Workshop on Research Methodology at IMT Ghaziabad

The second workshop for Cohort 2013 of the joint DBA Program of Grenoble ecole de Management and IMT Ghaziabad was organized at the campus of IMT Ghaziabad from February 13 to 15, 2014. This was a sequel to the first workshop held at Grenoble in the last quarter of 2013, and was the first ever workshop held at IMT Ghaziabad under the Grenoble’s DBA program in South Asia.
The effort of DBA team from IMT was fully focused on providing an ambience and a learning experience of high standard and quality.

It was also felt important that the program content and delivery should be adapted to the academic and professional profile of the participants and their cultural context.

Four of the participants were from IBA, Karachi being their faculty members in diverse areas. Two participants were high profile executives from industry in India; one of them being the Managing Director of a leading provider of on-demand products and services for the rental housing industry; and the other being Principal of a leading multinational strategy consulting firm. One participant was an IMT faculty, also designated as brand ambassador of the joint GEM-IMT DBA program. The expectations from the workshop were therefore high.

In order to do justice to these expectations, best faculty were provided for the workshop. Director and Dr V P Ojha, Professor of IMT Ghaziabad and Dr Michelle Mielly from Grenoble were the key faculty. Dr Mielly has been a regular visiting faculty to IMT Ghaziabad for the past several years in the area of cross-cultural communications and is totally familiar with the complex socio-cultural milieu of this region.

This was ably supplemented by Dr Ojha who has several research publications to his credit. Apart from the faculty team, other resource persons from IMT contributed to successful conduct of the workshop both academically and administratively to ensure a high level of satisfaction and feeling of delight from the workshop.

A few feedback comments received from the participants are summarized below:

Nida Aslam Khan: “The key takeaway [for me from the workshop] was the refinement of my thesis. The best part is one-to-one interaction with the faculty”

Rakesh Bhatia: “The big key takeaway… is the enlightenment that you… still have a lot to learn, apart from… the interaction with faculty and fellow classmates who brought diverse experience from various sectors and the industry experience”

Muhammad Asif: “The program is unique of its kind because it provides opportunity to the practitioners and academicians to not leave their place and still have research oriented and concentrated work”

Mohd Asad Ilyas: “My key takeaways have been the literature review and how to approach research with a new direction. I am new to research and academia, hence it has been a very fulfilling experience for me as far as the workshop is concerned.”

Sana Tauseef: “The workshop was very well organized. The feedback that we got from the supervisors, professors and other participants on our proposals on the topics that were discussed was amazing. It was a great learning experience.”

Rahul Gangal: “Academic rigor in an area of practice that I am pursuing was my key takeaway from the workshop. [It] forms the basis of the research work I will be doing in the next two years.

Lipi Das: “I have been able to concretize my research proposal to a great extent with the help of this workshop... I got deeper insights through the various sessions that have been taken by the esteemed faculty members. Also a great key takeaway has been the peer learning thanks to my team members here.”

The positive energy arising out of these fulfilling experiences narrated by the participants can be expected to be replicated in the subsequent workshops and on the quality of doctorate level research being pursued by them.