Doctoral Fields of high levels of specialization at IIMA

The FPM Programme offers research training in the following eleven areas of high levels of specialization:

Business Policy

The major streams of teaching and research in the Business Policy area are business policy, public enterprise management, international business, communication, entrepreneurship, and legal aspects of business. Research interest of the faculty include strategic management, environmental analysis, corporate planning, international business, technology transfer, legal aspects of business, and corporate communication. In these topics. A student can concentrate on any one of the following types of organizations or a combination: private sector, public sector, government, agriculture and rural sector, small scale industries, cooperatives, mass communication,and educational/research scientific institutions.

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Economics

Research interests of the Economics area faculty cover managerial economics, micro‐economics, macroeconomics, applied econometrics, economic policy, public economics, public finance and fiscal policy, planning and growth, poverty and unemployment, industrial economics, agricultural economics, money and banking, international economics, trade policies and their effects, international finance, economic and business environment and policy, econometric theory, and industrial development and regulatory policies.

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Finance & Accounting

The Finance and Accounting area has a multi- disciplinary orientation and looks at issues in financial management and management planning and control with relevant functional linkages. Research activities cover share price indices, financial patterns of companies, financial performance of public enterprises in India, corporate strategy and financial policy, financial management of financial institutions, stochastic behaviour of security prices, issues in leasing, efficiency of capital market, and accounting policy issues.

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Food & Agribusiness

Students specializing in agriculture work closely with the faculty in the Center for Management in Agriculture. An interdisciplinary team of faculty members has been doing policy and problem solving research related to organizations supplying seeds, fertilizers, protective chemicals, farm machinery and irrigation, and credit for investment and working capital. It has also studied organizations procuring, processing, and marketing of cereals, fruit and vegetable crops, animal products, fish and poultry, and forest produces. Extensive research has been carried out in development administration and rural development.

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Information Systems

The Computer and Information Systems Group offers specialization in information systems. This Group is involved in identifying and developing computer applications in various sectors of the Indian economy. One of the areas of research is to develop decision support systems involving interactive computers in which managers could engage in a dialogue with mathematical models, explore large database, and bring to bear their judgment for effective decision making. Such systems have been developed for production planning, infrastructure planning, transportation planning, and planning of canal irrigation systems. The Group has worked on expert systems in management and issues related to software export.

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Innovation & Management in Education

The Fellow Programme in Management in Innovation and Management in Education, offered through the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, aims at developing research scholars and teachers who can take up leadership roles in educational organizations and systems. The focus on innovation and management is expected to develop in the graduates a unique academic capability that combines a management perspective with the theme of innovation. This fits in with the emerging demand for people with fresh perspectives on educational change from a wide range of academic institutions like schools, colleges and universities, organizations that provide services and ancillary support to the regular educational structures, well-established national and international educational planning organizations and academic institutions, and various research bodies and social think-tanks.

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Marketing

The Marketing area's research relates to marketing, marketing management and strategy in business and non‐business enterprises, and international marketing. Ongoing research efforts are focused on formulation of integrated marketing plans for innovative concepts such as utilization of solar and other renewable forms of energy, advertising research, application of marketing in public policy formulation in areas such as family welfare, health and nutrition, and market analysis for formulating and implementing new projects. Issues of marketing productivity and efficiency in private and public sector enterprises, private trade systems, consumer protection, public distribution systems, and marketing in the societal context are also amongst current research interests. marketing problems of cottage and handloom industries and the small scale sector leading to the development of overall management perspective are receiving substantial attention.

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Organizational Behaviour

The Organizational Behaviour area is interdisciplinary with members having academic background in psychology, sociology, and organizational and administrative sciences. The area offers courses which deal with management of change, organizational design and development, organizational theory, interpersonal relations, group dynamics, entrepreneurial motivation, creative problem solving, role effectiveness, stress management and ethics in management. Current research by the area members is on a variety of topics, such as leadership, ethics, managerial and organizational cognition, indigenous styles of management and stress management.

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Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management area is composed of faculty with a wide variety of interests and training in areas such as personnel anagement, industrial relations, labour economics, industrial sociology. Current research interests of the faculty include industrial relations, trade unionism, labour law, wages and salary administration, HR strategy, HR systems and design and implementation issues in the context of changing environment.

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Production & Quantitative Methods

The Production and Quantitative Methods Area is engaged in research in the areas of operations research and statistics, industrial engineering and manufacturing management. The area offers doctoral level courses covering topics in mathematical programming, statistics, stochastic processes, operations management and contemporary manufacturing methods and techniques. Current research includes applications in manufacturing, finance, marketing and supply chain management.

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Public System Group

The Public Systems Group consist of inter disciplinary faculty working on management problems of public systems , which are predominantly state control or involve significant public interest concern, and whose prime beneficiary is the general public. The group has focus its efforts on energy, environment, health and population, transportation, urban development and voluntary sectors. Recent work of the group has covered energy environment modeling and policy analysis, strengthening primary health care, privatization strategies for transport infrastructure; management of road transport undertakings; railways; ports and shipping; role of voluntary organizations and community participation in water supply and sanitation projects; and judicial administration.

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