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The Doctoral program for Working Professionals PhD(WP) at IIM Shillong is a unique doctoral level program in management for working professionals in order to meet the requirements of the employer organization.

The goal of the program is to prepare enthusiastic executives and teaching professionals who contribute to the field of training, management research and consulting practice, launch an academic career and help to strike a balance between the theory and practice of management.

The PhD(WP) program endeavours to co-create knowledge in all aspects of Management Education for sustainable development and to develop independent researchers with strong ethical values. The program is committed to inculcate in individuals the necessary knowledge and skills to co-create original cross functional interdisciplinary knowledge and contribute towards creating high quality research. The program will enhance the working professionals’ and teaching professional’ domain knowledge.

Chairperson's Message

A warm welcome to the Doctoral Program in Management for Working Professionals (PhD-WP) of IIM Shillong. Since the inception of the Doctoral Program for Working Professionals (PhD-WP) in 2019, we aim to nurture and promote multidisciplinary and domain-specific world-leading research for theorists and practitioners. Our distinct academic approach is designed to enable scholars to unleash their potential and excel as researchers, educators, and scholars in the future. The PhD-WP endeavors to co-create knowledge in all aspects of Management Education for sustainable development and to develop independent researchers with strong ethical values. The program is committed to inculcating in individuals the necessary knowledge and skills for knowledge co-creation who will excel in their respective areas as educators and produce high-quality research through the publication of quality work of an international standard. The doctoral dissertation work provides an opportunity to do quality research and co-create original cross-functional interdisciplinary knowledge. As you begin your journey at IIM Shillong, it is important that you understand the program that you have registered for, and the very reason for your being at this place. This handbook will provide you with all the necessary information about the program. It contains the details about the program, the expectations from you as far as the academic standards, as well as a general discipline, are concerned, about the usage rules of the Knowledge Center (library) that will be your companion in your quest for knowledge. Please go through this handbook carefully and understand all that is contained in it. Please come with the handbook during the Immersion Program, where I will be happy to answer any of your queries. You shall also take the pledge and submit the undertakings on that day. Wishing you an enjoyable and enriching time at IIM Shillong.

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Program Vision

The PhD(WP) Program at IIM Shillong offers intellectually curious working professionals an opportunity to gain advanced research skills to complement their practical knowledge. The program enables professionals to acquire interdisciplinary research expertise on a part-time basis over a period of three to four years. The program will equip professionals to produce high-quality research output of international standards through specialized research training and global collaborations. ; and empowers them to offer practical and sustainable solutions facing businesses and managers. This program will facilitate professionals to pursue varied career avenues such as academia, management consultancy, training, coaching, and research.


Competency to search for explanation and potential solutions for operational and strategic level management.
Competency to effectively document the problem and the proposed solution for knowledge creation and transfer.
Competency to systematically communicate one’s ideas/knowledge in chosen domain.


Inputs for domain knowledge
Understand knowledge creation process
Critically examine existing body of knowledge
Formulate research questions to aid knowledge generation facilitation by gaps in existing body of knowledge
To devise/design a strategy to extract the potential solution and possible generalization extension
To implement the strategy towards attaining solution for the identified research question
To document the problem, process and solution
To solicit feedback through scholarly publication and get recognized

Competence Goals and Program Objectives

Competency Goal 1

Contemporary managerial problem-solving acumen.
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of management theories and practices to solve business problems.
Programme Objectives:
The students should be able to:
PO 1a: Analytically examine the Managerial Problem using their domain knowledge.
PO 1b: Develop critical thinking abilities to understand, analyze and communicate innovative alternatives for decision making.
PO 1c: Anticipate and adapt to disruptions catalyzed by emerging technologies.

Competency Goal 2

Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
Students will be able to demonstrate ability to lead themselves and others for business decision making.
Programme Objectives:
The students should be able to:
PO 2a: Contribute individually and as a team player.
PO 2b: Communicate impactfully in a local / multi-cultural / global environment.

Competency Goal 3

Awareness of ethical and sustainability challenges in business and society.
Students will demonstrate awareness of ethical and sustainability challenges in a changing GLOCAL order.
Programme Objectives:
The students should be able to:
PO 3a: Recognize ethical issues in different global business contexts.
PO 3b: Demonstrate awareness about the sustainability challenges in decision making.

Competency Goal 4

Demonstrate ability to teach students in academic settings.
Our scholars will be able to demonstrate the necessary teaching skills and ability to engage in research-oriented careers
Programme Objectives:
The scholars should be able to:
PO4a: Demonstrate professional and academic writing.
PO4b: Demonstrate skills required for teaching management.

Immersion Program for PhD WP 2022 & 2023 Batch
Wisdom Speeks

Bibhu Deb
Scholar, Doctoral Program (WP)
Batch- 2022

The overall experience of the recent immersion program was highly satisfying. Nothing quite matches the energy of in-person meetings. We had the privilege of attending the dynamic pre-conference sessions of iMarC, setting the tone for the immersion program. Professor Weng Marc Lim’s session stood out as a captivating highlight, offering profound insights. Professor Murugan’s SLR classes were instrumental in bringing clarity to complex concepts. Moreover, the opportunity to engage with supervisors and TAC members fostered fruitful idea exchanges. Meetings with the Director, Dean (Academics), and Dean (Research) provided valuable perspectives on the institute’s expectations. The Ph.D. Chairperson’s reassurance of the institute’s high standards left a lasting impression, giving us a clear understanding of what lies ahead.

Scholar, Doctoral Program (WP)
Batch- 2023

The immersion program was a very well-crafted program. The Chief Guest of the program, Mr. Lim gave important insights on skills required to write a good paper that I can immediately apply. The ease with which he taught and made everything look so easy gave us a lot of confidence. Important topics were covered and emphasized, deepening my understanding and broadening my perspective. Session on Time Series Analysis and PLS- SEM were also very helpful and gave us enough food for thought.

I would have loved to stay in the Campus close to the professors to have more time for interactions and that is one area which the PhD office can explore for our next immersion. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to any scholar.

Mohit Sanguri
Scholar, Doctoral Program (WP)
Batch- 2023

“I attended the immersion program at IIM Shillong from 28 Jan 2024 to 02 Feb 2024, and I must say it was a very enriching and rewarding experience. The preconference workshop covered PLS-SEM, Time Series Analysis, and Paper development workshop for early-stage researchers. The instructors were very knowledgeable and engaging, and they explained the concepts and techniques with clarity and practical examples. I learned a lot from the sessions and gained valuable insights on how to conduct rigorous and impactful research. I also had the opportunity to network with other researchers and faculty members and exchange ideas and feedback. The immersion program was well-organized and facilitated by the IIM Shillong team, and I appreciate their hospitality and support. I would highly recommend the PhD program to anyone who wants to enhance their research skills and knowledge and learn from the best in the field.”

Dileep Narayanan
Scholar, Doctoral Program (WP)
Batch- 2023

“Participating in the immersion program at IIM Shillong from January 28 to February 1, 2024, was an incredibly enriching and beneficial experience for me. The program introduced me to novel subjects through pre-conference workshops, laying a solid foundation for my research journey. Among the highlights was the session led by a distinguished professor from Malaysia, whose simplicity and encouragement profoundly reassured me of my ability to complete my PhD program successfully.

The faculty at IIM Shillong demonstrated remarkable expertise, clearly explaining complex concepts and techniques and offering practical examples that greatly enhanced my understanding. This experience has significantly broadened my perspective on conducting rigorous and impactful research.