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Ph. D Program in Management


Having a proud history of academic excellence in the field of engineering, NCU has embarked upon a vision to establish itself as a leading edge institute in management and research. We at School of Management (SOM) firmly believe that leading edge research and the ability to create new knowledge are the hallmarks of building a true management school. Our faculty members are highly qualified and widely recognized in their respective field. PhD programme at SOM caters a small group of exceptionally gifted individuals who want to open up an academic career. The degree is well-recognized in the country. During their academic venture at SOM, NCU, PhD students can tap into the School’s strong online database and unparalleled opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. In order to provide the best of research guidance to the Ph.D. scholars, each Ph.D. scholar will have two research guides: internal supervisor from the School of Management and eminent subject expert from outside.


A PhD study is expected to take a minimum of three years (four years for Part timers) and a maximum of 7 years. The first year of the programme consists of intensive 9-credit pre-PhD coursework on Research Methodology. Upon successful completion of the coursework with minimum GPA of 7.5, the scholar will prepare a detailed “Research Proposal” with Gantt chart on the approved research area within 6 months after completion of coursework. School Doctoral Research Committee (SDRC) approves the research area. Scholars must present the research proposal in an open seminar and defend it before Student’s Research committee (SRC). Once through this process successfully, the scholars will concentrate on questionnaire design, data collection, methodology and other details of the thesis preparation. To assess if the scholar is on track, he/she has to submit his/her progress report at the end of every semester. On satisfactory completion of the research work, the scholar has to prepare 10 copies of about 600 word synopsis (also a CD), which must include all aspects of the research work done. There will be a pre-PhD seminar on the synopsis by the scholar for obtaining feedback and comments from supervisor and other committee members. As part of the NCU requirements, the scholars must publish at least one article from their research in a refereed journal before submission of the thesis. The thesis, which must be a piece of original work and free from any plagiarism, is subjected to evaluation by two external examiners (one from India and one from abroad) and the supervisor(s). On having the Thesis assessment report and  recommendations from all examiners, the scholar has to appear for the final viva voce for the award of the degree.

Ph. D Research Areas

Currently, School of Management, NCU offers PhD in the following areas.

A. Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This field covers a wide area from R&D management, innovation development, organizational processes in innovation, and the role of entrepreneurship in the innovation creation process. Some of the currently researched topics within this area are:  High-tech entrepreneurship and business development, Entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, New product development responding to community-driven regulation, Entrepreneurship in service industries, Woman entrepreneurship.

B. Marketing  and Human Resource Management

These functional areas of management are intended to encourage three broad areas of research – strategy, consumer behaviour and modelling. Examples of possible research topics within these areas are: Consumption behaviour for recycled products,  Role of HRM practices in enhancing a paperless office, Marketing model of e-services.

C. Operations, Technology and Global Supply Chain Management

Research in these areas is intended to be applied. The themes may broadly include areas like Measurement of operational excellence, Impact of outsourcing on firm performance, and Supply chain management 2.0.

List of Ph.D Courses

SML 701 Foundations of Management Research (3 credits)

The course examines the process of research in business and management and the collection and representation of data. Candidates will learn a structured approach to the research process from defining the research question through the selection of methods to producing a final thesis. In the first part, research methodologies are discussed with the emphasis on relating theory to practice. In the second part of the course concepts of data collection are discussed including survey techniques, interviews and experiments. The course is conducted as a workshop for a critical review of published research from a student-centered perspective.

SML 702 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)

This course covers research methods with an emphasis on qualitative research techniques. It includes topics on observational field research, case histories, narratives, and case studies, interviewing, principles of action research, evaluation and grounded theory. It examines the strengths of alternative methods and the connection between qualitative and quantitative research methods.

SML 703 Quantitative Data Analysis (3 credits)

The course aims at providing the doctoral students with statistical techniques and skills for analyzing quantitative data that may be required for their research. The emphasis is on practical uses of these tools in real databases in order to discover and prove new scientific facts and relationships. Some mistakes most commonly committed in the process are discussed.

HML701 Communication Skills (0 credits, Audit Course 1-0-2)

This course aims to develop and enhance new PhD students’ skills in writing up their research for international journal publication. Students in SOM’s PhD program need to have a research article accepted by an international, peer reviewed journal before they can graduate. Formats and styles of different academic journals will be examined. This course will focus on and clarify the publication process and provide the necessary information and skills to successfully develop and publish quality research articles.