• For: Senior working professionals
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Location: Hyderabad, Mohali

The Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM) is a doctoral-level programme taught in an executive format that will provide a portfolio of skills for professionals, and faculty without a doctoral degree, who want to increase their understanding of business theory, combine innovative business theory and practice and learn to solve complex business problems through cutting edge research methodology.

The objective of this doctoral-level programme is to provide a sound theoretical understanding of research methodology to solve complex issues in business.

Who is it for?

THE EXECUTIVE FPM PROGRAMME attracts experienced business leaders and faculty without doctorate who have the passion, ability, and intellectual curiosity to pursue a terminal degree.

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration level programme is for a select group of senior professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree and have extensive work experience but who do not want to leave their careers to pursue a full-time PhD or FPM. Individuals who are attracted to the executive DBA equivalent programme often seek to deepen their understanding of latest business theory and apply it to address modern challenges of today’s dynamic business environment. Others pursue it as a means of moving into a career in higher education or to increase their expertise for a career in business research and consulting.

Why Executive EFPM?

THERE ARE VERY FEW OPTIONS FOR BUSINESS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION BEYOND THE MASTER’S DEGREE LEVEL. This is especially true for professionals who want to seek advanced education while still fully employed. Senior managers who participate in executive education often want to further their education beyond the MBA or specialised business master’s degree.

The growing complexity of managing a business in a rapidly changing business environment requires skill-sets that exceed the MBA or executive MBA level.

While the key focus of this executive DBA equivalent programme is senior managers who want to advanced their career in industry or consulting, it is also aimed at professionals who want at some stage of their career to move into higher education.

There is extreme shortage of doctoral level faculty in business schools as identified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which is the world premier accrediting body of business schools. Offering doctoral level programme for senior managers helps in addressing the faculty needs of business schools and to enhance their teaching capacity in such institutions. 


THE EXECUTIVE FELLOW PROGRAMME IN MANAGEMENT (EFPM) offers a combination of both theoretical and applied research methodology courses. It is a three-year (15 three-day residencies), cohort program consisting of 15 taught courses, an introductory research project, and the final dissertation.


GETTING TALENTED STUDENTS IS THE TOP OBJECTIVE OF THE ISB Executive FPM programme. Therefore, minimum requirements must be met, and interviews with Executive FPM applicants must be scheduled to ensure each applicant's appropriateness and interest in the programme.

Fees and Financing

THE PROGRAMME FEE FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR commencing in 2021 is ₹47,00,000 plus taxes. The fee includes admission fee, tuition fee, boarding and lodging expenses for the residencies.

The Experience


 Ms. Shikha Bagai

“EFPM helps in arriving at a deeper understanding of industry problems and in adopting an evidence-based management approach.”


Ms. Latha Nathan

“EFPM was my choice because being a doctoral programme, it helped marry my professional knowledge to academic concepts.”


Mr. Vijay Dalmia 

“An amazing programme, more so because professors analyse your research idea from various perspectives.”


Mr. Isaac Rajkumar

“EFPM came at the right time in my career, increasing my leadership level contributions at work and also growing my skills in research and teaching.”

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Programme Locations

THE RESIDENCIES OF THE EXECUTIVE FPM PROGRAMME will be held at either Hyderabad or Mohali campus. The campus where the residencies are to be held will be communicated to the students 2-3 months in advance.

The ISB Hyderabad campus spread over 260 acres, is internet enabled with state-of-the-art air-conditioned lecture theatres, an excellent library, video conferencing and other world-class facilities.

The ISB Mohali campus spread across 70 acres in the Knowledge City is equipped with state-of-the-art learning infrastructure - lecture theatres, a 500-seater auditorium, high definition video conferencing facilities to enable collaboration across locations.

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Join the Live Webinar on Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM) by Professor Siddharth Singh, Associate Dean, Executive Director EFPM and Associate Professor of Marketing at ISB.

Learn more about the Executive Doctoral Level Programme focused on Applied Research. 

Time: 4.00 - 5.30 PM IST
Date: May 15, 2021


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