Pratik Goel

Pratik Goel, Assistant Professor of Finance, Audit and Control, IÉSEG School of Management, France Fellow in Management, ISB (2016)
Why ISB? Was it not a risk considering the programme was being kick-started and there were more established doctoral programmes available elsewhere?
I chose to apply to the Indian School of Business because of its reputation as a top​-notch research institution, and for the access to the best international faculty that it provides, besides its own.​
It was no doubt risky, but sometimes the best investments in life are like that. It was about entrusting my faith in an institution that had a proven record in a very short span of time; so I went ahead with my gut feeling. Indeed there were more established programmes elsewhere, but I wanted to stay closer to home due to personal constraints. I did have final offers from other schools which have been running the FPM for a long time, but ISB was and is in a different league altogether and its research environment and output are unprecedented when compared to other Indian schools.
Once you joined the programme what were the features/characteristics that you felt were unique, and would not be available in other institutions that offered similar programmes?
The interaction I had with the faculty here has been amazing. I had a mentor right from the day I commenced the program. Open and frank exchanges with the faculty are encouraged. Faculty members are very approachable and always keen to listen to new research ideas. This is a highlight of being a student at ISB.​

ISB offers you access to the best minds in your field of management research, ​and exposure to cutting​-​edge research tools and practices by means of attending regular seminars, workshops and consortia. Also,​the support​ - both infrastructure and financial​ -​ that you get here is phenomenal.
The unique feature was really the commitment and keen personal interest that faculty members take in your development and progress. And nowhere else can you get access to such a vast and promising network of faculty (both resident and visiting) at one single campus.

Given the discipline that you are in how suited is ISB for research in the area and how did you benefit because of it?
ISB's resident and visiting faculty in the Accounting area is top-notch, with a proven record of publishing in the top-tier journals and serving on their editorial board. Sustained interactions with them during seminars and one-to-one meetings offered an excellent opportunity to grasp the finer nuances of research and get deeper insights about the publication process.

Currently, I have 3 working papers (including my job market paper) and 2 work​-​in​-​progress. Overall,​ my current research interests include understanding the role of corporate narrative disclosures, CEO behavior, and regula​tor communication and rhetoric.

What, according to you, are the aspects that a potential researcher/doctoral candidate, before zeroing in on an institution, should consider to pursue a programme?

  1. Research environment of the school and department comprising of research output and conference exposure
  2. Fit within the particular department by carefully reviewing the faculty profiles and research expertise​
  3. Financial support and infrastructure​

What are the essential elements to become a successful researcher? How should one prepare for it?
​Essential elements:​​

  1. ​Creative, open and critical mind (and drive to learn)
  2. ​Ability to seek successful collaborations
  3. Perseverance and patience 

​How to prepare?​

  1. Be aware of the latest research in your specific field and area.
  2. Talk to fellow research scholars at your institution and at conferences/seminars. Brainstorm ideas. Get feedback. 
  3. Read research papers with a critical mind. Identify gaps and think about innovative ways to address them.​
  4. A "Just do it" and "Never give up" attitude!

How did your experience at ISB help?
My experience at ISB helped me tremendously in the accounting job market. The demonstration of solid conceptual training which  included some novel and cutting​-​edge courses​,​ such as Causal inference and Scientific ​W​riting to name a few​,​ as well as the ability to form productive research collaborations with top​-​notch scholars in my field were viewed very positively by the interviewing schools.

What role do your classmates play in your education?
My classmates have played an important role in my education here. Actually, it isn’t really possible to be successful in a doctoral ​​programme without appreciating the merits of peer learning and collaborative work. This is something I learnt quite early on.

What offers did you get?
I am very glad to share with you that in the end I had five final job offers​ - o​ne from​ the​ IÉSEG School of Management, France, one from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany, one from Erasmus School of Economics, Netherlands, and finally one from ​the ​Carlos III ​University in Madrid. I will be joining the IÉSEG School of Management in the F​all of this year and shall be based out of its​ Paris campus​,​ which is located in the heart of the Europe’s largest business district. This AACSB​ ​and EQUIS​ ​​accredited school attracts students from around the world, and it’s​ Masters in Management program was ranked 21 worldwide in ​the ​2015 ​F​inancial​ Times​ rankings.
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Now that you are joining an institution of global repute, how do you think the ISB experience will help you pursue your research interests?
I intend to apply the research expertise acquired at ISB to engage the interest of and seek productive research collaborations with fellow scholars/colleagues at my new institution. I also plan to contribute towards further enhancing the research culture thereby proposing measures to facilitate greater interaction and collaboration among researchers, preferably in a "less formal" setting (similar to the weekly Brown Bag research seminars at ISB).