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

·       Foundation Courses

·       Research Lab Courses

·       Quantitative Methods Courses

·       Qualitative Methods Courses

·       Interdisciplinary Courses

·       Dissertation Seminars

Preparatory Courses

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

  • Finance: Harvard Online Courses
  • Accounting: Harvard Online Courses
  • Introduction to Statistics: Stanford Online Courses
  • Introduction to Economics: MIT Online Course

Foundation Courses

These 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

Research Lab Courses

Research Lab 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 be a mix of research examples across disciplines and qualitative /quantitative methods.

  • Research Lab 1: Research Paper Design (Research Question, Theory, Methods)
  • Research Lab 2: Research/Case Execution (Data Analysis, Conclusion)
  • Research Lab 3: Research Paper Presentation

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.

  • Regression Analysis & Experimental Design
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Elective 1 (Econometric Analysis/ Digital & Technology Strategies)

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 research in management research.

  • Basic Qualitative Analysis
  • Elective 2 (Elective 2: Advanced Qualitative Research/ Business Strategy and Uncertainty - Real Options to Manage Growth & Resilience)

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

Case Writing & Teaching Courses

These courses will help one with writing a case, designing a course and teaching it as well.

  • Course Design and Delivery
  • Writing & Teaching Case Study Design and Execution

Doc-Ed Series

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

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

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.

PROGRAMME CALENDAR

Year

Residency

Month

Course

YEAR I MILESTONES

Orientation

Aug-22

Orientation

Residency 1 

Sep 22 

Philosophy of Science & the Scientific Method 

Residency 2

Oct-22 

Regression Analysis & Experimental Design  

Residency 3

Nov-22 

Business Value Creation & Delivery  

Residency 4

Dec-22

Writing & Teaching Case Study Design and Execution  

Residency 5

Jan-23

Introduction to Corporate Finance & Accounting Research

Residency 6

Feb-23

Theories of the Firm Operating in Growth Markets

Residency 7

Mar-23

Leveraging Technology and Digital Transformation to Manage Markets

Residency 8

Apr-23

Research Lab 1: Research Question, Theory and Methods 

Residency 9

May-23

Submit a Case Study to the EFPM Office

Residency 9

May-23

Business Transformation 

Residency 10

Jun-23

Basic Qualitative Analysis

Residency 11

Jul-23

Multivariate Analysis

Residency 12

Aug-23

Elective 1: Econometric Analysis/ Digital & Technology Strategies

YEAR II MILESTONES

Residency 13

Sep-23

Elective 2: Advanced Qualitative Research/ Business Strategy and Uncertainty - Real Options to Manage Growth & Resilience

Residency 14

Oct-23

Research Lab 2: Data Analysis & Discussion 

Residency 15

Nov-23

Course Design and Delivery

Residency 16

Dec-23

Research Lab 3: Research Paper Presentation

Residency 17

Jun-23

Dissertation Seminar 1: Dissertation Topic Presentation

YEAR III MILESTONES

Residency 18

Dec-23

Dissertation Seminar 2: Dissertation Proposal Defense

Residency 19

Jun-24

Dissertation Seminar 3: Dissertation Defense

 

PROGRAMME MILESTONES

Residency

Timeline

Deliverable

Residency 9

May-23

Submit a Case Study

Residency 15

Nov-23

Research Paper Presentation

Residency 16

Dec-23

Research Lab 3: Research Paper Presentation

Residency 17

Jun-23

Dissertation Seminar 1: Dissertation Topic Presentation

Residency 18

Dec-23

Dissertation Seminar 2: Dissertation Proposal Defense

Residency 19

Jun-24

Dissertation Seminar 3: Dissertation Defense

 

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Executive Fellow Programme in Management

Working Hours

Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 16:00