional knowledge are typically enacted. These are academia, industry and government, which we collectively refer to as a Triple Helix. Hence, the chapter foreshadows the need to develop two key levels of research skills - theoretical knowledge of specialist areas of learning you are interested in and applied knowledge, which puts the theoretical understanding to effective use. These views conceive of research as disciplined problem solving. The paper will enable us to interactively examine how this more holistic Triple Helix understanding of research skills underpins concepts related to an Integrated Corporate Academic Career Management Model (ICA Model), which enables researchers to impact wider stakeholders in society. We expatiate upon the ICA model ideas later in Chapter 2 of the programme. It will be seen in Chapter 1 that in line with the ICA model, a structured approach can be used to formulate research topics so that the theoretical and practical (corporate) benefits of the topic are salient. This approach is referred to as the Corporate Academic Research Structuring System (CARESS), which in Chapter 23 of the programme helps us to examine related skills for writing winning research grants. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Week Dual-Focus International School on Advanced Research Methods and Software Training for Academics, Postgraduate Students and Professionals. ARMDA-SWTR/2014/01a

Chapter 1a: The research set up: formulating, structuring and scoping Research Topics. Using a Corporate Academic Research Structuring System (CARESS) as an Integrated Framework for Designing Innovative Research Topics.

Abstract: This chapter introduces the international school on advanced research methods and software training. It sets the tone for the school by immediately implementing the active learning approach described in the school pre-pack, which requires delegates to the school to immerse themselves in Thinking and Doing Exercises that constitute the Portfolio of Structured Exercises (PSEs) for the school. This introduction extends the detailed notes on the pre-pack by exploring your initial motivations for attending the school. Discussions based on the chapter will enable us to examine the link between mastery of research methods and data analysis skills and effective production of wealth using disciplinary knowledge. The emphasis in such knowledge creation is how to use research skills to add value across key domains of a society in which academic and professional knowledge are typically enacted. These are academia, industry and government, which we collectively refer to as a Triple Helix. Hence, the chapter foreshadows the need to develop two key levels of research skills - theoretical knowledge of specialist areas of learning you are interested in and applied knowledge, which puts the theoretical understanding to effective use. These views conceive of research as disciplined problem solving. The paper will enable us to interactively examine how this more holistic Triple Helix understanding of research skills underpins concepts related to an Integrated Corporate Academic Career Management Model (ICA Model), which enables researchers to impact wider stakeholders in society. We expatiate upon the ICA model ideas later in Chapter 2 of the programme. It will be seen in Chapter 1 that in line with the ICA model, a structured approach can be used to formulate research topics so that the theoretical and practical (corporate) benefits of the topic are salient. This approach is referred to as the Corporate Academic Research Structuring System (CARESS), which in Chapter 23 of the programme helps us to examine related skills for writing winning research grants. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Week Dual-Focus International School on Advanced Research Methods and Software Training for Academics, Postgraduate Students and Professionals. ARMDA-SWTR/2014/01b

Chapter 1b: The research set up: formulating, structuring and scoping Research Topics. Using a Corporate Academic Research Structuring System (CARESS) as an Integrated Framework for Designing Innovative Research Topics. Interactive Sessions, Further Examples, Case Studies of Graduate Research Topics, and Links with Developing Winning Research Proposals.

Abstract: Part 1a of this foundational paper system devoted to formulating, structuring and scoping researchable topics explains the overall dialectics of rigorous conceptualization of research ideas. These ideas include: the challenges in formulating such topics; the use of the Corporate Academic Research Structuring System (CARESS) in getting round the challenges; issues of mastery, originality and contributions to knowledge (CsTK); the success tricks and guides on 'how' research principles are implemented; and the nature of intelligent structuring, gap-spotting, problem solving, and production of new and valuable knowledge involved, for different stakeholders. This Part 1b provides further opportunities for delegates to the research methods training programme to interactively explore these ideas, individually and collectively in selected groups. The paper therefore assembles examples, case studies of PhD-level research topics which the author supervises (albeit with anonymity on the researchers' names), with links to writing winning research proposals. A number of new frameworks relevant to research conceptualization are discussed in the context of these learning objects, namely: Research Framework (RF); Conceptual Frameworks (CFs) within a mapped Domain Knowledge (DK); Methodology (M); and filters for delineating the expected CsTK in a research topic. The paper encapsulates the insights from the learning objects in a schematic which visually represents the CARESS, in order to enable delegates to successfully use the CARESS in their own research works. Finally, in an appendix to the paper, information is provided on follow-on CARESS-based research support. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Week Dual-Focus International School on Advanced Research Methods and Software Training for Academics, Postgraduate Students and Professionals. ARMDA-SWTR/2014/2

Chapter 2: Notes on Triple Helix Skills Using the Integrated Corporate Academic Career Management Model (ICA Model). Original Title: Models, Concepts and Strategies for Effective and Entrepreneurial Career Self-Management: Laying Bare the Tricks that Drive Enterprising Careers

Abstract: This paper explores some useful constructs and approaches that underpin successful and entrepreneurial career self-management in knowledge intensive work environments such as accounting and academia. These constructs include defining a robust career wheel which will effectively drive crucial aspects of career planning such as: creative networking; using an agile multidisciplinary career management model to develop higher order technical and professional skills; setting and achieving SMART goals; effective time management skills; and creating powerful business models and platforms which promote these career objectives. For use in the 2104 International School on Advanced Research Methods, Data Analysis and Software Training (2014 ARMDA-SWTR), the paper adapts similar ICA model ideas presented in a workshop by the authors at one of the 2011 ICAN UK monthly professional meetings and seminars. The paper will hopefully draw from and provoke discussions that are relevant to work experiences and future career interests of ICAN UK members and other knowledge workers in knowledge based careers. It is hoped that the delegates to the 2014 ARMDA-SWTR school will find the ideas useful for re-thinking their career planning and development as 21st Century knowledge workers. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Week Dual-Focus International School on Advanced Research Methods and Software Training for Academics, Postgraduate Students and Professionals. ARMDA-SWTR/2014/3

Chapter 3: Doing Effective and Critical Literature Reviews.

Abstract: Many academics, students and researchers still face challenges in effectively and critically using received literature in their fields in implementing their own research works. Our discussions of the links between topic formulation and critical literature review in the introductory papers (Chapters 1a, b) to this School emphasized that getting a literature review to address all pertinent aspects of a research topic requires the review to identify the key themes in the topic and ensure that these themes are well covered with respect to what they imply for the research questions and objectives. This paper complements the ideas in the referenced papers by providing more hints on how to make a literature review more effective and critical such that it is easier to see what additional contributions to knowledge the research results make, and to recognize the voice of the researcher in the narrative. The paper recalls and extends the ideas in Chapters 1-2 of the programme for the School earlier mentioned.. Get a copy.


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EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) 1-Week Dual-Focus International School on Advanced Research Methods and Software Training for Academics, Postgraduate Students and Professionals. ARMDA-SWTR/2014/6

Conversations on Research Methods, Data Analysis and Software Training: Responses to Further Questions Posed by Delegates during the School. Get a copy.

 

 


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OMAR, M. T. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) Volatility Modelling and Stock Market Characterisation of the Nigerian Stock Market for the 2000-2010 bank reform-financial crisis period. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2014/05

Abstract: This paper presents recent results in augmented ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) for the study period 2000-2010 which encompasses the 2004 bank reforms in Nigeria and the 2007 global financial crisis. The paper applies five candidate GARCH models capable of tracking key aspects of volatility dynamics in a stock market to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify factors which drive volatility in the system and select suitable best-fit models for this period. The results indicate September, and years 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2009 as significant volatility drivers. The best-fit model out of the five explored is the GARCH-M (1,1). Implications of these results for stock market characterisation and development are explored in the paper. Get a copy.

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OMAR, M. T. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) Volatility Modelling and Stock Market Characterisation of the Nigerian Stock Market for the Post-2004 Bank Reforms Period. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2014/04

Abstract: This paper presents recent results in augmented ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) for the post-2004 bank reforms period (2005-2010). The paper applies five candidate GARCH models capable of tracking key aspects of volatility dynamics in a stock market to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify factors which drive volatility in the system and select suitable best-fit models for this period. The results indicate August, September, October, November and years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 as significant volatility drivers, suggesting that the global policy interventions in year 2008 aimed at containing the crisis sufficiently calmed NSM volatilities. The best-fit model out of the five explored is the GARCH-M (1,1). Implications of these results for stock market characterisation and development are explored in the paper. Get a copy.

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OMAR, M. T. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) Volatility Modelling and Stock Market Characterisation of the Nigerian Stock Market for the Post-Bank Reforms Post-Global Financial Crisis Period. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2014/03

Abstract: This paper presents recent results in augmented ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) for the pre-2004 bank reforms period. The paper applies five candidate GARCH models capable of tracking key aspects of volatility dynamics in a stock market to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify factors which drive volatility in the system and select suitable best-fit models for this period. The results indicate June-December and years 2007, 2009, 2009 and 2010 as significant volatility drivers, suggesting that the global policy interventions in year 2008 aimed at containing the crisis sufficiently calmed NSM volatilities. The best-fit model out of the five explored is the GARCH-M (1,1). Implications of these results for stock market characterisation and development are explored in the paper. Get a copy.

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OMAR, M. T. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) Volatility Modelling and Stock Market Characterisation of the Nigerian Stock Market for the Post-2004 Bank Reforms Pre-2007 Global Financial Crisis Period. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2014/02

Abstract: This paper presents recent results in augmented ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) for the pre-2004 bank reforms post-2007 global financial crisis period. The paper applies five candidate GARCH models capable of tracking key aspects of volatility dynamics in a stock market to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify factors which drive volatility in the system and select suitable best-fit models for this period. The best-fit model out of the five explored is the GJR-GARCH (1,1) model. The results indicate the presence of asymmetric effects associated with Friday and August and years 2005 (a year following the reforms) and 2006 (a year before the financial crisis) as significant volatility drivers, suggesting that there is a two-year gestation period for the global financial to manifest on the NSM and a one-year lag-effect of the reforms, probably due to policy announcement effects and expectation formations on the part of market participants. These results may be important for the design of early-warning systems in the Nigerian financial system, especially if augmented with systematic stock market characterisation of the character painted in this paper. Get a copy.

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OMAR, M. T. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2014) Volatility Modelling and Stock Market Characterisation of the Nigerian Stock Market for the Pre-2004 Bank Reforms Period. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2014/01

Abstract: This paper presents recent results in augmented ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) for the pre-2004 bank reforms period. The paper applies five candidate GARCH models capable of tracking key aspects of volatility dynamics in a stock market to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify factors which drive volatility in the system and select suitable best-fit models for this period. The results indicate the presence of asymmetric effects associated with March, July and year 2003 (a year before the reforms) as significant volatility drivers, suggesting that there is a one-year lead-in effect of the reforms on the NSM, probably due to policy announcement impact and expectation formations on the part of market participants. The best-fit model out of the five explored is the GJR-GARCH (1,1) model. Implications of these results for stock market characterisation and development are explored in the paper. Get a copy.

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BRAIN, A. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2013) Car Insurance Marketing in a Price Comparison Environment. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/14

Abstract: Financial price comparisons sites (aggregators) have changed the UK car insurance industry dramatically. Whether a car insurance company decides to join an aggregator or not, their marketing strategy has to adapt to this new environment. This study reviews different marketing techniques and develops a new marketing framework for the UK car insurance industry, an Integrated Business Reintermediation Model (IBRM). It is found that personal referrals affect aggregator acquisition rates, whereas web marketing and direct marketing (DM) mainly affect direct acquisitions. The research also notes that ambient marketing affects aggregator and direct channel acquisitions as well as customer renewal rates. The results have strong implications for the UK car insurance industry by way of focussing their marketing strategies by using the framework proposed. Get a copy.

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BRAIN, A. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2013) Car Insurance Customer Segmentation Analyses in an Aggregator Environment. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/13

Abstract: Customer relationship management (CRM) has the power to generate extra value for a (car insurance) company as well as its customers. The UK car insurance environment has gone through some turbulence with the introduction of price comparison sites (aggregators). This study uses this new environment as the premise to promote a powerful segmentation technique based on predicted customer value, actual customer value and predicted renewal rate. The predicted value model use different modelling and data mining techniques and apply Winsorization on the data source. For all the data mining and modelling techniques, quantile regression produced the most accurate model which, coincidently, is the only modelling technique in the research that is unaffected by Winsorization. These results have important strategic implications for the UK car insurance industry, for example in focussing their customer retention plans on profitable customers. Get a copy.

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BRAIN, A. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2013) The Adoption of Price Comparison Sites into Business Models: An Application in Car Insurance. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/12

Abstract: Financial price comparison sites (aggregators) have dramatically changed the way customers purchase their car insurance in the UK. This paper investigates different aspects of a car insurance business model such as marketing, sales, retention and return on investment, using different statistical modelling approaches. It is shown that aggregators have a dramatic effect on the number of customers contacting the company as well as its return on investment (ROI). The paper uses general linear models as well as time series techniques such as moving averages, autoregressive integrated moving average and generalised autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity (GARCH) models, to explore the links between price aggregation and car insurance business models. The results have strategic implications for the UK car insurance industry, with regards to whether or not companies should use aggregators in their distribution channel mix. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & BRAIN, A.   (2013) Modelling the Channel and Marketing Performance Effects of Price Comparison Environment in a Car Insurance Business. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/11

Abstract: The introduction of financial price comparison sites (aggregators) has had a major effect within the car insurance company. This paper explores the effects of price aggregators on different customer acquisition channels, acquisition rates, retention rates and marketing spend in a car insurance company using a vector autoregressive (VAR) modelling approach. It is shown for example that aggregators have a long lasting positive effect on future acquisition. Comparative results on other market response factors which potentially influence customer acquisition and business performance are obtained in the paper. The results have strategic marketing implications for the UK car insurance industry, by way of optimal allocation of marketing spends on the different customer acquisition channels. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OMAR, M. T. (2013) Global Financial Crisis, Volatility Modelling and Systematic Stock Market Characterisation. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/10

Abstract: We review recent publications on the global financial crisis, policy papers on stock and capital market development, and related ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM), in light of the need for policy-relevant stock market characterisation and development (SMCD). The paper applies five candidate GARCH volatility models to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify volatility drivers and select suitable best-fit models for the pre- and post-crisis periods. Possible effects of the 2004 banking reforms in Nigeria on the volatility results are also discussed in order to provide a fuller context for SMCD aspects of the paper. The results indicate different levels of volatility persistence, impacts and asymmetries of market news associated with best-fit volatility models in the different sub-periods. This is the first study to relate stock market analyses systemically to revealed stock and capital market development policies in such a pre-emerging financial market. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OMAR, M. T. (2013) Volatility Modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market in the Context of Financial Reforms: Implications for Systematic Stock Market Characterisation. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/09

Abstract: This paper presents recent results in augmented ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) in light of the 2004 bank reforms. The paper applies five candidate GARCH models capable of tracking key aspects of volatility dynamics in a stock market to the All Shares Index and returns of the NSM for 2000-2010, in order to identify factors which drive volatility in the system and select suitable best-fit models for the pre- reforms (2000-2004) and post-reforms pre-2007 financial crisis (2005-July 2007) periods. For the pre-reforms period, the results indicate the presence of asymmetric effects associated with March, July and year 2003 (a year before the reforms) as significant volatility drivers, suggesting that there is a one-year lead-in effects of the reforms on the NSM, probably due to policy announcement effects, pricing-in behaviours, and expectation formations on the part of market participants. For the post-reforms period, the models identify Friday, August and years 2005 and 2006 effects, which indicate a two-year lead-in effect of the 2007 global financial crisis on the NSM. For both periods, the best-fit model out of the five explored is the GJR-GARCH (1,1) model. Implications of these results for stock market characterisation and development are explored in the paper. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OMAR, M. T. (2013) Stochastic Models and Stock Market Characterization of the Nigerian Stock Market. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/2013/08

Abstract: This paper explains the nature of multidisciplinary stochastic-time series and control engineering research of strategic importance in stock market characterisation and development (SMCD), financial policy and wider macroeconomic management. It identifies some research topics and disciplines which support systematic characterisation of a stock market, such as will determine its resilience, performance and future development. The paper illustrates the key ideas using ARCH-GARCH volatility modelling of the All Shares returns index in the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM), for the period 2000-2010. It explores related research directions and argues the need for structured research collaborations in the area, for example through the Nigerian Mathematics Finance Statistics and Economics Research Consortium (NIMFSERC), which the first author convenes. Get a copy.

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ANUMBA, D. O. (2013) Critically appraising medical literature - understanding research types and methods. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/RMDA-SWT/2013/07

1st 4-Day International Summit and Software Training Workshop on Advanced Research Methods for Academics Postgraduate Students and Researchers

Abstract: The information explosion has affected the medical as well as the lay press. Sources of literature have never been so diverse, and freedom of information legislation globally has empowered all and sundry to voice their views on all matters. This freedom is exercised with regard to medical literature in general and Women’s Health publications in particular. The implicit requirement for clinical practice to be informed by evidence (evidence-based medicine) has placed the onus on the readership of clinical literature to acquire skills in appraising such literature. The need to sift out relevant information from the burgeoning medical has mandated the acquisition of skills in critical literature appraisal. This review outlines how to critically appreciate and evaluate literature and how to appreciate the spectrum of research that informs such evidence. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2013) Using Advanced Excel Data Analysis Tools/Add-Ins to Analyse Qualitative and Quantitative Data. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/RMDA-SWT/2013/06

1st 4-Day International Summit and Software Training Workshop on Advanced Research Methods for Academics Postgraduate Students and Researchers

Abstract: This paper explores the steps and manipulations involved in analyzing a set of research data using Excel and its add-in toolboxes. It discusses the scales of data measurement and why a step-by-step approach is important in the analysis, and considers the meanings and relevance of some data analysis concepts for effective data modeling work in support of a study. Useful tricks for aligning the analysis with a few strong research questions are discussed and exemplified in the context of a rich real-life case study. This case study also facilitates pedagogic innovations in the teaching and learning of disciplines which are not well developed in traditional teacher-led approach to curriculum delivery. Examples of these innovations are problem-based learning, statistical consulting, effective communication of results to different stakeholders, and associated Triple Helix skills of translation of knowledge to practice. The paper poses some Thinking and Doing Exercises which forces the reader to gauge their understanding of the core concepts covered in the paper. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2013)Writing Academic Papers and Theses: Reflecting Depth and Originality in Published Work. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/RMDA-SWT/2013/05

1st 4-Day International Summit and Software Training Workshop on Advanced Research Methods for Academics Postgraduate Students and Researchers

Abstract:It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process such as writing publishing academic papers or writing research theses in a way that manifests the originality or contribution to knowledge. This provides some guidelines for effective publishing of research work in journals and in the form of theses and research monographs. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2013)Multi-methodology and Originality in Research. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/RMDA-SWT/2013/04

1st 4-Day International Summit and Software Training Workshop on Advanced Research Methods for Academics Postgraduate Students and Researchers

Abstract: Key It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process. Academics sometimes struggle with issues concerning designing a suitable multimethodology for and building originality into a research project. Even when these ideas are discussed in some research methods texts, the treatment is often times textbook-style, whilst what is needed is a depository of the tacit experiences of scholars who have mastered these arts. That is, there is the need to lay bare the success tricks which are not fully covered in standard research methods texts. This paper sets out to fill some of these gaps. It is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on the research process in higher educational institutions during which participants' interactions will draw out their lived experiences and further challenges to address in research methods training. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2013)Doing Effective and Critical Literature Reviews. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/RMDA-SWT/2013/03

1st 4-Day International Summit and Software Training Workshop on Advanced Research Methods for Academics Postgraduate Students and Researchers

Abstract: Many academics, students and researchers still face challenges in effectively and critically using received literature in their fields in implementing their own research works. A previous paper (Ezepue, 2013a) explains that getting a literature review to address all pertinent aspects of a research topic requires the review to identify the key themes in the topic and ensure that these themes are well covered with respect to what they imply for the research questions and objectives. This paper complements the ideas in the referenced paper by providing more hints on how to make a literature review more effective and critical such that it is easier to see what additional contribution to knowledge the research results make and to recognise the voice of the researcher in the narrative. The paper further exemplifies the ideas in a case study which together with the case study on topic formulation covered in Ezepue (2013a) provide hands-on training to prospective researchers on these vital stages of the research process. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2013) Formulating, Structuring and Scoping Research Topics:Using the Corporate Academic Research Structuring System (CARESS) as an Integrated Framework for Designing Innovative Research Topics. AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR/RMDA-SWT/2013/02

1st 4-Day International Summit and Software Training Workshop on Advanced Research Methods for Academics Postgraduate Students and Researchers

Abstract: Many academics, students and researchers still face challenges in formulating researchable graduate topics and coherently crafting research aims, objectives and questions that are well connected. Topic formulation is not well treated in most research methods texts, which typically assume that a topic is in hand and go on to examine how it will be implemented. Using the author’s research supervision experience at different levels of qualification from first degree and masters to doctoral levels, this paper lays bare some tricks in successfully formulating researchable topics. It is hoped that most beginning researchers for example final year university students will find the ideas useful in successfully negotiating the not-too-easy task of choosing their degree topics. It is also hoped that experienced researchers and supervisors who nearly always succeed in framing sound topics around their research ideas rather intuitively will benefit from a structured approach which the paper exposes. The paper has some illustrative examples and uses an integrative case study to bring the ideas together. The paper is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on research methods during which participants interact with other real-life research situations and topics they are working on. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & Mahmoud, T.O. (2013) ARCH/GARCH Structural Time Series Modelling and Characterisation of the Nigerian Stock Market in Light of Financial Reforms and Global Financial Crisis, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2013/02

A Paper presented at the 8th Pan African Congress of Mathematicians (PACOM), held at the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja, Nigeria, 1-7 July, 2013

Abstract: This paper examines the use of structural time series and ARCH/GARCH models in characterising the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) in light of some key financial economics issues (efficiency, bubbles, anomalies, volatility, predictability and valuation) which affect the performance of financial markets, and plausible effects of the 2004 bank reforms and the 2007 global financial crisis on overall market index and returns. Volatility quantifies the errors made in modelling stock market returns, asset prices and other financial quantities. It is linked to market efficiency and performance and has applications in risk management, portfolio analysis, derivatives and valuation, for example. The paper presents analytical results on ARCH/GARCH volatility modelling of the NSM using overall stock market indexes and returns collected over the period 2000-2010. It is shown that the NSM has excessive volatility associated with some significant variables and that the volatility varies subtly across sub-periods determined by the bank reforms and financial crisis. The results are important to domestic and international security analysts, investors, and managements of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in their investment, stock market development and policy making decisions. The paper therefore proposes an agenda for stock market characterisation research which embodies these applications and argues the need for convening structured multidisciplinary research collaborations in the area which could be called the Nigerian Mathematics Finance Statistics and Economics Research Consortium (NIMFSERC). Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2013) Stochastic and Control Engineering Models in Stock Market Characterization: Case Study of the Nigerian Stock Market, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2013/01

Abstract: This paper explains the nature of multidisciplinary stochastic-time series and control engineering research of strategic importance in stock market development. It identifies the niche topics and disciplines which support systematic characterization of a stock market, such as will determine its resilience, fatigue features, and future development. This development is linked to financial policy and wider macroeconomic environment. The paper outlines current doctoral research topics and argues the need for structured research collaborations in the area, as exemplified by the Nigerian Mathematics Finance Statistics and Economics Research Consortium (NIMFSERC) which the author convenes. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & MWITONDI, K. S.  (2012) Addressing National and Regional Economic Development Goals through Effective Pedagogy of the Mathematical Sciences Part I, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/07A

Abstract: Some of the challenging problems in most developing countries include mass unemployment of graduates from their higher educational institutions, lack of skills-deep entrepreneurial learning, and impoverished learning environments that impede creative innovations in the learning and teaching of most of the disciplines. These problems affect the ability of these nations to achieve economic development objectives such as stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals, among other national and regional policy scripts. This paper discusses the role of innovative pedagogy of the mathematical sciences in producing new kinds of graduates who are more employable and entrepreneurial in the way they utilize their knowledge and experiences in wealth creation and poverty alleviation. Part I of the paper uses a statistical modelling example to illustrate the new pedagogy. Part II of the paper discusses wider implications of the pedagogy for repositioning mathematical sciences education and achieving targeted economic development objectives nationally and regionally in developing countries. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & MWITONDI, K. S. (2012) Addressing National and Regional Economic Development Goals through Effective Pedagogy of the Mathematical Sciences Part II, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/07B

Abstract: Innovations in curriculum design of the mathematical sciences usually come about through a welding of the leitmotif of these sciences – the scientific method – to skills-enhancing approaches to learning, teaching and assessments (LTA) in the fields. The approaches for learning statistical modelling including the IEVAI framework discussed in Part I of this paper are variants of the scientific method. It is known that the scientific method when properly inculcated in the learner opens up a powerful range of understandings of sequential and adaptive learning about societal problems which are amenable to solutions using the fundamental results of a mathematical science. We have demonstrated this learning process in Part I of this paper using the probability modelling of customer flows to a barber shop and its affects on profitability analysis of the business. This second part of the paper expands the lines of thought in Part I by leaning the key ideas of that part towards such pragmatic aspects of the effective pedagogy of mathematical sciences as its progressive embedding in a systematized programme of studies, enabling LTA practices including problem-based learning, project-based learning, intense use of case studies (as with statistical laboratories), ideas of deep and experiential learning, among others. Importantly, the links between these innovations and the overarching agenda of national and regional economic development are further examined. In this examination, emphasis is laid on (academic) entrepreneurship and the need to reposition mathematical sciences education in Nigeria and other developing countries in order to make mathematical science graduates more entrepreneurial and employable. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2012) A Model-Based Approach to Knowledge Management and Capacity Building in Developing economies, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/06

Abstract: We are intrigued by the fact that there seem to be paradoxes in the education and career development of university graduates, academics and professionals, due possibly to a misunderstanding of single versus cross- or multi-disciplinary emphases in their training. Whatever the emphases are, some students and academics are not properly trained in the craft of creatively structuring their learning in such a way that they can be continually productive in their career life-spans and beyond. For example, most graduate students may just implement the research ideas already proposed by their supervisors, only to secure PhD degrees that they may not easily link to their life goals. We think that understanding the career scripts which inform recognized success on the part of highly productive (not necessarily senior) academics and encasing the dynamics of such careers in a transactional model, albeit to different degrees in different career settings, is a good way to develop productive manpower in knowledge work. The hope is that the model and its entailments will facilitate superior career guidance and life-long professional development of knowledge workers (for example learners, teachers and professionals) in a modern economy. This paper therefore examines the lives of some mathematical scientists and shows how one can use the experiences to construct a career optimization model (CA Model). The model will enhance the capacity building efforts of a society when used in training the workers for which reason it is linked to knowledge management, academic entrepreneurship, economic development, and capacity building. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OMAR, M. A. T. (2011) ARCH/GARCH Modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market in Light of Financial Reforms and Global Financial Crisis, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/03

Abstract: Volatility is a key feature of financial markets associated with market efficiency and performance and has applications in risk management, portfolio analysis, derivatives, and valuation. Volatility quantifies the size of errors made in modelling stock market returns, asset prices and other financial quantities. Volatility modelling deals with variations in the average size of volatility over time such as cannot be obtained from linear regression and autoregressive models. (Generalized) autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (GARCH/ARCH) and stochastic volatility (SV) models are principal techniques used to model and forecast volatility. This paper explores pertinent issues associated with these models and applies selected GARCH models to volatility modelling of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) in the context of the 2004 banking reforms and the 2007-09 global financial crisis. The analyses are based on overall stock market index and returns collected over the period 2000-2010. It is shown that the NSM has excessive volatility linked to some significant variables. It is also shown that the volatilities vary subtly across the sub-periods. The results are important to domestic and international security analysts, investors, management of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and regulatory agencies, in their investment, stock market development, and policy making decisions. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OMAR, M. A. T. (2012) Weak-form market efficiency of the Nigerian Stock Market in the context of financial reforms and global financial crises, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/02

Abstract: Compared to developed countries, emerging (African) markets are relatively illiquid, inefficient and volatile, among other characteristics. Most stock market issues such as bubbles, anomalies, volatility, valuations and predictability which drive investor behaviour, stock market development and financial policy making, are related to the key issue of market efficiency. There is a dearth of policy-relevant empirical modelling of emerging African markets, especially within a comprehensive study of the issues across different policy epochs. This paper explores the weak-form efficient market hypothesis (EMH) for the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) using different parametric and non-parametric tests. The analyses are based on overall stock market index and returns collected over the period 2000-2010, with important sub-periods coinciding with the 2004 banking reforms in Nigeria and the 2007-2009 global financial crisis. It is shown that the NSM is not weak-form efficient, a result that asks questions of the benefits of the 2004 financial reforms. It is also shown that the degree of market inefficiency varies subtly across the sub-periods and data levels (daily or monthly). The results are important to domestic and international security analysts, investors, and security exchange regulatory agencies, in their investment and stock market development policy making decisions. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OMAR, M. A. T. (2012) Exploring the characteristics of the Nigerian Stock Market using time series forecasting and exponential smoothing , AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/01

Abstract: Compared to developed countries, emerging (African) markets experience varying levels of difficulty in effectively developing their stock markets. The markets are relatively illiquid, inefficient and volatile, among other characteristics. These features of the market are also affected by financial reforms, policies and crisis. This paper explores the characteristics of the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM) using basic time series forecasting analysis and exponential smoothing. The analyses are based on overall stock market index and returns collected over the period 2000-2010, with important sub-periods coinciding with the 2004 banking reforms in Nigeria and the 2007-2009 global financial crisis. We obtain interesting differences in time series behaviour of the data across these periods and for different granularities in basic statistical analysis (daily, weekly and monthly). These suggest plausible effects of the reforms and crisis on stock market performance. Implications of the results for investment analysis, stock market development and financial policy are discussed. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OJO, A. (2011) Pathways and Case Studies for Effective Whole-System Intervention in Higher Education Institutional Development, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 042011/1

Abstract: This report argues that to have a whole-system impact on HEIs in such areas as staff development, curriculum reinvigoration, research excellence and civil society linkages, interventions should be designed as broad programmes, not just projects. Within the programmes, specific projects should be instituted to address distinct stakeholder needs, at individual staff, students and entire HEI levels. For the latter, the programmes should leave a lasting legacy in form of innovative and enabling cultures, attitudes and skills on which future programmes must be built e.g. effort to make them more entrepreneurial. The report illustrates how to achieve these results using a British Council sponsored partnership development programme (NIMSERC) which involves theoretical and applied research in mathematics, statistics, economics, finance and related fields. Get a copy.

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OJO, A., EZEPUE P. O. & ILOGU, M. I. (2011) Inequalities in the Gamut of Lack and Prosperity in Nigeria - New Local Level Evidence and Spatial Profiles, AFRIHERO Research Report.

Abstract: Since the beginning of this millennium, successive Government initiatives have focused on increasing prosperity and bridging welfare divides for all areas in Nigeria. These objectives are being pursued in line with the United Nations Millennium Declaration and core principles enshrined in the Nigerian Vision 20-20-20. Despite enormous investment in poverty mitigation programmes, more than half of Nigerians still live in relative poverty with over a third of the population languishing in extreme poverty. In this report, we use novel geodemographic modeling techniques to profile and interpret the correlates of lack and prosperity across Nigerian Local Government Areas (LGAs). We discover that the magnitude of inequality in the distribution of wealthy and poorer households vary significantly within and between community types. Findings from our analysis also show that different community types are better suited to different pro-poor policy initiatives. The research discussed in this report represents the first attempt to use geodemographic techniques to model and visualize spatial inequality in welfare across Nigerian LGAs. The report provides evidence that there is significant value in using such techniques to better target populations and households most at-risk and to support poverty alleviation initiatives. Get a copy.

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ILOGU, M. I. & EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) An interpretive field study of CRM implementation in UK Further Education: implications for innovations in African Further and Higher Education (FHE), AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2010/1

Abstract: Faced with widespread social, economic, technological, and cultural change, FHE institutions need to enhance the value and effectiveness of their relationships with customers (employers, community and students). Importantly, African FHEIs have, relative to those in developed countries, weak institution-industry and general institution-stakeholder relationships. Given that such relationships are vital to helping the institutions align skills development in their curricula to wider societal needs and improve their resources, it is necessary to have a tested template for initiating such relationships. This paper explores CRM implementation in the UK FE sector. The model is considered a good template for capacitating African FHEIs in mutually beneficial industry and stakeholder relationships e.g. with employers, corporate organizations, local communities and students. The highlights of the CRM template discussed in the paper are conceptual frameworks for implementing CRM in education. Using the African Higher Education and Research Observatory as a case story, the paper demonstrates how these ideas should inform effective CRM-driven FHEI-industry-stakeholder interfacing in Africa. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & OJO, A. (2011) Models, Concepts and Strategies for Effective and Entrepreneurial Career Self Management: Laying Bare the Tricks that Drive Enterprising Careers, AFRIHERO Research Report. AARR 2011/1

Abstract:This paper explores some useful constructs and approaches that underpin successful and entrepreneurial career self management in knowledge intensive work environments such as accounting and academia. These constructs include defining a robust career wheel which will effectively drive crucial aspects of career planning such as: creative networking; using an agile multidisciplinary career management model to develop higher order technical and professional skills; setting and achieving SMART goals; effective time management skills; and creating powerful business models and platforms which promote these career objectives. The paper will hopefully draw from and provoke discussions that are relevant to work experiences and future career interests of ICAN UK members. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & SOLARIN, A.R.T. (2012)The Meta-Heuristics of Global Financial Risk Management in the Eyes of the Credit Squeeze: Any Lessons for Modelling Emerging Financial Markets?
Part I: Key Ideas on the Causes and Research Implications of the Credit Squeeze, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/05A

Abstract: A globally challenging problem of current interest is the credit squeeze whose further developments from 2007 up and till now has led to the (near) collapse of financial institutions notably Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, American Insurance Group (AIG) in the USA, among others in UK, Iceland and Europe. Though the credit squeeze is global in its reach, its impact is regionally differentiated among the triad of financial markets – developed markets of Europe and USA (in which it is most severe), emerging markets of Asia and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and emerging markets of Sub-Sahara Africa and the Middle East (in which it is less severe). Global communities of academics, practitioners, national and international economic development and financial regulatory bodies are intensely debating approaches to prevent such events happening in the future. This paper collates some of the key ideas emerging from this debate in order to develop an agenda for mathematical modelling of the financial markets which supports sound quantitative financial risk management. The main focus of the paper is on lessons to be learned from the crisis for effective management of emerging financial markets of Sub-Sahara Africa. Combining perspectives from such disciplines as financial engineering, economic history, mathematical modelling and simulation, stochastic modelling and bank financial management, the paper is essentially a meta-heuristic exploration of what went wrong and what needs to happen within financial institutions and collectively among stakeholder communities in order to avoid and mitigate the impact of such events. Illustrations of how the ideas in the paper could inform changes in quantitative risk modelling and financial investments are also provided in the paper. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & SOLARIN, A.R.T. (2012)The Meta-Heuristics of Global Financial Risk Management in the Eyes of the Credit Squeeze: Any Lessons for Modelling Emerging Financial Markets?
Part II: Discussions with Applications to Some Topics in Investment and Financial Risk Management, AFRIHERO Research Report. ARR 2012/05B

Abstract: We noted in the first part of this paper system that ‘a globally challenging problem of current interest is the credit squeeze, whose further developments from 2007 up and till now has led to the (near) collapse of [global] financial institutions. The paper system aims to draw lessons from the credit squeeze regarding the nature of mathematical and quantitative financial (risk management) research which will help Sub-Sahara African markets to withstand such squeeze in the future. Part I of the paper system presents the theoretical basis of the remote and immediate causes of the credit crisis, a sense of its development from 2007 until now, the accompanying lessons for emerging financial markets and hints about its potential impact on the infrastructure of investment and risk management at the firm-level of decision making mainly. Given the importance of translating the lessons into action plans for not only remedying the crisis but also preparing emerging economies better for surviving such crisis in future, this second part offers a fuller discussion of the lessons and the action plans as related to topics in investment and financial risk management. It complements Parts I and III (rejoinder to Professor Soludo's inaugural lecture) in a collective that outlines what we feel should be the significant research directions in emerging financial markets, at both microeconomic (firm-level) and macroeconomic (government policy) levels of play. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & SOLARIN, A.R.T. (2012)The Meta-Heuristics of Global Financial Risk Management in the Eyes of the Credit Squeeze: Any Lessons for Modelling Emerging Financial Markets?
Part III: A Rejoinder to Professor Soludo’s Inaugural Lecture on the topic Financial Globalization and Domestic Monetary Policy: Whither the Economics for the 21st Century?. ARR 2012/05C

Abstract: We noted in the first part of this paper that ‘a globally challenging problem of current interest is the credit squeeze, whose further developments from 2007 up and till 2009 and beyond has led to the (near) collapse of [global] financial institutions …Global communities of academics, practitioners, national and international economic development and financial regulatory bodies are intensely debating approaches to prevent such events from happening in the future. This paper collates some of the key ideas emerging from this debate, in order to develop an agenda for mathematical modelling of the financial markets, congruent with sounder quantitative financial risk management. The main focus of the paper is on lessons to be learned from the crisis for effective management of emerging financial markets of Sub-Sahara Africa …’ The interests of this first part of our paper are hugely served by the timely release to the authors of Professor Soludo’s magisterial inaugural lecture, which provides salient hints about what government and policy makers, as stakeholders in a pre-emerging market such as the Nigerian Stock Market (NSM), would want from the community of academics and professionals, in order to properly address the place of financial markets research in a globalized financial world. This rejoinder complements the first two parts of the three-part paper system we presented as an invited keynote paper at the 2008 NMC-COMSATS International Conference on Mathematical Modelling of Some Global Challenging Problems, Abuja, Nigeria, 26-30 November, 2008. The paper system outlines what we feel should be the significant research directions in (pre)emerging financial markets, at both microeconomic (firm-level) and macroeconomic (government economic policy making) levels of play. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2011) Pathways for Effective Whole-System Intervention in HEI Staff Development with Detailed Case Illustrations: Research Capacity Building within a Nigerian Mathematics, Statistics and Economic Research Consortium (NIMSERC) with Applications to the Financial Services Industry, being a seminar paper Seminar Paper Presented at The Training Gateway (UK) Universities Delegation & The National Universities Commission (NUC, Nigeria) Mission Held at the NUC Auditorium (Abuja, Nigeria), 28 March 2011.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Research Report on Research Methods Part 1: Formulating Research Topics: Some notes and issues on formulating research topics.  ARR 2010A

Abstract: It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process. Academics sometimes struggle with formulating researchable graduate topics and crafting research aims, objectives and questions that are well connected. Young faculty members also lack clear guidelines on what makes a publishable academic paper in their field and how to develop expertise in writing such papers. Challenges also arise for some scholars in the area of effective use of literature. Even when some of these ideas are discussed in some research methods texts, the treatment is often times textbook-style, whilst what is needed is a depository of the tacit experiences of scholars who have mastered these arts. That is, there is the need to lay bare the success tricks which are not fully covered in standard research methods texts and colleagues may be unwilling to share due, perhaps, to unhealthy competition in environments in which they do not work collegially. This paper series sets out to fill some of these gaps. It is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on the research process in higher educational institutions during which participants' interactions will draw out their lived experiences and further challenges to address in research methods training. This is especially useful in developing countries in which very good research methods texts are not widely available, and if so are very expensive for individual users. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Research Report on Research Methods Part 2: Doing Literature Review: Some notes on doing literature review in graduate research.  ARR 2010B

Abstract: It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process. Academics sometimes struggle with formulating researchable graduate topics and crafting research aims, objectives and questions that are well connected. Young faculty members also lack clear guidelines on what makes a publishable academic paper in their field and how to develop expertise in writing such papers. Challenges also arise for some scholars in the area of effective use of literature. Even when some of these ideas are discussed in some research methods texts, the treatment is often times textbook-style, whilst what is needed is a depository of the tacit experiences of scholars who have mastered these arts. That is, there is the need to lay bare the success tricks which are not fully covered in standard research methods texts and colleagues may be unwilling to share due, perhaps, to unhealthy competition in environments in which they do not work collegially. This paper series sets out to fill some of these gaps. It is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on the research process in higher educational institutions during which participants' interactions will draw out their lived experiences and further challenges to address in research methods training. This is especially useful in developing countries in which very good research methods texts are not widely available, and if so are very expensive for individual users. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Research Report on Research Methods Part 3 and 4: Multi-methodology and Originality in Research: Part 3: The typology of research (methodologies) and balance of theoretical and practical contributions. Part 4: Measuring the depths, contributions and PhD-ness of a research topic doing literature review in graduate research. ARR 2010C

Abstract: It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process. Academics sometimes struggle with formulating researchable graduate topics and crafting research aims, objectives and questions that are well connected. Young faculty members also lack clear guidelines on what makes a publishable academic paper in their field and how to develop expertise in writing such papers. Challenges also arise for some scholars in the area of effective use of literature. Even when some of these ideas are discussed in some research methods texts, the treatment is often times textbook-style, whilst what is needed is a depository of the tacit experiences of scholars who have mastered these arts. That is, there is the need to lay bare the success tricks which are not fully covered in standard research methods texts and colleagues may be unwilling to share due, perhaps, to unhealthy competition in environments in which they do not work collegially. This paper series sets out to fill some of these gaps. It is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on the research process in higher educational institutions during which participants' interactions will draw out their lived experiences and further challenges to address in research methods training. This is especially useful in developing countries in which very good research methods texts are not widely available, and if so are very expensive for individual users. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Research Report on Research Methods Part 5: Writing Academic Papers:Guidelines for writing academic papers.  ARR 2010D

Abstract: It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process. Academics sometimes struggle with formulating researchable graduate topics and crafting research aims, objectives and questions that are well connected. Young faculty members also lack clear guidelines on what makes a publishable academic paper in their field and how to develop expertise in writing such papers. Challenges also arise for some scholars in the area of effective use of literature. Even when some of these ideas are discussed in some research methods texts, the treatment is often times textbook-style, whilst what is needed is a depository of the tacit experiences of scholars who have mastered these arts. That is, there is the need to lay bare the success tricks which are not fully covered in standard research methods texts and colleagues may be unwilling to share due, perhaps, to unhealthy competition in environments in which they do not work collegially. This paper series sets out to fill some of these gaps. It is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on the research process in higher educational institutions during which participants' interactions will draw out their lived experiences and further challenges to address in research methods training. This is especially useful in developing countries in which very good research methods texts are not widely available, and if so are very expensive for individual users. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O., UDO, G.U. & EGWUATU, U.S. (2010) Research Report on Research Methods Part 6: Structuring the body and abstract of a paper: Structuring the body and abstract of a publishable academic paper.  ARR 2010E

Abstract: It is known to us that many academics and students still face challenges posed by some aspects of the research process. Academics sometimes struggle with formulating researchable graduate topics and crafting research aims, objectives and questions that are well connected. Young faculty members also lack clear guidelines on what makes a publishable academic paper in their field and how to develop expertise in writing such papers. Challenges also arise for some scholars in the area of effective use of literature. Even when some of these ideas are discussed in some research methods texts, the treatment is often times textbook-style, whilst what is needed is a depository of the tacit experiences of scholars who have mastered these arts. That is, there is the need to lay bare the success tricks which are not fully covered in standard research methods texts and colleagues may be unwilling to share due, perhaps, to unhealthy competition in environments in which they do not work collegially. This paper series sets out to fill some of these gaps. It is intended to serve as a basis for structured seminars and workshops on the research process in higher educational institutions during which participants' interactions will draw out their lived experiences and further challenges to address in research methods training. This is especially useful in developing countries in which very good research methods texts are not widely available, and if so are very expensive for individual users. Get a copy.

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EZEPUE, P. O., UDO, G. O. & EGWUATU, U. S (2O11) Exemplifying the ideals and crafting of publishable academic papers via effective structuring of the abstract and outline of a paper, AFRIHERO Research Report

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Getting the Libyan Giant to Become Pre-Eminent in Education and Economic Development in a Globalized World Order: The role of the Intellectual Diaspora, AFRIHERO Research Report.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & ABIMBOLA, T. (2009) Signature ideas for strategic leadership and governance in educational, economic and political systems: implications for creative partnerships in Africa's socio-economic development, being a keynote paper presented at the 3rd Presidential leadership Summit organized by the African Centre for Resource Services (ACRS) at the London School of Economics.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Advanced project management: the project life cycle and related project management issues at policy level, presented at a Workshop for Project Management for Policy Makers and Senior Managers organised by the National Fadam Coordination Office, London, January 4-8 2010.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Advanced project management: the project life cycle and related project management issues for senior managers, presented at a Workshop for Project Management for Policy Makers and Senior Managers organised by the National Fadam Coordination Office, London, January 4-8 2010.

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EZEPUE, P. O. (2010) Advanced project management: project risk management for policy makers, presented at a Workshop for Project Management for Policy Makers and Senior Managers organised by the National Fadama Coordination Office, London, January 4-8 2010.

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OJO, A. (2009) A Proposed Quantitative Comparative Analysis for Geodemographic Classifications, Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory Technical Proceeding.

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EZEPUE, P. O. & SLACK, F. (2008) Strategic directions for inter-university collaborative partnerships with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom, report developed for the Cultural, Communications and Computing Research Institute (C3RI), Faculty of Arts Computing Engineering & Sciences (ACES), SHU.