In an era where knowledge creation and applied research is being acknowledged as the primary basis for the development and growth of society, Amrita School of Business (ASB) prides itself in aiming towards the same through its philosophy of “Education for Life, Education for a living”.

ASB is one of the select few B-Schools in the Country where a Doctoral Program in Management is offered. The Doctoral Program was started by ASB in 2009 with a view to encourage aspiring scholars to take up research in the country.

Our faculty, equipped with Doctorate from globally acclaimed Institutions and Universities, continuously engage in research activity contributing to the academic wealth of ASB. ASB faculty has over the years published in some of the top peer reviewed international journals in their respective fields. This list includes amongst others Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Management and labour studies, Economic and Political Weekly, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Corporate Ownership and Control, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, BMC health services research.

You can view profile of our faculty via this link.

About Ph.D. Program @ ASB

The ASB PhD program attracts prospective scholars from various walks of life including academia as well as corporate. The institute has demonstrated capability in guiding scholars across multiple areas of specialization such as

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
  • Management Strategy
  • Information Technology
  • Economics

ASB offers both full-time and part time PhD programs at its Coimbatore campus. The part time program offers working professionals with the flexibility of balancing both their professional and program requirements. Right from its inception in 2009, ASB has attracted are more than 50 scholars across specializations and at various stages of the program. The program has successfully graduated 4 scholars with the first set of 2 scholars graduating from the school in the year 2016. The program structure and rigor instills the quality and ethical orientation right from the beginning. The scholars are encouraged and provided opportunities to collaborate at a global arena at a very early stage of their research. Currently, our scholars are actively collaborating with professors from University of Buffalo, University of Nebraska, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Marymount University, Uppsala University, Simon Fraser University, Deakin University, U Porto, University of L'Aquila, McKinsey, Bournemouth University Northern Illinois University, IISC, IIM-Bangalore, and IIM-Nagpur.

You can view profile of our Ph.D scholars via this link.

Ph.D. Process

The Ph.D program at ASB is structured along globally acknowledged processes. There are 4 significant milestones to be covered as part of the program. These four stages can be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years. While the part-time scholars are allowed up to a maximum of 8 years to complete their Ph.D, the full-time PhD program requires the scholars to focus on their research and aim to complete their Ph.D in a maximum of 4 years.

Stage 1: Course Work

All scholars are required to undertake 8 courses of which 4 are core and the rest are electives. The course work is structured over two terms in a year. While the winter term is during December 26th and January 25th, the summer term is between May 21st and June 20th. These dates are fixed to allow scholars plan their leave in advance and be present in campus. In general, a scholar can aim to complete 3 courses in a term. Below is reproduced the winter and summer terms of recent two terms.

Winter Term (26 Dec 2017- 25 Jan 2018)

Summer Term (21 May 2018- 20 June 2018)

In addition, the scholars are exposed to a variety of thought provoking workshops and conferences by distinguished faculties from across the Globe. A short summary of select workshop from 2017 is provided below.

Workshop Faculty Summary
Knowledge dissemination session on the work and findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR-5) Dr. E. Somanathan (Economic and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute)

Dr. Purnamita Dasgupta (Environmental and Resource Economics Unit , University of Delhi)

Dr. Govindasamy Bala (Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences , Indian Institute of Science)
An expert panel representing the field of climate change and environment visited Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham on Nov-9th, 2017 as part of knowledge dissemination sessions of the 9th INSEE Biennial Conference.
The panel members discussed the key findings from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR-5). The panel session was moderated by Dr. Deepak Gupta, Amrita School of Business. Dr. E.Somanathan commenced the session with an overview of the history, process, structure and work of IPCC and briefed the audience on the impact made by experts. Dr. Bala Govindasamy discussed the human influence on the climate system and in specific, the heightened stress on the environment due to anthropogenic emissions. The third session by Dr Purnamita Dasgupta focussed attention on the severe, pervasive and often irreversible changes caused by the greenhouse emissions and the need for adequate adaptation and mitigation measures. Finally, Dr. Somanathan delved on the effective policy implications across multiple levels, spanning international, regional, national and sub-national levels. The session concluded by stressing the need for an integrated approach to policy across levels supporting technology development, diffusion and transfer, as well as finance.
Randomized Control Trials Dr. P K Biswas, Director of Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)

Dr. Amlan Das Gupta

Dr. Jyoti Prakash Mukhopadhyay

Dr. Mousumi Das.
A two day workshop on randomized control trials (RCT) for conducted for the doctoral scholars on 10th and 11th January 2018 at Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore. The workshop was aimed at providing an overview of the Randomized Control Trial methodology, including its various applications and hand-on exercises. The key aspects of RCT such as regression discontinuity design, instrumental variables were discussed to guide participants in carrying out experiments. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by the 25 PhD scholars, who are at their various stages of doctoral studies at ASB.
The first session was handled by Dr. Jyoti Prakash Mukhopadhyay, who provided an overview of randomized control trials (RCT) as an experimental methodology. This was followed by Dr. Amlan Das Gupta, who delved on the applications of RCT and introduced the concept of Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD). The third session by Dr. Mousumi Das elaborated on the concept of Instrumental variables (IV). In the concluding a qualitative perspective to field experiments and assessment of their impact was presented by Dr. Biswas.
Theory Building and Measurement Dr. Richa Agarwal, Assistant Professor, IIT Madras A two day knowledge session for doctoral scholars on the topic “Theory Building and Measurement” were organized on 12th and 13th January 2018 with the prime objective of providing an overview of theory building and were well received. At the outset, Dr. Richa urged scholars to observe each one’s study from a perspective of making a difference to the stakeholders. She went on to stress the importance of articulating the research question in simple terms that even a stranger could understand. The important concepts covered include the essential differences and relationship between ‘concept’ and ‘construct’, ‘proposition’ and ‘hypotheses’, importance of defining and setting boundary conditions for the research topics etc. Each of the concepts were discussed and illustrated with examples and hands-on exercises. Dr. Richa advised the scholars to exercise adequate caution in defining the constructs before advancing on their research topics as that step would define what their future course of research and its boundaries.
Use of Indian data for publication Dr. Rajiv Kozhikode Krishnan of Simon Fraser University A fun filled and very creative session by Dr. Rajiv Krishnan on using Indian data for publication was organized in January 2018. He began by addressing creative means to obtain data, and what data and information meant. Through an episode of the reality show ‘Shark Tank’, he illustrated how it can be a rich source of data for those seeking to examine entrepreneurship, funding and innovation. He joined the scholars to the library to examine other sources that provide data (and inspiration) to find a good research topic or question. By examining various periodicals, business magazines such as Fortune and Businessweek, as well as area specific magazines like Aerospace Weekly, he demonstrated how secondary data and primary data can support each other and generate truly creative ideas to pursue. This session proved to be a refresher for senior scholars on staying current and broadening horizons, and first year scholars were able to familiarize themselves with various types and sources of data they could explore.

Stage 2: Comprehensive Qualifying Exam

After completion of a minimum of 8 courses, the scholars would move to the second stage of their Ph.D which includes formation of a dissertation committee and writing their comprehensive qualification exam (CQE). The CQE is a 1 month take home exam, which seeks to test the readiness of scholars to take up their thesis research and is designed to assist scholars in narrowing the focus of research. The written exam is followed by an oral viva by the committee members.

Stage 3: Proposal Defense

The 3rd stage is the proposal defense where the scholars are expected to defend their thesis proposal in an open forum and a special invited external examiner. Subsequent to the successful defense, the scholar can focus on executing their research with constant support from the dissertation committee.

Stage 4: Thesis Submission & Defense

This is the final stage of the Ph.D wherein the scholar would defend his/her dissertation in an open forum and a special invited external examiner. In the interim period, the scholars are required to demonstrate their ability through successful journal publications.


Admissions

Eligibility

The applicant should possess:

  1. Masters degree in Arts, Science or Management or a Postgraduate diploma in Management (recognized by either the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) or the All-India Council on Technical Education (AICTE) as equivalent to a MBA), or any degree equivalent, with 60% marks.
  2. Recognized professional degrees such as CA, AICWA, or ACS or its equivalent, with 55% marks.
  3. Work experience of at least two years either in industry or academics.

Note

  • Candidates without a Postgraduate Degree or Diploma in Management from a recognized institution or University, if selected, have to undergo additional one year of coursework in the line of First Year MBA Program of ASB.
  • Some of the courses may be waived for select scholars based on their Masters Degree. This, however, is under the discretion of Committee on Postgraduate Program (CPGP), chaired by PGP Chairperson.

Application Process

ASB follows a rigorous yet friendly process for Ph.D. We follow a phase-wise admission depending on the categories,

  1. Full time with scholarship:
  2. Full time without scholarship
  3. Part time

Important Dates

WFull / Part Time Application Deadline Date of Exam/Interview
Full Time With Scholarship 10-May-18 10-Jun-18
Full Time No Scholarship 30-Jun-18 4-Aug-18
Part Time No Scholarship 30-Jun-18 4-Aug-18

Entrance Test and Interview

The applications will be screened by the Committee on Postgraduate Programmes (CPGP) and shortlisted applicants will be called for an entrance test followed by an interview. Admission will be based on performance in the written test and personal interview. Both the written exam and the interview are usually conducted on the same day and the results are usually announced within a month time.

Documents Required

Each Applicant is required to submit, in addition to his or her degree certificates and grade/ mark sheets, a Statement of Purpose (describing his or her research interests), tentative research proposal, and up to three areas of interest in the order of preference for selecting the major area courses for the Ph.D. Should it be required, the Committee may request additional evidence, such as letters of recommendation, copies of claimed publications, etc.

How to Apply

The applications are required to be submitted online through this link.

Should there be a concern with any aspect of the admission process, kindly mail your query to asbphd@cb.amrita.edu clearly mentioning the nature of query on the subject line.

Fee Structure

Full / Part Time Course Fee Scholarship
Full Time With Scholarship* INR 30,000 per year INR 25,000 per month, renewable every year subject to performance
Full Time No Scholarship*^ INR 30,000 per year -
Part Time No Scholarship INR 4,00,000 payable in 6 bi-annual installments 1st installment: INR 1,00,000/-
2nd to 6th installments: INR 60,000/- each term
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Note:

  • * One time refundable caution fee of Rs. 7,500 and Rs. 1000 as Admission fee is to be paid along with the initial fee for full time scholars.
  • ^ Full time scholars with scholarship are required to publish 2 journal articles for every year of the scholarship. The performance of scholars is gauged every six months and the decision to renew the scholarship is taken by university PGP committee on an annual basis.

Contact Us

Dr. Deepak S. Kumar
Chair, PhD Programme,
PhD Programme: Business Management,
Amrita School of Business,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritanagar,
Coimbatore 641 112, Tamil Nadu.
E-mail: asbphd_admission@cb.amrita.edu

Senthil Kumar T.
Amrita School of Business,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritanagar,
Coimbatore 641 112, Tamil Nadu.
Telephone: 0422 2686000 Extn: 5403
E-mail: asbphd@cb.amrita.edu

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