The Inaugural Programme
IIM Sambalpur conducted the Inaugural Programme of the 1st Batch Executive Ph.D. and 2nd Batch Ph.D. 2020 on 26th Sep'20. Chief guest and keynote speaker, Prof. Chandan Chowdhury, Sr. Associate Dean, ISB, eminent professors of the executive Ph.D. programme – Prof. Ashok P Arora and Prof. Gita Bajaj, scholars and faculty members graced the event with their presence.
Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur delivered the welcome address and gave a glimpse of the Executive and full-time Ph.D. programme. He shared that the key focus of research should be on the problem discovery, followed by validation, literature review, methodology selection, presentation, and ultimately publication in classified journals.
He highlighted 2 key areas of focus for every institute or country to attract global talent. First is the research and education quality of the country. It should be measured in terms of impactful delivery. Second is the quality of jobs in the industry. He suggested that labor-based jobs in India must change to innovation-based jobs.
Prof. Jaiswal commended the New Education Policy 2020 for its multi-disciplinary approach, & its major focus on research, inclusiveness, and flexibility. He recommended that we must integrate the Ph.D. programme with management schools and industry scholars who are willing to create strong value out of their research. He added, “It is only when they join hands and come forward to create patents, IPR, the country will be able to leverage the talent.”
He acknowledged that the digital disruption has made life easy, as now no one has constraints of working from a particular place. He informed that the classes will run in the online mode and students can access the e-library throughout their learning journey. He added that the institute will invest in the best resources that are required to conduct high-quality research.
In the keynote address, Prof. Chandan Chowdhury, Sr. Associate Dean, ISB encouraged the students to have both rigor and practice in their research. He urged the researchers to focus on problems that are of national importance and to examine how the research can make this world a better place.
Prof. Chowdhury revealed the figures on Ph.D. completion around the world; he suggested that to successfully complete the course, one needs to have a scientific approach to conduct the research. On describing the meaning of scientific thinking, he drew reference from Rother Mike, The Toyota Kata field book, and shared “Scientific thinking involves a running comparison between what you predict will happen next, seeing what actually happens and adjusting based on what you learn from the difference.”
Prof. Chowdhury gave a complete tour of research in his session. He started with the significance of the introduction and highlighted a few points that one must incorporate while writing the introduction:
1. Why the subject of my thesis is of significance?
2. What problems are we planning to address?
3. Methodology for carrying out the research
4. Section/Chapter Plan
Prof. Chowdhury further shared how laying down the objective, scope and methodology binds the research. He shared that the problem may be very vast, but in Ph.D. it is very important to narrow down the scope. The whole idea is to come out with new insights and create new knowledge.
For the literature review, he listed a few points to consider:
1. Write what has been published in the literature (online and offline, internal and external)
2. What is readily not available in the literature that you are addressing in the research?
3. What is the hypothesis/research question are you addressing?
4. Are you planning to do qualitative research, quantitative research or a combination?
For the Overview of the solution he urged the participants to consider the following while conducting their research:
1. What is the problem?
2. What is the solution?
3. Overview of the solution
4. What are the new insights? What is the possible impact of our findings on business/society?
Note: Ensure that you have tables, graphs, analysis, figures, scientific explanations
He also stressed the significance of references and how one should keep they quoting style standard throughout.
Prof. Chandan Chowdhury later enlightened the students with examples of his own research - Impact of Skilling on India’s Female Labour force participation and the Impact of industry 4.0 on the future of work in the textile industry of India. He concluded the session with an interesting activity where students were asked to take the poll - What motivates you to do a Ph.D.
The event came to a close by Library, Research Database Orientation, and faculty introduction. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the incoming students and their families.