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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.
Courses in this Executive Doctoral level programme will be offered in an executive format to accommodate the needs of business executives and faculty who work full time.
Students attend face-to-face classes and develop their dissertation research project under the supervision of faculty experts in their fields.
Typical Stages of Progression
The initial focus of the program will be on key business courses. As students progress in the program, the emphasis will shift towards research methodology courses followed by writing and teaching methodology courses and projects that address issues in contemporary business. The program will culminate with a dissertation that addresses a complex, cross-functional business problem of strategic interest to a company or non-profit organisation.
There will be assessments at each stage which will have to clear by the participants.
Complete foundation courses, core courses, and research methodology courses.
1. Complete research writing and teaching methodologies courses
Submit a research project.
2. Write EFPM comprehensive exam.
3. Identify dissertation chairperson and dissertation committee members.
4. Identify a dissertation topic, complete preliminary research work on the topic, and work on a dissertation proposal.
5. Submit the dissertation proposal to the dissertation committee by the end of the second year for approval.
Year 2 and 3
Doctoral Dissertation Research
The Executive DBA equivalent programme offers a curriculum that includes three major curricular components (1): Key Business Courses - Understand the state of theories and knowledge, (2): Research Methodology Courses - Help build research skills and (3), Other courses and dissertation – Individual research project under a mentorship of a faculty member.
On-campus coursework includes foundation and core courses which will help participants to develop the ability to conduct research. Through these courses, they examine qualitative and quantitative research methods, the philosophy of science, and foundational business theory. This groundwork will help one to frame their research questions and communicate it to a broad interdisciplinary audience.
2. Based on the dissertation defense, completion of subsequent revisions and the EFPM committee’s recommendation, the candidate will be conferred the “Executive Fellow in Management”
The residencies for the Class of 2021 (2021-24) starts in August 2021 and ends in July 2024. Classes are held once in a month for the first 15 months followed by the dissertation project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Indicative schedules for the programme are given below.
Research is an integral part of the Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM). Faculty will play an important mentorship role in the lives of their students. They will provide hands-on guidance to students and help them build their research skills. Mentoring is aimed at supporting students as they pursue their research project, adjust to academic life, and finally complete a successful dissertation.
The key activities of mentors include, but not limited to:
Provide guidance to Executive FPM students about the conduct of research.
Helping students identify interesting research projects for their dissertation.
Giving suggestions on the student’s emerging research paper.
Reading drafts of working papers written by students and offering feedback.
Provide direction about the student’s progress on research.
The Indian School of Business (ISB) is committed to supporting its students in mastering a foundational set of skills by the time they complete the programme.
There are four key learning goals, which are embedded in the curriculum and pedagogy of the Executive DBA equivalent programme. The goals recognize that the graduates of the programme will be prepared to lead organizations as senior executives and thought leaders. For those students who want to transition into academia, practice-oriented research is expected. Therefore, all Executive FPM students must: