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PhD Programme Chairperson's Message

Welcome to IFMR GSB, Krea University’s PhD program.

Our PhD program builds on the rich history of research of IFMR, with its 50+ years of experience in research, and the dynamism of the new Krea University. It includes coursework, comprehensive oral and written examination, and research work under the guidance of faculty members. PhD students learn about the different areas of management by taking core graduate classes. They also take core PhD courses such as Philosophy of Science, Research Methods, and Introduction to Research in Management. Beyond these foundational courses, PhD students take elective graduate courses to learn about different areas of Management.

After passing the written and oral comprehensive examinations, PhD students work closely with their faculty advisor and their doctoral committee on their dissertation. Doctoral students can choose to work with faculty on topics from one or more of the seven Areas – Data Science & Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Accounting, & Quantitative Finance, Marketing, Operations, Organization Behaviour, and Strategy.

Upon completing their degree, our PhD graduates join reputed academic institutions and research organizations, contributing to knowledge development and dissemination.

If you are considering pursuing a PhD in Management, please go through the details provided and reach out to our PhD Office, if you have any questions.

 

Prof Shobha S Das
Chairperson – PhD Progamme

About PhD Programme

The Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) was established in 1970 and has an impressive and long record of contributing to the expansion and enrichment of the knowledge base in the financial services industry. In 1982, IFMR became an approved research institution to conduct research leading to award of PhD by the University of Madras. Initially, the PhD degree was in the area of Finance and then since 2014 in the area of Management.

In 2018, IFMR was re-christened as IFMR Graduate School of Business (IFMR GSB) and integrated within the newly formed Krea University under the IFMR Society. IFMR GSB offers MBA and PhD programmes under Krea University from 2018.

This mission has been ably supported by faculty with exceptional research credentials and IFMR GSB strives to provide a stimulating research environment to its research students. IFMR GSB endeavours to be an institution that contributes in the space of higher education by training students who then go on to become thought leaders and teachers themselves.

The alumni of the PhD programme have assumed positions as faculty in prestigious academic institutions such as Ashoka University, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, IIM Kashipur, IIM Shillong, IIM Amritsar, Madras School of Economics, Great Lakes Institute of Management and the Loyola Institute of Business Administration. Other alumni are in significant roles in research institutes, think- tanks and corporates such as CRISIL, SCOPE international, ICICI, Institute for Human Development and Centre for Excellence in Fiscal Policy and Taxation.

IFMR GSB’s in-house journal, “Journal of Emerging Market Finance” reinforces IFMR GSB’s research credentials. With the support and guidance of faculty, PhD students publish extensively in peer-reviewed journals and present their research in various national and international conferences. The annual research symposium at IFMR GSB provides an excellent platform for students to showcase their work and interact with researchers from the Krea ecosystem and other national and international institutions.

IFMR GSB offers a research programme leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD programme combines rigorous coursework and a flexible curriculum with in-depth research requirements while staying true to the Krea vision of interwoven learning, ethical values, critical thinking and interdisciplinary education.

The University now offers the PhD programme to full-time and executive students.

Full-time students are supported with full-time tuition waiver and stipend for four years. Extension up to one year may be granted if required. Executive candidates are required to complete the first term on campus in residency, and return to campus for End-of-Year 1 Examination and Comprehensive Examination, proposal, synopsis, and thesis defense, as well as consultation  with Dissertation Supervisor.

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Why Join IFMR GSB Doctoral Programme?

Opportunities For Excellence In Research And Teaching “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind” -Dr. Martin H. Fischer
  • Prepared not just for a career in academics but also for corporate
  • An excellent platform to showcase work in the annual research symposium
  • Opportunities to work with Research Centres on various topics of applied research and public policy
  • Excellent Placements Possibilities
  • Access to world-class digital library and latest databases on world economy and corporate annual reports
  • Networking opportunities with faculty from renowned international institutes through IFMR GSB’s international collaborations
  • Tuition fee waiver, accommodation support and monthly stipend
  • Funding support for national and international conferences from third year
Some of the organisations where IFMR GSB PhD alumni work today
Faculty in prestigious academic institutions such as
  • Ashoka University
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Amritsar
  • Bengaluru B R Ambedkar School of Economics
  • Madras School of Economics

Significant roles in research institutes, think-tanks and corporates such as

  • CRISIL
  • Ernst & Young
  • ICICI
  • SCOPE International
  • Institute for Human Development
  • Centre for Excellence in Fiscal Policy and Taxation

Excellent Placements Possibilities

The alumni of the PhD programme have assumed positions as faculty in prestigious academic institutions such as Ashoka University, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, IIM Kashipur, IIM Shillong, IIM Amritsar and the Madras School of Economics. Other alumni are in significant roles in research institutes, think-tanks and corporates such as CRISIL, SCOPE International, ICICI, Institute
for Human Development and Centre for Excellence in Fiscal Policy and Taxation.

Academic Departments

Data Science & Information Systems

Data Science

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Operations Management

Operations Management

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Finance & Accounting

Finance & Accounting

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Strategy Management

Strategic Management

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Marketing

Current PhD Scholars

Aditya Kumar

Ajmal TK

Jains P Chacko

Jyothis Maria Franklin

Kalyani Pal

Kumar Ashutosh

Manasi

Mohammed Hashim

Mugdha Kinhikar

Narbadeshwar Mishra

Navya Murickken

Nidhin

Soumyabrata Basu

Utkarsh Choudhary

Vismaya

Aditya Kumar

Ajmal TK

Jains P Chacko

Jyothis Maria Franklin

Kalyani Pal

Kumar Ashutosh

Manasi

Mohammed Hashim

Mugdha Kinhikar

Narbadeshwar Mishra

Navya Murickken

Nidhin

Soumyabrata Basu

Utkarsh Choudhary

Vismaya

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