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Refine and rebuild knowledge and practices

Refine and rebuild knowledge and practices

The 4 year Phd program helps you explore critical issues in management, identify opportunities for new frameworks, connect with the industry and form new insights across all fields of management education and practice.
Upon successful completion of coursework and dissertation; a Comprehensive Examination is conducted. From third year onwards, your doctoral dissertation puts you at the centre of new knowledge that will impact business thinking and action.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Marketing Management
  • Finance and Control
  • Information Systems & Analytics
  • Operations and Quantitative Techniques
  • Organisation Behaviour, Human Resources
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainability and Liberal Studies

Phase 1 (1st Year)

Ideation Stage

1. Compulsory Courses
2. Flexi-Core Courses
3. Research-based Courses

Phase 2 (2nd Year)

Academic Writing, Research Design, and Ontology

1. Compulsory Courses
2. Electives from PGP/PGPEx Basket
3. Seminar Courses
4. Presentation Seminar Courses
5. Comprehensive Examination

Phase 3 (3rd – 4th Year)

Thesis Work

1. Thesis Proposal
2. Academic Workshops/Conferences
3. Research Publications
4. Thesis Seminar
5. Thesis Defense

Explore Core and Elective Courses

In the first year, the scholar shall compulsorily undertake a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 12.5 credits of PGP courses along with the first year PGP participants distributed over the three terms.

The core courses during the first year of the Doctoral programme

Compulsory course (Term 1- Term 3) 7.5 Credits

Compulsory Course Course Name Sessions Credits
Term -I Data and Business Modelling 10 0.50
Financial Reporting and Analysis 20 1.00
Managerial Economics 20 1.00
Self and Group Dynamics 20 1.00
Marketing Management 20 1.00
Statistics for Decision Making 20 1.00
Operations Management 20 1.00
Term -2 Research Design for Management 10 0.50
Term -3 Business Research Methods 10 0.50

Option Course (2 Credits)

Compulsory Course Course Name Sessions Credits
Term -1 Designing and Managing Information Systems 20 1.00
Term -2 Foundations in Financial Management and Financial Markets 20 1.00
Macro Economics 20 1.00
Marketing Strategy 20 1.00
Operations Research 20 1.00
Team Building and Leadership 20 1.00
Term -3 Business Ethics 10 0.50
Business Law 10 0.50
Corporate Finance 10 0.50
Development of Human Capital 20 1.00
Managerial Accounting 10 0.50
Strategic Management 20 1.00
Sustainability and Business 20 1.00

Second Year

In the second year, the total credit for the Doctoral programme will be of 8.00 Credits as per following scheme.

  1. Compulsory courses (2.00 credits)
    • Quantitative Research Methods (1.00 credit)
    • Qualitative Research Methods (1.00 credit)
  2. 2.00 credits from the PGP Basket Courses in consultation with their Supervisors. In the Second year, a scholar is required to undertake 2 credits from the PGP Basket of electives in consultation with the thesis supervisors.
  3. 2.00 Credits from Seminar courses which will be based on independent study of the scholar undertaken in consultation with the supervisors. The evolution of the doctoral seminar course will be done by the supervisors and two committee members duly formed by the doctoral committee. The scholar is required to give a presentation in front of the committee members.
  4. 2.00 credits will come from the presentation seminar based on the research papers communicated to journals.

The scholar will complete a minimum of 18 credits and maximum of 20.5 credits in two years.

Stages of Doctoral Journey

Your doctoral journey at IIM Shillong covers three phases, each with various components that need to be practically experienced and applied. To navigate through these experiences, doctoral professional seminar courses are designed to address evolving scholar identities.

Phase 1: Ideation Stage

Deliverables: Mid review concept paper presenting the identification of the problem.

  1. Scholars involve themselves in generating research questions through problematization.
  2. Systematic Literature Review Report with potential for conversion into research paper.

Phase 2: Academic Writing, Research Design, and Ontology

Deliverables: Mid-review research paper & research design.

  1. Integration and synthesis of the extant knowledge to provide a state-of-the-art understanding.
  2. Identification of existing knowledge gaps.
  3. Future research avenues identification for addressing key issues while pursuing advancements in domain knowledge.

The scholar will have to also submit their thesis proposal by the end of Term 6 (Second Year), and qualify the comprehensive examination.

Phase 3: Thesis Work

Thesis will be a self-contained scholarly piece of work under the supervision and guidance of academic advisors. It would include research motivation, problem definition, review of existing literature viewed through a critical lens for deriving major research gaps with possible novel academic contribution, theoretical framework research design, data analysis, the solution/conclusion to the identified research problem(s), and the potential for future research avenues on the identified problem(s).
This phase is key for the scholar to put together the work carried out in the previous phases.


Research output in terms of articles (journal papers or case studies)

Complete thesis as guided and required in accordance with the institution’s norms.

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