Programme Overview

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.

Year 1

Complete foundation courses, core courses, and research methodology courses.

Year 2

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.

Key Business Courses

  1. Strategy
  2. Marketing
  3. Organizational Behaviour
  4. Accounting
  5. Finance
  6. Operations Management
  7. Business Models

Other Courses


  1. Doctoral Academic Writing I
  2. Doctoral Academic Writing II
  3. Teaching Methodologies

Year 3

1. Continue work on dissertation. 

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”

Programme Calendar

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.

2021 academic calendar


Residency 1  August 19 (Orientation),
August 20, 21 and 22
Residency 2 September 17, 18 and 19
Residency 3 October 23, 24 and 25
Residency 4 November 19, 20 and​ 21
Residency 5 December 17, 18 and 19

2022 academic calendar

Residency 6 January 21, 22 and 23
Residency 7 February 18, 19 and 20
Residency 8 March 11, 12 and 13
Residency 9 April 15, 16 and 17
Residency 10 May 20, 21 and 22
Residency 11 June 17, 18 and 19
Residency 12 July 15, 16 and 17
Residency 13 August 19, 20 and 21
Residency 14 September 16, 17 and 18
Residency 15 October 14, 15 and 16​

Research Mentorship

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:

  1. Provide guidance to Executive FPM students about the conduct of research.
  2. Helping students identify interesting research projects for their dissertation.
  3. Giving suggestions on the student’s emerging research paper.
  4. Reading drafts of working papers written by students and offering feedback.
  5. Provide direction about the student’s progress on research.

Learning Goals

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:

Students will acquire the knowledge of advanced theory and demonstrate understanding of its application in the practice of management

Students will be able to demonstrate competency in knowledge and applicability of appropriate research methods

Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate research based insights on an academic and practice-oriented platform

Students will be able to acquire an understanding of the challenges of teaching and managing a classroom and demonstrate the skills required towards becoming an effective teacher.

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Executive Fellow Programme in Management

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