The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) held the second Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) Programme Workshop on the 28th and 29th of January, 2020. The two-day workshop, held on the Graduate Campus, was very interactive and informative in nature. It aimed to equip postgraduate students with skills relating to SmartPLS, an analytical tool used in quantitative research. Opening the workshop was Professor Richard Boateng, Head, Department of Operations and Management Information Systems at UGBS. He also doubles as the UGBS collaborator for the QES Programme.
Dr. Emmanuel Kolog Awuni, a Lecturer with the Department of Operations and Management Information Systems and a QES Scholar, facilitated and educated the participants on the PLS-SEM using SmartPLS software. In recent times, SmartPLS has become one of the prominent software applications for running Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling in most top tier quantitative analysis.
The two-day workshop saw participants learning some fundamentals of running structural equation modelling using the SmartPLS software. The participants were taught how to conduct research with PLS-SEM using the SmartPLS software. With this approach, participants appreciated a systematic process of analysing data with the software encompassing the assessment and reporting of both the measurement and structural models. Moreover, the development and assessment of a model to include mediating and moderating effects were also taught during the workshop. Additionally, Dr Awuni took the participants through how to develop an outline for carrying out a quantitative research paper. He ended the workshop by educating the participants on how to earn a “philosophy” as part of their degree.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) programme is a project-based scholarship programme. In response to QES calls for proposals, Canadian universities submit project proposals that include inbound and outbound scholarship opportunities in various fields and disciplines. Universities with winning projects are responsible for the recruitment of scholars (Canadian outbound or International inbound) based on their area of focus, the partner organizations and partner countries. Approximately 80% of participants are Canadians travelling abroad and 20% are from other countries coming to Canada through the QES programme, for stays ranging between three months and three years.
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