Programme Overview

Programme Overview

The Executive DBA-level programme is broad in scope, cutting across disciplines to solve challenges facing senior professionals in the business world. The Executive FPM focuses on providing its students with knowledge, skills, best practices, and resources to solve complex business problems in today’s business environment.

The objective of this doctoral-level programme is to provide a sound theoretical understanding of research methodology to solve complex issues in business. The programme aims to groom high-quality pracademics to become faculty members in top-tier business schools around the world. Our small class size ensures that you will enjoy individual attention and support for your scholarly ambitions. We have a rigorous mentorship programme, where our resident faculty will closely guide you through your course of study and work with you on research projects.


EFPM Curriculum

The coursework in the comprehensively designed curriculum includes:
 

Preparatory Courses

These are pre-requisite online courses structured to provide exposure to foundational concepts in Economics, Accounting, Finance & Statistics.

  • Finance: Harvard Online Course
  • Accounting: Harvard Online Course
  • Introduction to Statistics: Stanford Online Course
     

Foundation Courses

Will give direction to the dissertation and provide a philosophical lens to assess the course work. It will offer the crucial ability to think deeply and carefully about the nature of theory and the data to confirm or falsify it, as well as the social context in which Science and the Social Sciences are practiced.

  • Philosophy of Science & the Scientific Method
  • Theories of the Firm Operating in Growth Markets
  • Writing & Teaching Case Study Design & Execution
  • Course Design and Delivery
     

Interdisciplinary Courses

The four interdisciplinary courses are structured to provide broad exposure across key business disciplines, business research theory and domain knowledge in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Organisational Behaviour and Operations Management.

  • Business Value Creation & Delivery
  • Leveraging Technology and Digital Transformation to Manage Markets
  • Business Transformation
  • Introduction to Corporate Finance & Accounting Research
  • Elective 1: Digital Technology & Strategies
     

Quantitative Methods Courses

The Quantitative Courses will help you gain an understanding of the foundations of statistical inference and the practical skill of fitting, and evaluating methods such as multiple regression models,logit models, ANOVA, MANOVA, Factor Analysis, Conjoint/Cluster/Component Analyses, Path Analysis, Structural Equations Models etc.

  • Elective 2: Causal Inference
  • Regression Analysis & Experimental Design
  • Multivariate Analysis
     

Qualitative Methods Courses

Qualitative Research allows for in-depth, and further probing and questioning of respondents based on their responses, where the interviewer/researcher also tries to understand their motivations and feelings. These courses will introduce you to the basic ideas behind the qualitative aspects of management research.

  • Basic Qualitative Analysis
  • Elective 3: Advanced Qualitative Analysis
     

Research Lab Courses

These courses provide an overview of the scientific research process with a focus on the iterative nature of theory construction, and testing including the factors that need to be considered to develop useful theories, and sound empirical tests of theories. The Research Lab will feature a mix of research examples across disciplines and qualitative / quantitative methods.

  • Research Lab 1: Research Question, Theory and Methods
  • Research Lab 2: Data Analysis & Discussion
     

Dissertation Seminars

The dissertation thesis is built on a strong foundation of research. These seminars give you the time and resources to focus on the dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan to move steadily toward the goal. It is more of a hand-holding exercise to help you pursue the dissertation journey. You will work closely with your Faculty Mentor/Dissertation Committee members to close the loop.

  • Dissertation Seminar 1: Dissertation Topic Presentation
  • Dissertation Seminar 2: Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Dissertation Seminar 3: Dissertation Defense

 

Doc-Ed Series

These will be Research Seminars or Panel Discussions on Contemporary Research Topics and Teaching Techniques.
 

Case Study

Submit a publishable quality case study in the ninth residency under the supervision of an assigned Faculty Mentor.
 

Research Paper Presentation

You will engage in writing and presenting an independent research paper under the supervision of ISB Faculty, which will serve as a preparatory step towards the dissertation thesis.
 

Dissertation Thesis

The programme culminates with the submission of a dissertation thesis and successfully defending it. The dissertation thesis is expected to make a significant contribution to the understanding of a business phenomenon.


Stages of Progression

To ensure minimal leave requirements for participants, classes will be held Friday through Sunday every month. Each residency will focus on a particular course offering.

YEAR I MILESTONES

Residency

Month

Course

Orientation

September 2023

Orientation

Residency 1

September 2023

Philosophy of Science & the Scientific Method

Residency 2

October 2023

Regression Analysis & Experimental Design

Residency 3

November 2023

Doc-Ed 1 (Online)

Residency 3

November 2023

Business Value Creation & Delivery

Residency 4 

December 2023

Writing & Teaching Case Study Design & Execution

Residency 5

January 2024

Introduction to Corporate Finance & Accounting Research

Residency 6

February 2024

Doc-Ed 2 (Online)

Residency 6 

February 2024

Theories of the Firm Operating in Growth Markets

Residency 7

March 2024

Leveraging Technology and Digital Transformation to Manage Markets

Residency 8

April 2024

Research Lab 1: Research Question, Theory and Methods

Residency 9

May 2024

Doc-Ed 3 (Online)

Residency 9

May 2024

Submit a Case Study to the EFPM Office

Residency 9

May 2024

Business Transformation

Residency 10

June 2024

Basic Qualitative Analysis

Residency 11

July 2024

Multivariate Analysis

Residency 12

August 2024

Doc-Ed 4 (Online)

Residency 12

August 2024

Elective 1: Econometric Analysis

 

YEAR II MILESTONES

Residency

Month

Course

Residency 13

September 2024

Elective 2: Digital & Technology Strategies

Residency 14

October 2024

Elective 3: Advanced Qualitative Research

Residency 15

November 2024

Doc-Ed 5 (Online)

Residency 15

November 2024

Research Lab 2: Data Analysis & Discussion

Residency 16

December 2024

Course Design and Delivery

Residency 17

February 2025

Research Paper Presentation

Residency 17

February 2025

Doc-Ed 6 (Online)

Residency 16

August 2025

Dissertation Seminar 1: Dissertation Topic Presentation

 

YEAR III MILESTONES

Residency

Month

Course

Residency 17

February 2026

Dissertation Seminar 2: Dissertation Proposal Defense

Residency 18

August 2026

Dissertation Seminar 3: Dissertation Defense

 

PROGRAMME MILESTONES

Residency

Month

Deliverable

Residency 9

May-24

Submit a Case Study to the EFPM Office

Residency 15

February-25

Research Paper Presentation

Residency 16

August-25

Dissertation Seminar 1: Dissertation Topic Presentation

Residency 17

February-26

Dissertation Seminar 2: Dissertation Proposal Defense

Residency 18

August-26

Dissertation Seminar 3: Dissertation Defense


Executive Fellow Programme in Management

Working Hours

Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00