Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode has launched a new doctoral programme, PhD in Management (Practice Track), for working executives with at least eight years of experience. In this programme, the executives can work towards a doctoral degree while remaining in their jobs.
Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIM Kozhikode, said, “This is the first time in India that we are defining a PhD in the form of a Practice Track. It is an idea whose time has come. While you are in the job you can bring real life problems to your doctoral research for investigation and discover the solutions with the kind of clarity that only a deeply embedded knowledge system can bring.”
Prof. Rudra Sensarma, Dean (Research) called the programme as unique on account of its flexibility in scheduling that is designed to accommodate the busy work life of an executive. He added that, “The entire program can be completed in 3-5 years and successful PhDs can expect to make meaningful contributions to industry best practices or even seek a shift in career to teaching and research.”
Prof. Kausik Gangopadhyay, Chair of the doctoral programmes, highlighted another unique feature of the programme that it allows research specialization in not just conventional management areas such as economics, finance or strategy but also interdisciplinary or sectoral specializations such as in banking, manufacturing, sports or tourism as per the participant’s choice of research area. He pointed out that the deadline for online submission of applications on the Institute’s website is June 05 2019.