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Expand the frontiers of knowledge

The PhD program is of four years duration including rigorous course work. The coursework is expected to enable the participant to provide the platform for future research activities. During the coursework, classes will be held in IIM Shillong campus. The on-campus course work will have three modules in the first year and one module in the second year.

First year courses will be having 9 credits distributed over three modules named:-

Module I Courses

Fundamental Courses in Management – I (Module I)

1. Applied Economics (0.75 credit)
2. Financial Intelligence for Management (0.75 credit)
3. Essentials in Behavioural Sciences for Management Research (0.75 credit)
4. Decision Sciences (0.75 credit)

Module II Courses

Fundamental Courses in Management – II (Module II)

1. Data Analytics (0.75 credit)
2. Advanced Marketing Management (0.75 credit)
3. Future Advantage of Sustainability Management (0.75 credit)
4. Strategic Management Essentials for Management Research (0.75 credit)

Module III Courses

Fundamental Courses in Management – III ( (Module III)

1. Qualitative Research Methods and Design (1 credit)
2. Quantitative Research Methods (1 credit)
3. Philosophy of Management (0.5 credit)
4. Academic Writing (0.5 credit)

In the second year there will be 3 credits of course work.

Advance Courses in Managerial Research (Module IV)

Second Year

Module IV Courses

  • Advanced Doctoral Courses (2 courses of 1 credit each)
  • Term Paper/Seminar Presentation (1 credit)

Note:

  • 0.75 credit would mean 15 sessions of 90 minutes each.
  • 1 credit would mean 20 sessions of 90 minutes each.

Each scholar will be required to attend contact sessions at IIM Shillong in each module for about 2 to 3 weeks. Schedules will be intimated to the students tentatively one month before the start of each module. The tentative schedule for each module is as under although this may change if necessary.

  • Module I August – October 2021
  • Module II November-January 2022
  • Module III February- April 2022
  • Module IV May- July 2022

All course are compulsory. The participants must have a minimum attendance of 60%.

During Module III, the candidate in consultation with the PhD Chairperson will be required to initiate the process of formation of his/her Thesis Supervisory Committee (TSC) as per the laid down norms of the Institute.

COMPREHENSIVE QUALIFYING EXAMINATION (CQE)

  • After Module III the candidate needs to pass the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination (CQE) to proceed to the second phase of the programme.
  • The candidate has to successfully clear the exam before commencement of second year.
  • The candidate who do not qualify the exam shall be given a second and last attempt to complete the requirement.
  • The candidate will be required to obtain an overall CGPA of 3.0 or above for passing the Course work in (Term I, II and III).

Second Year

  • After successful completion of the course work the participant will start working on the main research problem of the PhD thesis under the guidance of his/her TSC.
  • S/he will start preparing a proposal under the guidance of his/her TSC.
  • From the second year onwards after successful completion of all the four modules till submission of the draft thesis, the participants are expected to make regular visits. A minimum of four days of visit in a quarter is mandated.
  • The participant must submit progress report forwarded by the TSC chairperson to the programme office every six months.

All course are compulsory. The participants must have a minimum attendance of 60%.

During Module III, the candidate in consultation with the PhD Chairperson will be required to initiate the process of formation of his/her Thesis Supervisory Committee (TSC) as per the laid down norms of the Institute.

COMPREHENSIVE QUALIFYING EXAMINATION (CQE)

  • After Module III the candidate needs to pass the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination (CQE) to proceed to the second phase of the programme.
  • The candidate has to successfully clear the exam before commencement of second year.
  • The candidate who do not qualify the exam shall be given a second and last attempt to complete the requirement.
  • The candidate will be required to obtain an overall CGPA of 3.0 or above for passing the Course work in (Term I, II and III).

Second Year

  • After successful completion of the course work the participant will start working on the main research problem of the PhD thesis under the guidance of his/her TSC.
  • S/he will start preparing a proposal under the guidance of his/her TSC.
  • From the second year onwards after successful completion of all the four modules till submission of the draft thesis, the participants are expected to make regular visits. A minimum of four days of visit in a quarter is mandated.
  • The participant must submit progress report forwarded by the TSC chairperson to the programme office every six months.

Third Year Onwards

  • The participant is also expected to work towards presenting papers at a conference and/or making publications.
  • The participant will present the draft thesis in an open seminar, called Pre-submission Seminar, after the TSC clears the draft for the same. The draft Thesis will be modified based on comments received from the TSC and the audience of the public seminar.
  • The candidate will have to defend the thesis and then submits the duly modified thesis for evaluation. Once evaluated, the candidate will have to defend the Thesis in front of the examiners to be eligible for the award of the degree.

The participant is evaluated through a Comprehensive Examination after the successful completion of course work and the doctoral dissertation period begins after successfully clearing the comprehensive examination. From third year onwards, the doctoral dissertation work provides them with an opportunity to make original contributions to an area of management or to one of its disciplines.

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